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How to Successfully Mix Different Types of Cladding on a Home

Siding has become part of the ongoing evolution within the building industry. The quality, durability and beauty of siding materials has evolved greatly in recent decades, giving contractors and homeowners an impressive number of choices that not only look good, but are also durable and long-lasting. Today, it's possible to achieve an array of different looks without spending a lot of time and money on siding maintenance. Let's take a look at how to mix and match siding to create unique house siding designs.

The Benefits of Mixing Up Siding

Mixing different types of siding gives the opportunity to make a home's exterior distinctive, regardless of its architectural style. Using only one siding material may make the exterior appear flat and uninteresting, while a combination of siding profiles and colors gives a home more depth and visual interest. It's a contemporary look that can still blend harmoniously with other houses in the neighborhood.

Choosing Colors

Your choice of siding colors is crucial to the finished look of a home. You should focus first on the colors that might complement nearby homes and also blend with the environment. By selecting colors that coordinate with surrounding homes, you can help make the neighborhood feel cohesive, even if the homes are differing architectural styles.

Choosing Textures

3D technology from Hover can be used to visualize house siding designs with different combinations of materials and colors. Horizontal lap siding is the most common choice for the main body of an exterior. Vertical siding is an excellent way to draw the eye up and emphasize height, particularly on gables. Vertical siding is also an increasingly popular option for contemporary designs to make the home appear taller and less elongated. For a decorative accent, cedar shake siding serves well when used on gables, dormers and other areas of a façade. For a more rustic look, cedar shake can be used on the whole house.

Get Creative with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Profiles

LP’s engineered wood product line is so broad that you can use it for all your lap, panel, trim & fascia and soffit needs. Our impressive array of sizes and finishes satisfies a full variety of design requirements, ensuring there is an LP SmartSide product for most every home. In addition, a wide range of prefinished colors of engineered wood siding are available through our LP Pre-Finish Network.

We invite you to learn more about LP® SmartSide® products. Call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative, or find out where to buy LP SmartSide products near you.

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New Year, New Siding: Choosing Siding That Lasts

It's a new year-and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it's the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you're just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.

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How to Hang Items on Siding

As seasons change, you may find yourself wanting to add seasonal decor to your house. When considering mounting decorations or more functional assets such as lights to your home's exterior, you may be wondering how to hang items on siding. While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered for longer-lasting durability, there are some key tips to keep in mind to protect your home's exterior when hanging items on engineered wood siding.

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas for 2021

While many homeowners focus their attention on interior holiday decor, giving your home's exterior a festive upgrade will ensure it's a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. We talked with lifestyle blogger Liz Marie Galvan to get her top outdoor holiday decorating tips.

Choosing a Color Scheme For Your Home Exterior

If you have decided to tackle a re-side project, you will be faced with the choice of your home's exterior color. While durability, workability and efficiency are all critical benefits to you as a homeowner, the most outward facing choice you will make during your building project is the color. Choosing the right color for your home can seem like a big task and with color decisions to make beyond siding, like trim and other exterior accessories, it can be difficult to determine what you want. We've compiled a list of siding color ideas to help you find the color scheme that's right for you.