How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior’s Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

Outdoor entertaining season is in full swing! Delight your guests with siding that creates eye-pleasing symmetry and utilizes harmonious color combinations. According to LP Siding, there’s no reason your siding can’t be the true focal point of your home’s exterior, with landscaping and other outdoor elements supporting its aesthetic.

The best part? Creating a colorful and dramatic home exterior and backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor! It’s easy to re-side your home on a budget. Just ask the experts at GNH Lumber for more information.

Here are some tips and tricks from LP Siding to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor elements complement each other perfectly this summer:

Tip #1: Go for Greens, Browns or Beiges

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The greens, browns and beiges of nature are colors that are easy to integrate with outdoor focal points like a garden, shed or fencing.

 

Tip #2: Muted Tones are More Versatile

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Grays and muted colors are more versatile than pure pastels and bright hues. You don’t have to exactly match plant and paint color with these subtle shades. Fence and shed colors should also be muted.

 

Tip #3: Keep Undertones Together

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Keep color undertones together. A “cool” house color like blue, green or purple works well with cool plant colors and complementary fence and shed colors. Conversely, “warm” house colors like light yellow, pink or apricot harmonize with “warm” outdoor elements.

 

Tip #4: Use Caution with Complimentary Colors

In some cases, you can match colors that are on opposite ends of the color wheel (like red and green), but they need to be muted shades accented with gray. Otherwise, your home may stand out for all the wrong reasons (and end up looking too much like Christmas).

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Source: https://lpcorp.com/blog/4-tips-to-harmonize-your-home-s-exterior-and-outdoor-color-scheme

Creating a Kitchen that You – and Your Wallet – will Love!

Creating a Kitchen that You – and Your Wallet – will Love!

 Creating a Kitchen that You – and Your Wallet – will Love!Kitchen Designers are “Creative Problem Solvers”

When you embark on a kitchen design collaboration with Keri at GNH Lumber, you quickly discover that she is like a seasoned guide leading you through the difficult terrain of design choices, options and considerations. You have a specific destination in mind, and your designer’s job is to get you there with as few mishaps as possible.

Keri likes to think of designers as ‘creative problem solvers,’ and her first task at hand, when working with a client, is to gather information about your “project, lifestyle, and overall design taste.” Always, her emphasis is on listening:

“You can achieve a lot through listening and asking the right questions, communication is a large part of my occupation. I then build the design around what I know of my client and their needs, as opposed to simply creating something that I like. This makes all the difference.”

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Painting with Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019

Painting with Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019

Painting with Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019

Soft power, silence, pause. These are some of the words that Ellen O’Neill – director of strategic design intelligence at Benjamin Moore – uses to describe the recurring theme that inspired “Metropolitan AF-690,” Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year. “It goes well with soft pinks and blush tones, but it really accommodates any gesture of color—greens show up a lot in our palette. You see nature softening the more sturdy, raw, man-made materials. It’s a great backdrop—it can stand alone—but it can also be punched up as most neutrals can.”

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Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance. It’s supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues. Check out the full video introduction to this shimmering gray:

Think choosing gray is playing it safe? Think again. According to O’Neill, painting with a gray palette can evoke calm or sleek sophistication and can even highlight intense colors, like the Hunter Green that accompanies Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019 Palette (see living room below).

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Don’t think gray can be used to dramatic effect? Check out the bold living room above.

This stately and masculine living room uses Benjamin Moore’s Aura Interior “Hunter Green 20141-10” Matte walls paired with Aura Interior “Cloud White OC-130” Satin trim and bookcase. Accented by Aura Interior “Hale Nave HC-154” Satin windows.

Tip: Deep greens can dramatize more soft-spoken paints.

 

Painting Your Kitchen Calm

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Fresh linens. Reflective metallic accents. Easygoing neutrals bring restorative quiet to a sleek kitchen.

In this rustic-meets-modern kitchen, cutting boards lay against a wall of Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Interior ”Metropolitan AF-690” Matte paint. Cabinets painted Advance Interior “Hale Navy HC-154” in Matte.

