Choosing Between Horizontal vs Vertical Metal Siding for a Residential Home

When it comes to installing metal siding in your home, you’re going to find yourself with a whole lot of decisions to make. You’re going to have to choose the specific type of metal being used. You may have to decide which screws and attachments will give longevity and security. You may even have to choose colors. But one major decision that you can’t take too lightly is whether to opt for horizontal siding or vertical siding for your property. Here’s some information that will help you to make the best decision to suit your needs and preferences!

Horizontal Siding

There are a number of factors that can determine whether horizontal siding is for you or not. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the pros and cons!


Generally speaking, horizontal siding tends to be a lot less expensive than vertical siding. It is often the cheaper of the two options. This is because it is usually much easier to install than vertical siding, meaning the project takes less time and effort to complete. This makes it ideal for anyone looking for siding on a budget.


As we’ve briefly mentioned, horizontal siding takes less time to install than vertical siding. In fact, the project should be complete in around half the time. So, if you want this work carried out quickly, horizontal siding could be for you.


Many homeowners prefer the appearance of horizontal siding. While this is purely down to personal preference, this option does tend to hold more favour when it comes to aesthetics


If your main focus is durability, this may not be the option for you. Horizontal siding tends to be less durable than vertical siding. This is because it’s more prone to water damage over time. Rain can more easily seep into gaps in horizontal siding than it can vertical siding. It’s also important to bear in mind that if any siding becomes even slightly dislodged, water can begin to easily enter the gap, creating mold and mildew damage.


Horizontal siding tends to be a lot more difficult to clean than vertical siding. A special technique and special equipment need to be used to prevent water from leaking in between the horizontal slats. Vertical siding, on the other hand, can be cleaned with detergent and a garden hose or power washer.

Vertical Siding

Now, let’s take a look at vertical siding. This is less commonly seen on residential properties and tends to be favored by commercial property owners. However, nowadays, more homeowners are becoming open to the option of vertical siding. Here are some of this siding’s pros and cons!

Unique Aesthetics

As we’ve mentioned earlier, homeowners tend to prefer the aesthetics of horizontal siding. But if you’re looking to help your property stand out from the crowd, vertical siding can help you to achieve this!


As mentioned above, it is much easier to clean vertical siding. This can save you a lot of time in your schedule and also means that you don’t have to invest in specialist equipment to clean your siding effectively.

Time and Cost

Again, we mentioned that vertical siding costs more to install. This is due to the more complex nature of installing it. Furring strips have to be installed between each of the siding pieces. But this is a pro! It protects your siding against water leakage and potential damage. It also means that your siding can last a whole lot longer.

As you can see, there are pros and cons with both types of siding. The best for you will depend purely on your individual wants, needs and preferences!

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