If you’re preparing to update your home’s siding, you’re likely excited to boost your curb appeal and add lasting beauty to your home!
However, choosing the perfect siding material and color isn’t always as easy as it seems. There are several factors to consider, like your existing architecture, your neighborhood’s style, and more, to make the best decision for your home.
Keep reading to discover our five-step process to choose the perfect siding style and value-boosting shade for your Twin Cities exterior!
1. Examine Your Neighborhood
Before you begin your exterior makeover, we recommend taking a walk around the block to draw inspiration from the other homes in your neighborhood.
Which color combinations are frequently used? Is horizontal or vertical siding more popular? Does every home look the same, or does each property have its own unique flair? These are all excellent questions to ask yourself when examining your neighbor’s exteriors.
Though you may want to make a bold statement with your siding, doing so may diminish your home’s resale value. Historically, homes that blend into the neighborhood sell at a higher price point than houses that stand out—so if your community is cohesive, it’s wise to choose a color scheme that matches.
2. Consider Your Home’s Architecture
Next, use your home’s style and architecture as inspiration for the perfect colors and materials to use during your exterior transformation. For example:
- Colonial homes look great with neutral shades, like white, gray, or beige, and tend to opt for horizontal siding panels to create a warm, traditional look.
- Cape Cod homes work well with classic coastal tones, like blue or gray, and they tend to incorporate shingle siding for a weathered look.
- Contemporary homes incorporate clean, neutral shades, like black or white, with touches of unexpected color for a striking appearance. These houses typically use natural elements like wood, metal, and glass for their exterior materials.
- Victorian homes love to incorporate deep, jewel-toned colors, like plum and emerald, and a combination of horizontal and shingle siding for an eclectic, pleasant appearance.
3. Contrast Your Roof’s Color
Your roofing system is the most prominent element of your exterior, so it’s crucial to choose a siding color that compliments your current roof.
Typically, homes that contrast their siding with their roof have the best curb appeal, so if you have a dark-colored roof, choose a light-colored siding, and vice versa. If your roof is a neutral shade, you have more freedom to pick any color scheme you’d like for your siding.
4. Explore Color Samples
Before deciding on a siding material, make sure you’re comfortable with the color options.
Some brands, like James Hardie, offer baked-on shades and primed boards for ultimate customizability. Other brands don’t provide as much versatility. Talk with your siding contractor to explore the available options before committing to your siding material.
5. Select the Perfect Siding Material
Choosing the right siding material is just as important as the ideal color scheme. Since each siding type has its own style, it’s crucial to select a material that will allow you to fashion the look you have in mind for your home.
The following are the top siding options on the market, and we offer each of them so you have complete control over your exterior’s beautiful, lasting appearance.
Fiber Cement Siding
James Hardie® fiber cement siding is North America’s #1 siding brand. This popular siding can mimic other materials, like wood and stucco, allowing you to customize your home with durable, maintenance-free beauty.
Hardie siding comes with ColorPlus® Technology to provide your exterior with lasting, baked-on color. You can choose from the popular shades in the James Hardie Statement Collection™ or get your boards primed for paint so you can select your own gorgeous color.
Hardie siding comes in three unique styles: HardiePlank®, HardiePanel®, and HardieShingle®. Whether you’re looking for the warm, traditional look of lap siding or the sleek, modern appeal of vertical siding, you can create both these looks, and more, with fiber cement!
Long-lasting EDCO steel siding is an attractive option that’s perfect for both traditional and modern homes!
Steel siding comes in dozens of premium shades and can be applied horizontally or vertically to add exceptional curb appeal to your exterior. If you can’t find a shade you like, you can use the color matching feature to create your own siding color.
You can also choose from unique finishes, like wood-grain textures, to achieve the appearance of natural materials while enjoying all the benefits of strong, lasting metal siding.
Engineered Wood Siding
LP SmartSide® is the industry-leading option for engineered wood siding—a stronger, weather-resistant alternative to traditional wood siding.
When installing LP SmartSide, you can choose from traditional lap or eye-catching vertical siding to customize your home’s exterior. These boards come with either a cedar texture or smooth finish and are offered with pre-selected ExpertFinish™ colors or primed for paint.
If you’re searching for a non-traditional home exterior, stone siding is an excellent option to consider. Choose from several unique styles, like Ledgerstone, Tight-Cut, or Carved Block styles when you install Versetta Stone siding on your Twin Cities home.
Vinyl siding is a cost-effective, versatile option. You can apply vinyl boards horizontally, vertically, or shingle-style to create the perfect look for your home. Many vinyl siding brands offers hundreds of colors, so the options for customizing your home are endless!
Discover the Endless Options for Siding Installation with Beissel Window & Siding
If you’re still torn between two siding materials or unsure which color scheme would look best in your neighborhood, get in touch with a professional siding contractor (like us!), to ask for an expert opinion.
Learn more about the versatile siding materials, colors, and styles we offer to provide your Twin Cities home with maximum customizability and unbeatable curb appeal!