Tip: Dark cabinetry combined with gold metallic hardware, soft gray walls and countertops creates a serene but stately effect.

 

Create a Bedroom You Can Truly Rest In

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Pale grays and frothy pinks converge in a soft, beguiling haze that soothes the senses.

Choose Benjamin Moore’s ”Metropolitan AF-690” Natura Interior Flat paint for the walls and then paint your trim with Natura Interior “Decorator’s White OC-149” Semi-Gloss paint.

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-trends-2019; https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color-collections/ct19/color-trends-2019; https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/2019-benjamin-moore-color-of-the-year

LP Siding

6 Colorful Ways to Compliment Neutral Trim & Siding

LP SidingThere are many benefits to choosing a neutral color palette for siding and trim. For one, neutral colors appeal to the broadest range of potential home-buyers, making your home more marketable when it comes time to sell.

Neutrals also may be the top pick in your particular neighborhood, and therefore necessary to help your home blend into its location. And because siding is something that will potentially grace your home for decades, neutral siding and trim colors are a timeless choice.

Even if your current siding color palette is quite basic, this doesn’t mean your home can’t have personality and curb appeal.

There are many creative ways to accent neutral siding if you’re looking for just a pop of color. Try these ideas to give your home a fresh new look!

1) Create a Welcoming Entrance

The entry door is a great candidate for color! If you want to paint an existing door, use a high-quality acrylic latex paint for maximum durability. Before painting, don’t forget to clean the door, use a sander or sandpaper to remove any imperfections, and apply a latex-based primer.

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4) Choose a Bright Garage DoorWays to Compliment Neutral Trim and Siding

Take it from DesigningIdea.com: “The color red brings intensity to a home’s character. It creates a strong impression and radiates a welcoming feel. Red garage doors are intense visual components which direct the attention away from the house. This is the ideal color if you want to make your garage door stand out from the rest of the features of your home.

“Aside from the popular ravishing red and fire red, there are less intense options like burgundy and maroon which work well as garage door colors for traditional houses. Red garage doors work well for neutral (white or beige) and earth toned exteriors. For more modern and adventurous applications, a red garage door can also be used for adding a punch of color for pale yellow or blue houses.”

3) Add Bold Shutters

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Whether functional or decorative, shutters add color and historic charm to a home. For the look of wood with the least amount of maintenance, look for shutters made of fiberglass, PVC or composite wood.

4) Try Creative Gardening

A neutral home can be the perfect backdrop for a riot of colorful shrubs and flowers. From blooming shrubs to lovely annuals and perennials, there are many plant options to make your home inviting. Ask your local nursery or landscaping company for recommendations.

5) Colorful Pavers & Pathways

You use winding, curvy pathways to contrast with and compliment the hard lines of your home exterior – why not also use them to add a pop of color? Try alternating brick red and light tan to create a host of interesting designs, patterns and effects.

6) Rock Some Unique Porch Chairs or a Swing.

Can’t commit to a bold shutter or entry door color? Take your color to something that can be moved, such as chairs, a swing or planters. You’ll get the same colorful effect that can be easily updated or removed when the mood strikes.

Learn more about using accent colors on your home’s exterior.

Need New Siding?

Is it time for new siding? Are you interested in learning about LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding products? We invite you to experience the upside of remodeling with the LP SmartSide Visualizer. Pick your home style, or upload an actual photo of your home. Choose your siding and trim colors. See what you can achieve with different LP SmartSide siding options. Then  get your home re-side project started today by requesting a project quote or scheduling an appointment at GNH Lumber to discuss your project particulars!

Sources: https://www.upsidetosmartside.com/blog/4-bold-exterior-accents-compliment-neutral-trim-siding/; https://lpcorp.com/products/exterior/siding-trim/blog/siding-products-benefits/how-to-use-lp-products-to-create-a-custom-look/; https://designingidea.com/garage-door-color-ideas/

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Painting for Resale: Neutral Palettes

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. Eager buyers may ask questions about house maintenance or the quality of your neighborhood and schools, but these things will pale in comparison to the feeling a buyer gets the first time they step into your home.

