Quarve Contracting
Friday 3 February 2017

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Siding Color for Your Minnesota Home

Posted by at 9:14 AM

Love your siding color?  Or hate it?  While you’re pretty much stuck with the color siding that your home comes with when you buy it, unless you build a new house here in the Minneapolis area, you will get the chance to switch up the color later on when the siding wears out or gets damaged. When that time comes to have new siding installed, it’s important to make sure that you are choosing an option that you’re going to like and that will look nice overall. There’s a lot that goes into choosing a siding color to go with, so make sure that you’re considering all the possibilities before you make your final decision about what to do.

Siding Color Factors

Architectural Style Matters:  The very first consideration that you should make is the type of house that you have. If you live in a massive colonial with columns and a very traditional look, choosing lime green and hot pink siding probably wouldn’t make sense. You need to go with neutral siding for more traditional styles, but you can mix things up for more of the casually styled homes. It all depends on where you live. Fitting in with the Neighbors:  While it might seem pretty cool to stand out from the neighbors at first, you probably don't want to be the oddball in the neighborhood.  It’s best to try and stick with the general style of the surrounding houses if you want to preserve the resale value of your home at all. It’s also important to look at community guidelines before choosing a color if the area you live in is somewhat strict. There may be limitations on the colors that you can pick out for your home.  Check your deed for covenants and restrictions, and if you live in an area controlled by a homeowners' association, there are probably provisions that cover siding color as well. Consider Your Roof Color:  The color of your roof should be part of the decision-making process as well. That’s because a dark roof will probably look bad if you put on extremely dark siding as well. You want to coordinate with the roofing, but it's also good to create some contrast between the roof and the siding on your home. Doing so makes the house look more high quality and will give you better results. So lights with darks, and vice versa, and you can mix things up if you happen to have a neutral roof.  Of course, if you're having your roof and siding replaced at the same time, that gives you a lot more options regarding choosing colors because you can work with both at the same time. The Climate Matters:  Climate isn’t as much of a factor as the first three elements, but if you live in a bright and sunny tropical location, you can usually get away with bright colors more often. Think Florida beaches. Dimmer and dreary areas do better with neutral colors most of the time, although traditional deeper colors like red and blues are also workable. You've probably noticed that here in the Twin Cities area some of the most popular siding colors are those that reflect our natural surroundings.  Earth tones work well for homes here in the metro, but there are quite a lot of colors to choose from in that palette. Those are the types of things that you should be thinking about when selecting a siding color, so keep them in mind when you make the final decision, and you’ll be more likely to enjoy the finished results in the end. Speak with us here at Quarve, a licensed and experienced Minnesota home remodeling contractor, to have your new siding installed once you've chosen the perfect color.