6 Vinyl Siding Profiles and Everything You Should Know About Them

Whether it’s a windows replacement or a siding replacement job, it’s important that you learn as much as you can about the materials that you can use. That way you can make an informed decision on what you’re installing in your home and make sure that material is really what you want or need. This is especially true for vinyl siding replacement jobs as this siding material has seven different profiles.

In this post, Atlas Construction discusses the six different vinyl siding profiles and everything you should know about them.

  1. Clapboard – The clapboard profile is very similar to traditional wood siding. If you want your siding to mimic natural wood, this is the siding you should choose. It is based on the way Native Americans shaped timber when they built their dwellings and is suitable for almost every traditional home style.
  2. Dutchlap – The dutchlap profile, meanwhile, is a popular alternative to the clapboard and features strong shadow lines due to the curve at the top of every course it has. Its origins can be traced back to Northern Europe and was made popular in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The home styles that suit the dutchlap profile are the Craftsman and the French Colonial styles.
  3. Beaded – This vinyl siding profile is also similar to the clapboard, but this time, it features a rounded bead at the bottom. This enhances its shadow lines and was first seen in the Southern parts of the United States, being used in buildings constructed prior to 1800. The Georgian and Federal home styles suit the beaded siding profile best.
  4. Vertical – When it comes to siding repair and replacement, you can also consider using the vertical profile (or board and batten) for its wide and narrow panels. It’s likely the oldest profile there is as its origins can be traced as far back as the Medieval times and was used in the design traditions of the Midwest and West Coast of the U.S. As a siding material, it suits the Craftsman style home, but as an accent material, it best suits the Queen Anne.
  5. Shake – The hand-split cedar shake profile was used to protect homes from the harsh environment of the seaboard. Nowadays, it’s popular since it achieves a natural wood look for your home. This siding profile originated in the Northwest and East Coasts of the U.S., and can be used with different home styles like the Craftsman, Cape Cod, French Colonial and Federal.
  6. Shingle – This style includes siding with shapes like rounded scallops, hexagon, octagon or fish scale. It first gained popularity in the Northeastern parts of the U.S. during the late nineteenth century and was also used as accents. As an accent, you can use it on the Craftsman, Queen Anne and Folk Victorian home styles. As a siding material, however, it can only suit the Queen Anne home style.

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