So, if you want to sell your house quickly, it’s critical that the decor is up-to-date and attractive. This includes the freshly-painted colors on your walls! Painting your home is quick and inexpensive way to make a dramatic improvement.

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Here are a few tips for painting your home for resale:

1. CHOOSE A PERFECT PALETTE

Think of your home’s color palette as a backdrop. This backdrop sets the stage for the home’s furnishings and decorations and gives rooms their unique feel.

painting-neutral-palette-colorsPaint is a simple way to apply or change the whole feeling of a home. The wrong color inside or out can turn a buyer off from the entire house. To help appeal to the most buyers, seasoned real estate professionals recommend painting your home in neutral colors.

You’ll want to look at Earth tones, including shades of brown, green, blue, pale orange, and tans that are often depicted in nature.

Humans are naturally attracted to the great outdoors so warm and inviting colors for living rooms and dining rooms are often perfect for when selling your home. Because these colors are often flat and muted, they’re soothing and relaxing to the eye and will go well with most people’s furniture. Earth tones also complement rooms with a lot of wood, stone, metal or glass.

2. WHAT IF YOU ARE STILL LIVING THERE?

If you’re still living in the home you’re selling, changing things up can be tricky. Just know it does not mean you’ll be stuck inside a bland, beige nightmare until your home sells!

Neutral colors are not limited to shades of white and beige. With a little pre-planning you can use shades of browns, greens and even bolder colors to highlight your home but still set the stage for a sale.

 

3. EXTERIOR MATTERS

Don’t forget about the exterior of your home when it comes to preparing for resale. Painting the exterior can also help attract potential buyers. Look around your block and see what’s trending in your community. This is not a time to go bold.

You’ll also want to know the type and style of your home before selecting a color. This is because beige might not work on all styles of homes. When picking an exterior color consider the type of house. Muted colors might not work on a Victorian home, where bolder hues would make the interesting architectural details pop. A farmhouse, would look odd in bright red because more traditionally, they are light colors like white or light gray.

4. HOW DO COLORS STACK UP?

Zillow did research on what colors work best for what homes. It’s impressive to see that just a simple change of color can increase your home’s value by thousands of dollars.

Here are Zillow’s findings on what colors to choose (and which to avoid at all cost):

Kitchens:

  • Blue (light blue to soft gray-blue): home sold for $1,809 more on average.
  • Yellow (straw yellow to marigold): home sold for $820 less on average.

painting-for-resale-neutral-paletteBathrooms:

  • Blue/purple (light powder blue to periwinkle): home sold for $5,440 more on average.
  • White/no color (off-white or eggshell white): home sold for $4,035 less on average.

Bedrooms:

  • Blue (light cerulean to cadet blue): home sold for $1,856 more on average.
  • Pink (light pink, to antique rose; often found in kids’ rooms): home sold for $208 less on average.

Dining Room:

  • Blue (slate blue to pale gray blue; navy blue also found in dining rooms with white shiplap): home sold for $1,926 more on average.
  • Red (brick red, terracotta, or copper red): home sold for $2,031 less on average.

painting-neutral-palette-living-room Living Room:

  • Brown (light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal): home sold for $1,809 more on average.
  • Blue (pastel gray, pale silver to light blue, periwinkle): home sold for $820 less on average.

Home Exterior:

  • Gray/brown (greige — mix of gray and beige): home sold for $1,526 more on average.
  • Brown (medium brown, taupe, or stucco): home sold for $1,970 less on average.

Front Door:

  • Gray/blue (navy blue to dark gray or charcoal): home sold for $1,514 more on average.

 

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be able to increase your home’s value with just a simple coat of paint! And stop by GNH Lumber for paint suggestions, guidance and help at every step along the way.

