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Horizontal vs Vertical Composite Cladding: Can I do Both?

Should you opt for horizontal or vertical composite cladding on your next project? Or even a mixture of them both? Many people don’t realise our quality ranges of composite cladding can be used either way round. 

Whether you’re aiming for a traditional or modern feel, the question of vertical vs horizontal has many different answers, all with their own pros and cons. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of composite products, we’re here to guide you through your options and how to achieve your dream look. 

The Aesthetics of Horizontal vs Vertical Composite Cladding

Horizontal cladding generally gives a more traditional feel. It’s the most popular choice around the world and the go-to direction for many homeowners and tradespeople. 
That said, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement using it. With our range of colours, from bold walnut to natural cedar, it’s never been easier to create a stunning aesthetic. See this beautiful summer house to see exactly what you can achieve.

If you’re planning on selling your property in the future, the curb appeal of ever-popular horizontal cladding is something to keep in mind too. Many people see vertical cladding as a bit “out there”, so you may find it harder to sell. 

That said, vertical composite cladding gives the illusion of extra height, so it’s increasingly popular on smaller properties. We’re also seeing it being used more and more on modern buildings. For example, small sections of cladding are installed to break up a larger space.

As a result of this emerging trend, many people believe it’s a new concept. 

However, vertical cladding was initially used on log cabins, old barns and original timber structures. It means you can still create a rustic feel with a modern twist. Opting for vertical composite cladding brings charm and Scandi vibes, but with all the mod cons of this amazing material. 


Vertical is more technically challenging to install than horizontal cladding. At Assured Composite, we aim to make installation as easy as possible and provide you with all the guides you need. Even so, if you’re totally new to external composite cladding, you may want to seek help from a professional to ensure it goes right. 

Horizontal cladding, meanwhile, is much easier to install. We’re hearing from many of our customers that have opted to install their cladding themselves with great success. Take a look at our case studies for some real-life results. 


While installing vertical composite cladding is somewhat tricker, people find it easier to maintain. The naturally draining downwards position allows rain to drain away and it also makes cleaning your cladding very straightforward. 

Properly installed horizontal external composite cladding should also withstand rain equally as well, especially if you opt for a shiplap style with a longer lip to aid drainage. 

Cladding at Assured Composite

We’re here to help you create your dream home improvements, whether that’s through horizontal or vertical composite cladding. Of course, to really make a statement, you could incorporate both. 

You’re sure to add an element of natural beauty to your project regardless of whether you opt for a horizontal or vertical look. Even with our modern and eco-friendly WPC blend, our products retain the look and charm of classic timber. 

Whether you’re a homeowner, architect or a professional tradesperson, we aim to bring quality horizontal and vertical composite decking at affordable prices. Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can kickstart your next project.