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


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.

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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/

Exterior Siding Maintenance

Exterior Siding Maintenance 101

Exterior Siding MaintenanceAn important step in prolonging the life of your exterior siding is regular cleaning and maintenance. Depending on your home’s type of siding, maintenance steps may include washing, conditioning, staining or painting. You wouldn’t want to skip a needed step, or spend time on maintenance that isn’t required.

So, let’s review some basic exterior siding maintenance must-knows.

How Does Exterior Siding Maintenance Differ?

No matter the materials, it’s important to clean your home’s siding every six months or more to keep it in optimal condition for many years to come. You should also inspect your home’s exterior for any damages at least every six months, or after violent storms and high winds.


Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Although vinyl siding is designed to be low-maintenance, it still needs some TLC throughout the year.

  • Give it a good pressure-washing twice a year to reduce damage and renew bright colors.
  • And check your vinyl siding throughout the year for loose or cracked boards!

Remember, making repairs early will save you money on more costly repairs further on down the road.


Wood Siding Maintenance

Wood Siding MaintenanceGenerally, wood siding needs a little bit more care. It requires regularly cleaning, just like vinyl siding. But because wood is porous and vulnerable to the elements, it also requires paint, stain or sealant to prevent it from moisture, rot and decay.

Wood siding needs to be stained or repainted every four to six years. You will also have to inspect for crack and loose boards, as well as insect damage, such as carpenter bees, and make those repairs quickly to save on more costly repairs later.


Restoring Wood Siding

If the color of your wood siding has been lost due to fading and old age, or if it’s spotted with mildew or rest, don’t worry! You can recover your wood’s natural beauty by using a stain remover, wood cleaner or brightener. We recommend Benjamin Moore’s REMOVE, RESTORE, BRIGHTEN and CLEAN products to help you restore your wood siding to its former glory. Visit your local GNH for Benjamin Moore exterior stain prep products.


Protecting Wood Siding

The first step in maintaining wood siding is protecting it from moisture. Making sure your gutters are working properly that no cracks in the siding are present. You can also replace old or cracked caulk to keep seals tight around windows, doors and corner moldings. Keeping plants and shrubbery from touching the wood siding is also an easy way to protect the wood from excess moisture.


Whether your home exterior siding is vinyl or wood, following these simple steps can protect your home, and keep it looking beautiful, for many years to come.