The home improvement industry has more siding products than you can count. The good news: you have plenty of options. The bad news: you can easily make a wrong choice that could ruin your home’s curb appeal and set you back thousands of dollars.
Although there’s no straightforward way to pick the right siding solution for your home, there are rules you have to know and obey. All States Home Improvement shares the three you can’t overlook:
Form Follows Function
Like all building products, consider functionality before beauty. At the end of the day, you’re buying siding panels to weatherproof your home and keep pests at bay. Giving your home an impressive façade is just secondary.
Before you busy yourself with colors, textures, and other aesthetic details, find out how one material stacks up against another. Know the amazing set of qualities of your material options, and figure out which one suits your needs.
Symmetry Balances Everything
Although not all architectural styles are technically proportional, your siding should highlight symmetry in your exterior home design. One way to do this is to avoid using more than one siding style. For instance, if you want to use horizontal planks, don’t mix them up with shingles.
Most experienced siding contractors would say there’s an exception to this rule, though. Since some homes typically have two siding materials, it’s not necessarily wrong to use different siding styles. As long as you don’t use them on the same side, the combination of the two could still make your overall exterior balanced and proportional.
Color Schemes Comprise Three Hues
When creating your exterior color palette, it should be composed of the main body color, the trim color, and the accent color. Ideally, the first two should come from the same hue but a few shades apart. This would make them contrasting and connected at the same time. Otherwise, you can’t achieve visual harmony. Worse, your exterior design would look monotonous and boring.
For the third one, which is especially used for the door, it should come from the far end of the spectrum. Pick the accent color that complements the body and trim hues and your color scheme would be a knockout. Fortunately, James Hardie siding products are offered in a huge array of factory-coated finishes. This means you won’t have to settle for anything else and can round out your exterior design with the perfect color.
Let All States Home Improvement help you comply with all exterior design rules and make informed siding choices. For your no-obligation consultation and free estimate, call our Wichita, KS, office at (316) 444-1220.