Bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift

Question:

Susan asks:

Please help! My new late 1960’s raised bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift. i crave a modern look. The windows are newer, so I’m not wanting to replace them.I’m prepared to redo the siding and paint the brick. I will be replacing front doors and garage door. should I erect a portico over front doors? The 2 windows and brick below the white siding will be closed up. Should I put stone there? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Answer:

If you want to create a modern look I would do the following.  Leave the red brick, replace the white siding with a dark siding colour like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke or Pebble.  These are neutral tones that look great with the red brick.  As for the part you are going to be closing up, go with a stone in this area with colour similar to the siding colour you pick.  Brown and Grey tones. This will bring everything together.

 

As for the portico, I would not go that route. That would close up the door. Pick a bold door colour like Black or Dark Grey and make it a focal point for the home.  Paint or replace the garage door the same colour as the siding.  You do not want the eye to be drawn to the garage door so make it blend in to the home.

 

 

 


Looking to change

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Veronique asks:

I am looking to change my windows AND doors and possibly changing the color of the flashing and/or of the bottom currently in white. Ideally, we would like to change only the windows to keep the cost low. What design and color windows would you recommend?

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Answer:

Your existing home is made up of neutrals tones that give you many options. I would suggest you paint the bottom part of the home a colour similar to Gentek’s Pebble colour and then replace the windows and flashing with Pebble colour as well.  As for the front door, I would go with a dark colour like Gentek’s Iron Ore or Windswept Smoke to create a focal point for the home.  You want your door to be where a person first looks to on your home.

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Bell Aluminum Inc.
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Considering board and batten

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Ludwik asks:

Hello, we are planning to replace, siding, soffits, gutters etc in our house. Color of our windows is pebble and we are thinking about the same color for siding and the rest but we are open minded for other color suggestions. For siding we are also considering board and batten style. What are your suggestions?

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Pebble would be a nice choice for the siding, soffit and fascia.  Another suggestion I have is Pebble for the siding, to lighten the look of the home, and then go with Sable, for the Soffit, Fascia and Eavestrough on the home.  Sable has both brown and grey tones to it that would look great with the Pebble and the brick colour.  As for the profile of the siding, I think that the horizontal siding looks good on the home, but the Board and Batten siding would add some more character to the home and give it a different look, I would definitely consider the Board and Batten.


Replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match

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Alexandra asks

We are replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match. The garage doors and front door will also be changed. The large windows will be changed in design, as I have attempted to show through a design app (3rd photo). I also made the windows dark through the app, which I like, but not sure if it will be too much once I change all of the vinyl. Unfortunately the app I used doesn’t give me Gentek colour options which I need to choose from. If I go dark, should I also stick with a dark front door and garage doors? I’m considering either Pebble or Dark Drift for the windows. Brownstone beige seems to be the same colour of our main brick colour; Dark Drift is the same colour as the darker accent brick. My husband actually purchased paint in brownstone, pebble and dark drift. He painted some back windows but we still can’t decide. We would love to stay towards a grey tone, however not sure if it would look “off” considering the brick is more of a sandy tone. Roof is timberline brand “Canadian driftwood” in colour, if that helps. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Answer:

With the colour tones in your home, I would stick with the brown tones for your windows. It is a tough choice between Pebble and Dark Drift, but if you are going to go darker with the vinyl, I would go with Pebble, the lighter colour to bring everything together. I would then go with a darker garage and front door.

 


Adding a covered area to the rear of our home.

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Kathy asks:

We are adding a covered area to the rear of our home. I saw the tongue and groove faux wood soffit and would like advice on the application of this product. Will this be suitable? Attached are 2 renderings.

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Answer:

I assume you are talking about Gentek’s Sagiper product.  From a looks standpoint, I think it would look great on the inside of the cover area.  From a technical installation stand point, it should be okay, but I would confirm with your installer.


Keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough

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Laurie asks:

We are replacing the windows and siding but are keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough for now. We are planning on elongating the upper windows by about 12 inches and considering removing the shutters. We will replace all of the windows with casements but do not know if we should use the same colour on the bow window as on the smaller windows. The 2nd photo shows our brick and shingles along with White, Pebble and Dark Drift for the windows and siding, but we are not sure what colour scheme and siding style would best update our home. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

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I would like to see you go with Dark Drift for the siding and Pebble for the windows, which would help blend with the existing stone.  As for the bay window, I would keep it the same colour as the other windows. It is enough of a feature on it’s own, that you don’t have to over emphasize it with a different colour. As for enlarging the windows and removing the shutters, I agree with this, but I would still like to see some constrast colour on that portion of the house, so maybe do a wide capping of the window in Pebble as well.


