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Understanding Siding Styles

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Older aluminum and vinyl siding came in different colors but limited patterns. With the changes in technology there are now many different options for siding styles in both vinyl and fiber cement siding. If you’re looking to increase the curb appeal of your home, consider new vinyl siding with texture that better emulates wood siding.

Traditional Siding

Traditional siding is often referred to as lap siding. There are three main classifications, traditional lap, Dutch lap, and beaded. The difference in appearance of the first two is subtle. Dutch lap siding has a more dimensional look each piece of siding. The beaded siding looks almost like bead board on the side of your home. What is different in today’s lap siding is that you can find it in many different patterns imprinted into the vinyl. You can still purchase smooth siding but many wood grain patterns are also available.

Vertical Siding

Vertical siding is no longer just for barns and out buildings. It has increased in popularity for homes and businesses over the past few years. A secondary classification of vertical siding is called board and batten siding. The board and batten pattern can be identified by a wide “board” followed by a raised “batten” which is actually one piece of siding. Some homeowners combine vertical and traditional siding to create visual interest on their home’s exterior.

Shake Siding

Vinyl shake siding is now an affordable option for homeowners. It appeals to many because of the low maintenance compared to real wood shake. Many vinyl siding companies offer different options including scalloped edge, straight edge, and staggered edge patterns to create a truly unique look for your home. Scalloped edge siding is often used as an accent in a peak or on historic homes.

No matter what type of siding you’re interested in having for your home, Cooley Roofing and Construction can help. We offer many different siding styles and colors and will work within your budget. New siding comes with the added benefit of being more energy efficient than older siding and virtually maintenance free. Let us help you get started with your exterior home renovation by calling (336) 766-6488 today.