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We’ve selected the Dover Grey vinyl siding

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Christy asks:
We’ve selected the Dover Grey vinyl siding for our exterior and we will be replacing all the windows with white trims. Any suggestions to a complimentary colour we can use (siding or shake) and where? Any suggestions would be helpful, if you can please get back to me as soon as you can that would be great, as they are working on the exterior this week.

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With Dover Grey I think you can try either Storm or White as your accent colours. It would tie everything together.  As for the stone. I would suggest you do stone around the garage doors and around the large window on the upper level of the home.  Pick a stone colour that has light and darker grey tones in it with some other neutral tones as well to finish the look.

Siding colours for our home

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Marty asks:
We are trying to decide on siding colours for our home. We are looking at the Gentek sequoia line and will likely do a combination of board and batten and horizontal siding as well as an accent wall in stone. We have a brown metal roof and currently the house is painted in cedar tones. We would like to stay away from Browns and beiges. We thought of Venetian red as a choice but think it might look too “barn-like”. Leaning now towards windswept smoke or dark drift with white trim. Any advice ?

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I do agree with you, the red would create the barn look you don’t want.  I like Windswept Smoke with a white trim to give a more traditional look. It you would like to go a bit more modern you could try Pebble or Canyon Clay as the trim colour for the home.  Either option would look great, it is more a decision based on your taste.

Bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift

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Susan asks:
Please help! My new late 1960’s raised bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift. i crave a modern look. The windows are newer, so I’m not wanting to replace them.I’m prepared to redo the siding and paint the brick. I will be replacing front doors and garage door. should I erect a portico over front doors? The 2 windows and brick below the white siding will be closed up. Should I put stone there? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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If you want to create a modern look I would do the following.  Leave the red brick, replace the white siding with a dark siding colour like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke or Pebble.  These are neutral tones that look great with the red brick.  As for the part you are going to be closing up, go with a stone in this area with colour similar to the siding colour you pick.  Brown and Grey tones. This will bring everything together.

As for the portico, I would not go that route. That would close up the door. Pick a bold door colour like Black or Dark Grey and make it a focal point for the home.  Paint or replace the garage door the same colour as the siding.  You do not want the eye to be drawn to the garage door so make it blend in to the home.

Looking to change

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Veronique asks:

I am looking to change my windows AND doors and possibly changing the color of the flashing and/or of the bottom currently in white. Ideally, we would like to change only the windows to keep the cost low. What design and color windows would you recommend?

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Your existing home is made up of neutrals tones that give you many options. I would suggest you paint the bottom part of the home a colour similar to Gentek’s Pebble colour and then replace the windows and flashing with Pebble colour as well.  As for the front door, I would go with a dark colour like Gentek’s Iron Ore or Windswept Smoke to create a focal point for the home.  You want your door to be where a person first looks to on your home.

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Considering board and batten

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Ludwik asks:

Hello, we are planning to replace, siding, soffits, gutters etc in our house. Color of our windows is pebble and we are thinking about the same color for siding and the rest but we are open minded for other color suggestions. For siding we are also considering board and batten style. What are your suggestions?

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Pebble would be a nice choice for the siding, soffit and fascia.  Another suggestion I have is Pebble for the siding, to lighten the look of the home, and then go with Sable, for the Soffit, Fascia and Eavestrough on the home.  Sable has both brown and grey tones to it that would look great with the Pebble and the brick colour.  As for the profile of the siding, I think that the horizontal siding looks good on the home, but the Board and Batten siding would add some more character to the home and give it a different look, I would definitely consider the Board and Batten.

Replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match

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Alexandra asks

We are replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match. The garage doors and front door will also be changed. The large windows will be changed in design, as I have attempted to show through a design app (3rd photo). I also made the windows dark through the app, which I like, but not sure if it will be too much once I change all of the vinyl. Unfortunately the app I used doesn’t give me Gentek colour options which I need to choose from. If I go dark, should I also stick with a dark front door and garage doors? I’m considering either Pebble or Dark Drift for the windows. Brownstone beige seems to be the same colour of our main brick colour; Dark Drift is the same colour as the darker accent brick. My husband actually purchased paint in brownstone, pebble and dark drift. He painted some back windows but we still can’t decide. We would love to stay towards a grey tone, however not sure if it would look “off” considering the brick is more of a sandy tone. Roof is timberline brand “Canadian driftwood” in colour, if that helps. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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With the colour tones in your home, I would stick with the brown tones for your windows. It is a tough choice between Pebble and Dark Drift, but if you are going to go darker with the vinyl, I would go with Pebble, the lighter colour to bring everything together. I would then go with a darker garage and front door.

Adding a covered area to the rear of our home.

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Kathy asks:

We are adding a covered area to the rear of our home. I saw the tongue and groove faux wood soffit and would like advice on the application of this product. Will this be suitable? Attached are 2 renderings.

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I assume you are talking about Gentek’s Sagiper product.  From a looks standpoint, I think it would look great on the inside of the cover area.  From a technical installation stand point, it should be okay, but I would confirm with your installer.

Keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough

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Laurie asks:

We are replacing the windows and siding but are keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough for now. We are planning on elongating the upper windows by about 12 inches and considering removing the shutters. We will replace all of the windows with casements but do not know if we should use the same colour on the bow window as on the smaller windows. The 2nd photo shows our brick and shingles along with White, Pebble and Dark Drift for the windows and siding, but we are not sure what colour scheme and siding style would best update our home. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I would like to see you go with Dark Drift for the siding and Pebble for the windows, which would help blend with the existing stone.  As for the bay window, I would keep it the same colour as the other windows. It is enough of a feature on it’s own, that you don’t have to over emphasize it with a different colour. As for enlarging the windows and removing the shutters, I agree with this, but I would still like to see some constrast colour on that portion of the house, so maybe do a wide capping of the window in Pebble as well.

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