Vinyl Siding

Shown here is Norandex Vinyl Siding being installed on a house.

....VINYL IS KING.....

Vinyl siding is the number one selling home siding material in the U.S.

It out sells all other siding materials put together!


Pro's:  It is easy to install, it's affordable, half the cost of real wood, comes in wide range of colors, textures and styles.  Vinyl siding can be retrofitted over most existing home exteriors and it requires very little maintenance.  It is insect-proof, dent-resistant, will not rot, and never needs painting!

Con's:  It will burn, has very little insulating factors by itself, and if you don't get a good quality brand and a good quality installation job, it will look like vinyl siding.

Three Basic Types Of Siding

  1. Horizontal siding, or Clapboard Siding
  2. Vertical siding, Board and Batten Siding
  3. Vinyl cedar shake siding. 

Horizontal Siding

Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding

Clapboard, or horizontal siding, sometimes called Colonial Style or Lap Siding

Clapboard siding looks like long wooden planks nailed horizontally on your house.

Vertical Siding

Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding 

Board & Batten Siding or Vertical Siding  

Dutch Lap siding is made to look like wood siding hand carved by old world craftsmen.

Cedar Shake Siding

Certainteed Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding 

Vinyl Cedar Shake

The rustic out-door look of real cedar shakes at half the cost of real wood.

A look of distinction!  

Board and Batten Siding

Board and Batten or Vertical Siding

This house has incorporated CertainTeed's Board and Batten siding on the garage with  cedar shake siding on the top house gable. Great look.

Clapboard Siding

Clapboard Siding

This house is using CertainTeed Monogram Clapboard Siding to give this older house a truly classic look. 

Cedar Shake Siding

Cedar Shake Siding

Rugged outdoor look with charm.

This site is designed by a bunch of old vinyl siding contractors. Our mission is to help you pick out the very best siding for your house and show you how to get the best price possible. 

Also, we will show you how to find and work with local contractors. How to write a contract that protects you and how to keep your project moving smoothly and avoid headaches.

Vinyl Siding Styles

There are many different vinyl siding styles. When people use 'styles' they usually mean things like colors, textures and profiles. They could also mean clapboard, board and batten or dutch lap. Or they could be talking about cedar shakes or cedar lap. 

It is important for the homeowner to research what vinyl siding they would like to put on their house before calling contractors.

It is so much easier to work with a contractor when you know a little bit about what products you would like and especially what extra work you are looking to have done. 

Click here to review more about Vinyl Siding Styles.

Every house is different and no one type or style of siding is perfect for every house. So what is the best siding?

The best siding is the one that is affordable, fits your budget, looks great on your house, easy to maintain and lasts as long as you need it to. And can be bought in your area.  

Like all other products vinyl siding comes in many different qualities from economy grade to premium grade. The better the siding the more it costs.

Siding Cost

How much does it cost to install new vinyl siding on your house?

Vinyl siding cost is made up of several different components. 

  1. How much siding (sq ft) you will need, and the quality of the siding you choose. 
  2. The amount of work required to install the siding.
  3. How much labor will it take to make your house ready to have the siding installed.  

Each house is different so the amount of siding needed will vary house to house and so will the amount of work the contractor has to do to make your house ready for the siding to be installed.

Do you have old siding that needs to be removed?

Do you have rotted wood that needs to be repaired or replaced?

Do you have termite damage that needs to be repaired?

How does you soffit look? And you facia boards?

Do you want new gutters?

You buy siding by the square foot. So you can just multiply the sq ft of your house's exterior walls x the price of the siding. This will give you a rough idea of the costs involved.

Next, You have to pay the contractor to install the new siding on your house. Installing the siding on your house will cost you extra.

So all prices for installing vinyl siding is made up of two items, the price of the siding and the labor to install it.

Click here to review some of the actual costs to "hang"  or 'install' siding on your house.  

Making Your Budget

You always want to buy the very best siding that you can afford so it important to have a budget in mind.  Click here to review how to make a budget.  

When you go shopping you want to be sure you are buying the very best product for the money.  So you need to know how much money you will need!  

Other little major details you need to know....

Siding Styles

Vinyl siding styles generally refer to the textures, either wood -grain or smooth finish. And 'Profile'.

The profile is the amount of the the plank that shows. 

The profile is how wide the boards are that you see. 

Clapboard has four different 'Profiles' or styles to choose from.

You can mix and match different styles, types, colors and textures to get the look you want. 

Click here to review siding styles.

How To Buy Siding

How do you begin to go buy vinyl siding for your house?  What do you do first?

To buy siding you just need to do  a little research and make some notes. Then go shopping. 

We will break it down for you and give you some very helpful hints.

Click here to review How To Buy  Siding.

Finding A Good Contractor

Finding a good contractor is key to getting the very best installation of your siding and insuring that you get the very best price possible.

A Little Siding History

Where did siding come from?  Well it all started back in colonial days when people first came to America. They needed to build homes.  And they did not have a lot of tools to work with. Most of their tools consisted of axes and saws. Not chainsaws! And there were no Home Depot.

Colonial settlers needed to cut down trees so they could plant crops. 

Trees were plentiful so it was the perfect choice to make homes out of. So they used the whole tree to make log cabins.

Click here to see more history of siding.  

Clapboard Siding

Shown here is CertainTeed's double 4" Monogram Clapboard siding in Sterling Gray Color.

Clapboard has that beautiful look of long wooden boards overlapping each other.

Early American colonist overlapped horizontal planks of wood to form a signature look. Still emulated today it is one of the most popular styles.