Lawn Before Lawn Repair

DIY: Lawn Repair 101 – How to Fix Bare Spots

Lawn Before Lawn RepairAhhh! A lush lawn of perfect green! It’s what we all dream about when it’s summertime. The soft, rolling green backdrop to our cookouts, ballgames, BBQs and entertaining. That said, if you have a lawn with bald or bare spots, it can be frustrating to diagnose and fix.

Do I Need Lawn Repair?

It’s not uncommon to encounter bare spots at some point or another throughout the summer season. Take heart! There are easy ways to diagnose and repair these unsightly patches of yellow, brown and beige, and restore your lawn to its true GREEN GLORY.

A few common causes for those bare spots and patches in your lawn:

  1. Not enough water
  2. Over-fertilizing or spilled chemicals
  3. Lawnmower damage
  4. Grubs or other insects
  5. Pet damage or foot traffic

Depending on the type of damage, there are different solutions to your lawn’s bare spots. However, most involve adding new grass seed, lawn food and water (see steps below). Considering the unusually rainy spring and summer we’ve had so far in upstate New York, it’s doubtful that your lawn has bare spots due to dryness. But if there is a dry spot, it’s an easy fix – just be sure to water frequently, in addition to reseeding to improve thickness.

If the bare spots are due to overfertilizing or lawnmower damage, you will see them appearing uniformly across the lawn. For damage caused by overfertilizing, reseed the bare spots and do not add additional fertilizer until the lawn heals itself. For lawnmower damage, be sure your lawnmower blades are sharpened regularly, and keep the blades raised high enough from the ground when you mow.

Grubs or other insects can wreak havoc on your lawn, as well. Grubs, curling white worms, are a common problem in mid to late summer, and most easily identified when your sod easily pulls back from the ground like a carpet. More than ten grubs per square foot can cause lawn damage. Grub control products are available at your local GNH.

Pet or backyard animal urine can create bare spots of yellowed-grass with a brighter ring of green around them. These can be repaired following the steps below, but to prevent future damage you will want to train your pets to do their business elsewhere. Likewise, foot traffic must be redirected to allow these spots in your lawn to heal.

How to repair bare spots in your lawn the quick and easy way:


Supplies & Tools:

  • Grass Seed (we recommend Scotts® Turf Builder® seed varieties)
  • Topsoil or compost
  • Fertilizer (we recommend Scotts® Step-3 Lawn Fertilizer – on SALE NOW!)
  • Small gardening trowel and rake

1. Break Up the Bare Spot and Reseed.

Use a small gardening shovel or rake to break up the dry spot on your lawn. Remove any rocks, leaves or debris. Choose the appropriate grass seed for the spot’s shade density (such as Scott’s Turf Builder seed varieties, available at GNH) and cast the seeds over the turf. Spread about a half an inch of compost or topsoil on the strewn seeds.

Tip: To get good seed-to-soil contact, gently rake the seeds and soil into the grass.

 

2. Water Generously at First, Less Later

Water the area immediately, and then continue to water lightly three times a day for 7-10 days. When you can see the new grass sprouting, reduce watering to once daily.

Tip: After the new grass emerges, less is more. A good, thorough soaking rather than a quick watering ensures that the water gets down to the root system. This helps roots grow strong and deep for a thick, more drought-resistant lawn.

 

3. Feed Your Entire Lawn to Nourish It

To encourage the new growth, and keep your whole lawn looking its best, add a gentle lawn fertilizer to the spot, like Scotts Step-3 Lawn Fertilizer, available at GNH!  Tender seedlings, as well as existing grass, need nutrients to help grow thick and strong.

 

4. Kick Back & Enjoy the Results!

Repairing bare spots in your lawn is a quick and easy project that reaps many rewards. It’s the perfect weekend task that you can finish in no time, so you can get back out in the hammock and enjoy the results! Don’t forget to improve the lushness and color of your whole lawn (and reduce the chance of future damage) with regular feeding and proper maintenance.

