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4 Home Exterior Trends That Will Dominate in 2018

Ready to build in the new year? Knowing building trends for 2018 will help you set your projects apart from others on the street. Read on to learn about popular exterior styles to make your homes warm and welcoming.

Use of Multiple Textures

The multi-textured exterior will continue to be a major design trend, directly driven by consumer demand. Multiple textures break up visual monotony and can help you create a focal point or emphasize a part of the façade. Lap siding, vertical panels and cedar shakes can be combined in stunning ways, and gain even greater appeal when paired with stucco, stone and brick accents. Below, stone accents the entry of this home and echoes the stone walls, while different colors and textures draw the eye to the gables and add balance.

Learn more about how to successfully mix different types of cladding on a home.

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Stone and Brick Accents Gain in Popularity

Brick and stone facades are a classic choice for those who plan to live in their home for many years. Red brick pairs well with Craftsman and Prairie-style homes, but brick can easily be used in contemporary designs, especially when white or gray brick is selected. Stone is equally versatile; natural stone comes in a rainbow of shades, shapes and textures. Manufacturers will continue to expand the popularity of brick and stone with veneer products that are thinner and lighter weight, lowering installation costs.

Learn how to select brick and stone colors for a home exterior.

Low Maintenance Is Required

For many homeowners, low-maintenance features are no longer a luxury – they are expected. Few have the time or desire to scrape, paint and maintain siding and windows, making the trend toward low-maintenance products a lasting one. Engineered wood siding offers the appearance of wood without the same demand for upkeep, and is resistant to moisture, fungal decay and impact damage. Fiberglass windows are stable and won’t warp when exposed to extreme temperatures. Metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free and can be manufactured to mimic other roofing materials such as slate, tile and wood shakes.

Increased Landscape Awareness

New attention is being given to outlying elements of a home, such as fences, garage doors, sheds and outdoor living areas, with an effort to ensure these elements blend with the home and also the surrounding environment. Look for designers to place more emphasis on creating a unified exterior.

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Realize Your Vision With LP

LP’s proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process is designed to create highly durable engineered wood siding and trim products. LP SmartSide products come in a variety of styles, including smooth finish and cedar texture, to help you create exactly the look you want. Get inspired with creative siding ideas, then find a dealer near you that sells LP SmartSide engineered wood products.

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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.

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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.

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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.