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Vinyl siding is probably the most popular type of siding, but not all siding types are the same, even if they’re all made of the same material. It’s a good idea to shop around and talk to a professional before deciding on the type of siding you want for your home. 

To help you decide, here are some basic definitions of the different types of popular vinyl siding options.

Shake, Vertical and Horizontal Siding

There are three primary types of siding based on their orientation. Their names are pretty straightforward. Discuss these three options with your contractor before your siding installation and you’ll get a good idea about what their advantages are aside from their looks. 

Horizontal Siding

Horizontal siding is the most common option, and the most popular among horizontal siding choices is traditional lap. The long, broad planks are designed to overlap the next one below. This overlap gives them a more interesting dimension and it also makes them more effective in shedding water, preventing moisture from seeping through the siding. 

Dutch lap siding is a popular variation of traditional lap siding. With the sharper and steeper profile angle and its hand-carved wood look, Dutch lap siding is often considered a more attractive and luxurious option.

Beaded vinyl siding is even more luxurious with the rounded notch at the bottom of each panel casting a shadow that simply makes this siding option stand out.

For log cabin style and other rustic home types, nothing beats the beauty of log siding. Such vinyl siding options mimic natural wood like cedar or pine but without the disadvantages, such as high cost, color fading or dulling and insect infestation.

Vertical Siding

Vertical siding is a style that comes from barns and other such buildings. These days it’s still used on barns, tool shedsand offices, but it’s also a popular option for homes. Variations of vertical siding include board and batten, shingle and shake, scalloped shakes (popular for historic homes and gables) and cedar shingles.

For those who have the budget, vertical insulated siding is a great option. Thanks to its insulation, this type of siding is a lot more effective in preventing thermal bridging and is more resistant to impact compared to uninsulated siding.

To learn more about your siding replacement options, get in touch with us at Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. Call (613) 209-2662 today and get a free estimate. We’ll come check out your home in Ottawa, ON, or in other parts of Ontario.