Both homes and buildings throughout much of the country were once made of wooden siding unless more expensive brick or stone options could be afforded. Since wood siding looked natural and rustic, it was a popular choice, especially since the rudimentary tools of the time made it easier to fashion wood planks versus other types of coverings. If a different color other than the natural wood color was desired, paint solved that issue.
Regardless of which color was desired, paint of that color was typically available – especially in major cities. However, paint ages, cracks, chips, and peels, thereby exposing the natural wood to the elements. After enough exposure, wood can rot, become infested with insects and turn undesirable colors.
In the late 1930s and early ’40s, aluminum siding was introduced as a more durable replacement for wood siding. Aluminum siding cornered the alternative siding market for two decades until the late 50’s when vinyl siding was introduced as a replacement for both wood and aluminum siding. With vinyl siding’s introduction, better insulation values, increased weather protection and durability, easier installation, and manufactured colors were now available without the need to paint on a color of choice. In addition, installing newer siding meant that fading was no longer a factor since the color was consistent throughout the thickness of the product.
Popular Vinyl Siding Colors
- Neutrals – From wood tones to tan, grey, and wheat palettes, neutral siding colors are often a perfect match for white trim, lower heat gain in hot climates, and better resale value when it comes time to sell a home or building. Neutrals also tend to show less dirt, so they are easier to maintain over the years.
- Darks – Bold, yet stylish, dark siding colors such as charcoal, brown, black, navy, green, blue, or rust are perfect for allowing a more sophisticated look. Dark siding colors are great for drawing attention to a home and make good sense for homes in northern climates so more heat is gained from sunny days during cold winter months.
- Brights – When a cheery exterior is desired, brightly colored siding choices such as sky blue, canary yellow, fire engine red, or pumpkin orange draw the eye in and brighten the surroundings. When a bold statement is desired, bright siding can be a perfect choice.
- Warm Colors – Inviting, yet comforting, warm siding colors such as cream, light pink, baby blue, seagrass green, and more will give off a comforting and relaxed vibe to homeowners and visitors alike. Warm siding colors are great for southern homes which tend to receive warmer temperatures year-round where heat gain can be an issue.
Regardless of which color siding is chosen for a project, fading is never a worry with new siding. The color you choose will last as long as the home or business. Other siding options that utilize paint for color can’t promise that.
American Eagle Builders specializes in creating a cozy feeling of coming home to your special place as soon as you pull in the drive. Custom siding not only affects the look and feel of a home or business but creates beautiful curb appeal as well. This will attract more eyes to your home or business and will additionally increase a property’s value.