Trends8 min

2018 Exterior Design Trends from the Experts

Every year brings new trends and must-have styles that we can’t wait to update our homes with. As you plan renovations for the new year, keep the following design trends in mind!

Use of Multiple Exterior Textures

Consumers are loving the look of multiple textures on the home exterior, which will make this an ongoing design trend in 2018. Multiple exterior surfaces give a home a boost of dimension, visual interest and personality. They can be used to create a focal point or emphasize one part of the home’s elevation. If you are adding texture to an existing home, begin by evaluating its exterior color scheme and then choose siding materials (stone, brick, stucco) that have the same undertones of color. Lap siding, vertical siding and cedar shakes also add texture and can be combined in stunning ways.

Low-Maintenance is King

Low-maintenance exteriors have been a selling point for years. Homeowners are busy and don’t have a lot of time for maintenance and upkeep of windows, doors, siding and decks. Look for the best low- or easy-maintenance products within your budget. Vinyl, composite and fiberglass windows are energy-efficient materials, yet never need to be repainted like wood. Engineered wood siding has a more realistic texture than fiber cement, vinyl and other siding products, and resists moisture and fungal decay, making it a great choice when you want the traditional look of wood siding with less upkeep. Metal roofs require virtually no maintenance and usually last three to four times longer than an asphalt shingle roof.

Red Brick Makes a Comeback 

Tying into the interest in texture, red bricks are making a comeback on home exteriors, but in a subtler way than in decades past. Rather than being used to cover the entire exterior, the warmth of red brick is used to enhance architectural form in a contemporary way. Tip: pair red brick with light brown or cream exterior paint and trim for a look that’s understated yet attractive.

Garage Doors Go Custom 

There are new exciting trends in garage doors to avoid the cookie-cutter effect in your neighborhood. Manufacturers continue to introduce customization, with a variety of materials and hardware to add visual interest and dimension to your home exterior. Where the look of wood is desired, homeowners can choose garage doors made of a faux wood composite material that won’t rot, warp or crack. Energy efficiency ratings are increasing too, thanks to better insulation.

Visualize New Siding on Your Home

With the LP® SmartSide® Visualizer tool, you can pick your style, choose your colors and see what you can achieve with different LP SmartSide siding options. Coordinate house colors with trim colors and explore ways to transform your home. For a professional estimate on your exterior siding home renovation, contact an LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor in your area!

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?