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When it’s time to re-side your home or choose siding for new construction, you need to know about the styles of siding available. After all, your siding will last many years. So, it’s important to consider your choice carefully. Here are some of the most common styles of siding, what they look like, and the pros and cons of each.

1. Lap Siding

One of the most popular styles is lap siding. Lap siding can use materials like vinyl siding, wood siding, composite siding & fiber cement siding. This style of siding is made up of long pieces placed horizontally. It can also be called clapboard siding. Installing lap siding involves blind nailing or nailing the bottom of each panel to the top of the panel below it. Lap siding comes in various widths and the most common exposure of lap siding is 7”.

Lap siding is an attractive solution for traditional style homes, especially for mainly symmetrical structures. Among the many siding styles, lap siding is one of the most cost-effective, depending on materials and colors used, as well as whether it is insulated. However, some homeowners prefer to go with a style of siding that is less common and simple.

A variation on lap siding worth noting is Dutch lap siding. Unlike regular lap siding, Dutch lap is not flat but has a notch that makes for an elegant shadow line. Another style of lap siding is shiplap, with tightly interlocking pieces that give different shadow line. These types are slightly more expensive than ordinary lap siding, but many people choose it for its more distinctive look. GS Exterior Experts recommends the James Hardie Aspyre collection / Artisan products which give the home a fire resistant exterior due to the thickness of the siding. For more info on the styles of panel available in the Colorado market please refer to

2. Board and Batten Siding or panel siding

Board and batten siding is available in wood, fiber cement and composite materials. If you see a home with some or all of its siding placed vertically, it likely features board and batten siding. This style of siding requires the installer to nail each piece from top to bottom, flush against the piece beside it and flat against the home’s exterior. Then, a thin piece of board called a batten is nailed where the siding pieces meet to ensure a watertight fit. The most common board and batten spacing is 12”, 16” and 24”.

One advantage of board and batten siding is its versatility, as you can use it along with other styles of siding to create an interesting overall look. However, it is more expensive than lap siding. That’s why many people use a combination of the two. For more info on the styles of panel available in the Colorado market please refer to

3. Shingle Siding

Shingle siding, usually made of wood, fiber cement and composite materials/ gives your home an upscale appearance. The shingles are pieces cut into the desired shape. This style of siding has a relatively smooth, uniform shape.

Often people combine richly colored shingles with trim of white or another contrasting color. Shingle siding is more expensive than either lap siding or board and batten. Yet, many people prefer its elegant appearance. Unfortunately, shingles made of wood require more upkeep than those made of wood, fiber cement and composite materials. vinyl or other materials. For many consumers, though, the look is well worth the effort.

4. Siding with Shakes

Shake siding is comparable to shingle siding in price and materials. One main difference is that shakes are thicker and more durable than shingles. They are also less uniform, giving your home a less polished or more rustic look. Whether you choose shakes or shingles, you can give your home a one-of-a-kind appearance by combining it with other styles of siding such as board and batten.

5. Channel Siding

Channel siding, also called channel gap siding, is a style of siding with pieces cut so that they can overlap with the next board to create a channel or groove. It can be placed vertically or even diagonally, as well as horizontally. With channel siding, you can get very creative to design your own stylish look.

Channel gap siding works well on contemporary or rustic style homes, depending on how the boards are cut. While this type of siding protects your home well from the weather, it is also breathable to prevent mold and mildew damage. GS Exterior Experts recommends the Artisan/Aspyre collection that gives a identical use.

Which Style Should You Choose?

With today’s well-constructed siding, the practical aspects of each style of siding are very similar. So, the most important thing to consider when choosing siding for home is this: What type of maintenance are you willing to do and what appeals to you? What type of look are you going for? Is a little extra style worth a somewhat higher price tag?

If you’re still unsure about which siding to choose, never fear! At GS Exterior Experts, we can provide you with images, construction details, and prices for each style of siding. Reach out to us for a consultation whenever you’re ready by calling (720) 683-6288 or sending us a message on our Contact Us page. We’re committed to helping you discover your favorite style of siding for your home

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