Lawn After Lawn Repair

For more on bare spot lawn repair, check out this helpful video from Scott’s Lawn: https://youtu.be/rI4WhxUq4zM

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-identify-the-cause-of-brown-spots-in-your-lawn/, http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to/lawn-garden/lawn-repair-fix-a-bare-spot/, https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/grass-grass-seed/how-repair-seed-bare-spots-lawn, http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/how-to-repair-bald-spots-in-your-lawn  

Patio Ideas

Create an Outdoor Patio Space Your Family Will Flock to this Summer!

Patio Ideas

Are you thinking about updating or installing a beautiful patio space? Don’t forget to think about paver patterns! Creating an outdoor space with eye-catching paver designs is a great way to entice visitors, guests and family to spend more time out on your patio. It’s also an easy project that you can do yourself. And, once you master the basics of paver patterns 101, you can always make interesting and one-of-a-kind solutions of your own.

How do you get started? First, choose a paver that will stand the test of time. GNH Lumber suggests AZEK Pavers, which are made from a high performance composite material with a natural appearance and added strength to resist stains and scratches. Backed with the promise of high-quality that comes with the AZEK name, AZEK Pavers come with a 10-year limited warranty and no crack guarantee in residential applications. They:

  • Are composed of up to 95% recycled material
  • Use a patented grid system that reduces installation time by one–third
  • Come in 5 colors, 3 applications, and any number of patterns

Next, choose colors that will best match your landscaping and compliment your home’s exterior. And, finally, decide on a pattern!

Choosing a Pattern

AZEK Pavers can be installed in a multitude of different patterns and combinations (contact your local GNH Lumber expert for guidance or tips). Designs can include small and large repeating patterns, or even random patterns. The possibilities are endless.

Always keep in mind: at least one paver must connect two grids in each direction. The herringbone pattern does this without needing to specially orientate the grids.

Here are 3 Popular Paver Patterns:

Pattern 1: Herringbone

Herringbone

herringbone patternPattern shown in 4″x8″ Redwood and 4″x8″ Boardwalk AZEK Pavers
The herringbone pattern is the most popular, and easiest to install. Pavers will interlock grids in both directions.
• Lay the installation grids as illustrated.
• Start laying pavers at the starting corner.
• IMPORTANT: At least one paver must connect two grids in each direction.

 

Pattern 2: Basketweave

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basketweave patternPattern shown in 4″x8″ Redwood and 4″x8″ Waterwheel AZEK Pavers
This is the simplest installation method for a Basketweave pattern, but it will require extra installation grids.
• The starting paver must be laid 4″ down and 4″ over from the top left corner of the grid. This will shift the pattern over and assure at least one paver will connect two grids in both directions.
• The leftover grid can either be trimmed off, or a 4″ border can be used to fill in the extra space.
• IMPORTANT: At least one paver must connect two grids in each direction.

Pattern 3: Running Bond

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running bond patternPattern shown in 4″x8″ Waterwheel, 4″x8″ Boardwalk and 4″x8″ Olive AZEK Pavers
This pattern will require the staggering of grids to assure the pavers will connect them in both directions.
• The starting paver can be laid in the top left corner, but the next column of grids must be staggered halfway down the starting row. Every other column will need one half grid at the top.
• Each half of the cut grid can be used.
• IMPORTANT: At least one paver must connect two grids in each direction.

 

For more patterns, advice and tips, stop in to GNH Lumber! No matter what step of the patio-building process you’re on, we can help you find the right product and offer guidance. We hope you enjoy the finished result!

Deck Designs

5 Unique Deck Designs and Layouts

Deck DesignsA deck is one of the easiest ways to increase living space and add curb appeal to your home. It can improve your home’s value, and add room for grilling dinner, gathering with friends, and late night stargazing.

But you don’t have to stick with a cookie cutter idea of what a deck can look like or how it will function. Sure, you can design a serene space for enjoying those beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But you can also create a backyard playground or design an abstract work of art! The possibilities are endless. What’s more, you don’t have to feel like you’re confined by the space that you have in your backyard. There’s plenty of ways to make your space work for you and build a dream deck or porch!

