Old, worn out siding can spoil your home’s curb appeal. Replacing dated or aging siding with something new ensures your home is protected, and is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your curb appeal by choosing steel siding.

Homeowners looking for tough siding with very little maintenance will find steel to be their best option.

Steel siding comes in a wide range of color options, so you are sure to find a color that matches your home’s style. And while vinyl siding will eventually fade from the sun and wood siding will need to be re-stained or painted every 3 to 5 years, steel siding will stand up to the elements with ease.

If you'd like to give your home a fresh new look, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you pick the perfect color.

Consider What's Popular in Your Neighborhood

You should never feel pressured to style your home exactly like every other home on the block, but it's wise to consider what's popular. If you ever decide to sell your home, chances are a house that complements the neighborhood will sell more quickly.

There is a fine line between an attractively unique home and one that sticks out like a sore thumb. For example, if your neighborhood mostly consists of homes with light earth-tone siding, cladding your home in soft blue will look complementary, whereas a bright red will clash.

Choose Colors that Complement Your Home's Architecture

A useful trick for helping you find the right shade is to stick with a color family that naturally works well with the architectural design of your house.

Architectural styles that look best with a light- to medium-toned palette include Cape Cod, Federal and Georgian. Using lighter shades makes these fairly unadorned, rectangular houses look more open and inviting.

Painted in a dark shade, Cape Code, Federal and Georgian styles could be overwhelming in relation to the landscape and surrounding homes. Typical color families these styles should use include greys, blues, tans, light browns and most any neutral earth tone.

Houses that look best with a medium- to -dark-toned palette include Craftsman and Victorian. Traditional Craftsman homes often focus on bolder earth tones, while Victorian homes can really be any color. Using a more dramatic shade adds dimension to these styles and accentuates their pillars, contrasting trim and multiple roof gables.

Owners that want to keep their home looking traditional or authentic should consider the home’s architectural design to be an important factor in color selection.

Compact Versus Large Homes

Architecture style aside, the size of your home can also impact which color steel siding you choose.

Typically the smaller the house, the darker or bolder the color can be. The larger the house, the lighter the color should be. This is very similar to the idea of painting a small room a bright, light shade to make it appear larger or painting a large room a darker shade to make it feel cozier.

A rich chocolate brown, dark gray or saturated barn red tends to look better on a small to a midsize house. Not only does it make a statement, it also helps the house stand out better against the landscape.

Softer greys, blues, tans and greens often look best on larger homes. Depending on your property and the house in question, very dark siding on a large house could look overwhelming.

Region Plays an Important Role

Did you know the color siding you choose has an effect on the energy-efficiency of your home? When it comes to light colors versus dark colors, you should consider the weather in your area.

If you live in a hot region where you typically spend more time trying to keep cool than warm, you'll want to choose light-toned siding. The lighter the color, the better it will reflect the sun which helps to keep your home cooler. However, this doesn't mean you have to stick with whites and tans.

Let's say you really like green. Rather than going with a dark shade, like Aurora Steel Forest Green, instead, choose a color like Aurora Steel Cypress, or for a more dramatic change, go with Aurora Steel Snowmist.

Conversely, if you live in a cold region, dark-colored steel siding can actually help you keep your home warmer, as it will absorb heat, rather than reflect it. Consider shades like Navigator’s Iron Gray or Seneca’s Blue Ridge.

Those living in a mild-moderate region with cold winters and hot summers will do well with medium-toned shades, like Navigator Steel Ember Grey or Boothbay Blue.

Find Your Perfect Color

Choosing your perfect siding color is a hard decision, but is worth the effort when your home looks brand new, has great curb appeal and saves you money on your utility bills. Be sure to check out Rollex’s steel siding options to find your perfect color today.

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