Installing Horizontal Siding

There are lots of aspects of sidings to decide if you want to install siding to your house. These aspects are of materials, aesthetical things such as color and shape, and here’s another aspect for you to decide on: what will be the orientation of the siding that you will install to your house be? Vertical or horizontal? In this article, you will be able to inform yourself about the advantages and disadvantages of the horizontal siding method as the pros and cons will be listed thoroughly.


Pros and Cons of Horizontal Siding


Here are the pros and cons of Horizontal Siding.


  1. The cost: Expenses that you will have to endure using the horizontal siding method will be significantly less comparing to the vertical method.
  2. Easy to install: Fastly and easily done. With the horizontal method, you will be done significantly quicker and cheaper with the installation process.


  1. Durability: Durability looks like a win for the horizontal siding method generally, however rainwater easily gives damage to horizontal sidings compared to the vertical ones because of the moisture bulking. With enough time, horizontal sidings may even require replacement solely because of this reason.
  2. Warping: Because of the same moisture bulking problem, if you choose wood as your horizontal siding material, you should be aware that it bears the potential to warp, which may also create mold and mildew problems.


Types of Horizontal Siding


  1. Vinyl: A material that is used for siding which improves itself as the science improves, now is better than ever. With a crazy variability of aesthetical options and an easy installation process, vinyl looks like a good choice but it may bulk some water in its gasps when the horizontal siding method is used.
  2. Wood: Throughout the history of humankind, wood is the material that is used to build houses for the most time and the aesthetical appeal is still ongoing. But it requires skill to avoid water bulking when installing it horizontally as siding.
  3. Cedar: One of the most beautiful choices you can make for your siding, in terms of aesthetics, of course, cedar gives even a more conventional look if you apply it horizontally. Horizontal installation of cedar siding also will save you a lot of money because this way, no furring strips are needed.
  4. Fiber Cement: More water resistance means fewer issues in time, and fiber cement will provide you that. Also, it is cheaper when you install it horizontally comparing to the vertical application.
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Mixing Horizontal Siding with Vertical Siding


With both siding styles coming with their pros and cons, mixing the two orientation styles may even give you an outcome that brings out the best of both and cover each other’s disadvantages. Besides, you may consider applying different colors to each of the orientations, for example, wood brown for horizontal and off-white for vertical siding pieces, and you may have a distinguished look for your house. So, why not?


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