Choosing Colours and Materials for an Extension


Johanne asks:

Here is a current picture of the front of our house. We would greatly appreciate your expert advice on a choice of siding materials and colours that would make a good match with the current stone colour. What can you suggest for the shingles and the front of the house?

We are thinking of a material similar to Canexel, both in appearance and in cost. Do you think that using 2 different materials would be a good idea (a main material and a strip at the bottom as an enhancement)? Could vertical siding create an impression of length? Although Gentek offers stone style siding, is there another option available? The windows will be white. What would be the most appropriate colour for the front door, the soffit, the eavestroughs and other exterior finishing components?


Here is a door that we like very much. Can it fit with nice colours of materials for the outside that match with the existing stone? Or should we choose a white door? a burgundy colour for the door? Thanks a lot for helping us find the right materials and colours for the roof, walls, etc. of our house to complete our extension project.


If possible, I would also be most grateful to know which is the closest place to Quebec City where we can buy the material.


For your extension, I would not suggest that you go with a different type of stone or brick unless you were going to match the exact stone on the original home.This would make it too busy. I would suggest a vertical siding in a neutral tone like Gentek’s Pebble and Sandalwood or even Monterey Sand.This would help the extension blend with the original home. Using vertical siding would be a nice accent to add more dimension and the look of height to the home.

With respect to the door, there are two ways you can go. Some people like their door to be the focal point of their home so they go with a bold colour. With your home, you could definitely go with a burgundy door with the colours I mentioned above to get that bold effect. Other people want their door to blend in more. If this is the case for you, the door itself is nice, but I would chose something closer to the siding colour you chose.

As I mentioned above, I would not go with a siding that is too busy because of the stone. A simple textured CanExel siding or a Vertical Vinyl Siding would be the way to go with your extension.

As for a retailer, any BMR location in Quebec carries Gentek products.