Choosing A Siding Pattern: 3 Factors To Consider

Posted on: 29 July 2020


When it comes to siding, homeowners often spend a great deal of their time going back and forth about what type of siding material to choose. However, that decision is only the beginning. You also have to think about the pattern or style in which you will have the siding installed. If you are stuck on this decision, here is some helpful information you can use. 

Size of Home

One of the first factors you should think about as you choose a siding pattern is the size of your home. As a general rule, the larger the home, the less complex a pattern the siding should have. Yet, if you have a smaller home, or if you only plan to install siding in a limited area, the sky is the limit when it comes to design complexity. 

For instance, for a large home, a scallop pattern can feel overwhelming and could even cheapen the look of a home's exterior. Dutch lap, board and batten, and a traditional lap pattern are often better suited for a large area.

Vertical vs. Horizontal

Homeowners also need to consider whether or not they want to install siding with a vertical or a horizontal pattern. This reason this step is so important is that not every siding pattern can be installed in either direction. 

Take a shake siding pattern, for instance. This pattern can only be installed horizontally, so if you are set on a vertical style, it will not work. Not only will the direction of these siding panels look odd in a horizontal look, but they will not perform as well at keeping moisture out, given their design. For a vertical siding installation, vertical panes, beaded, and board and batten siding styles might be better suited. 

Style of Home

The style of your home is also another important consideration. Similar to the size of your home, the style of your home will help predict which types of siding patterns are complementary, and which are not. For example, if you have a coastal or Cape Cod-style home, scallop pattern siding is an excellent pairing. 

However, for a modern look, a Dutch lap or vertical panel look might be better suited. Keep in mind that it is also okay to mix and match patterns as long as they all complement your home's style and each other. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about choosing a siding pattern, do not hesitate to speak with an installer to have all your concerns addressed. Contact a company like Weather-Tek Home Remodeling Center to learn more.