This guest blog post comes from Jordan Swift, a Contributor at Innovative Building Materials
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There are many reasons to remodel your home’s exterior. For some people, it’s about increasing property value. For others, it’s about adding some personality to your home’s exterior. Whatever your reasoning, if you’re considering an exterior remodel, it’s wise to start with the siding and roof.
Nothing increases curb appeal quite like remodeling your roof and siding. Thanks to innovative advancements in roofing and siding materials, there’s an almost unlimited amount of siding and roof colors to choose from. How do you know which materials and color combinations work best?
Siding Color and Material Choices
When it comes to your house’s siding, there are many material choices to wade through. There’s wood, metal, vinyl, fiber cement, natural stone, and more. They all have varying degrees of versatility and offer separate advantages and disadvantages.
Siding choice comes down to determining whether you want the most wiggle room with colors or whether you want the most durable material. Vinyl siding is by far the most versatile. However, it lacks a bit in durability. Natural stone or brick, if professionally installed, is the most durable, but it has very few aesthetic options.
Fiber cement is a happy middle ground. Fiber cement siding is both durable and versatile. However, you could prefer the look of metal or wood siding, which provide their own distinct visual impacts.
As far as color selection goes, these four colors are on-trend right now:
- Linen White
- Blue Shades (primarily for farmhouse-style homes)
- Rustic Red, (for a modern look)
- Brown, Beige, and Green (best-suited for craftsman-style homes)
Grey continues to be a trendy siding color and a fantastic safe bet for virtually any style home.
Roofing Color and Material Choices
Just like with siding, when it comes to roofing materials, there’s no shortage of options. You have asphalt shingles, composite shingles, solar shingles, wooden shakes, synthetic shakes, metal, tile, and more.
With roofing, your selection will have much more to do with practicality and functionality than it does with style. However, you still have plenty of options. If you want the most color options, go with composite shingles. If you’re interested in a unique look, a metal roof might be the way to go.
It’s worth noting that wood is having a huge moment in the home design world. People can’t get enough of wood in the home. However, wood roofs can present a lot of hassles. So, if you like the look of wood, consider going with synthetic wood to enjoy the look without the additional headaches and fire safety concerns.
Trending Color Combinations
What about color combinations? Which roof and siding colors look best together? As with all things design, this answer is mostly subject to personal taste. However, there are a few general themes and considerations.
First, you have to decide if you want to go for matching colors or a dual-toned home. You can also look at exterior window trim ideas and play with the concept of having a tri-colored home, where your roof, siding, and trim are all different complementary colors. Dual-toned is the most popular option, but matching and tri-colored provide a unique look.
If you go for two-toned, you must decide whether you want your colors to contrast or complement each other. Contrasting tones offer a more visually striking look, whereas complementary tones provide a more conventionally appealing appearance.
Here are examples of all the above:
- A matching toned home would be pairing beige siding with a brown-colored roof.
- A complimentary, dual-tone home would be pairing a grey roof with red brick siding.
- A contrasting, dual-tone home would be a deep grey roof with linen white siding.
- A tri-colored home would be a blue home, with a grey roof, with white trim.
Ultimately, color combination is about choosing the colors that speak to you or your goals. If you want to increase your property value, it’s best to go with more conventional choices. If you intend to make an impression, go a little outside the norm.
If you take a quick scroll through online inspiration boards, you’ll find people who’ve gone way outside of the ordinary. They have all black homes which evoke a regal and gothic-inspired look. You’ll find homes that are deep hues of navy, offset with orange doors and trim. You’ll find futuristic houses with metal roofs and grey stone siding.
There’s an unlimited amount of creativity when it comes to exterior design. It’s about finding what works for you.
Get Inspired for Your Home’s Exterior Remodel
Using the information above, ask yourself a few questions. Is your primary motivation increasing property value or being unique? Do you want matching colors or different colors? Do you care more about practicality or versatility when it comes to materials?
Knowing the answers to these questions can help inspire your exterior design. Ultimately, it’s all about your personal taste. However, if you want to ensure you’re not going too far outside the box with your choices, do a quick canvas of your neighborhood. Then, use that as a rubric for your selections.
As long as you listen to your preferences, you’ll end up with an exterior remodel that you’ll want to show off.
Jordan Swift is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Jordan is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.