Choosing the Best Siding Color For Your Home

Is it time for a siding replacement? Or is the paint on your siding starting to show fading or peeling? Choosing a siding color can be an overwhelming experience. After all, it is likely that you’ll be keeping the same siding color on your home for several years to come.

Craftsman style home with the popular sage green siding color.

First, before diving into color swatches, it is helpful to understand the expected paint lifespan on various siding materials:

  1. Vinyl. Vinyl siding is the most affordable and popular siding option; however, one major downside of vinyl siding is that it often cannot be repainted. Once you choose a color, you are typically stuck with it until it is time for a replacement. On average, vinyl siding has a lifespan of around 20-40 years.
  2. Wood. Wood is a timeless and traditional favorite for home siding. If properly maintained, wood siding can last decades. According to Bob Vila, “Failure to paint, stain, or otherwise seal the material makes it vulnerable to moisture, and as any homeowner knows, moisture and wood do not mix”. Thus, the paint on wood siding is only expected to last around 3-7 years.
  3. Fiber Cement. While fiber cement siding is known to have a warranty of around 30 years or more, the paint warranty is separate. This is because the paint is often put on at the factory. According to James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology Express Limited Finish Warranty, their siding will not chip, peel, or crack for 15 years after the purchase date. Although the paint lifespan is extended, fading will happen over time and it will need to be repainted.

Choosing a Siding Color

Now that you know how long your siding color is expected to last, it is important to address a few key tips and tricks in selecting the right siding color. We have complied a few key factors to help you choose the right siding color:

Addition with wood siding to match the original home. The siding color is a mustard yellow

The color of your roof.

Your roof color will play an important role in your siding color selection. After all, the lifespan of a shingle roof is around 20-30 years. It may not be a good idea to select a siding color too similar to the roof color. For example, a dark roof and a dark siding color can make the home look dreary and uninviting; on the other hand, a light roof and a light siding color can make the home look too bright and sterile.

The size of your home.

The size of your home is another factor to consider when choosing your siding color of choice. A larger home may look drab with darker siding since the dark color can be overbearing. However, a larger home shouldn’t have exclusively light colors. It is also important to create contrast. A good idea would be to contrast lighter siding with dark accents, such as the shutters. Plus, since dark colors grab your eye, we suggest including dark colors in accents or places where you want to catch the viewers’ attention.

The architectural style of your home.

What’s the architectural style of your home? Often, different home styles are known for different siding colors. For example, Colonial style homes often have white siding and Craftsman style homes are known to have darker siding colors, such as sage. However, don’t be afraid to bend the rules…well, to an extent. To give an example, a home style that is known for white siding might look attractive with light gray siding. The subtle shift of color is unexpected and fun, without looking to out of place.

Craftsman style custom home with a two-toned gray siding color

Color Trends

In addition to these tips, it is also a wise decision to avoid a siding color that is too trendy. After all, the siding that you choose is a huge investment and cannot be easily changed – no matter the material you choose. If you want to include a trendy color, it is best to include it in accents that are easier to swap out. This can be in items such as entry mats, planters, and the like. That way, it is simple to swap pieces out when you grow tired of that color.

In conclusion, when choosing a siding color for your home can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. To make it easier, some key factors to consider when choosing your siding color include the color of your roof, size of your home, the architectural style of your home, and your own personal taste. For more information regarding our siding services, click here to view our trusted brands or contact us for a free estimate.

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Is James Hardie Siding Worth The Investment?

By now, I’m sure that many of you have heard the craze of James Hardie’s fiber cement siding that mimics the look of real wood. While fiber cement has been around for many years, it has just recently spiked in popularity. What makes James Hardie’s fiber cement siding so special?

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Custom Balducci home with James Hardie siding products

James Hardie Siding

First off, James Hardie is a well-known and trusted name in residential construction and remodeling. They are headquartered in Amsterdam with operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. James Hardie values innovation and research in the pursuit to create quality products for your home.

James Hardie’s fiber cement siding is one of the most durable siding options on the market today. What is fiber cement, exactly? Fiber cement is composed of four elements: water, wood pulp, fly ash, and portland cement. The combination of these materials results in a high quality siding product.

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Photo: Exterior Designers, Inc.

Advantages of James Hardie Siding

When it comes to James Hardie‘s fiber cement siding, there is a long list of benefits. Some of the advantages include:

Extremely Durable. Hardie Board siding is very durable and is unlikely to peel, fade, or rot. As a bonus, most Hardie Board comes with a 50 year limited warranty.

Beautiful Appearance. Fiber cement siding is a beautiful option for any home exterior and exudes the timeless look of wood siding, without the upkeep. As a bonus, James Hardie offers several styles of Hardie Board to mimic the look of wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shaker siding. James Hardie is also available in many colors to suit any home.

Low-Maintenance. Since James Hardie in resistant against harsh weather, rotting, warping, and more, this means you’ll save money long-term on repairs and maintenance. Also, on average, vinyl siding has a paint lifespan of 5 to 7 years. On the other hand, James Hardie’s paint lifespan is about 3x that due to the company’s ColorPlus® Technology.

Fire Resistance. Since Hardie Board is primarily made up of sand and cement it is more fire resistant. Vinyl siding is prone to feed flames and, as we know, wood is extremely combustible.

