Understand the Options

  • Popular Siding Styles: Blend In Or Break Molds.

    Not to pry, but how steeply pitched are your gables? How rugged do you prefer your shakes? These have everything to do with the style of your home, which has everything to do with the siding you choose.

    Clapboard? Dutchlap? Vertical Board & batten? Beaded?

    Each siding style leaves its impression. Good or bad? That depends on your home style, plus how you feel about shapes, shape patterns and how they should interact on the outside of your home. The only wrong decision is a hasty one, so pour yourself a coffee and start exploring.

    You can feel the impact of siding by sight. (“Hey, killer clapboard!”) You can feel it in the quality of your weekends. (“Hey, I’ve never seen you stain your shingles!”) For more on how siding can affect your home and your life, visit our Impact of Siding section.

    Siding 101_options_clapboard siding  



    Clapboard–also known as lap or bevel siding–is distinguished by its overlapping thin planks and can be found covering many New England-style cottages. In addition to adding quaintness, the overlapping nature of clapboard siding adds natural protection from snow and rain.

    Our traditional siding and Haven® insulated siding is available in clapboard.

    dutchlap siding  



    The Dutchlap variation of the clapboard theme exudes the traditional look of early settler mid-Atlantic homes and has its roots in the original wood versions used in North European home construction. It imitates vintage wood looks without imitating vintage wood splinters.

    Our  traditional and  Haven insulated siding  is available in Dutchlap.

    vertical siding  



    Rustic in nature, vertical siding has been a popular addition to a wide range of architectural styles since the medieval times of jousting and feasting. The board & batten variation of the vertical theme–with its alternating wide and narrow panels–is growing in popularity, particularly on historical homes and barns. And homes that are neither historical nor barns.

    Our traditional siding and Haven insulated siding is available in vertical profiles.

    beaded siding  



    Another slightly more dramatic variation of clapboard siding, beaded siding uses (you guessed it) a rounded bead at the bottom of a course of clapboard shingles to display more pronounced shadow lines. The beaded style started as a popular style on buildings pre-dating 1800 in the southern U.S.

    cedar shake & shingles  



    Cedar shake can do a great impersonation of a New England-style summer home. Many homeowners use shake in strategic areas to complement another type of siding for a warmer, more natural look.

    Another kind of siding that excels as a natural, rustic accent is shake & shingles siding. It comes in a variety of geometric shapes like hexagons, half cove, square and octagon. Shake & shingles siding is popular, so you'll spot it hanging around a variety of home styles–including Cape Cod, Queen Anne and Craftsman.

    An extra-amazing example of this type of siding in all its rich varieties is our Portsmouth Shake & Shingles.

    color siding  

    Color Your Siding Anything But Boring. 

    The right color combinations make sense on a logical, emotional and sometimes inexplicable level. Siding is available in hundreds of colors now, which is simultaneously exciting and daunting news.

    Life is simpler when you have fewer choices, but much more interesting when you have more. Coordinate siding colors and styles with your personality on our Consider Your Style page and play around with color coordinating on our Color Education page.