At a loss for picking a colour for the doors




We will be installing new windows and doors (including garage door). I’m at a loss for picking a colour for the doors – including garage door. The vinyl siding is, I believe, Gentek Maize. The roof is green. The brick is “red”. Soffits are white as are the gutters and downspouts. Can you help?

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If you wanted to go with a colour for your windows, I would suggest you go with a neutral tone like Gentek’s Almond or Wicker.  Either of these colours will look good with the Maize siding as well as the red brick. I would also suggest that you change the shutters to match the window colour. As for the front door, I would suggest something darker like Gentek’s Pebble or Dark Drift to make it a focal point. For the garage door, I would stick with a dark colour like you have now, so it does not stand


Exposed to a lot of sunlight all afternoon long


Sylvia asks


Hello, I have a Canadiana home which is exposed to a lot of sunlight all afternoon long. I recently got a new Garaga garage and Novatech main door but feel I made a huge mistake in my colour selection (Gentek Amber and Almond trims). My original intention was to leave the rest of the Sikkens Cetol 1 and 23 finished wood windows, trims and porch intact. I am open to all suggestions. The roof will retain forest green as it is still in good condition. Thanks in advance for your help.

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If you are looking for a different colour for your door, why not go with green tone to tie in the roof.  I might suggest Gentek’s Moonlit Moss or Juniper Grove and leave the Almond as the trim.  I think this would bring everything together for the home.

Front window trim – the flashing


Paul asks


Good day, I am having siding added to a new carport wall and residing a small section of wood board and batton at the front of the house. Both will be the same colour (Pebble Khaki) and will be vertical. My question is about the front window trim – the flashing (edging?) will be redone and I was originally going to keep it the same colour but am wondering if it should stay as almond to match the door trim – the problem will likely be the almond won\’t match up entirely with the door trim. Should I do the window in the same colour as the siding or match with the door trim?


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In this situation I would do the trim in the same colour as the siding.  The differences in Almond colours would not look good if they are not the same.  Pebble would look good with your door colour.


Renovate the front exterior of our house


Alisa asks:


Hi! We are going to renovate the front exterior of our house. The cream coloured stucco (on the sides and back of house), the white vinyl windows/trim and the beach wood Mystique 42 shingles will remain unchanged. We are wanting to replace the brick columns on either side of garage door with Versetta Stone, Plum Creek Ledgestone and replace the wood siding with horizontal Gentek Sequoia vinyl in Drift Wood. We are getting new soffit/fascia/eaves in white and will likely paint the front doors and garage door. The problem is our local suppliers have such small sample colours to look at that we aren\’t sure if the stone will go with the siding (and if they will go with the rest of the house)?? We were also considering Espresso, but thought it would be too dark and Wicker which we thought would be too light. We are open to any suggestions.


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Dark Drift would be my choice for the siding but I would like to suggest you go with a more neutral colour like Almond or Monterey Sand for the soffit, fascia and eaves.  You have created such a warm look with the stone and siding, the white would look to stark for me.  I know the windows are white and that is fine but you are adding too much white when you use it for the soffit, fascia and eaves.

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Change our exterior of house but keep to the style.


Tracey asks:

We would like to change our exterior of our house but would like to keep to the style of the house. The old brown cedar shake is very weathered and the almond colour aluminum siding maybe ok if cleaned up. So we might keep the almond siding and just redo the shake with a vinyl staggered shake. The company we are getting to install the shake has given us the colour options in the foundary traditional collection or gentek can make the shake in their colours. My original colour I chose was russet in the traditional collection but they don\’t offer it anymore. My next option I\’m leaning towards is midnight surf, if gentek can do it. I don\’t always like to follow the norm lol but would really appreciate your opinion or any suggestions.

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Midnight Surf and Almond would look great on your home, but it you could paint the Almond a bit of a darker colour like Gentek’s Monterey Sand or even Pebble, it would give it even more of a modern unique look.   A slightly darker colour would blend well with the colour of your roof and the stone on your home to give you a finished look.  You can get Foundry Shakes in a match to Midnight Surf.

