It is Spring (officially, yay!) and thoughts have turned to curb appeal! We have been contemplating replacing our siding for over a year now. It is very old and is the cheapest, thinnest vinyl I think that has ever been on the market. There are huge faded patches to the right of the door and parts of it are cracking and breaking off...hence the contemplation.
For the record, I have given this a LOT of thought and time. I've looked (extensively) into vinyl, wood, shakes, brick, stone, aluminum, steel and fiber cement. All of them have good points and bad, for a long time I was set on fiber cement but have grown to not trust it as a product for this area, though I'm sure it's a good thing in general :).
Historically I have really disliked vinyl siding, I can spot it a mile away and even though it's very practical and reasonable (all things considered) I really wanted to avoid it at all costs. Turns out, the costs are huge! I have had quotes coming in over $20K just to side this tiny little house...unbelievable.
Then the other day Allen and I were walking in our favorite neighborhood playing "guess that siding" (these are the games we play :). When we came to my favorite house (a cape style with a birch tree and dark blue shakes) I looked at it and wished I could afford siding like that. Then it hit me...
*the shakes were vinyl*
I couldn't believe it! I pay A LOT of attention to houses and I've looked at this house for years on walks and never even suspected that it was not authentic. After this revelation my decision was made...we're going with vinyl shakes!
Now comes the color, I'm thinking we'll use Certainteed vinyl shake siding so I pulled some colors from their site and imposed them on the house, along with a few other tweaks that I've been musing about. The roof is an assertive color so it's tricky to nail down just the right combination :)
This is how our house looks now.
Colonial White with cedar shutters.
Sterling Grey with cedar shutters.
Flagstone with white shutters.
Cypress with cedar shutters.
Blue with cedar shutters.
Pacific Blue with white shutters.
Autumn Yellow with white shutters.
More than you ever wanted to see right?
And I wonder why it's so hard to make a decision!
Can you tell I'm fishing for opinions?
Have any of you recently re-sided?