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Popular Siding Styles – A Brief Education

New siding can boost your home’s curb appeal and value instantly. Replacing your home’s siding is a long-term investment that will change the way your home looks, feels, and functions. When choosing the side you can stay traditional or go for a new on-trend look, today’s siding market is dominated by the advent of Hardie Plank siding and Giant is proud to serve as Westchester’s only James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor.

When we are just starting a conversation about siding types we are generally talking about three principal siding styles, and here is what you should know about each.

Clapboard or Lap Siding


Also referred to as plank siding, lap siding is the most popular siding style. It consists of long planks installed horizontally such that the course of each plank overlaps the course of siding below.

Lap siding is standard on traditional houses, with small to medium-sized siding planks, but a little adjustment matches it with contemporary homes. For instance, you can use alternating plank exposures without the wide trim boards associated with old-style houses.

Shingle Siding

hardieshingle siding in straight edge panel home

Many people are familiar with shingle (or shake) siding due to its dominance in Victorian houses. Today, shingle siding is typical on roof gables for extra exquisiteness. You can also install it as the main feature in combination with other siding styles, such as stone.

Traditional shingle siding was wood, which features limited finishes and demanding maintenance. With building materials like fiber cement, options for shingle siding are boundless. Siding comes in many dimensions and textures with customized edges to mimic wood. The siding material is also less expensive to maintain.

Vertical Siding

hardiepanel vertical siding in a modern home
Also known as panel siding, vertical siding is easily identifiable by its wide panels installed vertically to provide an unadorned aspect. With a perfect finish, vertical siding is a characteristic feature of most contemporary homes. A more sophisticated style derived from panel siding is the board and batten siding.

Board and batten siding involves installing batten strips on top of panel siding at specified intervals to create a rustic look. You can easily tweak the batten spaces accordingly if you want a more stylish finish.

Get the Right Siding for Your Westchester  Home

When it comes to making siding choices, a proficient local siding company can provide invaluable advice and quality supplies. Giant Siding & Windows is an experienced siding company that has served Hudson Valley homeowners since 1965.

Contact us for all your siding needs in Westchester, NY.