Clapboard Siding or Lap Siding comes in three distinct variations, with different color, textures and profile sizes within each type.

  • Clapboard
  • Dutch Lap
  • Beaded Style

Clapboard STYLES (Click to see Clapboard styles)

Why I chose Clapboard Style siding, read what other people say.

Board & Batten Vinyl Siding

Board & Batten Style, or Vertical Siding. Shown here is Norandex Rustic Blend Board & Batten Siding

Board & Batten is sometimes called Vertical Siding, note how siding planks run up and down vertically.

A Traditional look of alternating wide and narrow cedar boards for that old time rustic look.

It was favored by early settlers to protect and beautify their homes.  And is still popular today.  Often used in conjuction with other styles of vinyl siding.

Board and Batten Siding (Click to see more Board and Batten styles)

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding is made to look like real Cedar planks.

Shown here is CertainTeed Impressions Straight Edge Rough Split Shakes, Double 7" in Buckskin Color.

Note: the relatively straight edges on each panel. This is why it is called Straight Edge.

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding click to see more

Other Types of Siding

Wood Siding

The most popular and time tested form of siding for a home. Wood is one of the most expensive types of siding for your home. Long considered one of the most beautiful sidings available for homes.

Comes in a wide variety of types such as shake, clapboard, singles and lap. It can be applied both vertically or horizontally.

Pro's: Warm and beautiful. Lasts longer than most other types of sidings. Adds charm to homes that only real wood can offer. Has superior aesthetics. Has natural insulating qualities.

Con's: Expensive, requires regular maintenance such as painting and/or staining (as often as every 3 to 5 years depending on location). Can not be applied over other existing sidings, so a total tear off of existing siding must be done first. Non-moisture resistant species like pine and fir are highly susceptible to rot, and insects. Is not fire resistant.

Concrete Board Siding or Fiber Cement Board

Concrete fiber board or concrete board also sometimes called Hardie Board or Hardy Board is made mostly of Portland cement, clay and sand with wood fibers. It has become one of the most rugged sidings available with great durability and low maintenance. It is highly weather resistant but needs periodic painting to keep looking new.

Pro's: Accepts repainting easily, very weather resistant, fire resistant, and insect resistant. It is considered to be a masonry product and in some states may qualify for lower insurance costs. Comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and textures.

Con's: Is very heavy and requires specially applicators and application techniques. This adds substantially to the cost (average 50% greater than vinyl). Generally requires a complete tear off of existing siding (add 5% to 10% to job)

For information, please click below.

Fiber Cement Siding, or Cement Board Siding

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding comes in a wide range of factory finished colors and styles from smooth to wood grain. Slightly more expensive to install but should last 25+ years with little maintenance.

Pro's: Factory baked on finishes last many years with little or no maintenance. Aluminum siding is insect and fire resistance. Can be touched up with special paint as needed. Easy to clean with soap and water.

Con's: It is prone to denting, sometimes even by hail storms. Easy to scratch, bicycles and balls cause permanent dents and dings. Has no insulating qualities by itself.

Since most people will call a contractor or two to get pricing, our mission is to allow you the homeowner to gather as much information about products, design, installation, pricing, colors, textures and so on all before you call any contractors. That way you will be able to talk to the contractors intelligently about your project and insure that you will get the very best job for the best price.


There are other types of siding also. Each one has pro's and con's and creates a particular look and feel for your home.

Review each type, when you choose the type that best fits your home, you can copy and paste the information about that siding and create your own project file.

Listed below are the 'other' main siding types:

Exterior Wood Siding

Fiber Cement Siding, or Cement Board Siding

Aluminum Siding

Stone Siding

Brick Siding

Stucco Siding

Engineered Wood Siding

Compare the most popular styles.

Creating that perfect look for your home is all about picking the right texture, style and color, so browse vinyl siding styles to find the perfect fit for you. Remember you can mix and match.


Clapboard Siding is made to look like horizontal planks of wood. Textures look like real wood grain and can vary from smooth finish to rough grain finish.


When you need a classic old world look, Dutch Lap camake it happen. Makes any home stand out with charm, style and elegance. When you need a classic old world look, Dutch Lap can make it happen.


Vinyl cedar shake siding is a style so realistic you can almost smell the freshly sawn cedar. Perfectly suited to homes where a custom crafted look is the design objective.


Cement Board Siding looks like real wood but is resistant to fire, termites, rain, snow, mold, and warping. Has lower maintenance and xosts less than real wood.


Quick easy method to learn how to buy vinyl siding and learn what vinyl siding costs should be. Review styles, colors, textures and prices, with printable worksheets.

Vinyl Siding Prices


Board and Batten

Lap Siding

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding looks just like real Cedar shake siding.

Dutch Lap vs Clapboard


Vinyl siding comes in almost unlimited colors. Usually the better qualities or grades of siding have the most colors to choose from.  


Trim and accessories   

Cover all corners, facia, soffit, overhangs, window/door frames to reduce maintenance and painting.

Other Types of Siding:

Cement Board Siding

Sometimes called Concrete Siding or cement fiber siding.

Comes in all the basic styles and is more durable with less maintenance than wood siding.

Engineered Wood Siding 

Looks just like wood but stronger. Man made to look just like real wood. More durable than wood, resistant to rot, insects, harsh weather.

Hardie Board Siding

Hardie Board Siding

Hardie Board siding is one of the most popular siding materials sold in America.

Pictures Of Homes with Vinyl Siding