Real wood siding is a big investment. You want your new siding to complement your style, add curb appeal and add value to your home.
There are many wood patterns and profiles to choose from. Each pattern imparts a different look and feel to your home’s appearance.
How do you make the decision? We’ve listed some considerations to mull over and a brief description of patterns to help you narrow the options and make the choice that’s right for you.
What Are The Considerations When Choosing A Wood Pattern?
Keep in mind one of the most important considerations when choosing a pattern, does it evoke your design style? Are you going to love it day-after-day?
Do you want your home to complement homes around you or within the community? Perhaps you need to consider an HOA requirement?
Installing siding vertically or horizontally is also a consideration. Multi-directional installs are popular and add a lot of visual texture.
Additional considerations might be cost differences between patterns. Some patterns and profiles may require more milling and the cost might be a bit more.
Installation costs may vary between patterns, as one pattern may be simple and straight forward to install and another pattern may be more labor intensive, based on intricacy or detail work involved.
Carve out time for a drive and look at homes with wood siding. Take photos of the homes you like. They’re great for reference as you work through your options.
Ask questions! The professionals involved in your wood siding purchase, design or install have valuable knowledge and experience.
Different Types Of Wood Siding Patterns and Profiles
There are many patterns and profiles, and limitless ways you can manipulate the patterns for a very custom look.
Familiarity with the most popular wood patterns is a great starting point.
Tongue and Groove
Tongue and Groove, universally known as T&G, is a traditional pattern that is equally at home on contemporary and rustic styles, and everything in between.
There are a number of T&G profiles. V-groove, Fine Line, and Flush Joint are three of the most popular. Each profile offers subtle differences in appearance.
T&G Wood Siding is a best seller because of its versatility. It can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, giving you endless options for a custom look. The tongue and groove on each milled plank allow uniform installation, as well.
A version of Shiplap was originally used on the sides of boats as far back as the Vikings. The overlapping wood planks created a water-tight seal.
The modern-day version of Shiplap has been popular since the 1800s. As well as being water-tight, it allows the wood siding to breathe with changes in season and humidity.
The grooves cut into the top and bottom of the long sides of the boards making them self-spacing for fast and consistent installation.
Three popular profiles of Shiplap Siding are Flush Joint, Nickel Gap, and Beveled Edge. Each profile will present with a subtle difference in the overall look of your siding.
You can find Shiplap siding in contemporary, traditional, and rustic home styles. Shiplap siding is equally popular in both horizontal and vertical installations.
Dutch Lap is a variation of Lap Siding. Also known as Cove Lap and German Lap, it gained popularity in the 1800s. It’s distinguished by its curved channel between the installed boards. Dutch Lap is most commonly milled with a rough exposure and knotty grade giving it a beautiful, rustic character.
Another variation of Lap Siding, Channel Lap has a wide channel – usually one inch – between boards, when installed.
Popularly milled on knotty, rough-sawn cedar for a rustic appearance. Channel Lap can be installed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
The Bevel pattern is created when a board is cut diagonally. The result is two boards, thicker at one end than the other end. Because two planks of siding are created from one board it is one of the most economical siding patterns.
It is installed with the butt end down, overlapping the thin end of the board below it, creating an excellent water barrier, popular in harsh coastal climates.
There are two Bevel profiles.
A square-butt end, also called Clapboard.
And, a notched-butt end, known as Rabbeted Bevel or Dolly Varden, popular for ease of installation as one board’s notched end sits on the previous board without additional measuring.
Bevel siding is installed horizontally and gives an attractive shadow line which varies with the thickness of the Bevel selected. Bevel Siding imparts a traditional or rustic, cozy, inviting appearance.
Wavy Edge Pattern
Wavy Edge is an extremely popular bevel pattern with each piece having a unique wavy edge – no two edges are the same.
It’s a thick bevel, providing a deeper shadow line, emphasizing and enhancing the wavy edge appearance. Wavy Edge gives your home a rustic feel, loaded with charm!
Log Siding Pattern
Log Siding is the perfect fit for a cabin, tiny home, or country home, anywhere you’d love a log cabin look.
Log Siding requires 75% less wood than full logs and is installed on conventional frame construction. For those who’ve always dreamed of a log home, Log Siding is a popular choice for home renovations.
The Log Siding pattern is available with a “reveal” profile option that allows for cosmetic chinking, for an old-fashioned log cabin look.
Smooth or rough-hewn Log Siding is available and either can be trimmed with boards or a unique Log Corner System.
Board and Batten Pattern
One of the oldest and simplest siding styles uses straight-edge lumber, with no additional milled pattern. Long boards of 8in, 10in, or 12in wide are installed vertically. Smaller width boards, called battens, of 1in, 2in, 3in, or 4in, secure over each vertical seam for weatherproofing.
Board and Batten conveys a warm, homey, comfortable feel to a wide range of styles, from traditional to farmhouse to rustic.
Artistic decorative shingles are widely used to give homes a custom look.
Next Steps In Choosing Wood Siding
Work through your considerations. Answering these questions will help you gain clarity on your must-haves, wish list and narrow your pattern options.
Questions to Ask When Choosing Wood Siding Pattern:
- What is the look or design style you are going for?
- Do you want your home to complement the design style of homes within your community?
- Do you have any HOA requirement?
- Do you want to install the siding vertically or horizontally or multi-directionally?
- What is your budget? Will the cost differences between pattern styles change your decision?
- What will the cost of installation be? Will the installation cost difference between pattern and profiles types dictate which option you select?
Once you’ve selected the wood siding pattern and profile for your project, the next step is choosing a wood siding finish and reviewing what installation will require; both in our next, and final, article in the series How To Choose The Right Wood Siding For Your Project.
Until next time, Wood Lovers.