Residential Siding: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Material and Color

Residential Siding

Whether you just bought a new home or want to upgrade an existing one, installing new siding can help you add lasting beauty to your space, boost curb appeal and increase your home’s resale value. However, picking the right color and material can be challenging with the various residential siding options in the market. Read on for five tips to help you select a value-boosting siding color and style. 

1. Check your neighborhood

Before contacting your contractor from Landmark Roofing for siding installation, take a walk around your neighborhood to get inspiration from other residential properties. Determine which color combinations and materials are often installed. You should also establish whether most homes have vertical or horizontal siding. Be sure to examine whether the properties in your neighborhood look the same or have a unique appearance. 

While you may want to pick a siding color and material that help you stand out in your neighborhood, doing so could be detrimental to your property’s resale value. Often, a house that blends into the area sells faster at a higher price than a property that stands out, so it is prudent to pick a color scheme that complements other homes in the community.

2. Consider the color of your roof

The roof is often the most prominent feature of your home’s exterior. It can also last for over 25 years, so if you are not looking to invest in a roofing system replacement, you should consider picking a siding color that will look great with the existing roofing system’s color scheme. If your house has a light-colored roof, you should opt for a dark-colored siding to boost curb appeal. If your roofing system has a neutral color scheme, you have unlimited color options to choose from for your residential property’s siding. 

3. Keep your home’s architecture and style in mind

Be sure to draw inspiration for suitable siding material and color to install to transform your exterior from your property’s architecture and style. Here are some perfect siding materials and colors you could choose for different home styles and architecture: 

  • Contemporary homes: Pick neutral color schemes such as white or black with a unique, unexpected shade to create a striking look. Glass, metal, and wood are typical contemporary home materials.
  • Colonial homes: A colonial home works well with neutral color schemes like beige, gray, or white. Picking a horizontal siding panel can also give your colonial home a warm, traditional appearance.
  • Victorian homes: Consider using a combination of shingle and horizontal siding with jewel-toned color schemes such as emerald and plum to create an attractive appearance.
  • Cape cod properties: Opt for a shingle siding with coastal colors like gray or blue.

4. Research the different siding material types

Familiarize yourself with the different siding types to pick a material that gives your home an attractive, lasting appearance. Here are the common siding material options: 

1. Fiber cement siding

Fiber cement siding has gained more popularity today as it mimics other siding materials, including stucco, masonry, shingles, and wood. It is easy to maintain because although it looks like wood, it is made of cement, so it is durable, termite free, and water-resistant. 

2. Wood siding

Wood is the most popular siding material, thanks to its classic appearance. However, wood sidings require routine maintenance, including caulking and painting, to protect them from extreme weather conditions and sustain their appearance.

3. Vinyl siding

Vinyl can be customized into various designs, including shingles and vertical and horizontal panels to suit your home’s architectural style. It is also cost-efficient and requires little or no maintenance. However, vinyl sidings are pre-painted, so if you are not keen on your color choice during purchase, you could get stuck with a color you do not like or spend thousands of dollars on a replacement.

4. Stone siding

If you do not want to create a traditional home exterior, you should consider investing in a stone siding. While stone is one of the most expensive siding materials, it is highly durable and can withstand adverse weather changes. 

5. Invest in a color that does not stain easily

It can be tempting to opt for attractive bright colors like white. However, light colors may not be your best option unless you are comfortable with power washing your home’s siding regularly. These colors stain easily, compromising the siding’s visual appeal, so you should invest in a color that requires little or no maintenance to maintain a crisp, clean appearance. 


Sidings add beauty and charm to residential properties and increase the chances of selling your home to the highest bidders. Be sure to check your neighborhood, consider your roof’s color, research different material options, and keep your home’s architecture and style in mind to choose suitable siding material and color.