What's going on with home siding in 2017?
A new year often brings with it many new opportunities, different goals, and even a different direction in trends like clothing, music, and home décor. When it comes to trends in home exteriors, they don’t change as quickly or as often mostly due to the expense a change would incur.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the materials, colors, and designs we will see in home siding “trending” in 2017.
Over the last decade, choosing a siding material for a home was mostly based on appearances over any other characteristic of the material used. Let’s face it, no one wants a tacky looking home! Today, homeowners are far more educated when it comes to being aware of energy efficient and long lasting home siding materials. There are three home siding materials that are sure to be at the top.
- Vinyl Siding – this synthetic man-made material is a type of plastic created by mixing ethylene and chlorine together. Vinyl siding comes in insulated and non-insulated versions. Its flexibility gives this siding strength, durability, and longevity.
- Fiber Cement Siding – this siding is composed of cement, sand, cellulose (wood) fibers. Often this siding is used as an alternative to using real wood siding. This siding is extremely durable and long-lasting due to its cement-like strength.
- Engineered Wood Siding – this siding is an Oriented Strand Board (OSB) material made up of wood strands compressed and coated with a resin binder creating an incredibly strong board. This product is treated with a zinc-borate mixture and a water-resistant wax to protect against moisture, wood rot, and termites.
These materials are a great option for any home and we offer all three of them as possibilities for your next home siding project. As our first choice, we would recommend using CedarMax insulated vinyl siding because of things like its R-value, noise reduction and it is also maintenance free. Insulated vinyl siding is a great option when you want energy efficiency, durability and a stylish look.
When it comes to resale value, on-trend homes are going to easily rise above those that are not. Experts advise choosing your exterior colors wisely. Avoid those crazy off-the-wall colors and leave the fuchsia pinks and tangerine oranges back in the 60’s where they belong.
Siding is an investment, so invest wisely when it comes to color selection. Whenever you spend money on a home improvement project that is an investment and you should always be thinking of resale value even if you have no intention of moving.
The top color trends for 2017 are a mix of natural earthy tones and calming hues. You will see a lot of hazelnut, kale green, and a variety of calming blues for exterior home colors. When it comes to trim you should stick with shades lighter than your siding color. Typically you will see a lot of whites, creams, and light gray colors.
2017 is going to be a year full of multiple textures by mixing up a one style siding with accents created by adding brick, stone, shiplap or other styles of siding. Homeowners are looking to create something with more character that sets their home apart by adding some visual interest.
Along with stylish accents, homeowners are also looking for something that is low maintenance, resists the elements, and lasts longer. Who doesn’t want their dollar to do more?
Choosing a Home Siding Contractor
We previously shared with you how to choose a siding contractor, 5 Questions to Ask a Window Replacement Contractor, so make sure when selecting someone to handle your next home siding project you find the right fit. As always, we would love the opportunity to meet you and discuss your needs. Iowa Home Exteriors has an experienced, reputable, and considerate team who is committed to meeting the needs of our clients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Home Anatomy Infographic
We are providing you this “Home Anatomy” infographic so you will know what your siding contractor is talking about when it comes to the various components of your home. Feel free to download and share with friends and family.