Many homes feature horizontal lap siding as a standard, but that is far from the only way to clad the exterior of a home. Vertical siding, such as board-and-batten, is another option that can add a lot of interest and personality to a home.
And whether you want to clad the entire home in one style, mix materials, or are mixing siding styles, there are many ways that you can introduce vertical siding into your design.
Vertical Siding Design Options
The following 10 vertical siding designs can give you a better understanding of what you may be able to achieve with this unique style:
1. Fieldstone and Board and Batten Mix
Using stone veneer or fieldstone as an accent has become a very popular addition to home exteriors in recent years. Stone veneer can add some color and texture that brings life to the entire facade. This home features stone veneer around the base of the home and a vertical siding above. The vertical siding helps pull the eye upward, accentuating the height of the home and balancing out the stone veneer on the bottom.
2. Classic Brick Pairing
Many homes have a brick foundation that is visible beneath the edge of the siding. These homes are often traditional architectural styles, which means that they need a traditional siding style to match. Board and batten is one of the oldest forms of siding in America, first introduced by the first sawmills, so it makes a great choice for completing a traditional-style home.
3. Gable Accent
This home is primarily clad in steel, log-look siding. To give it more interest and dimension, it also features a matching steel board-and-batten siding just below the roof gable. This helps draw the eye upward, making the roof seem taller. At the same time, the matching color and texture of the two sections creates a very subtle and unified appearance for the exterior, bringing it together nicely.
4. Modern Farmhouse
The modern farmhouse has rapidly been growing in popularity. Modern farmhouses incorporate many of the attributes that made the original farmhouse so popular, but with newer amenities such as more durable siding and wider front porches. Many new farmhouses are clad in white due to the crisp color and appearance. This farmhouse features a white vertical siding, which captures the history of the farmhouse, and gives it a new, modern appearance.
5. Natural Colors
This home features steel board-and-batten siding and a standing seam metal roof. The two areas not only complement one another in material, but also in their color palette. The red-brown of the siding has a natural appearance reminiscent of redwood, while the roof and the trim add a natural green color that blends well and adds enough contrast to help it stand out.
6. Three-Part Exterior
This large home has a lot of siding to cover, and it breaks things up nicely by using a mixture of vertical siding, shingle siding, and the natural brick foundation. The vertical siding has a seam that continues from the front of the house to the back, just above the lower section that drops away with the landscaping. This creates a nice line for the eye to follow, and helps to accentuate the size and shape of the property. It also helps keep things interesting by mixing up the materials and lines, avoiding the problem that many larger homes have with one type of material over too large an area.
7. Matching Roof and Siding Lines
This home features steel siding and a metal standing seam roof. It’s common for many homeowners who choose a durable exterior material like steel to want to incorporate it over the entirety of the facade. By choosing a vertical board and batten siding, it helps create a flowing set of lines from the roof down the wall, giving the home continuity and interest at the same time, as well as the durability and protection of steel.
8. Clean White Color
White siding is one of the most popular colors and styles for homes today. The clean color works on nearly every architectural style and in every region. Vertical siding is an ideal choice for white, as the lack of horizontal shadows that lap siding creates helps make for a crisper looking facade. The natural wood accents in the balcony of the home make a nice contrast to the white siding both in color and in the change of direction it takes, calling attention to this part of the home.
9. Narrow Plank Board and Batten
This home features vertical siding over its entirety, including the chimney. To bring it more depth and interest, it uses a more narrow plank than some board and batten sidings, which may feature a wider plank. This creates a more pronounced look for the siding, emphasizing its placement and direction on the home.
10. Matching Garage
Homes that have multiple buildings as part of the property have several options for siding. Some will mix and match materials and styles, while others opt for a more cohesive appearance. This property uses the same color and style of vertical siding on both the home and the detached garage, creating one unified look for both. Using the same siding over the entirety of the home also helps keep the overhang on the split level together visually, rather than breaking it up further.
Choose Your Ideal Vertical Siding Look
With so many ways to utilize vertical siding on your home, you should have no trouble finding the style, color, and placement that best complements your property. Whether you’re opting for something modern or traditional, this less often used siding style is a great way to set your home apart from the crowd and let its true potential shine. If you’re planning on redoing the exterior of your home, invest in Trulog vertical siding to capture one of these looks for your property.