Nicole – I Would Like to Install Trim and Shutters on the Windows


Nicole asks,

What colour can you recommend? Is it better to have corners in contrasting colours? I would also like to install trim and shutters on the windows. A palette of three colours, considering that my windows are white. I would also like to change the colour around the verandas.

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If you are not going to be replacing the siding on your home, I would suggest you try trimming your windows in a darker grey like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke or Storm. I would not put a contrasting colour on your corners. If you did this, it would break the flow of the home and give the look that the home is smaller than it is. If you are looking to elevate the look of the home, I would replace the siding in the gables with a vertical siding to add some height to the home. Your eye is drawn higher when they are looking at the vertical lines of the vertical siding.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Gouttieres Chaleur ltee and A-1 Siding Inc. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

Adam – I Am Building a New Home


Adam asks,

I am building a new home that is being constructed out of ICF. I have decided to go with vinyl siding and would like something with a little curb appeal without blowing the budget. I am interested in seeing what kind of accent pieces you offer and any systems that can speed up the installation process. I will also need soffit and fascia. I do not have a photo of the place yet as it won’t be weather tight until July, but I have attached a drawing of the exterior style. The colour profile I prefer is medium greys with white and light olive greens with a pail yellow or beige.



If you like Medium Greys and Beige colours, a very popular combination is Gentek’s Windswept Smoke with Pebble as accents, soffit, fascia and trim. You could go with white windows in this case, but Pebble windows and garage door would also look good. For your roof, I would suggest a light to medium grey to blend with the siding.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Bechthold Home ImprovementsDewar Home Improvements, and Rick MacDonald Siding. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

John – Difficulties Deciding on Colours and Tone


John asks,

I have been having difficulties deciding on colors and tone. I recently painted my raised ranch a light beige. I wasn’t sure what color would be good for the base of the house. As you can see in pics, I have 3 different colors on the front base. A dark brown, a white, and a matching light beige. I’m trying to decide if I should do the whole bottom of the house the same color or make it a few tones darker. Some people say white, some say darker, others say match it to the top. Should I do white on the side? I appreciate your expert opinion. Thx!!

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Using White is an easy option for the home. It will bring together the siding and the trim on the home but is not that bold a colour and does not add much to the overall look of the house. I would suggest that you go with a colour a few shades darker than the siding colour. There is already a visual break in the wall of the home where the siding ends. To enhance and add some more dimension to the home, I would go with a darker colour than the siding. Dark enough so there is a bold break between the colours. If you were willing to put some money into it, installing a stone or faux stone on the bottom would add a more up to date look to the home. I know budget is usually the deciding factor in most cases, so you would need to do what fits your budget.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Steffensen Aluminum Products, Kingston Windows and Doors, and Rob’s Exteriors. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

Linda – Replacing Windows in the Fall


Linda asks,

I have a new roof – BP Rustic Cedar shingles. And I just replaced my eavestroughs, soffit, gutters with Gentek commercial brown. I am replacing my windows in the fall and was thinking of sticking with the same commercial brown. Is that wise or should I choose a different color? I don’t have any window trim. If I would want to add some, what color should it be? And what color should my new front door and garage door be? Should they be the same color? I was told to stick with a 3 color scheme at most. Is that true? As an FYI, the stone at the front of the house is a light beige (with a tinge of pink) and the 3 sides of the house is a light brown brick.

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For your windows I would not go with Commercial Brown, I would go with something a bit lighter like Gentek’s Pebble. If you are going to add some trim to the windows, I would also trim them in Pebble to give a clean look. As for your garage door and front door, here is my opinion. I always like to make garage doors blend in so they do not become a focal point, so I would go with Pebble and I like my front door to stand out and be a focal point, so I would go with Commercial Brown. As for 3 colours max on a home, I do agree with this rule, anything more can be distracting on the home.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Bell Aluminum Inc., Alauda Construction inc., and Aluminium Cosmopolitan. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

Stephanie – We are looking at doing board and batten siding


Stephanie asks,

We are looking at doing board and batten siding, but I am having issues picking colour and trim. I really like the darker colours with lighter trim but not sure if that would be the right way to go with this home. Could you give me colour combinations of what your thoughts are, that would compliment this home? We have all your samples at home as my husband is a contractor and uses your product. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



I would love to see you go with a dark colour of siding like Gentek’s Iron Ore in the board and batten profile and go with Sandalwood for the trim. The stones façade adds great colour to the home and I have picked these colours from that stone. I would also do the garage door in Iron Ore and keep the green front door. This would give you a modern look to the home and take advantage of the stone as the focal point.

