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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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Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Renovation5 min
Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

Trends3 min
Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.

Maintenance3 min
When to Replace Old, Decaying Siding

Fungal decaying siding can cause a multitude of problems such as improperly heating and cooling your home and even compromising its structure. Many times, fungal decay is hidden and homeowners may not know how to spot the warning signs. And if they do, it can be difficult to gauge whether it’s time for a siding replacement or repair. But have no fear. We’re offering an in-depth guide on the signs to spot fungal decay and, more importantly, what to do next.