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A Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl Siding

Most homeowners have one predominant worry: rising energy bills. And why shouldn't they when these utility bills are among the topmost household expenses? If you, too, frequently fret about spending ungodly amounts sorting ever-rising monthly energy bills, here's a priceless hack for you - try siding. And not just any siding, but quality, energy-efficient vinyl siding. If your interest is piqued, keep reading for more.  

What Is Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl material is popularly used to make exterior siding for residential homes and averagely sized apartment buildings. Many property owners nowadays prefer this siding solution because it has proven to be highly effective as a decorative, weatherproof, and incredibly affordable alternative to other siding materials. Plus, vinyl siding has unrivaled longevity and can last for more than 50 years.

Common Vinyl Siding Styles

The most common vinyl siding options available today fall under the following broad categories:

1. Horizontal vinyl siding

Horizontal vinyl siding is also known as lap siding. It involves hanging vinyl exterior boards horizontally, i.e., from left to right. This feature lends homes with horizontal vinyl siding a more traditional outlook, otherwise referred to as a classic appeal. Besides being timeless and classic, this siding style is one of the easiest and quickest to set up. Plus, many options fall under this category, including smooth, beaded, and dutch lap. Smooth vinyl is one of the most quaint horizontal siding styles. It is a common feature in houses built after Dutch colonial styles. The most distinguishing features of dutch lap siding are the grooves or notches found on top of each siding piece. Finally, you can quickly differentiate beaded vinyl siding via the distinct shadow lines along the siding panel's bottom side.

2. Vertical vinyl siding

If horizontal vinyl siding doesn't feel like your cup of tea, this style will likely suit your preferences. It's ideal for residential and commercial settings and lends any kind of structure a unique exterior outlook. Many property owners also use it because it's easier to clean and maintain. Although vertical vinyl siding was traditionally installed on farmhouses and barns, modern contractors now use it to beautify and make office buildings energy-efficient. Two main sub-categories fall under vertical vinyl siding: shakes and scallops. Shakes vinyl siding is designed to give your structure a rustic look that resembles natural wood. Although it's one of the most affordable styles, it's also weather-resistant and low maintenance. Note that shakes and scallops have a great decorative appeal. Besides that, scallops are suitable for any homeowner looking for a style that fits whole-house applications. 

To learn more, contact vinyl siding contractors.