Color and style for the side door of my house.


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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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.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

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


Board and batten style


Morgan asks

Hi We are looking for a true medium Gray board and batten style vinyl siding for the two story addition being built in the picture. Any advice for the roof shingles to compliment the vinyl and brick sidings would be greatly appreciated.

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If you are looking for a medium grey tone why not try Gentek’s Storm colour, which is available in the Board and Batten profile you desire. For the roof, I would then go with a dark grey or black colour to create some contrast.


Remove all the window shutters and have chosen Storm siding


Jana asks:

We have decided to remove all the window shutters and have chosen Storm siding. I can’t decide which of the GenStone colours would look best or what color to choose for eaves & fascia. The stone will go on both sides of the garage door up about 44″ and on the front porch, we are building up the posts to be 10×10 and using the stone on the bottom half. Our windows will be white and our soffit is white also.


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For the GenStone, I would suggest Iron Ore as the colour but if you feel that is too dark, I might suggest Keystone that has some grey tones in it to give you a lighter look.  As for the fascia, I would go with white as you are with the soffit.

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Everlast Eaves and Exteriors Ltd.
130 Livingstone Street  Yorkton
SK, S3N 3A8
Phone: (306) 786-7055

Siding suggestions for colours


Debbie asks:


Hi I am hoping to get soffit, fascia, eavestrough, and . We want to do darker colours but our windows are white and we are not replacing them right now. Would this work?


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Dark colours for your soffit, fascia and eaves would be great. I would go with a dark brown or even a dark grey like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke, which has some brown tones in it.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

John’s Aluminum
118 West Deane Park Drive  Etobicoke
ON, M9B 2S3
Phone: (416) 621-6183


Belfast Home Improvements
267 Bering Ave. Toronto
ON, M8Z 3A5
Phone: (416) 236-1255


Minard Home Improvement
6350 Tomken Rd, Unit 1 Mississauga
ON, L5T 1Y3
Phone: 905-670-2707

Building a new home and trying to decide on the exterior colors


Robin asks:


Hi there, I hope you are able to help us. We are building a new home and trying to decide on the exterior colors of our home. Our shed was built first and we went with Gentek Dark drift with white trim and white doors however, I do wish to use dark drift and white trim on our home but would also like a darker color on it as well. The sample picture has a horizontal siding, vertical siding, shake siding, and we wish to use novi stone siding as well as shown in the picture. We are also going with black shutters. Can you please give me a suggestion of what other darker color I should use and where on the house? Should we go with a pebble color shake where the shake is visible on the picture and your expert opinion where we should put the dark drift would be appreciated? Also, if you are able to suggest the novi stone color and mold that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Oh, our shingles are Mirage – Sandlewood.

Suggestions on window trims and vents. Could you also point in the right direction there as well.

Saw the pebble color online and it seems too dark for the shake location on the house. I’m thinking that area of the house should be lighter. What do you think? Thank you.

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If you are looking to add a colour which is darker than Dark Drift, you would need to go with Gentek’s Iron Ore.  The grey and the dark brown will look good together and I think that Pebble would not be too dark in the shake.  It is hard to get the sense of what the colours look like online. You need to see actual samples.  I would use a stone that has both grey and brown tones in it like Brownstone and use Iron Ore for the siding and then Pebble for the Shake.  I think you will be happy with the combination.  As for the window trims, I might suggest you use Dark Drift to create some contrast.

Living there year round once we retire


Karin asks:

Hello, We are renovating our cottage and will be living their year round once we retire. The windows are being replaced and the external trim will be white. We are also adding a 2 door garage The exterior will be a stone veneer up to the window sill (3ft) and board and batten siding. What color palette would you recommend? We are looking for colors that have longevity and will make the house look more modern The colors we are trying to choose between are – Coastal Blue – Juniper Grove – Mountain Arbor -Iron Ore – Windswept smoke – Midnight Surg


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If you want to have a modern look that will not go out of style, I would go with Windswept Smoke. It is a darker neutral tone that will give you the modern look you desire but because it is a neutral tone, will not look dated anytime soon.  Dark colours are the trend right now and because Windswept Smoke is a grey with brown undertones, it should blend well with most stone products out there.


