Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Siding

reside-homeWhen it comes to installing new vinyl siding, you as a homeowner may have more options than you think. Material, color, insulation, and brand are probably the ones you know, but what about orientation? All vinyl siding can be installed horizontally or vertically, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, most homeowners opt for the horizontal setup, but vertical isn’t completely unheard of. If you’re interested in a different look for your home, keep reading to learn more about horizontal and vertical vinyl siding installations.


A horizontal installation of vinyl siding’s biggest advantage is how quickly and easily it can be put up. Since this is the most common option for homeowners installation companies know how to do it efficiently. While you’ll save time and money on installation, the biggest risk comes from water getting into the gaps between the pieces of siding.


Horizontal vinyl siding is just more common, so many people might not even consider going the vertical route. A vertical setup has a few advantages over horizontal installations, though. First of all, vertical siding offers a totally different look for minimal effort. You still get all of the advantages of vinyl siding in a distinctly different look plus a more waterproof system. Second, vertically oriented siding is much easier to clean since you don’t have to worry about water getting behind the pieces. The biggest problem with this setup is that installation will take longer and be more expensive since furring strips need to be installed between the siding pieces to make sure water doesn’t get behind it.

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