You can achieve complex and beautiful results by combining two or more different siding materials and profiles. In this blog, siding and roofing company South Shore Roofing, Inc. shares tips on how to achieve beautiful results with siding material combinations.
A typical house exterior utilizes a three-color palette: one color each for the roof, siding and trim. Utilizing more than one color for the siding can be challenging, but has unique effects, such as highlighting the different styles and profiles that you chose. In addition to contrasting and complementary colors, consider choosing different shades of the same color to achieve the same effect.
As your local siding and roof replacement contractor, we do not recommend choosing different siding styles or profiles with the same texture, as this can diminish the visual impact of the siding. Contrasting textures, such as standard clapboard siding and hand-cut wood shakes, create a better visual impact over siding made with the same material. Extruded and molded materials like vinyl and fiber cement are sold in textures that mimic their natural counterparts, which can help maintain consistent siding performance.
Most siding manufacturers offer options that help achieve this effect while making installation simpler. Such products also feature low maintenance requirements, longer life spans and better limited warranties that include workmanship coverage.
A shift in siding profile can highlight the difference between upper and lower stories. A popular combination features wood shakes on the upper story and traditional clapboard siding on the ground level. Siding that goes in a different direction, such as fish-scale or board-and-batten siding, can provide further contrast.
Projects as complicated as this need careful planning. Use whatever tool you need to help you visualize your exterior color palette, including the roof and trim. Use color swatches, cutouts, or colored pencils or a photo editing app. Roofing and siding manufacturers offer free “visualizers” that let you virtually install their products on a picture of your home. Your local siding contractor can also help you choose the right siding materials through a consultation.