New siding can enhance the value, curb appeal, and overall performance of your house. There have been a variety of siding materials over the years, but not many of them are still in use. For instance, asbestos is a siding material that nobody uses anymore, and vinyl has largely replaced hardboard composite.
What Are Today’s Main Types Of Siding?
Siding comes in various materials, differing in terms of aesthetics, characteristics, cost, and maintenance. Here are the most common types of today’s siding that can be matched with your roof…
1. Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is the newest development among residential sidings. It is quite similar to natural wood grain. This particular siding is made from recycled materials. It comes pre-finished or primed and is priced moderately. Fiber cement siding is durable and requires low maintenance with the material resisting insect or rot damage.
2. Vinyl Siding
When siding is brought up in a conversation, vinyl siding is usually what comes to mind. It is a man-made substitute for traditional wood clapboard siding. It is manufactured from strips of layered plastics with interlocking edges. Siding strips are joined using a special tool. Vinyl siding is inexpensive; It comes in a variety of colors, making it an easy choice for a lot of homes.
3. Wood Siding
Many home exterior designers agree that one of the most attractive options for your home’s exterior is wood siding. Among the common types of wood siding are shingles, panels or boards, and wood planks. Although wood siding is expensive, requires high maintenance, and can easily be damaged by insects, many homeowners prefer it. A range of designs can be found in a variety of finishes, textures, and styles.
4. Metal Siding
Metal siding is an alternative to high-maintenance wood siding. Available options include galvanized steel, copper, or aluminum. This type of siding is mostly used in industrial buildings because of its durability and malleability– you get the same benefit when you use it for your home siding. For additional protection against fading, you can now get it with a vinyl or plastic coating.
5. Stone Siding
This is a rustic siding often used in mountainous and/or rural regions because of its cost and durability. Actual stone siding, which can get expensive, offers an imposing and stunning effect. With a tight budget, you can still have a stone veneer made from synthetic or natural materials.
Matching Siding With Your Roof
One of the problems you face when making decisions on how to match your siding to the roof is whether to choose contrasting or matching colors. However, the main goal is to make your siding blend well with the roof, right? To create a pleasing look, here are some of the things you should keep in mind…
Contrasting the colors of your siding with the roof is a way to highlight some key features of your home. Your home gets a more balanced undertone when you do this. Avoid using a certain color excessively, as it will most likely make your design look bland. Do the same with matching colors.
A shade of two similar colors gives a sense of uniformity. This is one of the advantages of using matching colors. The shared hued will make your home look more coherent. To make your siding color pop visually, combine a darker shade with a much lighter shade of similar color.
What are some other things to consider? How big is your house? Smaller homes with lighter roofing and siding look distinct. Darker shades will look quite bold. Mid-sized homes in all natural hues will look bland. Larger homes may benefit from certain colors to help “tone them down.” Some specific colors fit better with certain architectural styles. For instance, a darker-hued roof and white siding will look great for an older colonial home.
It is not very difficult to match your siding with your roof. The variety of color samples and options makes the decision easy these days. Generally, making a home improvement choice using both your home siding and roof depends on your preferences and the aesthetic look you are after. It’s a good idea to ask advice from professionals; Born Carpentry can help you decide on the right siding (and roof) for your house to look its best.