Curb Appeal7 min

How to Successfully Mix Different Types of Cladding on a Home

Siding has become part of the ongoing evolution within the building industry. The quality, durability and beauty of siding materials has evolved greatly in recent decades, giving contractors and homeowners an impressive number of choices that not only look good, but are also durable and long-lasting. Today, it’s possible to achieve an array of different looks without spending a lot of time and money on siding maintenance. Let’s take a look at how to mix and match siding to create unique house siding designs.

The Benefits of Mixing Up Siding

Mixing different types of siding gives the opportunity to make a home’s exterior distinctive, regardless of its architectural style. Using only one siding material may make the exterior appear flat and uninteresting, while a combination of siding profiles and colors gives a home more depth and visual interest. It’s a contemporary look that can still blend harmoniously with other houses in the neighborhood.

Choosing Colors

Your choice of siding colors is crucial to the finished look of a home. You should focus first on the colors that might complement nearby homes and also blend with the environment. By selecting colors that coordinate with surrounding homes, you can help make the neighborhood feel cohesive, even if the homes are differing architectural styles.

Choosing Textures

3D technology from Hover can be used to visualize house siding designs with different combinations of materials and colors. Horizontal lap siding is the most common choice for the main body of an exterior. Vertical siding is an excellent way to draw the eye up and emphasize height, particularly on gables. Vertical siding is also an increasingly popular option for contemporary designs to make the home appear taller and less elongated. For a decorative accent, cedar shake siding serves well when used on gables, dormers and other areas of a façade. For a more rustic look, cedar shake can be used on the whole house.

Get Creative with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Profiles

LP’s engineered wood product line is so broad that you can use it for all your lap, panel, trim & fascia and soffit needs. Our impressive array of sizes and finishes satisfies a full variety of design requirements, ensuring there is an LP SmartSide product for most every home. In addition, a wide range of prefinished colors of engineered wood siding are available through our LP Pre-Finish Network.

We invite you to learn more about LP® SmartSide® products. Call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative, or find out where to buy LP SmartSide products near you.

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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?