If you are looking to elevate the exterior of your home, replacing your vinyl siding may seem like a daunting task. However, doing so can drastically change the look and function of your exterior, so you should be aware of the various types of cladding. In today’s blog we will detail the main types of vinyl cladding and the differences between the types laid out by the pros at Mobile Vinyl Siding Co.
- Traditional Lap Cladding is also known as clapboard. It is by far the most popular type among homeowners. It consists of horizontal panels which resemble the look and texture of traditional cedar wood. It also comes in three thicknesses which vary in cost and durability. This provides options to homeowners who are unsure if they want a low-end, middle-of-the-road, or high-end finish. Each board is straight and slightly overlaps the one below it. There are many profiles and variations of this clapboard available. The material price averages a dollar to a dollar fifty but higher end finished can cost upwards of two dollars per square foot. Clapboard is one of the most inexpensive options.
- Dutch Lap is also known at German Lap or Cove siding and it is a variation of the classic clapboard. What’s different about Dutch Lap is that there is a small curve running along the top of each board. This gives each panel a more rustic appearance. This product used to be made solely out of wood. This product is also available in a wide variety of colors which makes it suitable for most parts of the country. This product also comes in three different thicknesses but one of its main advantages is that it is produced with a double ply nailing hem which provides better tear resistance in high wind situations.
- Beadbord is another popular type of vinyl siding. It has a distinct V groove which runs the full length at the bottom of the panel which creates a thin shadow between the board’s face and the rounded bead. This product is generally more expensive and typically runs from a dollar thirty to over two dollars depending on the quality of board you prefer. This type of panel comes in eleven colors, fewer than others, but still plenty to choose from. It is also very durable and fairly wind resistant. Premium versions of this product may come in additional colors and have higher wind resistance ratings as well as higher fade protection.
- Shingle and shake vinyl siding is a fairly unknown option for many homeowners. Many people do not realize that the shake look they desire for their home comes in a less expensive vinyl option. It is offered in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the look you are targeting. This product is most often used as an accent but it can be installed over larger portions of the house. It is a bit more pricey than the other options and can cost two dollars to three fifty per square foot for the material alone. One of the biggest advantages is that this product is not susceptible to rotting or mold.