Tudor-style architecture looks like it was created from the pages of a romantic storybook, intertwining medieval charm with a quaint English country manor. While the design is reminiscent of the English Tudor period of 1485-1603, the style didn't appear in the U.S. until the late 19th century.
In the early 1900s brick and stone were expensive building materials for the ordinary homeowner, so Tudor-style houses became a trademark for the wealthy. After World War II, construction of the traditional Tudor house declined as new, more modern style homes were introduced. Since then, we've seen many iterations of the Tudor home as people renovate and build homes inspired by this style.
What Makes a House a Tudor?
Among the most recognizable features of a Tudor-style house is the white or light-colored exterior with half-timber detailing. While these timbers were necessary in construction during the Middle Ages, these thin boards are solely for looks on modern Tudor homes.
The home style is well defined by its steeply pitched roof-often with multiple overlapping gables of different heights. The windows are tall and narrow and are grouped together, while the elaborate chimneys flank the home. The front door typically has a rounded arch at the top.
What are the Best Siding Options for a Tudor?
Tudor-style homes were historically built with traditional wood siding and trim. However, real wood requires significant maintenance and is susceptible to rotting, warping and more. To mimic the look of real wood with advanced durability, consider engineered wood siding.
For example, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is an engineered wood option that achieves the look of traditional wood while offering protection to withstand impacts, freeze/thaw cycles, high humidity, and fungal decay and termites. If you live in an area that experiences frequent inclement weather such as hail, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding can provide peace of mind with its limited warranty.
Additionally, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding is a prefinished siding option offered in 16 versatile colors that complement the Tudor-style home. Here are some trending exterior house colors to spark ideas for your Tudor home:
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding also gives you the creative freedom to use various trim widths and styles to play up the architectural features of the Tudor home. For example, consider utilizing various trim widths to add depth to the decorative half timbers at the gables.
Use our home visualizer tool to experiment with colors, textures and more on a variety of architectural styles, including a Tudor. If your home is historic, be sure to read The Do’s and Don’ts of Re-Siding a Historic Home.
Re-siding your home can completely transform its look and increase curb appeal exponentially, but completing a re-side is a big job and a significant investment. If you've never done it, it's hard to know what to expect and how to prepare for a siding replacement.
Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. Many believe board and batten style is a timeless look that can leave your home's exterior with major curb appeal for years to come.