Please Help us!


Nancy asks:

Can you please help us.  we are struggling colours for our new cottage.  we are already in construction.  the black roof is on, white windows installed, stone on delivery (see attached).  we are pretty firm on the royal iron stone vinyl siding.   what colour eves/facia/posts/door do you suggest?  I am looking for a modern look (black), my husband likes it as well but would feel more comfortable on the safer side (white).  we know wood under the porch would be nice but we want to keep the cost and maintenance down so it is not an option.

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Windswept Smoke is a great choice to replace the wood.  I might even suggest Iron Ore is you are willing to go darker.  Dark Grey with red brick is a very rich modern look that will look modern for many years.  When you replace the roof, you could go with either a dark or ligther grey or even the newer two tone black/grey shingles that are now available.

For the front door,  I would do the opposite of what you choose – Siding – Iron Ore and door in Iron Ore or vise versa.

Installing new siding on a new home


Brenda asks:

As you can see from the attached photo, we will be starting to install siding on our new home anytime soon.  I was considering going with “moonlit moss” siding, trim & facia with white windows, doors & soffit.  I was just wondering if you have any suggestions to break up all the siding, ie. possibly using the “brick look” siding on the bottom section?  I am looking for any suggestion you may have.

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I have two different suggestions for you.   My first suggestion would be to go with a stone look at the bottom of the home.  You could try a faux stone like that created by Novik ( or by Foundry Siding ( or you could go with a stone product like Versetta stone, which is real stone product, manufactured for easy installation ( This would give you a very modern looking home and break up the siding.


My second suggestion would be to install a different siding type in the gables.  You could install and Board and Batten profile in the gable or you could install a shake or scallop product (both available from Novik and Foundry) in the same colour.  Ths would create different textures in the exterior in the home give it some dimension.


My first choice would be the stone looking product as it will give you a higher end look for your home, but the second suggestion would still look good as well.

Changing all my doors and windows


Alex asks:

I am changing all the doors and windows on my house and will also look to change the siding.

i want a modern look.

My roof shingles are new.  They are BP Canada “Everest – Twilight Grey”.

Originally we were going to go with your charcoal color that we saw on Garaga’s website but I feel that tone of grey may be too light.  Wanting to stay in a standard color to save cost, we also considered Dark Sand but I think it’s too green.  We do not want black because we feel it is a fad.

I have attached two photos of my house and a photo for inspiration.

From your color samples online, I’d lean towards the following colors: Slate, Graphite or Iron Ore.  Do you have any other recommendations?  Basically I’d like to find something that is roughly two or three tones darker than our brick color.

Then for the siding, on the facade above and under the windows, I’d like to go with some sort of cedar color.  The facade portion under the gutters I’d probably want to have match the doors and windows.  Then the siding on the side of the can also match the doors and windows, or would that be too dark?

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If you would like to go with a look like your “inspiration” house, I would suggest that you go with the darker greys for both the door and the siding on the side of the home.  I would suggest either Storm or Iron Ore.  These two colours are available in both the vinyl siding and our soffit and fascia colours as well. .

Changing my wood siding


Cecilia asks:

I am thinking of changing the wood siding to a grey colour, the windows in white and the shutters and front door to windswept smoke, what do you think? The brick is red and we will be changing the roof next year but now it is brown.

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Windswept Smoke is a great choice to replace the wood.  I might even suggest Iron Ore is you are willing to go darker.  Dark Grey with red brick is a very rich modern look that will look modern for many years.  When you replace the roof, you could go with either a dark or ligther grey or even the newer two tone black/grey shingles that are now available.

For the front door,  I would do the opposite of what you choose – Siding – Iron Ore and door in Iron Ore or vise versa.

Canexel or Aluminum?


Cynthia asks:

we are putting canexcel on our garage and part of the house. do you suggests for the trim (molding for the corners) to use the ones with canexcel or aluminum? we have 2 options for the caping but not sure which will look the best. (hopefully i make sense…lol)

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It is really a matter of taste on this one.  If you go with the Canexel trims, it will be a very one tone look and the trims will just blend in with the siding.  This is a look that a lot of people like.  Because the aluminum has a different finish, it will stand out a bit more and give a more contrasting look then using the canexel product.  The use of both materials is very popular, but it really depends on tastes.

Changing our fascia and soffit


Andrea asks:


Our house has a white stone fasade and white-glazed brick on the other three sides. The front is oriented north, north-west. The overhang is four feet. These two factors influence direct and indirect light we have in the two front bedrooms. I increase the house\’s curb appeal by changing the light blue trim you see. I would like to update the wood above the windows with some kind of aluminum panel(s), not necessarily siding, and also change the soffit and fascia. We will not be changing the windows for the time being as they were installed only three years before we purchased the house in the Summer of 2012. I am wondering what colour to choose for the fascia and soffit and for above the windows that will not compromise the intensity of the light we get in the bedrooms. Thanks in advance for your help. Andrea, Quebec City

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There are many possibilities you can do with this brick.  I might suggest you go with a dark grey like Windswept Smoke or Storm which is a bit lighter.  This will go well with the white windows, brick colour and roof.  Windswept Smoke will create more dimension on the home by adding a darker contrast colour.  Dark colours like dark grey’s and browns are very popular right now and create a more modern look on the home. There is not enough  of the darker colours to impede the light you would get in the bedroom.

