If you are in the market to replace the siding on the exterior of your home, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the variety of color, pattern, and style options. If you are looking for clarification on the variety of siding patterns, you have come to the right place. We know that there are endless options of pattern types that can make your home a beautifully covered canvas to neighbors. The most common pattern is the horizontal lap because the thin trim pieces provide accent to the flatness of the wall but many people do not realize there are so many more options. Click here for more ways to elevate the look of your home’s exterior.
Like we mentioned earlier, horizontal patterns are by far the most common. This partly due to the fact that they are very durable and this has been proven through the test of time. However, even horizontal patterns have slight variances and varieties.
The traditional lap is the most common horizontal lap. You can probably find it in any suburban neighborhood. It is one of the easiest to install and the installation process is simple and inexpensive. With traditional lap, each board is layered slightly over the one before it. This ensures that water is channeled away from the side of the building.
Dutch lap is very similar to the traditional lap, with the main difference being that the Dutch lap has an extra groove cut out of the top of the board. This can make it slightly more expensive than the traditional lap and it also adds another layer of dimensionality to the front of your house. It can also break up the monotonous front façade by adding small layers of shadows and contrast.
The last type of horizontal siding is beadboard. Beadboard is also very common. It is similar to the traditional lap but it has added texture that adds shadows and textural contrast similar to the Dutch lap. The small bead at the bottom of each board is what gives this pattern its contrast in texture.
There are also a number of vertical patterns you can choose from. One common pattern is board and batten. This pattern resembles traditional wood siding because the vertical boards are placed with battens covering the cracks. While this method does not channel water away from the façade, it creates a waterproof seal which has been proven fairly successful at shedding water. To create visual texture on the façade, the raised batten casts shadows across the board. While this pattern was originally composed of wood, you can find common varieties in vinyl and fiber cement as well which may be more durable and more affordable.
One of the more unique patterns is the shake pattern. You can find square, round, staggered, mitered corner, octagonal, hexagonal, fish scale, and half cove shake patters. Each of these patterns is a significantly smaller scale than the vertical or horizontal boards. These smaller patterns provide more of an accent feature to your home and they can also be found in wood and vinyl materials.