Beyond Clapboard: A Look At Other Vinyl Siding Options

Vinyl House With Blue Shutters

When you're looking at design options to update the look of your home or a project you're working on, vinyl siding may not be the first design element that comes to mind. In the past, vinyl siding has usually come in fairly neutral colors with a limited range of appearances, typically clapboard and Dutch lap of varying widths. Because vinyl is such an inexpensive and versatile material, there have been major changes in the market over the past few years to help increase your available design options. In this piece, we'll look at some of the easiest ways to dress up your home makeover using vinyl siding.

Beyond Clapboard

Though clapboard and Dutch lap were the mainstay of the market for many, many years, there are many other options now available to help you create the perfect appearance for your home. Let's explore all the options available:

  • Installing Vinyl Siding on the side of the house Clapboard and Dutch Lap: These two styles, in a variety of widths, have been the mainstay of the industry for over 60 years. Wooden clapboard was originally made when boards were split instead of sawn, so as the carpenter split the log from the middle to the outside, he ended up with a number of boards that were narrower on one end and wider at the other. He'd then install them on a frame home, paint it with white lime wash and call the job done.
  • Shingles and Shakes: One of the next varieties of vinyl siding that has been developed has been a number of shingle and shake options. From very regular, uniform appearance to a more irregular, primitive look, shakes have gained a lot of attention, either as a home's entire siding or to highlight particular areas. A very common application recently has been to use clapboard or Dutch lap on the main walls with half-round shingles on the gable walls in a contrasting color to liven things up.
  • Beaded: Beaded siding takes a traditional clapboard siding and adds a decorative bead at the bottom of each board. This helps provide a little more class to a home or structure where you otherwise want to maintain traditional decor.
  • Board and Batten Vertical: This vinyl siding option takes the usual horizontal installation and moves it vertically. It's a great look for a modern or ranch home, with wide planks sealed by narrow batten boards between them.

Dream in Color

Red ClapboardOf course, you're not stuck with 12 shades of beige anymore either. As styles have changed, homeowners have begun to demand a larger range of colors, including beautiful deeper tones of red, blue and green. It's not just the siding that has taken that route either.

It used to be that you were stuck with white trim or matching neutral tones, but not anymore. As the market has adapted to demand for more color, trim has become available in many other colors, including darker and different tones than the siding to provide beautiful contrast.

Keep Your Options Open

Beyond color and style, there have been other changes in the market that provide new options for your design. In addition to new colors, there are many more decorative options for trim. Restoration millwork is now available that help restore historic homes to their original glory. Vinyl is being used in a number of other applications, including fencing, Many homeowners are also taking advantage of new designs in more traditional vinyl siding options that remove the woodgrain finish entirely, providing clean lines for modern homes.

Now that you've had the opportunity to look at different vinyl siding options, it's time to take your project to the next level. Take a little time to investigate the siding options that make your project stand out from the crowd, then start putting them into action. At Wallboard Supply Company, we've been helping people like you in the four-state area for over 45 years. Please contact us with any questions, to place an order or arrange delivery from one of our five convenient locations.

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