Like banisters, wainscoting, and porch rails, vinyl siding comes in a variety of shapes. Some have deeper overlaps or ridges, such as Dutchlap panels. Others are made to “sit” closer to the exterior wall surface for a slimmer profile, like Vertical panels, clapboard styles, and Vytec Shakes.
Shakes mimic the look of wood siding with square-edged vertical lines and the texture of cedar. They can be used on an entire home or for accent on larger homes for a
spectacular visual contrast.
Traditional, also called clapboard style, is the profile most often chosen by homeowners. Each “board” appears to overlap the one below it, creating the look of wood siding. Traditional panels “set” closer to the exterior wall for a slimmer profile.
Dutchlap profiles are similar to bevel style, but with the addition of a sharply angled bevel directly underneath each “overlap.” This gives the siding softer shadow lines and
a more distinctive look.
Board & Batten
A unique exterior design created by using vertical boards with battens covering the seams. The alternating wide and anrrow vertical panels combine a distinctive architectural design
that can be used for whole-house application, or in combination with horizontal siding.
Looking at small samples, there may appear to be little difference between profile choices. When installed on walls one or two stories high, the differences will be dramatic.