Vinyl siding is available in more profiles than any other cladding on the market. Using the latest technology, vinyl siding manufacturers have recreated the fine wood exteriors of the past that work beautifully with many architectural styles form historic to contemporary.
Clapboard, Dutchlap, and beaded are the three dominating profiles.
Vinyl siding clapboard profiles are available in single, double and triple "courses" or rows and at varying heights, or "reveals" on each profile.
|Single 6"||Double 3"||Triple 3" [Diagram]|
|Single 7"||Double 4" [Diagram]||Triple 4"|
|Single 8"||Double 4 1/2"|
Dutchlap siding was popular in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. during early settler days. But its origin dates back to Northern Europe in areas where wood construction was most popular. Dutchlap siding provides strong shadow lines and a popular alternative to the standard clapboard profile.
|Double 4"||Triple 3"|
|Double 4 1/2"||Triple 4"|
|Double 5" [Diagram]|
|Double 5 1/2"|
Beaded siding was developed to provide even more dramatic shadow lines by adding a rounded bead at the bottom of a single clapboard course.
Beaded vinyl siding precisely replicates the handcrafted bead that was originally produced in wood. The reveals are typically six to seven inch single courses.
Single 6 1/2"
|Single 6 1/2" [Diagram]|
Vinyl siding is the only exterior siding material that comprehensively recreates the specialty wood profiles. The specialty profiles come in: vertical siding, shingles/shapes and shakes.
Stemming from traditions in the Midwest mountain regions and West Coast, vertical siding has gained popularity throughout the United States and Canada. Architectural styles using vertical siding are: Folk Victorian, Tudor and Craftsman.
Today's vinyl siding accurately reproduces the increasingly popular board & batten profile consisting of alternating wide and narrow panels. Some types of vinyl soffit can be used as vertical siding. These applications are often used as accents, but are also used in whole house applications.
Vertical vinyl siding is usually specified by profile and reveal.
Board & Batten 8" Reveal
|Board & Batten 6" Reveal|
|Board & Batten 7" Reveal|
|Board & Batten 8" Reveal [Diagram]|
This type of profile is now widely used in areas where certain architectural styles - such as Cape Cod, Queen Anne and Craftsman - are popular. Shingle siding can be used in whole house applications or as an accent, most commonly gables and dormers. These profiles add distinction to a design and greatly enhance curb appeal.
Scallops - Rounds
Shingles - Square
|Scallops - Rounds [Diagram] or Half Rounds|
|Half Cove [Diagram]|
|Shingles - Square [Diagram]|
|Mitered Corner [Diagram]|
|Fish Scale [Diagram]|
Vinyl shakes have gained popularity and can be used in combination with other cladding materials on a variety of architectural styles. Combinations of materials - such as shake siding and stone - seem to be especially popular because of the rustic nature of both products.
Vinyl shakes offer natural look of wood without all the maintenance associated with wood such as painting. Vinyl shake profiles are typically manufactured as a single or double course with reveals of six to ten inches and are offered in straight edge or staggered courses.
|Straight Edge Shake 6"||Staggered Shake 6"|
|Straight Edge Shake 7"
|Staggered Shake 7"|
|Straight Edge Shake 8"||Staggered Shake 8"|
|Straight Edge Shake 9"||Staggered Shake 9"|
|Staggered Shake 10"
Soffit is used to provide a finishing touch on horizontal surfaces such as eaves, porch ceilings and entryways. Soffit also serves the functional purposes of providing air flow needed for attic ventilation.
Vinyl soffit comes in several types - solid, beaded, ventilated and hidden ventilated. Vinyl soffit is available in a variety of colors, but the most popular choice is white.
Triple 4" Solid
Double 5" Ventilated
|Double 4" Solid||Triple 3 1/3" Solid||Quad 4" Solid|
|Double 5" Solid||Triple 4" Solid [Diagram]|
|Double 6" Solid|
|Double 4" Beaded||Triple 2" Beaded||Triple 2 3/8" Beaded|
|Triple 2 1/3" Beaded||Triple 3" Beaded|
|Triple 2 2/3" Beaded||Triple 3 1/3" Beaded [Diagram]|
|Double 5" Ventilated [Diagram]||Triple 4" Ventilated|
|Triple 3 1/3" Hidden Ventilated [Diagram]||Triple 4" Hidden Ventilated|
Triple 3 1/3" Beaded
Triple 3 1/3"
Vinyl siding profiles come in varying textures from deep woodgrain to smooth, which replicates sanded, sealed and painted wood. Specialty profiles like shakes and shingles are also available in variety of textures to replicate the authentic look of cedar shakes.
The assortment of textures makes vinyl siding suitable for a wide range of architectural styles. Plus, low-maintenance vinyl siding can recreate the various looks of wood without the worries of rotting, swelling, warping, chipping, peeling, fading or insect infestation.