Common styles of vinyl siding include double 5-inch panels, 6-inch beaded panels, Dutch lap siding and board-and-batten designs, while common colors include white, off-white, cream, sand and clay. Vinyl siding also comes in shades of blue, yellow, red and green.
Most vinyl siding panels are 12 feet and 6 inches in length, ranging in appearance from single 8-inch boards to triple 3-inch boards. In addition to Dutch lap-style siding, other decorative options include shingles, shakes and scallops. Although most siding options are designed for horizontal installation, vertical panels are available for a board-and-batten look. Vinyl siding also comes in a variety of textures, such as matte finishes and wood-grain patterns.
Vinyl siding colors vary widely depending on the supplier, but the most common options are lighter shades ranging from beige to pale green. Individuals can also choose dark brown, pewter, sage, granite or dark blue siding to cover the whole home or to complement a paler shade. When choosing a color, home builders should ensure their chosen siding includes anti-weathering agents to keep the color from fading over time. The Vinyl Siding Institute offers the designation of ASTM D3679 to manufacturers of quality vinyl siding that meets or exceeds fading and weathering expectations.