Having difficulty matching colours


Leanne asks:

We need to replace our siding and trim/soffit/facia. We are leaving the shingles as they were replaced 5 years ago, however I am having difficulty matching colours to the reddish/brown shingle color. The cedar in the middle will be replaced with rock/stone and the deck will be ripped off and replaced with a new deck in a natural wood color.

The cedar above the garage will just be replaced with siding.

We are looking at vinyl siding and we are open to any color.

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My suggestion to you would be to chose the stone product that you like and then choose a tone from that.  I would say that a colour like Gentek’s Pebble or even Dark Drift would be a nice colour to blend with the brown shingle.  Most stone products have some sort of earthy tone in it , that choosing Pebble or Dark Drift would probably work.

Replacing siding and need some help


Arden asks:

We have just bought a house and want to replace the current stucco/wood with siding. We are thinking horizontal siding for the small portion and the sides/backyard but shake (perfect) on the gable above the garage.  As for color – that is the big question.  Everyone we talk to keeps saying stick with beige, but I am concerned it is just going to look the same as it does now. I am not a color person – I won’t want green/blue and want more of a classic look.  Also – the roof will be the next project (probably black or grey and will not stay brown), and the garage door and front door will also be changed to go with whatever we choose.

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I agree if you go with beige, there will probably not be much difference.  A very popular trend right now is to go with darker colours like Gentek’s Iron Ore or Windswept Smoke with the red brick like you have on your home.  I would suggest that you go with  the Board and Batten in the smaller part of the front (non gable) and like you suggested, a shake above the garage in either of the grey colours I mentioned above.

I would then go with the same colour on the garage door and white soffit, fascia, and eaves.  I would suggest you go with a darker grey for the front door instead of the lighter grey.

Coming Soon: Solar Shield S3 – The Window for Canada’s Climate


Homeowners are looking to find the most energy efficient windows for their home. The solution is on its way, as Gentek prepares to launch its new Solar Shield S3 product on October 1.  This new glass package offers Gentek’s most energy efficient option.

Ultra-efficient performance is achieved through the use of three microscopic layers of silver within the coating of the glass. While many residential windows have only one or two layers, this third silver layer helps reduce absorption of the sun’s heat on hot summer days and retain more of your home’s warmth on cold winter nights.

Some highlights of this exciting new window option:

  • Lower U-factor for reduced heat loss and greater insulation performance in winter
  • Lower Solar Heat Gain Coefficient keeps homes cooler in summer
  • Clear, crisp views – 62% of the sun’s visible light shines through the glass, while 73% of unwanted solar heat is blocked
  • The penetration of harmful UV rays is reduced to 5%, helping to prevent damage to interior woodwork, carpets and furnishings



Regency windows with Solar Shield S3 insulated glass offer triple silver performance power and are ideal for climates with hot summer and cold winters. Sound like any place you know?

The combination of dual glazing, Super Spacer structural foam spacer, S3 Low-E glass and argon glass helps ensure a more balanced and comfortable indoor climate year-round.


The windows in your home offer much more than a view. Investing in Gentek’s high-quality, great-looking Regency windows with Solar Shield S3 is a wise choice that will pay off in many ways, for years to come.

Every Homeowner’s Challenge: Tips On Finding The Right Contractor

“If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.” Canada’s Steve Smith made this quote famous as his alter ego Red Green on the long-running TV show. As someone who doesn’t fit comfortably in either category, I’d like to add a line: “If you’re neither handsome nor handy you should at least generate enough income to hire a contractor for those necessary home improvement and maintenance projects.”

If you’ve achieved that much, the key is to get good at choosing the right contractor. That’s something anyone can learn. In fact, thanks to the folks at Gentek, I can teach you right now. As a manufacturer of siding, windows, doors and accessories, Gentek relies on a network of premium contractors to properly install its products. In fact, if you’re using Gentek products you can plug in your postal code on our Contractor Locator page to find a local contractor that meets Gentek’s high standards.

Whatever your project, a little work at the front end to find the right contractor for your needs can save you time, money and headaches as the project progresses. Here are some tips to help you do that:

  • Always get at least three estimates. You’ll be amazed how different they can be.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau about companies you’re considering. Request and check references.
  • Ask around: a solid recommendation from friends or family can be worth its weight in gold.
  • Don’t pay in advance. A deposit is acceptable. Make sure you make a cheque out to a company name, not an individual.
  • Resist high-pressure sales tactics and door-to-door salesman. There’s probably a reason they have to sell so hard.
  • Get a written contract that specifies the price, work to be done and a time frame.
  • Be careful of price gouging, especially in the immediate aftermath of a storm.
  • Pay by credit card, if possible: it may give you additional protection if there’s a problem. Otherwise, pay by cheque. Never pay cash.
  • Ensure that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name and phone number.
  • All estimates, warranties and promises must be put in writing on company letterhead.
  • Ask for proof that licences and registrations are valid, the contractor and any related trades people are bonded and third-party insurance and injury insurance is in place.

Most of all, trust your gut – if there is anything that makes you uncomfortable about a prospective contractor, don’t use them. For most people, your home is your biggest investment. If you follow these tips, you will greatly increase the odds of a positive experience that will help you enjoy your home and enhance its value.

Next Time: Choosing Colours For Your Home’s Exterior