When people hear the term "vinyl siding," they often first picture vinyl siding that is hung horizontally. Indeed, horizontal siding is very common in the United States. However, there is also vinyl siding that is made to be hung vertically, and in some cases, it might be better suited to your needs than horizontal siding. Is vertically hung vinyl siding right for you? Consider these pros and cons as you decide.
Pro: Vertical siding tends to trap less water.
When it rains really heavily, sometimes water can get driven behind horizontal siding, especially when the siding is older and has started to crack or chip in some areas. This is not such a big issue with vertical siding. When the siding is hung vertically, rain tends to hit it and slide right off instead of being forced into the seams. In an area where wind-driven rain and harsh storms are common, vertical siding may work better for this reason.
Con: Vertical siding is more expensive.
Vertical siding is considered more of a specialty product, so some siding companies charge more for the materials. It can also be harder to hang, so some installers charge more for the installation. Get quotes for horizontal and vertical siding so you can more accurately determine whether the cost is a big factor for you.
Pro: Vertical siding is easier to clean.
When it does rain, the rain runs right down vertical siding and tends to carry all the dirt and grime along with it. This means vertical siding does not get as dirty as horizontally hung siding. It also means that when you do wash vertical siding, it comes clean more easily. You won't end up with dirt stuck in the crevices.
Con: Vertical siding looks less conventional.
If you want your home to stand out, this may not be a big drawback for you. However, if you live in an area where home buyers really want conventional, traditional homes, vertical siding might be a drawback when you decide to sell. Talk to a real estate agent to learn whether this is a concern in your area or not.
Vertical siding can be a good choice for homeowners who want low-maintenance, leak-resistant siding. However, it does come at a price, and the look is not for everyone. Weigh the pros and cons above as you make your decision. You can also ask your siding contractor to share their opinion.
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