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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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5 Using the Right Siding for Your Modern Home

The modern house design is marked by its simple, yet sophisticated style—a bold rebellion against the ornate Victorian and Edwardian-style homes of the 19th century. Built between 1900 and the late 1950s, modern homes feature intentional asymmetry, strong horizontal composition and large expanses of glass. Inspired by the demand for improved living and entertaining, modern homes feature open layouts and include elements of favorite architectural styles such as Arts and Crafts and ranch.

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Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home’s exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).

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19 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

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