What is the difference between Vertical and Horizontal siding?

Siding is a popular and an apt choice to make a building attractive and endurable for the long term. Whether it is your residential home, office, restaurant or any other commercial establishment, this exterior protection layer can work wonders if installed well with proper understanding of materials and orientation types that are available in the market. This means that along with doing research on a variety of products like vinyl, wood, cedar or fiber cement board (Among these, fiber cement tends to be the most durable and longest-lasting), you also should know what kind of design would suit the structure more – Vertical or Horizontal or both?

That will be easy to gauge, once you get an idea of their distinguishing characteristics. 

The common factors in consideration are costing, maintenance, durability and styles to figure out the right option for you. Forge ahead to see which fits your needs!


Horizontal siding is vulnerable when exposed to water for a long time. During rainfall, the water tumbles down vertically, which makes it easy to enter through the gaps in the siding. This goes against the objective of siding since it is a fragile shielding and unable to protect the house from seepage.

If the siding weathers out a bit, this moisture will cause mold growth. This affects the interior health of the construction as well as the people residing in it. It spreads a pungent odor and can cause wheezing, itchiness in eyes and breathlessness as well. 

In that case, vertical siding is sturdy enough that it protects the walls from mildew. The water will directly fall on ground without seeping in spaces between. 

EcoPro FCB or Planks are 100% resistant to water and mold growth. So you can use them in any pattern.

Inspection and repair 

Although the installation process of vertical siding is tedious, its upkeep requires least effort. One can just clean the outer layer with the help of a soft scrub brush, hose and soft soap. Whereas horizontal siding requires utmost cautiousness while cleaning because the water might get into the gaps again. It is suggested to hire an expert to do this kind of maintenance.  


Vertical siding is available in all sorts of materials right from vinyl, wood, cedar to fiber cement. It is preferred on commercial buildings more and homeowners who would want to experiment a different look altogether would prefer this option. Whereas lap siding i.e. horizontal siding is popular amongst residential constructions, mainly because of its easy installation and affordability. Similar to vertical siding, it is also available in all kinds of materials like vinyl, wood, fiber cement and much more. These materials come in different textures, colors and sizes as well. 

Horizontal Siding Options from EcoPro

For lap siding, you can choose from EcoPro planks, EcoPro Linea Boards with handcrafted bricks, and designer boards.

Vertical Siding Options from Ecopro

For Verticle siding you can choose from EcoPro Linea boards, EcoPro Mesh Boards

If you want to experiment with looks, you might as well go for both kinds of siding applied to your home. A customized design having mix and match of vertical and horizontal siding can be appealing, depending on how much proportion of the construction is divided with each of these sidings. Again that is something you should brainstorm with the professionals. 

This overview will give you enough idea of what works according to your budget and overall preference of aesthetics.