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What kind of brick siding is available?

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Stéphanie asks:
Hello,
We would like to replace our discoloured aluminum siding. Since the enclosed photo was taken, we have changed the garage door. It is now a garage door in Pebble with rectangular windows in the top section. The front door is now also Pebble and comes from Expertise Portes et fenêtres. The brick is beige with a hint of pink. What colour would you suggest for the siding? Also, is it possible to cover the brick section with a brick siding at a reasonable price? Thanks

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I might suggest the Pebble as the siding colour as well. It seems to blend with the brick very nicely. As well, you could go with our Dark Drift colour. It is a bit darker and blends well with the brick colour.  There are products on the market by Novik that are replicated stone, but Gentek is not involved in installation so we will not be able to give you pricing.  You can see the very attractive Novik products on their website at www.novik.com.

What colour should I choose for my eavestroughs, soffit and fascia?

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Bonnie asks:
I am having eavestroughs installed and am thinking of changing the colour of the fascia and soffit from the present dark brown to possibly white to match present windows or do an entirely different colour in 559 Pebble. Also it was suggested the windows and door trim could be capped to match the fascia etc. The house brick is an orangey colour with brownish red wood siding on the opposite side of the house. I do not know what to do! Please make suggestions and possibly show a picture with your ideas of what I could do.

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We have mocked up* the picture of your home with both the Pebble and the White trim.  In my opinion the White creates a clean look and is very attractive. On the other hand, the Pebble does look nice as well and adds another element of colour to the home.  In this case I would probably choose the white, but either option would look good.

Pebble eavestroughs and soffit

White eavestroughs and soffit

*Please note this is our best representation of the colours using computer graphics and cmyk conversions to the actual colours. The final result may be different than generated here in these mock-up illustrations. Since every computer screen is different, please print out these drawings for a truer representation of the colours shown.

What colour should I paint my windows?

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Tina asks:
Hi, my windows are the colour Pebble. We are now changing the eavestrough and soffit and I wasn’t sure if I should just choose the same colour Pebble or a different colour to create a contrast. We colour matched Pebble and painted the garage door the same colour. I’m not sure if it’s too much of the same colour. The door is brown. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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You are correct. If you want a monotone look then you can for sure stick with the Pebble.  Many people take this route.

In this situation, I think your home would look good using Gentek Sable as your eavestrough and soffit colour. The picture below shows a home with Pebble Siding and Sable trim.  It is very attractive. The Sable would blend well with your brick and door colour as well.

Please send us a picture of the completed renovation for our readers to see.

How do I choose exterior colours to match my front door?

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Dany asks:
Hello! I’d like to know which colour would match my doors. They will be Ancient Brown. There will be Soft Touch stone in Beige Margaux in the front, up to the turret.  I would like a siding colour that would go perfectly with that. And also for the soffit and window frames. We live in the country. I would also like to have something like a cedar accent for the little roof in the front in the terra cotta colour. Would you choose the same colour as the door in Ancient Brown? Thanks! Your input will be greatly appreciated.

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In this situation there is no siding available in the Antique Brown.  You would need to go with a darker brown colour in vinyl siding. I would suggest the Dark Drift or Saddle Brown.  These would blend well with the Antique Brown door. You could also use Antique Brown for the soffit, fascia, and window trims. This would give a clean look to the house.  If you want to create a look with a little more contrast, you could use white for the soffit, fascia and window trim.

Please send us a picture of the finished renovation. Our readers would love to see the finished look.

I’ve Picked My Colours. What Do You Think?

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Curtis asks:
I’m interested in the 7″ Board & Batten Gentek siding, and would like to do the Monterey Sand colour. I would also change the fascia, soffit and eaves to the Canyon Clay colour. For the window trim, I would either go with Canyon Clay or a Monterey Sand colour. I will mention that the other windows in the house are white inserts (same look as the long window in the photo.) The shingles are a Canadian Driftwood colour. I should mention that the house has a low-pitch roof so unless you are driving past the house, you don’t see the roof. Any advice/confirmation is appreciated.

