The 6 Types of Vinyl Siding | Xterior

The 6 Types of Vinyl Siding

Learn which siding is the best option for your home
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Jun 5, 2023

There are a lot of benefits to installing vinyl siding on your house. To start, it’s low cost and resistant to water damage. Vinyl siding is also easy to install and helps to lower your energy bills. On top of that, vinyl siding comes in a variety of different styles and colors. Check out these different types of vinyl siding so you can learn which is the best fit for your home.

Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding

Man installing horizontal siding

Dutch lap siding is made up of overlapping rows of horizontal siding. Instead of the panels laying flat against the house, in Dutch lap siding, each row overlaps the one below it. Dutch lap siding is designed to capture the old-world charm of wooden siding.

Beaded Vinyl Siding

Beaded siding with window

Beaded siding is a type of vinyl siding that has a ridge at the bottom of each panel. The panels can lie flat against the house like in clapboard or overlap like Dutch lap siding. Beaded vinyl siding can give a house a Colonial appearance.

Vertical Board & Batten Vinyl Siding

House with vertical siding

Board & Batten siding is a type of vinyl siding that is installed vertically. Most homes with siding have horizontal siding, which makes vertical siding a unique choice. Vertical Board & Batten-style siding also is reminiscent of early American houses, bringing historical charm to your home.

Soffit Vinyl Siding

Soffits on house

Soffit is a type of vinyl siding usually used as a finishing touch on the underside of elevated structures on a house, such as overhangs and eaves. There are a few different types of soffit vinyl siding:

  • Solid soffit
  • Vented soffit

Solid Soffit Vinyl Siding

Solid soffit vinyl siding is a type of soffit panel that is solid. It’s used wherever ventilation isn’t necessary.

Vented Soffit Vinyl Siding

In some locations on a house, ventilation to the outside is required, such as near the attic. This is where vented soffit vinyl siding is used. Vented soffit has small holes perforated in the panel so that air can flow through.

Vinyl Shake Siding

Shakes siding on house

Vinyl shake siding is made up of small panels that overlap and interlock with each other. Instead of rows of single panels, each row of siding is made up of multiple panels. Shake siding can be hand-split, which has a rougher look, or a Cape Cod shingle, which is smoother.

Vinyl Scallop Siding

Vinyl scallop siding is similar to shake siding in that it is made up of rows of interlocking panels. However, in scallop siding, the panels are uniform and have a rounded bottom edge.

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