Dark-colored siding is a great choice for homeowners looking to add a dramatic vibe to their home exteriors. Before considering this option, however, there are certain factors you have to keep in mind.
1. Mixing and Matching Colors
Make sure you consider the color palette of the other home exterior components before settling on a dark-colored siding. If you want to go with a contrasting theme, consider a dark siding to complement the light-colored roofing shingles or metal panels. Take into consideration your home’s architectural style as well. Both the siding and trim color should feel appropriate to the overall aesthetic of your home.
2. Heat Absorption
For many siding professionals, dark-colored exteriors can absorb sunlight more than light-colored ones. However, this can have an impact on a home’s energy efficiency. Dark-colored siding heats up quicker, further increasing its movement. To combat this, your exterior walls should have adequate insulation to ensure consistent indoor comfort.
3. Thermal Expansion
When exposed to temperature fluctuations, different materials expand and contract at different rates. When heated to a certain temperature, certain materials deform or even melt. Another thing to look out for is fading. Excessive chalking is not an unusual problem in most exterior finishes, which is why determining the type of siding material you choose is imperative regardless of color.
4. Molded-In Colors
Certain siding materials like vinyl have molded-in colors as one of its notable features. Cut a piece in half, and you’ll see that the color runs all the way through it. One thing to keep in mind with molded-in colors is that they may appear pale or “washed out” as is common with low-quality vinyl siding. While this can be fixed with paint, you must be willing to scrape and repaint on a regular basis.
Northeast Gutters and Remodeling is a local contractor you can count on for your siding needs. Our team partners with Mastic™ Siding to bring you a range of options for new siding, from vertical board-and-batten to shake and shingle siding profiles. Our team also provides other home improvement services, including gutter installations and snow and ice removal. Call us today at (860) 899-7878, or fill out this contact form to schedule a roof consultation.