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Getting new siding for your home can be both exciting and intimidating. With so many colors and styles available, it can also be overwhelming to figure out where to start and what to choose. As you begin thinking about replacing your old siding, look around at new construction neighborhoods as those often have some of the latest looks and styles when it comes to siding. Or use one of the many visualizer tools. If you want to make sense of what you’re seeing, today’s blog may help.

So Many Siding Styles

Part of the conundrum homeowners face with their homes’ siding design is which siding style to choose. For decades the only options were vertical siding and board and batten. Today, depending on the manufacturer, when you factor in different board widths, you may have more than a dozen options. Some of the more common styles other than those already mentioned include:

  • Log
  • Shake
  • Shingle
  • Beaded
  • Dutch Lap
  • Half-round (sometimes called scalloped)

Unless you have a very small one-story home, we recommend considering two different siding styles to create visual interest on your home’s exterior.

Choosing the Right Colors

There are only a few colors that should be avoided. In addition to any not allowed by your homeowner’s association, we recommend that you not choose the same primary color as the 5 closest houses. Usually that means the ones next to you and those across the street. If you love one of their colors, consider using it as a secondary color. Our next piece of advice is to look at your windows, doors, trim and garage door. If you’re not replacing or repainting any of those, you want the colors you choose for your new siding design to compliment what you already have.

Siding Design Options

Some homeowners prefer just one color on their home. If this is your preference, consider two styles of siding. Others prefer just one style of siding, and if this sounds like what you would like, choose two colors. Both of those are common and a great option if that’s your preference. However, if you want a dimensional look for your home, consider two styles in different colors. There are many ways to combine colors. For a subtle look, consider two colors in the same family, like a dark gray and light gray. If you want a bold look, contrasting colors like light gray and navy or teal and white.

Cooley Roofing Can Help

As a total exterior remodeling company, we can help you with your siding design as well as installation. Of course, if you also need new windows, trim and a new roof, we’re your one call. You can reach us through our contact form or by calling (336) 766-6488.

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