Is improving your home’s curb appeal on your to-do list? From installing a sliding door to your backyard to installing a new exterior siding, you have no shortage of options. When scouring the market for the type of siding that’s right for your home, you’ve probably noticed many homes outfitted with vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is great for homeowners looking for affordable options with plenty of different styles to choose from. Here’s how you can reshape the look of your home and narrow down the right siding choice for you.

How to Know if Vinyl Siding Is a Good Option for You

Vinyl siding comes in plenty of textures and finishes. Each individual siding type has its own perks, in addition to the benefits you receive by simply choosing vinyl over other siding products. When you take the plunge into installing vinyl siding, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful wood grain or smooth texture, along with several other benefits, including:

  • Durability
  • Energy-efficiency
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Visual appeal

How can you tell which type of siding brings out the best in your home? Professional siding installers like the ones at Rosenello’s Windows can help identify the type of siding that works best for you. But before making your decision, you should know the ins and outs of the most common siding options.

Clapboard Vinyl Siding

Clapboard vinyl siding is a set of horizontal sidings nailed to the side of your home. Clapboard is also known as “lap siding” due to the overlapping nature of the siding. Because the boards overlap a bit, they offer durability and protection from water damage while providing a streamlined look.

Traditional Lap Siding

Similar to cardboard vinyl, traditional lap siding overlaps each other but is much narrower at the top than at the bottom. This neat trick accentuates the home a bit more and creates a unique design that protects the house from water and adds visual deception. While clapboard sidings are about four inches wide, the largest traditional siding boards can be six or seven inches.

Dutch Lap

Dutch lap siding is an upgraded version of traditional lap siding, with the same thin top, thick bottom design. The twist is that dutch lap siding bevels the top part of the plank, which creates the same overlapping design but sticks out enough to create stylish shadows from the planks. This type of siding works well with brighter colors and natural shades that differentiate from the dark shadows it creates.

Board and Batten Siding

The most common type of vertical siding, board and batten is comprised of long white panels lined up side by side. The gap between these panels is covered by a narrow panel (the “batten”) on the interior. While it might not be the most stylish option, this design helps protect against high winds and other extreme weather conditions and has been used for hundreds of years.

Vinyl Shakes and Shingles

Vinyl shakes are a beautiful rustic look, and a play on traditional shakes or natural wood pieces split from lumber. Vinyl versions are less costly, but the aesthetic and durability benefits remain, and you get a rustic look. Vinyl shingles are cut from a machine, which makes them a bit less rugged, but still works to create a rustic look. With cedar shake, hand-split shake, and shingles, you can enjoy the benefits of vinyl without the cons of using real wood.

Cedar shake vinyl siding is a rugged option, accentuated by irregular ends and pronounced grain lines. The best cedar shake is designed to avoid patterns to ensure the same look as genuine cedar wood. Hand-split shakes have uneven bottom edges like real wood and are designed to look — as the name implies — as if they were split by hand.

Need Help Finding the Right Siding for Your Home?

If it’s a bit tough to decide which vinyl option you love more, reaching out to your local siding installers can help you get the right vinyl siding to accentuate your home. Rosenello’s Windows provides residential siding services to homeowners in PA and NJ, and can get you the right option to reshape the look of your home. Reach out today and have one of our experts head out to discuss ways you can implement each of these vinyl sidings.