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Total Renovation


Paige asks


We are totally renovating a 70s double wide. I have uploaded a picture of what it will look like when it is done. The trims eaves facia and soffit will all be white and we are putting some sort of timber accent in the gables. I\’m wondering if you think windswept smoke in a shake in the gables will look good with midnight surf board and batten for the rest of the house. If you have any pictures of homes that have put those 2 colours together could you send them to me ? Thanks!


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I love the combination of Windswept Smoke and Midnight surf together.  Unfortunately we do not have any images of homes with these two colour together.  The only suggestion I would have for your home is that you do not use white for the soffit and fascia, I would suggest you try Almond or Montery Sand.  The white creates a drastic contrast that I do not really take to.  My picking a colour like Almond or Monterey Sand, the earth tones all come together and will blend well with the the timber accents.  When you complete the home, we would love to see the finished product for our other readers to see.


Dawn has a question about siding.


Dawn asks

We are having our siding, soffits, fascia, eavestrough done by Thomas Tellier here in Sarnia. I was wondering if I could send you a picture of the house that has siding colours we like and you could tell us what we need to use for everything. We wanted the house to be venetian red with all trim soffit facia and trough Autumn gold it is not available in vinyl for soffits, corner pieces etc? Please tell us what to use to get us a close to that as possible. We also considered green with cream trim but couldn’t find a dark enough green siding colour.

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Gentek does have a couple of colours that would work with the Venetian Red – Amber or Harvest Wheat – but neither are available in vinyl soffits, but Harvest Wheat is available in aluminum soffit. If you wanted to stick with vinyl soffit, I might suggest you go with Gentek’s Almond colour instead.


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Incorporating shingles and stone into a new build


Megan asks:

I’d like some suggestions as how to incorporate both the perfection shingles (shakes) and stone into this house design. I was thinking the smokey grey, beige shakes, white windows with beige trim and stonework. Both the front and the back are visible so both sides must be completed. Thanks Megan.










My suggestion is that you would incorporate the stone product at the bottom of the home, about a 1/3 of the way up the windows on the first floor. I would chose a grey/green/ brown tone for the stone to blend with the green on the walls. I would then install the perfection shakes into the gables of the home. I would chose a tone that is in the stone. Maybe Pebble, Almond or Dark Drift would blend well with the other colours. This design would then be incorporated on all four walls of the home, bringing a unified look as you walk around the home.

Recommendations for window trim colour


Margaret asks:

We are looking for recommendations on the window trim colour. We recently replaced the front door with this bright red colour. Here are some of the swatch samples against the brick.



By your picture, I would narrow it down to either Almond or Monterey Sand. They are very similar colours and either would blend well with the brick. I think my final choice would be Almond, it has a bit more yellow in it and would blend well with the dominant yellow in the brick.

Replacing Siding on Dormers


Shelley and Gary ask:

We are planning to replace the dormers siding with Novishake Cedar Shake or Perfect Shake Panel or Staggered Edge Shake. We want to know which one you would recommend for these three dormers. We also want to know what colour you would suggest for the dormers and the siding of the house. We were going to replace the siding of the house later in the year. We considering 8’ Cedar Shake to replace the siding rest of the house. We would like the colours to blend or enhance the stone. Should the dormers be a slightly darker colour then the rest of the house? Thank you in advance for your advice. Shelley and Gary.

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I would suggest that you replace it with the Perfect Shake Panel. The other two may be a bit busy with the stone. If you would like them to blend better, I would suggest you go with Almond or Montery Sand. These colours would blend well with the lighter/yellower tones in the brick.

I would like to say, I do like the neutral tone that you have already in the dormers. I would suggest Pebble or Wicker in the Perfect Shake, if you would like to go with something that contrasts.

I hope this helps.