Do you want the low-maintenance requirements of vinyl siding but are a little bit afraid that the large expanse of a sided wall would look boring? The trick is to combining siding options to get a unique and attractive covering for your home. The following are a few ideas that look good, are durable, and are nearly as low maintenance as vinyl.
Idea #1: Add some stonework
You don't need to invest in heavy, expensive masonry to get the look of stone walls. Faux stone siding looks like the real thing but is made of a cement product, which means that faux stone siding both costs less and weighs less. It is cast into panels and then carefully dyed and treated to have a long-lasting appearance. You can purchase panels cast in a variety of designs, from neat brickwork to stacked stone or river rock. To avoid having your home look like a hunting lodge, consider skirting the lower third of the home in stone panels and using a complementary color of vinyl siding for the top two-thirds of the home.
Faux stone siding needs care similar to the care vinyl siding needs. Spray it off if it looks dirty. Pressure washing can also be performed if the siding appears particularly dingy.
Idea #2: Create a cottage
Another way to add more interest to your home's exterior is by creating a lovely cottage effect. This works best if the gable ends of your home face the street. Do this by using vinyl siding in the color preferred on the square walls of the house. Then, use fish scale or scalloped tile vinyl panels on the gable ends of the roof. The fish-scale siding can be the same color as the vinyl siding on the rest of the house, or you can opt for a contrasting color. For example, white walls with pale blue gables can be quite eye catching.
The biggest benefit of this option is that you have the benefit of vinyl's durability and low maintenance needs with the entire exterior of the home.
Idea #3: Show off the shake
Wood-shake siding is often seen as an attractive touch for a rustic rural home, but you can enjoy it without all the upkeep by opting for shake-style vinyl siding. Go with a natural wood color if you prefer the woodsy or rustic look. For a more urban look, consider pairing a bold-colored shake-sided home with pale trim, such as navy shake siding with cream window and door trim.
Unlike traditional shake, the vinyl styles will never need to be repainted or replaced due to rot.
Contact a siding contractor in your area for more help.