Vertical Vs. Horizontal Siding: Which is Best for Your Greater St. Louis Home?

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If you are thinking about having siding installed on your home in the Greater St. Louis area, there are several considerations you should keep in mind. For one, which type of siding is best for your home?

The team at RRSA St. Louis are siding installation experts, and we can help you choose just the right type of siding.

Choosing the right material depends on what you want your home’s exterior to look like and the degree of maintenance each material needs. Some materials tend to be lower maintenance than others.

  • Vinyl Siding – This is probably the most durable siding option for the cost. Vinyl can provide you with the look of real wood without the cost and maintenance. This type of siding delivers excellent performance without the upkeep that other materials needed. Vinyl siding also won’t peel, chip or rot and never needs to be re-painted.
  • Wood Siding – Wood has been a classic siding material for many years. Wood possesses remarkable beauty, especially cedar. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and has the opportunity to last much longer than other materials.
  • Fiber Cement Siding – This type of siding can emulate any style of siding, such as cedar shingles, wood and other types of siding, without any of the drawbacks. It is completely resistant to fire, wind, bugs and wood rot. Fiber cement is also extremely durable and there is little to no maintenance required.
  • Aluminum Siding – Completely resistant to fire damage with an enamel coating that can mimic other siding materials, aluminum siding is the perfect combination of strength and efficiency.

Vertical Vs. Horizontal Siding: Which is Best for Your Greater St. Louis Home?

However, there is something else you should take into consideration, and that is whether you want vertical or horizontal siding on your Greater St. Louis home. To help you with that decision, below we will show you the pros and cons of each:

Vertical Siding: Pros and Cons

Any type of siding material can be installed vertically, even though it’s less commonly seen in residential structures. Often times, it’s more common to see siding installed vertically in commercial buildings. However, for Greater St. Louis homeowners looking to achieve a more unique appearance with their exterior remodeling project, vertical siding can be a great way to make this happen. Furthermore, vertical siding is a lot easier to clean than horizontal siding, which can save homeowners a lot of time, money, and hassle year after year.

Even though vertical siding can help homeowners achieve a unique exterior appearance, it’s important to consider the potential drawbacks. For example, vertical siding installation is a bit more complex than horizontal siding installation. As a result, homeowners can expect to spend more money if they opt for vertical orientation.

Why is it more complex to install? Mostly because, with vertical siding, furring strips must be installed in between each of the siding pieces as a means of protecting against water leakage and future damage. The furring is also necessary to create a level and smooth surface. Specifically, these strips are installed before the siding and are placed horizontally; this can greatly lengthen the duration of the project, which impacts the price as a result. Furthermore, the furring adds to the overall material costs.

Horizontal Siding: Pros and Cons

Most often, when Greater St. Louis homeowners decide to have siding installation done, they opt for horizontal siding for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s the least expensive option, making it ideal for homeowners needing siding replacement on a budget. Furthermore, most homeowners prefer the appearance of horizontal siding as opposed to vertical siding. It’s also much easier to install, so the project can be done in about half the time required for a similar vertical siding installation project.

Of course, there are some possible drawbacks that can come along with having siding installed horizontally. For starters, horizontal siding can be less durable than vertical siding. That’s because it’s more prone to water damage over time. When rain falls, it falls vertically, making it possible for water to seep in between gaps in horizontal siding. Furthermore, if siding becomes even slightly dislodged, water can easily enter these gaps and lead to mold and mildew damage. This may even spread to the foundation of the home if left untreated.

Furthermore, horizontal siding is a lot more difficult to clean than vertical siding, since a special technique needs to be used so as to avoid water leaking in between the horizontal slats. Generally, cleaning a home with vertical siding requires a lot of time and special equipment. On the other hand, cleaning a home with vertical siding can be as simple as using detergent and a garden hose on its “power wash” setting.

As you can see, when it comes to siding replacement, there are many considerations to keep in mind. By keeping these pros and cons in mind, you’ll be able to decide which choice is best for you in no time.

RRSA St. Louis offers FREE home inspection in Greater St. Louis. Call us today and set up your appointment and let our siding expert help you decide which type of siding is best for your home and get started with the installation.

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