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Vertical vs. Horizontal Siding: Which Is Better?

Vertical vs. Horizontal Siding

First impressions are no small matter when it comes to the value of your home. This is why replacing your siding requires careful consideration. In addition to deciding on material and color for the new siding, you also need to decide between vertical and horizontal orientation.

Vertical vs Horizontal Siding

Read on as Nelson Exteriors, your top siding contractor, discusses the pros and cons of horizontal and vertical siding.


Your choice of siding orientation has a big impact on the overall aesthetic of your exterior. One of the top reasons to choose vertical siding is that it gives a unique appeal, which helps your home stand out from the rest.

Vertical siding doesn’t work for everyone, however. For instance, if you prefer a more traditional look, you are better sticking to horizontal siding.

Ease of Installation

Horizontal siding is simpler to install for many contractors because it is the most common. Vertical siding, especially the board and batten style, involves a different installation method that not all contractors are as experienced with. With vertical siding, you have to apply a layer of furring strips underneath to level and smooth the surface.


Depending on the siding material you choose and the quality of your contractor’s workmanship, both horizontal and vertical siding can be highly durable. The only drawback of horizontal siding is that it’s more likely to sustain leaks, especially if it’s made of wood. Vertical siding, on the other hand, is less prone to issues as any water that hits its surface will immediately descend to the ground.

You can rely on us to handle your siding replacement project, from planning to completion. Call us at (678) 283-8171 to get a free estimate. We serve homeowners throughout Atlanta and Marietta, GA.


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