Your closest Gentek Renovator is Provision Renovations Ltd. Tell them your Gentek designer referred you.

Dan – I need help with choosing siding colors for my house


Dan asks,

I need help with choosing siding colors for my house. Our contractor gave us sample Gentek colors and we have narrowed down the colors to list below.
Can you recommend a good color combo for our house please?
windswept smoke

trim and eaves:
windswept smoke
commercial brown



My instinct is to suggest a solid colour for your home. The variegated siding of earthen,willow or rainforest in my mind, would fight with the texture of the brick. I love these colours, but I think they are best used on a whole home or with a smooth contrast like stucco. I do like your choice of Windswept Smoke in the board and batten siding and for your trim, my first choice would be Storm. The three colours (brick, siding, trims) would give some dimension to the home without being overly bold.

Your closest Gentek Renovator is John’s Aluminum. Tell them your Gentek designer referred you.

Neutral Siding and Dark Trim


Charlene asks:

I had previously asked a question about what siding colours you would recommend. We have since found this photo of a home that we really like. What do you think are the siding and trim colours? Also what color shutters would you put with it? Thanks.

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This is a great combination and very popular right now. Going with neutral walls and dark trim looks very modern.

If you were going to add shutters to your home, I would suggest that you go with the dark grey colour (Windswept Smoke).  This would tie everything together.

Hope this helps.

Choosing Siding and Trim Colours


Charlene asks:

We are trying to choose siding colors and trim colors. We are putting stone on the far left side and stone skirting on the garage and also stone skirting on the porch pillars. We are doing a timber frame trim in the eaves of the far left peak and the one next to it. I am leaning toward more gray tones in siding. I have thought of triming with the windswept smoke color. We considered storm, canyon clay but then I have also thought of lighter colours with darker trim. We are doing the vertical board and battan. I want it to look cozy, not too dark and gloomy but not boring either! I need your help.



I would suggest that you use the windswept smoke, but trim it in either Pebble or Dark Drift. This is a very modern looking combination that would blend well with the stone you have chosen.  If you feel that is too dark, I might suggest you go with the pebble siding with Iron Ore (or Windswept Smoke) as the trim colour. Both of these combinations give you a warm feeling and will blend well with the stone.

With what I can see of the roof, it looks like it is a dark grey, for this reason, of the above, I think the Windswept Smoke with Pebble trim would look the best.

Good luck, and we would love to see some shots of your renovation when it is complete to share with our readers!

Black Is The New White For Trim & Window Colours






Are you looking for something a little different for the exterior trim or window colours of your home?

Right now, dark colours are the biggest trend.  Homeowners are choosing dark greys, dark browns and dark blues for a sophisticated, classy look.

But it might come as a surprise that one of the biggest trends is using black for trim and window colours on your home’s exterior.  In fact, while ‘Orange Is The New Black’ may be one of the hottest shows on television, when it comes to household exteriors, it could be argued that Black is the new White!

Black trim always makes sense for a white house. But people are getting more and more daring, with fantastic results.  Black is being used to trim out homes that are prominently cladded in neutral colours like Gentek’s Pebble or Dark Drift and even Gentek’s Iron Ore and Windswept Smoke.



These colour combinations create a modern, upscale look that many homeowners desire.  You will also see black being used with many lighter, more traditional colours like Dover Grey and of course White.

If you want to make something stand out, black makes a perfect highlight. It works great for windows too, especially if they’re on the larger side. If windows are the eyes of your home, Black makes for a very attractive eyeliner.

Gentek eavestrough, soffit, fascia and windows are all available in Black. Maybe it’s time you took a trip to the dark side, to make the beauty of your home’s exterior really stand out.

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.