Match the angel stone and roof

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Melissa asks:

Hello, We are planning on putting all new soffit, fascia, eaves, downspouts and siding on our home, plus a new front door. Can you please give us some suggestions for colours for these and what style of siding that would match the angel stone and roof? We are also planning on painting the brick a medium smokey grey colour. For the soffit and fascia we were thinking of the colour Sable and the siding we weren’t too sure. Windswept smoke maybe? Also the windows will stay the colour white. What colour door would you suggest, we were thinking of a solid wood dark brown barn style door. Any help would be appreciated!

 

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Answer:

I like the ideas of Windswept Smoke in a vertical siding like Board and Batten to create a different look. As for the soffit, fascia and eavestrough, I like Sable, but I would also consider Pebble to bring the grey and the stone together.  Either would look good.  As for the door, I like the brown but I would not go too brown, maybe something like Gentek’s Dark Drift or Saddle Brown.

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Beverly Hills Home Improvements,

 

Med Siding
715 Highland Rd. E   Stoney Creek
ON, L8J 3E8
Phone: (905) 643-8616

 

Greenlee Siding & Windows
937 Cloverleaf Drive  Burlington
ON, L7T 3Y8
Phone: (905) 637-5347

 

 


Can’t decide on colour

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Gosia asks:

We need to replace rainspouts, fascia and soffit. Can’t decide on colour. Should we use one colour for all three or get soffit a shade lighter then fascia and rainspouts? Roof needs to be replaced as well.

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Answer:

I would keep the soffit, fascia and eavestrough on your home all the same colour and my suggestion would be the colour closest to the colour of the siding on your home.  I think Pebble might be close.  If you having a hard time finding a colour that is close, try Gentek’s Sable colour, in has both brown and grey and greenish tones in it that would look good with the brick and siding colour.

 

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David D. Snell Building ServicesCustom Aluminum Windows & Siding Ltd., and

CLC Siding Contracting
2480 Royal Windsor Drive Oakville
ON, L6J 7Y3
Phone: (905) 338-0320

 


Color and style for the side door of my house.

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Tracie asks:

 

Need to know the best color and style for the side door of my house. Please note we had it commercial brown (like trim in windows) but because it is exposed to full sun it fades and causes the weatherstripping and seals to crack and warp. Also I am planning to add accent stone to the bottom half of the house if you have any suggestions of color/style that would be appreciated. I already have my quote for the garden doors. It is very secluded where I live and I would like to have clear windows but would like to block out the heat any suggestions here.

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Answer

For the side door, you could try a colour like Pebble. It fits in with the brown of the home, but is not too dark and should not fall to the effects of the direct sun.  As well, when picking stone, I would pick a version that has both some browns and some greys in it as well lighten the look of the home.    As for your windows, if you do not want to tint them just install some window treatments like blinds to help keep out the heat of the sun.  If you are buying Energy Star rated windows, like Gentek’s Regency line, you can get glass packages that will help keep the cool/heat in the home and cool/heat from outside, outside the home.  Inquire with your installer about the best glass package for your home.

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Olsen Home Exteriors,

 

Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors
1903-B Merivale Road  Ottawa
ON, K2G 1E7
Phone: (613) 727-9387

 

Basic Home Improvements
741 Schubert Circle Ottawa
ON, K4A 4W3
Phone: (613) 824-0268

 


Building a new house in 2017

 

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Holly

We are building a new house in 2017. For the rear walkout we want to use gentek double 4.5 Dutch horizontal in the coastal blue-change it up on the upper walls and use coastal blue in the board and batten profile and do a complimentary vinyl shake in all the gable ends. Windows and doors will be white. The question is what colour should we use for the gable shakes as well as the soffit, fascia and trough to compliment.

 

Answer:

If you like a more monotone look you could go with Gentek’s Rockwell blue in the gable to give it some depth with a darker colour.  If you would like a contrast look, you could try Gentek’s Monterey Sand in the gables and then go white for the soffit, fascia and eaves to bring it all together.