When it comes to redesigning and siding for your home’s exterior, there are plenty of choices to make.

The list can go on and on! If you are looking for tips on choosing the right color for your home check out our design blog How to Get the Right Siding Color for Your Home. As for profile selection, our blog The Perfect Engineered Wood Siding Profile will cover that!

As for the design element of going horizontal or vertical with your siding, we ‘ve listed some tips to help you with the decision-making process!

Start your research of popular siding syles!

You may not know what you like now but you will when you see it!

  • First get online! When choosing between vertical siding and horizontal siding, look through different websites for examples of each type of siding. You are bound to see styles that you like (check out our gallery here).
  • Next, get outside! Take a drive around your neighborhood and look at other homes to learn what might work best with your personal preferences and style of home.

Vertical Siding

Board and Batten or ‘Vertical’ siding adds distinction to any home, and it is still one of the most popular home siding styles used today. The time-honored siding is a favorite among plenty of builders and architects, as a thoroughly modern material.   At KWP, our Provincial Vertical Siding is available in the full palette of designer colors.

Design Tip: Vertical siding can also be used to add flair to the lower portion of a home or to highlight architectural points such as the gables. Framing your entryway, bay and bow windows with Vertical siding will further draw the eye to these areas.

Horizontal Siding

Installing your siding horizontally will bring a timeless look for your home.  Traditional – yes…but with KWP’s variety of colors and profiles, your home will be anything but ordinary.  Emphasize the character of your home in any of our horizontal profiles!

Design tip: Horizontal siding will elongate your home’s appearance however if your home is a 1 story it also has a tendency of making it appear shorter. The solution? Adding stone to the bottom rows of your home will add visual height. Keeping both exterior materials in the same color palette will also add a sense of grandeur by eliminating the harsh contrast opposing colors have.

Create design depth by mixing it up!

Mixing installations will also enhance the look of your home. Choose vertical siding below your windows, horizontal siding as your main exterior cladding and engineered wood shingles in the gables. Again keeping all these different materials in the same color scheme will ensure that your home will look cohesive and not distract from its beauty.

How do I get started?

To get inspired, check out KWP’s Houzz or Pinterest channels for photos of recent projects, before & afters and color combinations.

You can also use KWP’s online home exterior design tool: Home Designer 2.0 to upload a photo of your home and test different profiles, colors and vertical/horizontal siding options right before your eyes!

Ready to start your exterior home makeover with KWP?  Contact us for more information!