Why Vertical Siding?
Because of its durability and low maintenance, vertical siding has become an extremely popular choice with homeowners. The benefits go beyond that though as there is also functionality that comes from the aesthetics of the vertical lines. For instance, the vertical placement can be used to emphasize height on low walls and short gables or to accent a second or third story. Even though the vertical lines are subtle, they are also unique enough to add character to an otherwise bland architectural structure.
Vertical siding tends to be more durable than horizontal in certain aspects. During a rainfall, improperly installed or damaged horizontal siding is more prone to water accumulation under each slat, which can lead to costly water damage and wood rot. The nature of horizontal siding allows for water to seep in between the slats, while rain wicks down uninterrupted on vertical siding.
Types of Vertical Siding
There are different textures and installation styles that create entirely different looks and contrasts. The most popular HardiePanel products include:
The Cedarmill style is easily the most popular type of siding because of its tendency to mimic wood. The grains and lines of the siding are really accentuated as is the texture which makes this type the ideal style for farmhouses or rustic cottages.
An ideal siding choice for application with Southwest, Santa Fe, and other Spanish-style housing.
Straight, simple, to-the-point, and affordable – the smooth surface is used perfectly in a board and batten style with contrasting batten. A repeating pattern of thick texture and thin smoothness creates visible lines that sink in instead of the protruding board and batten.
A repeating pattern of thick texture and thin smoothness creates visible lines that sink in instead of the protruding board and batten.
For more design ideas, check out James Hardie's Siding Visualizer tool
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