Different Siding Patterns For Your Home

Once you determine the type of material you want to use for the siding on your home, you next need to figure out what type of pattern you want for the siding as well. There are different horizontal, vertical, and shake patterns you can use on your home. The pattern of your siding, along with the siding material, will impact the appearance of your home.

Horizontal Patterns

One of the most common ways to structure siding is with a horizontal pattern. Horizontal patterns generally make your home feel larger, with the long lines accenting the shape of your home. Horizontal patterns are also commonly used because it is hard for water to get behind your siding with this design.

There are three predominant horizontal patterns used for siding, including traditional lap, Dutch lap, and beaded.

A traditional lap is the pattern you most commonly see on homes. With a traditional lap, siding boards are structured so that each board is slightly layered on top of each other. This pattern helps water roll over the siding and prevents water damage to your siding.

With the Dutch lap, there is a little groove that is present where each board overlaps. This little groove enhances the visual appeal of your siding, making each board distinct from one another.

Beaded siding is laid with a traditional lap pattern, but the boards just have a little additional texture, adding a little more visual appeal.

Vertical Patterns

Vertical patterns are not as popular as horizontal patterns. Vertical patterns will give your home more of a flat look and will not enhance the perceived size of your home like horizontally laid siding will. The two common vertical patterns used for siding are panel siding and board and batten siding.

Panel siding is very similar to traditional lap siding; however, instead of overlapping the boards in a horizontal manner, the boards are overlapped in a vertical manner. The overlapping creates a flush look.

With board and batten, the boards are placed vertically, with a raised batten between each part where the boards overlap. This area is well sealed, keeping your siding and home well protected.

Shake Pattern

Finally, there are shake patterns. Shake patterns are typically associated with wood siding, although other materials now mimic the look and feel of wood siding with their own shake pattern.

All shake patterns look basically like small tiles that are connected together. What differs is the shape of the small tiles. They may be square or round, or they may have mitered corners or look more like fish scales. There is even a staggered pattern, where every other shake is longer.

When it comes to choosing siding for your home, carefully think about the pattern of siding you want, as this will impact the look of your home and the curb appeal as well.

Contact an exterior siding service to learn more.