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We have prepared for you illustrations* of the colour scheme of your home using Monterey Sand siding and Canyon Clay and Pebble trim. Monterey Sand would definitely be a great choice of siding to complement the roof colour on your very attractive home.  Canyon Clay as the trim colour would be a nice choice – my only concern is that there is not much contrast between these colours. In certain light you may not see a great difference. When we launched Monterey Sand earlier this year our designers recommended Pebble as a pleasing trim accent colour to the Monterey Sand. The tones are similar but you would definitely see the difference in the colour.

If you choose Canyon Clay because you would prefer that the trim be subtle and not stand out, I would suggest that you just go with the Monterey Sand as the trim colour.

Please send us a picture of the final results. We would love to see how it turned out.

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Canyon Clay

*Please note this is our best representation of the colours using computer graphics and cmyk conversions to the actual colours. The final result may be different than generated here in these mock-up illustrations. Since every computer screen is different, please print out these drawings for a truer representation of the colours shown.

Which colours should we choose for our home’s siding and trim?

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Larry asks:
We are removing existing siding and replacing soffit and fascia and eavestrough. Our roof is light brown. Windows have ivory trim. Windows are going to be frames with a 3 inch border. We are thinking of changing the colour of the soffit from chocolate brown. We would like to do the main bungalow in Board & Batten and the garage section in horizontal. Do you have any suggestions on colour or accenting? We tend to think a sandalwood, bisque or mocha might be workable. We are not into bold colours or white accents. At this point we are fairly open for suggestions or do’s or don’ts. Thanks in advance, Larry

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We have prepared for you illustrations* of the colour scheme of your home using Sandalwood, Almond, Laurentian Brown and Burgundy.

Sandalwood would be a very nice choice, but I might also suggest Canyon Clay or Wicker as well.  They would blend well with the room and window colours.   For any of these colours, Almond would be a complementary trim colour and would look nice with both the siding and roof and window colours as well.

Gentek does not have a mocha or bisque colour so I am not able to comment on the use of those colours.

Please send us a photo. We would love to show our readers how the finished renovation looks.

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*Please note this is our best representation of the colours using computer graphics and cmyk conversions to the actual colours.  The final result may be different than generated here in these mock up illustrations. Since every computer screen is different, please print out these drawings for a truer representation of the colours shown.

What colour palette would look best with Gentek’s Pebble colour?

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Timothy asks:
Can you suggest some colours for a palette to go with Gentek Pebble 559? We presently have a sunroom extension with windows and siding in this colour. The front door is black and the brick is a sandy red. We will likely go with the same colour for the garage door, but are looking for ideas for the garden shed, maibec trim to replace white aluminium etc…

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Our suggestion is to choose Sable as the second colour to complement Gentek Pebble 559. It will blend well with the black door and the red brick, giving a warm, cohesive appearance to your home’s exterior.

Pebble Board and Batten Siding with Sable Trim Colour

What colour of siding should we choose for our home?

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Sylvie asks:
Hello, we want to change the siding of our house. Which siding would be best and what colour would enhance our home? We want to keep the mansard-roof; we were thinking of siding it with coloured cedar shingles. Currently the house is in aluminum. Should we just paint this siding? Thanks in advance!

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If you want to keep the roof as is, then your best bet would be to replace the siding with something new.  A cedar shingle would look very nice if you were to choose a lighter colour like Monterey Sand, Almond or even Wicker. These are all available in the cedar shake manufactured by Novik.

http://www.novik.com/polymer-roof_panel_NOVISHINGLE

You could also stick with the Board and Batten siding which will give it a clean look and gives the look of a taller home because of the vertical lines. Gentek’s Board and Batten is available in the colours I mentioned above:

http://www.gentek.ca/en/Index/Home/Revement/VinylSiding/BoardandBatten.aspx

With the Board and Batten option, you can certainly just paint the Aluminum Board and Batten that is there if it is still in good condition. My only concern with choosing a lighter colour is the ability to cover the existing darker colour of the aluminum.

Please send us a photo of the completed renovation. We would love to share the results with our readers.

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