What Siding Profile Types Are Popular Today?

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Whatever siding profile you choose for your siding replacement project, it’s the perfect opportunity to express your sense of style and to create a house that you’re going to love coming home to everyday. At Bellwether, our design and install teams are well-versed in a number of different siding profiles, all of which can be achieved with high-quality siding products, such as James Hardie fiber cement siding. This means that you can achieve a high-design exterior with supreme protection from the outside in.

Choose a siding profile that works for your home’s needs and your design aesthetic.

There are many different siding profiles to choose from, and we are happy to help our customers choose the one that works best for their home exterior and design goals. Here are some siding profiles that are popular today.

Lap Siding

When homeowners think of classic siding, their minds generally go to what is known as lap siding. A clapboard method, lap siding installs planks horizontally across the wall, starting from the bottom and building up, the board below overlapped by the board above. The look is timeless and perfect for wicking away moisture.

Board & Batten Siding

More recently popular again, board & batten siding is an old country style siding profile. Simply put, board and batten siding is a siding installation method in which siding planks are installed vertically, along side each other, and then a smaller board, or a batten, is installed on top of the vertical planks at the seam to cover up the space between. It has gained modern popularity as urban farmhouses are rising in the trends, a great combination of chic, minimal design with some warmer character.

Shingle or Shake Siding

Shingle/shake siding refers to a siding profile  in which smaller boards, typically 6-8 inches wide, are cut and tapered, then fit into an overlapping pattern. Traditionally, shingles were split from wood and shakes were deliberately sawed, each creating a sloping edge so that the small pieces could be patterned together. This method achieves a charming, almost East Coast look that presents a lot of personality on a home exterior.

Shiplap Siding

Shiplap siding is a form of lap siding, so the planks are installed horizontally, beginning from the bottom up. Made popular recently in modern farmhouse and Scandinavian-inspired designs, shiplap differs from traditional lap siding in that the boards don’t overlap, rather allow a “nickel gap”, or a small space about the width of a nickel” for a clean, uniform look.

V-Groove Siding

Traditionally, v-groove siding was made from cedar board for a classy craftsman look. The name refers to the beveled edge on the side of the board that, when fitted with the subsequent plank, forms a v-seam with the next board. Cedar and wood siding options aren’t the best for Colorado homes, but our install teams can achieve the same look with high-quality fiber cement siding products that are pressed to mimic the beautiful grain of cedar wood.

Architectural Panels and Vertical Panels

Generally used on large-scale and commercial buildings, architectural panels press the siding panels into boards larger than traditional siding planks. They can be crafted to mimic wood, concrete and brick but are easily installed on a hidden track system.

Vertical Tongue & Groove

Tongue & groove siding can be installed horizontally or vertically, but recently, a vertical installation has become more popular. The boards fit together with a tongue-and-groove system to prevent moisture infiltration and create a smooth, secure design on the home exterior.

Channel Rustic

Channel rustic siding is a popular siding style in Colorado, especially on mountain homes. A version of lap siding, each board has a routed thinner edge, that overlaps the thicker edge of the next board, created a one-inch panel at the overlap point.

Bellwether’s design teams are expert on popular siding profiles

Our design teams stay up-to-date on the latest siding profile trends. We can help you achieve design goals that modernize your home’s style, with high-quality products and classic installation so that your home stands the test of time.

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