Siding installation helps protect your home from rain, wind, snow and debris. It can also add a more effective layer of insulation so your home stays cooler or warmer, depending on your preferences. Siding comprises over 50% of what people see when they look at your house, so it affects your home’s curb appeal, as well.
This is why you can’t just pick siding and start installing it. Your siding profile is crucial to achieving good curb appeal. Here are some tips on choosing your home’s siding profile.
Choose Between Horizontal & Vertical Siding
Depending on your home’s architecture, you can choose between horizontally- and vertically-oriented siding. Horizontal siding is a popular choice when it comes to more traditional house styles such as Cape Cod and Craftsman homes. If you live in a Colonial-style house, you might consider beaded siding, which features a shadow line running along the bottom of each horizontal siding panel.
For single-story homes (eg., ranch), you can’t go wrong with vertical siding, as it gives the illusion of height. Vertical siding is also less-frequently installed, so it’s more eye-catching. It offers that sense of grandeur that makes your home pop.
Choose Your Panel Size
The width of your siding panels is another factor you should consider whether working on a new home or a siding replacement for an old one. Wider siding panels can enhance a larger facade, such as a stately Colonial home. If your home isn’t that tall, choose a narrower profile to provide that illusion of height. Think bungalows and ranch-style homes.
You can never go wrong with traditional profiles, but you can make your home stand out with a little creativity. For example, add some polymeric shakes to your home’s gables for a bit more visual interest. Adding texture can bring a design dimension to your home that you can’t achieve with a traditional profile alone.