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Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to plan the deck of your dreams! So, check out these 5 easy ways to help you design a truly unique deck:

 1: Think Outside the Box

Rounded decks feel organic, merge well with natural settings, and can help create separate areas for cooking, seating, or housing a garden or hot tub. Instead of using a traditional deck floor pattern, try creating new and unusual decking patterns, such as basket weave, or alternating diagonals. Just remember – it’s your backyard space and your design, so don’t be afraid to try something new if it fits your budget.

2: Wrap Around Views

Decks that wrap around the second story of a home give tremendous access to views, and they blur the line between interior and exterior living spaces. They’re great for entertaining, after all, who wouldn’t want a full view of the neighborhood or nature surrounding you? Decks like these can double as balconies for morning coffee and are a great place for anyone in your family to sit and think in peace. And they provide as much aesthetic value from inside the home as they do from the outside.

3: Combined Deck and Walkway

Often overlooked during the designing phase, it’s important to consider the transition between the deck and backyard. Adding a paved walkway leading from your deck helps to visually join a deck and garden or large lawn area. It also allows you to introduce harmonizing colors and shapes to pull together the deck and backyard or lawn area. Even better, it provides a much-needed safe path back indoors in case of inclement weather.

4: Added Shade

Adding a pergola, canopy or shaded archway can be instrumental in creating a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space. It also provides relief from the harshest mid-day sun and offers a safe space to stay outside in case of rain. There are lots of creative ways to introduce shady nooks, such as planting a wall of trees on one side of the deck, or using the cornered walls of your home as a framework. You can also use the covered patio below a second-story deck to introduce swinging hammocks and shaded benches.

5: Make a Playground Deck

Why should kids have all the fun? Turn your deck into a grown-up playhouse with built in climbing walls, slides and more! Nothing brings a gathering of friends and family together like a chance to have some good-natured fun and feel like a kid again. Check out this cool playground deck highlighted on HGTV.com:

Deck Playground

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the TimberTech Deck Designer Tool:

Deck Planner Tool
TimberTech’s materials are low maintenance, safe and durable, for all your decking needs. They also maintain their color for years without the hassle of maintenance. The best decks are made from materials that don’t need frequent maintenance or replacement!

And, because it resists mildew, warping and insects, there’s no need to replace rotting, uneven or termite-damaged boards. Now get started on a truly unique deck design of your very own! And if you’re still feeling stuck in your design process, feel free to contact us! We take pride in helping everyone’s projects work well from start to finish.

Sources:  HGTV: Copy These Dreamy Deck Designs, HGTV: 55 Ideas for Landscaping Around a Deck or Patio, TimberTech

Clean Siding

How to Clean and Maintain Your Home’s Siding

Clean SidingKeeping your home’s exterior siding in good shape is not only a great way to improve your home’s appearance, it also helps you avoid repairs and costly services down the road. With a bit of preventative maintenance, you’ll be able to extend the life of your home’s siding for 50+ years!

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to clean and maintain your home’s siding so you won’t have to worry about costs adding up for a few decades.

How Do You Maintain Your Home’s Siding?

To ensure that your home’s siding is in good condition for years to come, no matter what material it is, it’s a good idea to clean it often as well as inspect it for any damages. Here’s a quick guide on how to maintain the siding of your home based on the material:

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Vinyl siding is low maintenance and is designed to be left alone, which is great! However, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to be maintained. The good news is, you can easily clean vinyl siding yourself.

Vinyl siding requires a good power washing about twice a year. Check a few times a year to make sure no boards have come loose or are cracked. If they are, they will need to be fixed as soon as possible. High winds can cause damage and cracks to vinyl easily, so if you had a windy season, be sure to do a walk-around your home after the storm.

Wood Siding Maintenance

Wood siding will need to be treated every 4 to 6 years. In New York, sun and snow are particularly abundant so you may have to treat it more often than that.  Like vinyl siding, you need to check the wood siding for cracks and breaks. Most repairs are fairly easy to fix, so do it as soon as you notice the damage.

