When you make the choice to do some renovations on your home, there are no doubt many choices to make. From the style of siding you want, what kind of eavestroughing to go with and the best colour scheme to choose, there are a number of factors that can improve both the curb appeal and the resale value of your home. But one decision may creep up on you: do you go with horizontal or vertical siding?

Positives and negatives to both

When it comes to the direction of your siding, there are positives and negatives to both options. Though one might be easier to install, the other might provide the design pop you’ve been looking for.

At Total Aluminum, we’re not only expert installers of both vertical and horizontal siding, our project managers will help you decide which may be the best fit for you! If you’re in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton or surrounding areas in Ontario, give us a call!

Horizontal Siding

It’s traditional

Horizontal siding is often the most common option you’ll see as it offers a very traditional and timeless look to a home. If you want to fit in with the rest of your neighbours, you’ll likely want to keep with the horizontal siding during your renovations this fall.

Maintain or increase home value

The traditional look of horizontal siding can mean that many homeowners may prefer it on their home. Especially if you are renovating to prepare for a sale, you may want to stick with the horizontal look. When the neighbouring homes all have horizontal siding, fitting in with them can actually help increase your home value.

Easier to install & lower installation cost

Since horizontal siding is more commonly installed by contractors, requires fewer materials and often doesn’t require any special skills, it’s much easier for them to install. When they are able to do the job more quickly and efficiently the labour costs will naturally go down.

Higher maintenance costs

Though both horizontal and vertical siding are usually durable and easy to maintain, horizontal siding can be slightly more expensive to take care of. Since it can be more likely to have a leak from water pooling you may have to build this into your budget. When choosing a material for your siding, go with a material that can more easily be sealed to water like vinyl, fiber cement or metal rather than wood which can be more susceptible to leaking. If you do use a pressure washer to clean, ensure that you are holding the stream at eye level rather than at an angle to avoid pushing water behind the siding.

Vertical Siding

It’s a more unique look

When most homes showcase horizontal siding, brick, stone or a mixture of those, choosing vertical siding can give your home a unique look that sets it apart from all the other homes on your street. However, if you’re considering home value you may want to think twice before committing to this. Another option is to blend vertical siding with another accent style like brick.

Less risk of leaks forming

When siding panels are installed vertically there is less opportunity for water to pool, possibly leading to leaks. The vertical slats allow for water to run off much easier than horizontal siding does.

Cleaning and maintenance are easy

Since water runs right off vertical siding, it is very easy to maintain and keep clean. Just use your garden hose to power wash from top to bottom, and rest easy knowing that the water is rolling right off of it and not pooling anywhere.

Cost is often higher

Because vertical siding requires the installation of furring strips to ensure proper alignment and leak protection, it often runs a higher price tag than horizontal siding. Tied to this, since it can take longer, you’ll be paying more for labour as well. If you opt for board and batten siding to benefit from strips placed over the seams of your siding, this installation process will take even longer.

Is vertical or horizontal siding right for your exterior renovation or new build?

When it comes down to making the choice between vertical or horizontal siding during your exterior home renovations, you really can’t go wrong with either one. Both have some great positives, and would look amazing on any home! If you’re working with an architect on your new home build, they’ll definitely have advice. If you’re doing a simple re-do, talk to your siding supply and installation professionals for any tips or ideas!