Horizontal siding is the style of siding that is placed on most homes. Many homeowners prefer to have horizontal siding because it creates a more traditional look. Depending on the type of siding, the horizontal siding can be applied as strips or shingles. It does not involve any extra steps like vertical siding. When installing horizontal siding, the more even the wall looks, the better the outcome will be.
Vertical siding is most commonly found on non-residential structures such as office buildings, barns and tool sheds. However, it can add an interesting decorative element to a home. When installing vertical siding, it takes a few extra steps, such as adding furring strips horizontally to create a level surface for nailing when applying vertical siding onto brick, stucco or block.
Which Type of Siding is Right for You?
When choosing between vertical siding and horizontal siding, look through catalogs and websites for examples of each type of siding on buildings. If that's not helpful enough, drive around your neighborhood and look at other homes to learn what might work best with your personal preferences and style of home.