Choosing a specific siding profile for your exterior can be overwhelming, especially with all the different products available on the market. Not only will you consider the style, but also the material and how it can withstand the natural elements. A fire retardant siding product is often required by local building codes as well depending on where you live.
But if you’re only wondering about which profile to select for your home’s exterior, there are a few things you need to consider. Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. explains what you need to know:
Common Types of Horizontal Siding Profiles
You might be already familiar with certain profile types such as traditional lap and dutch lap, as well as beaded siding. Traditional lap can be seen in nearly every type of modern home, featuring siding boards that are partially layered on top of the other. This creates an effective and affordable water barrier, which contributes to its popularity among many homeowners.
Dutch lap is a bit similar to traditional lap, except that this profile has a groove cut out of the top of each horizontal board. This provides more visual contracts across its surface, with each panel casting some shadow on the grooved panel beneath it. Beaded siding profiles are also similar to traditional lap but instead features a “bead” at the bottom part of the board which creates a more textured surface.
Vertical Siding Profile Options
Any professional siding contractor would recommend a vertical siding profile if the homeowner wishes to enhance the visual appeal of their home’s exterior. You won’t find it hard to select the right type of siding profile, as many horizontal profiles also have vertical varieties available. Vertical panel siding, for instance, is just like traditional lap but vertically oriented.
If you’re not sure on what to pick for your new siding installation, you can always look around your neighborhood and see what type of siding profile is installed on other homes. This will give you inspiration on what you can have installed in your home’s exterior. But to ensure you make the right choice, you’ll need to work with a trusted siding contractor. They usually have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you select the right profile that will fit your home’s overall architecture.
When it comes to James Hardie® or LP® SmartSide® siding installation, there’s no better contractor in the area than Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. Talk to us today by calling (650) 529-6798 or filling out our convenient online contact form!