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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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