Siding is a versatile and cost-effective way to finish your home's exterior. Whether you are wrapping up new construction or looking to freshen up your home's appearance, siding is available in a wide range of colors, materials and textures to suit a variety of design tastes and styles. Choose a siding design that suits your aesthetic and your budget for the most satisfying end result.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for home exteriors. Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive siding options, but it still offers high resistance to damage and weathering for lasting endurance. Vinyl siding is engineered to look like wood siding without any of the maintenance hassles. If you want your home to blend in rather than stand out, opt for neutral-colored vinyl siding; creams, earth tones and pastel colors are subtle options. Add more color by opting for darker or bolder shutters or trim. A toffee-colored home pairs well with black shutters and trim, while a sky-blue home matches perfectly with navy accent colors.
Wood siding is a classic siding option for a range of home styles from Colonials to ranches to contemporary homes. Wood siding is a bit more high maintenance than other siding materials like vinyl or composite siding, but the natural look is an elegant and timeless option for your home's exterior. Pine, fir and larch wood are common materials for clapboard siding, but higher-grade cedar offers more resistance to damage and richer colors. Though wood siding can be painted, choosing a natural finish gives your home a distinctive and natural look that complements wooded areas around your home. Consider rustic cedar shingles or tongue-and-groove teak siding for a rich, distinguished look for your home.
Stone and brick homes are elegant and bold, but the cost of purchasing materials or paying for installation can be prohibitive for some homeowners. Instead of investing in expensive stone or brick, consider high-quality siding veneers that closely resemble more expensive exterior building materials. Stone veneer siding is suitable for small cottage homes but may overpower larger homes. If you want to incorporate stone veneers into your larger or two-story home, limit its use to the area around your front door or a section of your exterior that is distinct, like a garage or great room. Classic brick is suitable for single-level ranch homes or larger Colonial homes. Pair brick veneer with black or cream shutters for a cohesive look. Stucco veneer is also an option, though less common. Stucco veneers evoke a Southwestern or Mediterranean appearance and are well suited for homes with sunny landscapes or Craftsman-style bungalows for a California vibe.
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