New siding is exciting! It is a way to completely change the look of your home and amp up your curb appeal. We want to help you make the best choice for your home.
Selecting the right siding color can be a natural way to help keep your house cooler and more comfortable. For example, if you have a darker roof paired with a darker siding color house, your house could actually be absorbing 70 – 90% of the radiant energy from the Sun. This could explain why houses are often light-colored. But in many cases, the exterior walls of the house are lighter while the roof is still dark, therefore reducing the amount of energy savings possible. If you are looking to remodel or replace your roof and/or exterior, take a good look at your house and see if any improvements could be made. The long-term benefits could very well outweigh the upfront costs.
According to the Arizona Solar Center, a good way to maintain interior temperatures is by preventing hot or cold air from entering the home in the first place. Southern homes tend to have lighter colors due to the heat and sun. As for Pennsylvania, our northern homes stick to more neutral colors. A bright yellow home might be a bit too much for your eyes during the snowy season. Try to pick a color that will work with every season and that won’t be too overpowering at any point. Popular colors of Pennsylvania homes include gray, blue, green, brown, and beige.
Style of Your Home
Some home styles commonly stick to one exterior color, while other styles allow for multiple colors.
A few common home styles and color themes:
- Cape Cod – You can have fun with accents like window shutters
- Craftsman – Allows for a lot of natural colors with trim, brick, and stone
- Contemporary – Usually sticks to one or two colors
- Mediterranean – Not very common in PA, sticks to lighter colors
- Prairie – Sticks to one color, but has lots of windows and organic patterns
- Ranch – Often has one color, with a complimentary trim color
- Cottage – Tends to have brighter exterior colors
Pay attention to the homes in your neighborhood. Are there any colors you like? You may want your home to stand out in the neighborhood, but don’t make it an eyesore! Try to keep your color in the ballpark of the other homes. Some neighborhoods have rules about home color, so make sure to check before you change the color of your home.
Testing Your Paint Color
Whatever color you choose, make sure it looks good in every light. You may hate how light the color of your house is when the sun hits it. Take a look at your color swatches throughout the day, for several days.
Complimentary colors can add some extra attention to your home. Trim, doors, windows, and railings are often painted complimentary colors.
Color of Your Roof
The color of your roof plays a huge role in your exterior color choice. A more neutral colored roof can match an array of colors, while a darker roof is often softened with a lighter siding color. How much you want your roof to stand out is up to you.
Your Landscaping Style
Your landscape plays a role in your siding color choice as well. The bright yellow house mentioned earlier might not look the best with huge evergreen trees. A large brown house might fit that landscape better. If you have a very colorful landscape, think about a color that will complement it.
Size of Your Home
Swatches are small, and your home is big! A color might look lighter or darker when applied to a home. Keep this in mind when you pick your color. Darker colors might be too intense on a larger scale. Lighter colors might not be intense enough. If you have the ability to create a bigger paint test area, you should certainly do it.
Need More Info? Have Questions?
At Greenawalt Roofing, we recommend and install CertainTeed siding products. The company offers vertical siding, horizontal siding, shake and shingle siding for the look of shake without the maintenance and even insulated siding with the look of natural wood that can help reduce your heating and cooling bills.
We know that choosing a siding style and color can be challenging, so we are happy to assist you in selecting the right look for your home. CertainTeed also offers online design tools that allow you to see what different colors and styles look like on different homes.
If you have any questions, or you are ready for new siding, give us a call at 717-898-6000.