There are tons of important factors that contribute to your final decision about a siding replacement—brand, cost, durability, and contractor availability, to name a few. But if you’re like most homeowners, one of the most challenging decisions to make for your siding replacement is choosing which style will look best on your Denver home.
Horizontal and vertical siding by James Hardie are two homeowner-approved siding options. However, your home’s style, neighborhood, or personal preference may help you determine which look you’ll prefer to transform and beautify your home’s appearance.
Utilize this helpful guide to understand the differences between horizontal and vertical siding to create the perfect look for your home!
Horizontal siding is a conventional, classic option that never goes out of style. Chances are, many homes in your neighborhood have horizontal siding—homeowners love it for its simplicity and durability.
Since horizontal siding is the most common siding option for homes, it’s readily available and cost-effective to install. Additionally, most contractors are incredibly efficient at installing horizontal siding, so you’ll save on labor costs, too.
Popular Home Styles with Horizontal Siding
Horizontal siding is timeless—Americans have covered their suburban homes with this reliable siding for centuries. Typically, Colonial, Farmhouse, Ranch, Victorian, and other historic-style homes look great with horizontal siding.
Horizontal siding is also a great option if you’re trying to blend in with your neighborhood since many houses already have this traditional look.
Horizontal Siding from James Hardie
HardiePlank lap siding is James Hardie’s best-selling horizontal siding option—and in fact, the most popular siding brand in North America!
HardiePlank lap siding comes in six style options. Choose from Select Cedarmill, Smooth, Beaded Cedarmill, Beaded Smooth, Colonial Roughsawn, or Colonial Smooth styles with dozens of classic, baked-on shades, or select panels that are primed for paint so that you can design the perfect look for your home!
Searching for a modern, elegant look for your home? Vertical siding is a perfect choice! It’s a unique style that’s less common, and therefore, more eye-catching.
Vertical siding requires specialized installation, making it a more costly, time-consuming replacement option. However, once it’s installed, vertical siding is exceptionally watertight. It’s less susceptible to water damage than other siding types, and it’s easy to clean, too.
Popular Home Styles with Vertical Siding
Vertical siding is an excellent option to modernize any home. It looks terrific on Ranch and Craftsman homes—especially when the boards are painted a dark, striking color and paired with white trim.
Vertical siding is also commonly used on Tudor Fairy homes typical to the Denver area. When paired with stone or brick details, it adds a charming, quaint ambiance to your home’s appearance.
Vertical Siding from James Hardie
HardiePanel vertical siding is James Hardie’s vertical siding option. It comes in four design options—Select Cedarmill, Smooth, Stucco, and Sierra 8, to mimic the look of wood or stucco siding on your Denver home.
Learn more about James Hardie siding in our “Homeowner’s Guide to James Hardie.”
If you just can’t choose between horizontal or vertical siding, consider installing a unique combination of both! Typically, homeowners who install horizontal and vertical siding cover most of their house in horizontal siding, and the gables, dormers, and other accent features with vertical siding.
Popular Home Styles with Horizontal and Vertical Siding
Bungalow and Craftsman style homes both look great with a combination of horizontal and vertical siding. These styles also look great with shakes, shingles, or stone. You can mix and match to create a striking look for your Denver home!
Benefits of James Hardie Siding
Regardless of whether you choose horizontal, vertical, or a combination of both siding options for your Denver home, all Hardie siding products come with the same unbeatable benefits:
All Hardie siding products are Engineered for Climate to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, including rain, hail, snow, and sun, to keep your home’s exterior looking brand-new.
With so many style options and siding combinations to choose from, it’s easy to create the perfect look for your home. Plus, when you invest in ColorPlus Technology instead of regular paint, your color will resist peeling, cracking, and fading for even longer, so you can enjoy long-lasting vibrancy and beauty.
Fiber cement siding is made with water, sand, and cellulose fibers and requires little to no maintenance. You can enjoy the look of elegant wood siding or inviting stucco siding without frustrating maintenance and costly upkeep.
Hardie siding is pest-resistant, weatherproof, and noncombustible. It doesn’t matter if woodpeckers, insects, hurricanes, tornadoes, or fire come after your home—Hardie siding can hold its own!
Hardie siding products come with a 30-year, transferable, non-prorated warranty. You’ll also receive special warranty benefits when you work with a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor.
Love Your Stylish Siding
When you’re ready to transform your home’s look with a siding replacement, we’d love to help!
As a James Hardie Preferred Contractor, Refined Exteriors has helped homeowners across Denver enhance their homes with beautiful, lasting fiber cement siding. Plus, you’ll enjoy clear communication, timely completion, and transparent pricing when you trust us to complete your siding replacement.If you’re still on the fence about whether horizontal or vertical siding is best for you, read more about James Hardie siding styles before you make your final decision!