A Mid-Year Look at Modern Siding Trends of 2018

Whether they are building a new home or updating existing siding, homeowners want to use materials that are in line with the most current exterior trends. Let’s take a look at a few popular siding trends that can help you make an informed decision about which materials to offer your customers.

Use of Multiple Textures

When it comes to siding, texture is currently the name of the game. Multiple textures break up visual monotony and can help create a focal point or emphasize a part of the façade. Blending different siding textures, styles and materials creates dialogue within an exterior and helps homeowners to make their home stand other from others on the street.

Kate Wyeth, Market Development Manager for LP Building Products, notes an uptick in demand for one siding style in particular. “We’re seeing an increased demand for LP® SmartSide® Vertical Siding, which helps create the board-and-batten looks.”

Increasingly Bold Contrast

While subtle palettes were the trend in home exteriors for many years, homeowners are now turning to more dynamic exterior colors. Light-colored trim with dark-colored siding is a very popular look right now, particularly when paired with a bold pop of color as an accent. In terms of paint colors, LP’s Wyeth also notes an increase in sharper contrasts. “Customers are using contrast to achieve that modern aesthetic, like pure white siding paired with darker browns or siding and trim with a stain-like appearance,” she explains.


Trim and exterior “accessories” are gaining interest as a way to further personalize the home. Trim is an excellent tool to highlight architectural features of an exterior and create the eye-catching contrast that homeowners are looking for. LP SmartSide Trim & Fascia come in a wide assortment of styles so you can add a touch of craftsmanship that’s hard to miss. Other coordinating elements such as shutters, a colorful front door and unique garage doors are on-trend ways to add character and uniqueness.

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Get Exciting Versatility With LP Products

LP creates highly durable engineered wood siding and trim products for modern exteriors. LP SmartSide products come in a variety of textures and styles 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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How To Protect Builds Against Rainy Climates

While many builders resort to flexible timing and weather contingency clauses to successfully navigate wet weather construction, they are still often at the mercy of the materials they use. This is why, at LP Building Solutions, we’ve been long committed to engineering building materials that stand up specifically to moisture-related challenges.

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Defend Your Build™ In Time For Storm Seasons

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What Extra Durability and Resiliency Steps Should You Take in a Hot Climate?

According to recent NASA reports, global temperatures have been rising and ice sheets have been melting—both of which may be contributing factors to changing weather patterns. With these changes, resilient construction is increasingly important as builders are seeking extra durability within their builds.