Stucco Maintenance

Often times, woodpeckers will attack your stucco siding. They tend to leave holes which will need to be replaced immediately or else they will live in your walls. Since stucco is a very porous material, if a tree leaks its sap on your siding, it can take over and cause huge problems. It can stain rather quickly so go around once or twice a year to remove any stains that are starting to form with a degreaser and bleach.

Cedar Shake Maintenance

If you want your cedar shake siding to live for a long time, you want to make sure it’s treated or stained properly and checked often. Left untreated, cedar shakes can discolor and start to soften, causing it to rot. In order to maintain healthy cedar shakes, you want to make sure to paint or stain the cedar every 5 years. Stain is a more effective protectant for cedar than paint so opt for stain when you can. Hiring a professional to paint or stain your cedar shakes could cost upwards of $2,500 depending on your home’s size.

How Often Should You Clean Your Home’s Siding?

The exterior of your home needs a good cleaning about twice a year. Overtime, cobwebs, dirt and mildew can build up and shorten the life of your siding. A clean house will protect your siding as well as your investment.

How Do You Clean All Types of Siding?

Cleaning the siding of your home can be a bit treacherous, but luckily you only need to do it once or twice a year!

All types of siding benefit from a good cleaning to remove residue. Here’s how to do it correctly:

  1. Check for Cracks and Damages in the Siding

Do a quick walk around your home and check for cracks, chipped paint, cracked boards, or other damages before you start the process of cleaning your siding. If you have cracks, water from cleaning could seep into the home, causing serious damage and trouble over time.

  1. Invest in a Power Washer

A power washer is key to getting up in the peaks of your house by the roof, blasting away grit and grime, and takes far less time that washing the home’s siding by hand. This is especially true for homes with vinyl and wood siding.

  1. Scrub the Siding with TSP

Next time you’re at GNH Lumber, pick up some TSP (trisodium phosphate). Mix ½ cup with 1 gallon of water and apply to a sponge, washcloth or soft-bristled brush. Start scrubbing those stubborn areas where birds or spiders have left their droppings. These are usually the toughest things to get out of your siding! Work from the bottom to top to avoid streaking and then rinse.

 

Keeping your home clean from grit and grime and maintained properly can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run!

 

outdoor cleanersFor all your outside cleaning and maintenance needs, visit our Windham or Greenville location

Color Trends 2017

Grey is the New Black: Color Trends for 2017

Color Trends 2017

We don’t usually like to play color favorites, but in this case, we can’t resist. 2017 is quick approaching, and that means that it’s time to forecast the newest color trends for the year.

If you’re new to color selection, there are a few things professionals take into consideration when deciding on a palette. Color forecasters draw information from the fashion runways, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry. They also consider what’s going on culturally and how this impacts our national mood.

So, without further ado, here are a few paint color trends for 2017:

Ben Moore’s Color of the Year: ShadowColor of the Year - Shadow

Shadow 2117-30 is Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2017. It’s both allusive and enigmatic, making it a master of ambiance. This color can help highlight bright kitchen cabinets or countertops. Emotional connections with this color evoke nostalgic memories of light on space and color.

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

 

A Few More Color Trends to Watch in 2017:

 More Color Trends

Choosing a Color

No matter what home improvement project you’re working on, whether it’s a remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, or freshening up the walls on other rooms in your home, color selection makes a huge impact on the feel and atmosphere of the space.

If you’re wondering how to best coordinate colors for your project, try using Benjamin Moore’s helpful color finder tool. You can choose a palette by color family, collection, or search for your color by name or number. You can also use their handy Color a Room tool to virtually paint a room color-by-color in order to discover just the right combination for you! Or take advantage of their paint calculator to find out exactly how much paint you’ll need to complete your project.

You want to love the colors that surround you. So, when imagining (or reimagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.

 

The Basics

To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:

  • Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.
  • Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.
  • Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.
  • Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.

Present Tints - Color TrendsPresent Tints

Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colors.

Be Dramatic

Violet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colors dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.

Versatile White

Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.

Shifting to Neutral - Color TrendsShifting to Neutral

Neutrals go beyond gray and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colors in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautiful with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.

Sources:Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2017;Psychology of Color