How to Compliment Your Vinyl Siding With Shakes and Trim

Vinyl siding

The siding on your home serves two purposes. Besides protecting the wood framing and interior walls from the elements, siding also presents a beautiful face on your home. Vinyl siding products are especially beautiful, with bright colors and a maintenance free finish.

There are certain ways to make homes covered with standard siding a little more unique and decorative. Vinyl shakes and trim can be used effectively with top quality vinyl siding to create a striking appearance on your home.

How To Use Vinyl Shakes and Trim

This style of siding accent is basically panels of formed vinyl made to resemble individual shakes. They present a certain character and charm reminiscent of cottages and rustic homes, but need to be designed in the right way for maximum impact.

The profile of this product will determine where and how much is installed. Round or scalloped tiles work best in smaller areas, such as within a gable, while those formed to resemble shiplap siding can be installed in place of regular siding or on an accent wall. Decide the combination and proportions based on your tastes and the style of your home.

Smaller homes, for example, may look too busy with shakes as well as siding. In that case you can turn to vinyl trim in an effort to dress up the exterior. Soffit, fascia and gingerbread accents can be installed as accents, while the majority of the exterior can be finished in the solid, traditional style of vinyl siding.

Consider the trim on your porch as well. Vinyl posts and railing are a maintenance free choice that will last for years, used as a bright and clean finish on your front entrance. Add decorative vinyl base and crown caps on the posts as well as turned vinyl spindles on the railing, for a more detailed look.

Color and Texture Combinations

Choose the colors of your vinyl shakes and trim wisely. Often homeowners will opt for the same color as their siding, creating a tone on tone look. This works well with trim to give your home a visual extension, making it appear taller. It also looks nice when vinyl shakes are used, because of the different textures involved. The rough and uneven texture of shakes contrasts well with the smoothness of vinyl siding each setting the other off.

Complimentary colors can also be chosen; although you need to be sure the combination will look good over such a large scale. Look for other homes that boast combinations you like and find out the brand and color code used. Also, visiting a siding retailer will allow you to see full size samples in the colors you prefer. Use a neutral tone on your vinyl siding with a bold trim or a lighter tone on the siding and a darker hue on the vinyl shakes.

Vinyl shakes can be used in the same way as vinyl siding, to protect your home and present a beautiful appearance. Vinyl trim is more than just decorative. It also serves to cover the seams and corners of your exterior finish, while complimenting the look of your siding. Add both to your home for a unique look and enjoy the durability and beauty these vinyl products present.

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