Storm Resistance. According to James Hardie’s website, “James Hardie siding and trim products provide more protection than wood from wet and freezing conditions as well as hot, humid weather.”

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Back view of a Balducci home with James Hardie siding

Return on Investment

While we know fiber cement siding has many advantages, the biggest drawback is its high price tag. According to sidingcost.org, “For a typical American home, the average total cost can range from $8,000 and $20,000 for standard vinyl siding. — Compare that to fiber cement which on the same home will cost $14,000 to $28,000 for full installation.” So, is James Hardie siding worth the extra cost?

Although James Hardie siding comes with a hefty price tag, it is important to consider the average return on investment instead of solely looking at the price. This will help to determine whether the fiber cement siding is worth the investment. According to Remodeling Magazine, fiber cement siding replacement has been consistently ranked as the #1 return on investment from 2009-2015. Additionally, “100% of homeowners responding to the “Report” said they were happy or satisfied with the result of their fiber-cement siding replacement project.”

James Hardie’s fiber cement siding is a great choice for many homes since it can drastically improve the curb appeal and increase home value. Overall, James Hardie is a great investment for those looking for a long-lasting and low-maintenance siding material. It is important to properly maintain your James Hardie siding products to prolong its long lifespan and get the biggest bang for your buck.

Need more information on James Hardie products for your home? Feel free to contact Balducci Exteriors to set up an appointment for a free estimate.

Benefits of a Vinyl Siding Replacement

As you may know, vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options available. When vinyl siding first became available, it was meant to replace the then-popular aluminum siding. Early vinyl siding quickly earned a bad name for many homeowners since it had a tendency to crack and sag. However, that is simply not the case nowadays. If you choose to have a vinyl siding replacement for your home, you will see some of the biggest benefits associated with vinyl siding.

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Variety

Vinyl siding is no longer the cheap, plastic product of the past. Thanks to improving technologies, vinyl siding is now manufactured in a wide variety of styles, colors, and textures. Vinyl can even be manufactured to mimic the look of cedar shakes, ceramic tile, and more. In the past, vinyl was often only available in white or light-hued colors. With the progression of anti-fade technologies, vinyl siding is now available in endless colors – ranging from your darkest grays to your brightest whites!

Affordable

Perhaps the biggest reason why vinyl siding is so popular is because it is by far the most affordable house siding option available. In addition, the average lifespan on vinyl siding is about 50 years, which means that you will be getting your money’s worth. According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value report for 2017 (costvsvalue.com), a vinyl siding replacement will recoup an average of 76.4% of your investment. This proves that a vinyl siding replacement is a great investment for your home.

Durable

If you decide to have a vinyl siding replacement for your home, you will be lucky enough to witness the durability of vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is made to withstand the elements – from wind, to rain, to hail. It even has the ability to withstand high winds of more than 200 mph. Additionally, vinyl is resistant to moisture, meaning it is not likely to rust or corrode over time.

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Simple Maintenance

A great thing about a vinyl siding replacement is that vinyl is virtually maintenance free. Vinyl siding will never need repainting, which is required for other types of siding. The only maintenance that is required for vinyl siding is an annual cleaning with mild soap and water, which means that the rest of the year leaves time to relax.

Easy to Install

Having a vinyl siding replacement done on your home is a relatively cheap and simple process. This is mainly because vinyl is a lightweight material. Vinyl siding can be installed over existing materials, making it a great retrofit option. As a bonus, since vinyl siding is simple to install it helps to cut down on labor costs.

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Choosing a Vinyl Siding Color

Vinyl siding is is a great option for many homeowners. Some of the major advantages of vinyl siding is that it is generally the least expensive of the siding materials available, it is quick and easy to install, and it doesn’t require lots of maintenance.

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One thing to keep in mind about vinyl siding is that it cannot be repainted. Once you have chosen a vinyl siding color, you are stuck with that color until the siding is completely replaced. Because of this, choosing a color for vinyl siding can be overwhelming.

When choosing a vinyl siding color for your home, there are several factors to keep in mind such as roof color, size of home, style of home, and your own personal style.

It is important to consider the color of your roof. While the lifespan of siding colors can vary, a roof will typically last for around 20-30 years (depending on the material). For example, it may not be the best idea to choose a dark vinyl siding color if you have a dark roof. This can make your house feel dreary and uninviting.

The size of your home may also be an important factor to consider when choosing your vinyl siding color. A larger home may look drab with dark color siding. However, it is important to add some contrast to large homes to create dimension. For example, a large two-story home may have white, or off-white, siding with black shutters. Typically, dark colors draw your attention, which is why many homeowners choose to incorporate dark colors in accents or places where they want to grab your eye.

What is the architecture style of your home? Some homes, such as Colonial, are typically painted all the same color; however, don’t be afraid to break the rules (to an extent). For example, a beige or light gray color are good options as well.

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While it is important to choose a vinyl siding color that you love, try not to choose anything that is too trendy. Replacing siding can be a huge expense so it is best to choose something timeless. In love with a bright, vibrant color? Incorporate it in your accents, such as the front door or entry mat. That way, as your style changes it will be easy to update the look of your home.

Choosing a vinyl siding color can be a daunting, yet exciting process. A few things to keep in mind when choosing a vinyl siding color are your roof color, size and style of home, as well as your personal style. For more information regarding vinyl siding and colors, visit our siding page.