Siding does more than simply cover your home; it also sets the stage for your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal reflects how people view your home when driving by from the street, and can impact things like your resale value and how quickly your home can sell, so it’s an important factor to keep in mind when choosing your home’s exterior. There are many different styles of siding out there in addition to the many types of material, making it difficult at times to know what will look best on your home. Thankfully, there are several ways you can figure out what the best style of siding is for your home to find the perfect fit.
Take Cues from Your House
Different architectural styles sometimes have a map of how the exterior is supposed to look. For example, Victorians have a lot of “gingerbread” and other decorative trim, while some beach cottages use board and batten-style siding. By finding out more about the architecture of your home, and viewing other examples or photos of that style, you may be able to get a sense of what types of siding look best on it.
Another way you can take clues from your home is to look at its current exterior. For example, if your home has a beam or other dividing piece running around it horizontally, this may be a clue that your home can support two different styles one above and one below. So you may want consider shingles below and lap siding above. Another example would be if your home is divided into sections, such as a main home and an addition; sometimes this type of property looks best if you cover the addition in a different siding than the main home, such as using lap siding on the main home and board and batten on the addition. What this does is emphasize the two buildings, letting you tell at a glance that while linked, they may have two different purposes – house and home office for example – or that one was added on long after the other.
Look at Your Neighborhood
The last thing you want is for your home to stand out from the rest of your neighborhood, particularly if you have a similar style of architecture to the others nearby. Sometimes curb appeal is reliant on how your home looks in conjunction with the other homes surrounding it, so if you have a similar style home, and all your neighbors have shingles, you may want to invest in shingles for your home as well. Otherwise, siding your home with something different like lap siding may result in your home having a lower property value than your neighbors.
It’s alright to have subtle differences between your home and the ones surrounding it, as long as the overall style is similar. For example, if you want to show off some gables or trim with decorative shingles in a bold color while keeping the rest of the siding in line with the rest of the neighborhood, this is fine and lets your home stand out in a way that doesn’t lower its value.
Emphasize What’s There
Another trick to figuring out what siding will look best on your home is to play up your architectural style, calling attention to it. For example, if you have a very contemporary home, you may want to emphasize each one of the different planes and angles separately either by using different types of siding or different colors of the same siding. This may mean using architectural panels over the lower section of the home, then switching to lap siding above in small areas only. The result is that your home looks even more contemporary than it might if you use one siding over the entire exterior.
This trick of emphasizing can be used on many different styles of home, including Tudors, Victorians, Gambrels, Capes, Colonials, and Craftsman, as well as Contemporary. The key is to simply pay attention to the different lines of the home, and choose one or more than you want to call attention to, then cover that section in a different, yet coordinating, type of siding. This actually ends up emphasizing not only the small area, but the architecture as a whole, boosting your curb appeal and making the most of your home’s exterior.
Choose the Right Siding for Your Home
There are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing the siding for your home. You need to make sure that what you choose complements your home’s style, the neighborhood, and your personal taste. Thankfully, this is easy to do when using fiber cement siding; fiber cement comes in so many different styles and colors, you’ll have no trouble finding something that fits. Choose the right siding for your home’s exterior to get the best look possible for your curb appeal.