Curb Appeal7 min

How to Successfully Mix Different Types of Cladding on a Home

Siding has become part of the ongoing evolution within the building industry. The quality, durability and beauty of siding materials has evolved greatly in recent decades, giving contractors and homeowners an impressive number of choices that not only look good, but are also durable and long-lasting. Today, it’s possible to achieve an array of different looks without spending a lot of time and money on siding maintenance. Let’s take a look at how to mix and match siding to create unique house siding designs.

The Benefits of Mixing Up Siding

Mixing different types of siding gives the opportunity to make a home’s exterior distinctive, regardless of its architectural style. Using only one siding material may make the exterior appear flat and uninteresting, while a combination of siding profiles and colors gives a home more depth and visual interest. It’s a contemporary look that can still blend harmoniously with other houses in the neighborhood.

Choosing Colors

Your choice of siding colors is crucial to the finished look of a home. You should focus first on the colors that might complement nearby homes and also blend with the environment. By selecting colors that coordinate with surrounding homes, you can help make the neighborhood feel cohesive, even if the homes are differing architectural styles.

Choosing Textures

3D technology from Hover can be used to visualize house siding designs with different combinations of materials and colors. Horizontal lap siding is the most common choice for the main body of an exterior. Vertical siding is an excellent way to draw the eye up and emphasize height, particularly on gables. Vertical siding is also an increasingly popular option for contemporary designs to make the home appear taller and less elongated. For a decorative accent, cedar shake siding serves well when used on gables, dormers and other areas of a façade. For a more rustic look, cedar shake can be used on the whole house.

Get Creative with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Profiles

LP’s engineered wood product line is so broad that you can use it for all your lap, panel, trim & fascia and soffit needs. Our impressive array of sizes and finishes satisfies a full variety of design requirements, ensuring there is an LP SmartSide product for most every home. In addition, a wide range of prefinished colors of engineered wood siding are available through our LP Pre-Finish Network.

We invite you to learn more about LP® SmartSide® products. Call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative, or find out where to buy LP SmartSide products near you.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.