Creative Ways to Use Siding On Your Home

Is it time to switch up the aesthetic of your home exterior? If so, consider the different creative ways you can use siding on your home. While you may be used to seeing siding a certain way on home exteriors in your neighbourhood, know that you don’t have to play it safe. If you’re feeling bored with the facade of your home, you can switch up your siding to not only make a statement, but protect your home in the most stylish way. Quality siding is strong, durable, low maintenance, and allows you to rest easy that your home is safe from outdoor hazards and the harsh elements. Ready to see how you can get creative with your siding?

Combine Vertical and Horizontal Placement

Siding is often placed on home exteriors either horizontally or vertically- most often in horizontal patterns. This is a beautiful way to use siding, however, if you’re looking to add more personality to your home, consider installing some of your siding horizontally and some of it vertically. For example, you could install it horizontally on the bottom half of your home exterior, and vertically on the top triangular-shaped parts of your home. Mixing and matching directions and textures for your siding is key to creating a home that stands out among the rest.

Choose Eye-Catching Colours

The siding colour you choose can also completely transform your home exterior. While neutral colours are timeless, think about using different shades to show off your personality and the unique style of your home. Consider blues, reds, greens, yellows and oranges to ensure your home makes a gorgeous statement. All of Gentek’s siding options are durable and long lasting, so you don’t have to worry about them fading or chipping in harsh weather or in the sun. The colour stays vibrant for years so you won’t have to repaint or replace your siding of choice.

Size Matters

Along with colour, you can also choose different sizes for your siding. Some sliding slats are wider, while others are slimmer, so you have to decide the look you want. Just like having your siding go in different directions, you can also have some slimmer siding in areas, and wider slats in other areas. Wider siding will give your home more of a barn house feel, while thinner siding will give your home a more modern vibe.

Siding Material

There are plenty of siding materials to choose from, and there are even siding materials made to look like other materials. For example, many homeowners love the look of wood for their exterior, but wood is much less durable and higher maintenance than many other materials. Steel siding like Distinction Siding has been made to look like real wood, but doesn’t require any of the maintenance. Fiber Cement Siding comes in a variety of textures and profiles, depending on the look you want for your home. First, you need to decide what look you’re going for, and then choose a material that works for you in terms of aesthetics and maintenance.

Changing up the siding on your home exterior will give your house a refresh. Use these creative ideas to update the siding on your home!  

7 Creative Uses for Leftover Siding

If you’ve just finished an exterior renovation and have some siding leftover, don’t put it to waste! There are tons of fun DIY projects you can undertake with leftover siding so you don’t have to throw it away. Seeing as you likely used top quality siding for your home, whatever you make out of the leftovers is sure to last you for years to come! From projects for your kids to home upgrades, here are seven creative uses for leftover siding!

1. Nameplates for Kids’ Rooms

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than a personalized room, and with leftover siding you can create unique nameplates for each of your children. Cut a piece of the siding and stencil your child’s name onto it, letting them paint and place stickers on the nameplate to make it their own.

2. Baby Mobile

Another creative way to use leftover siding is to make a baby mobile! Use a circular saw to cut out geometric shapes (or get even more creative if you can!), to hang from your ceiling. Remember to drill a small hole through each of the pieces so you can string the shapes onto some string to hang it from the ceiling.

3. A Vanity Cabinet

Have you always wanted a unique vanity cabinet for your bathroom? Use your leftover siding to create one, and it paint in any colour that matches your bathroom colour palette. It’s a great way to add character to your bathroom as well as additional function.

4. Coat Hanger

Cut a piece of siding your desired length and place it up on the wall in your entryway or mudroom. Attach hooks along the front of it, and ta da, you have a coat hanger. You can also create a towel hanger in your bathroom the same way, or attach vintage door knobs to the front to hang towels on.

5. Dog House

Have you always wanted to build a dog house for your favourite four-legged friend? Extra siding provides you with the perfect chance to make that happen! Especially if your dog spends a good amount of time outside, it’s a great way to keep them comfortable and protected. And since quality siding is weather resistant and maintenance free, you won’t have to worry about it weathering or rusting.

6. Treehouse or Playhouse

If you have a considerable amount of siding left over, you may want to consider building something on a larger scale, like a treehouse or playhouse for your kids. If you’re building a treehouse, check with your city to see if you need a permit. You won’t need one for a playhouse, so if you want to get started right away, that may be the better option!

7. Statement Wall

Have a small wall area in your home and always wanted to create a statement wall? Use the leftover siding from your renovation project to cover your entire wall in siding. If you have siding pieces of varying thickness, it’s a great way to add visual interest to the space.

There are plenty of ways to use leftover siding! Get creative and don’t let it go to waste!