Vinyl siding is one of the most desirable options for exterior cladding on homes today. Modern vinyl siding is far superior to that of the initially introduced products of the 1950s. The technology of current siding manufacturing and siding installation processes has improved significantly. For this reason, vinyl siding is becoming more popular for both new homes and for siding replacement on existing homes.

As an experienced siding contractor in Woodbridge VA, we have first-hand knowledge of the advantages of vinyl siding. Let’s explore some of the most desirable aspects of vinyl siding that we are sure will benefit your home.


01  Clapboard

02 Traditional Lap

03 Dutch Lap

04 Smooth

05 Wood Grain

06 Beaded Seam

07 Board & Batten

08 Cedar Shake

09 Traditional Shake

10 Hand-split Shakes

11 Half-round (Scalloped)

12 Log Vinyl Siding

Aesthetics and Options

The aesthetics of the exterior of your home is important to you and to those around you. Whether it is a new siding installation or siding replacement, most homeowners are looking for cladding that will provide curb appeal. Vinyl siding is available in a variety colors, textures, sizes, shapes, and trim. There are many options that appeal to an individual homeowner’s unique architectural style.

Durability and Low Maintenance

When installed properly by a skilled siding contractor in Woodbridge VA, vinyl siding is designed to withstand high winds, resist extreme temperature differentials and moisture, and retain its original appearance for extended periods of time. The warranties on the materials are impressive and give credence the product’s longevity.

As you talk to your siding contractor, you will probably discuss features of vinyl siding including the following:

Width, Thickness, Profile and Texture, Price and Color

They should be able to direct you to examples in your area where they have installed different types of siding so you can get an idea of what it would look like on your house.

1) Clapboard

Clapboard siding was first used in the U.S. in Colonial times, and is a traditional method of siding a house. It was used on some of the most historic homes in the country. It is often called lap siding or horizontal siding.

Clapboard siding is designed with long, narrow boards of around 4”. These planks are nailed lengthwise to the wall of the house. They overlap each other top to bottom and look like wood in texture and profile. The overlap of planks produces a shadow line that creates an interesting profile. It is more subtle than other siding options that also overlap.

2) Traditional Lap

Similar to clapboard siding, traditional lap is made of broad planks of 6” to 7”. These, also, overlap. Each plank is wedge-shaped, being narrower at the top than the bottom.

The planks are installed starting at the bottom of the wall, and the thicker bottom edge will overlap the bottom plank. This sheds water very efficiently, protecting the structure beneath. This pattern creates stronger shadow lines than regular clapboard.

3) Dutch Lap

Dutch lap siding takes the traditional lap to the next level. The angle of the bevel is sharper, creating more of a contrast between the planks. The troughs in the overlapped areas are deeper, creating an even stronger shadow line.

The goal with Dutch lap is to create a hand-carved look. This hand-made looking plank will create deeper shadows and smoother lines. Usually, these planks will be 4” or 5” wide.
Vinyl siding is manufactured in sheets that mimic the look of Dutch lap and traditional lap siding. Rather than going up one plank at a time, it is installed one section at a time.

4) Smooth

When people consider vinyl siding, they usually visualize smooth siding. There is no texture on the surface. This is a great choice for modern architecture because of its clean lines. It is also available in many colors.

5) Wood Grain

Vinyl siding can also be manufactured with wood grain. It is available in both horizontal and vertical installation and looks like wood that has been stained. It is, however, more durable than wood, which can absorb moisture and rot.

6) Beaded Seam

With beaded seam siding, you have an even more interesting shadow line. Each plank of siding has a rounded notch cut into the bottom edge. When siding planks were handmade, this was a very expensive feature and only found on very upscale homes.

Beaded seam has a very clean look, and is great for traditional homes. Any home looks nice with beaded seam planks, as the bead accents the lines well. This siding, also, is available in a broad choice of colors.

7) Board & Batten

Also called barn siding, board and batten siding is the widest of all, with planks of up to 12 inches wide. The boards are installed either vertically or horizontally, with narrow strips of wood nailed over the gap between the boards.

8) Cedar Shake

Cedar shakes are a traditional siding option and were originally made by hand. Workmen would chop a cedar log lengthwise to obtain wedge-shaped sections of cedar that would then be attached to the wall. They are very rough and have a lot of texture, which makes them unique.

Real cedar shakes are a rich color, but over the years, they dry out and turn gray. They also must be maintained with fresh stain every few years. With vinyl siding manufactured in sheets to look like cedar shingles, you can have the look without the upkeep. You also have your choice of colors with the vinyl selection.

9) Traditional Shake (Straight Edge)

Straight edge siding is exactly what the name implies. The siding, once it is installed, displays straight shadow lines. Even if the planks are textured, the edges are straight and even.

10) Hand-split Shakes (Staggered-Edge)

Staggered-edge siding looks like hand-split shingles, much like cedar shakes. With shingle siding, the individual shingles are installed and the overall look shows complex shadow lines. Vinyl siding made with staggered-edge may be manufactured in panels.

11) Half-round (Scalloped)

Sometimes called “fish scale” siding, these are half-round shingles that create a picturesque look. They are especially nice in gables. The scallops are historic looking, and look great with a low gloss finish. Vinyl siding is available in this profile.

12) Log Vinyl Siding

You can get the rustic look of log siding with vinyl. Log cabins are expensive and require a lot of maintenance. However, vinyl log siding is available with your choice of wood grain styles. This siding does not splinter and the colors will not fade.

In addition, vinyl log siding does not mold and it does not yield to insects or moisture. It will hold its color and withstand bad weather. With log vinyl siding, you can have the look of a log cabin without the outrageous expenses associated with the materials and installation of logs.

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