These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them:

Bobcaygeon Aluminum
303 Riverside Drive  Bobcaygeon
ON, K0M 1A0
Phone: (705) 738-4017


Alf Curtis Home Improvements Inc


Infinity Fine Homes INC.
8 Walsh Rd Lindsay
ON, K9V 4R3
Phone: 705-324-4600


We like neutral colours


Tara asks:

Hello, we are renovating our house, we would like some advice on stucco, trim around windows, soffit and fascia. We like neutral colours such as beige and light gray. We would really appreciate your advice for colour selection.


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To keep with the colours that you like, I would suggest you do the stucco  colour close to Gentek’s Pebble and then trim your windows and soffit and fascia in Gentek’s Sable colour.  This will tie it together with the colour of your roof and your garage doors.

1930’s era red brick home


Brenda asks:

We are building a two-storey addition on the back of our 1930’s era red brick home. We have a chocolate brown steel roof with beige and brown trim, soffits, etc. We would like to use the board and batten siding on the addition. What colour should we choose for the siding to tie in the red brick, brown and beige? We definitely prefer darker colours over light.

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If you want to go with a darker colour, I would suggest Gentek’s Windswept Smoke. It is grey but with brown undertones which look great with your colour of brick.  I think if you tried to go with a true brown, the house would be too dark and monotone, the grey tones will add something to the look of the home.


These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Dewar Home Improvements


PM Siding‚ Windows and Doors
1358 Victoria Street N. Kitchener
ON, N2B 3E2

DM Window and Door Service
28 Stirling Ave N Kitchener
ON, N2H 3G5




Cedar Pan abode cottage


Annette asks:

Hello – we are replacing the windows in our cedar Pan abode cottage. The cottage is stained a dark brown with a foundation of field stone. Doors to the basement have been replaced by the previous owners and match to Pebble. We are planning to change the roof back from the mansard to original design with either a green shingle or metal roof. The green would be closer to cool (blue) than a warm (yellow) undertone. We are planning to re-stain with a neutral medium brown. I would like your opinion on using Pebble on the lower windows, which are surrounded with field stone and have all of the other Nutmeg. Please let me know what you would suggest?

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With all of the colours you have on the home, I think the addition of Pebble windows would be a great choice to bring it all together.  Pebble is a neutral colour and will blend well with the greens and browns you will have on the home. Nice choice!

Decided to use Gentek siding


Quinn asks:

Looking into replacing the exterior of my house and have decided to use gentek siding. In the first photo is my house front I am thinking of doing aspen out of your northern forest collection for the whole house. Would you recommend going with the 4\” or 5\”? What is more common? I also want to do the gable ends in a shingle look I can’t find it on your vinyl part at all but I see it in the picture on the fiber cement portion of your site? Thinking of doing a lighter color like pearl on just the peaks in this. I want to put 1.5\” of styrofoam insulation around the whole house. Looking into doing some \”rock\” look in the front also not sure if i just go up to the bottom of my main picture window across the whole front or do vertical columns just under the 3 front windows. Is there any website you can recommend to plug in my house with your siding colors and add rock colors also?

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Quinn, I like your choice of Aspen for your home. It has a great look on the home.  As for the profile, because you have a one story home, I would suggest you do the stone on the lower portion of the home – up to the bottom of the windows and the front of the home and then use a the Board and Batten profile to great the illusion of height.  The stone you should pick should be in the grey tones, preferably both light and dark to blend with the siding.  In the gables I would go with a 5”profile in a lighter colour like Storm or Dover Grey to finish off the look. I would also do the soffit and fascia in the colour you chose for the gables.


These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Regina Window Sales & Exteriors
440 Hoffer Drive  Regina
SK, S4N 7A1
Phone: (306) 359-3992

Everlast Eaves and Exteriors Ltd.
130 Livingstone Street  Yorkton
SK, S3N 3A8
Phone: (306) 786-7055