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Choosing the right cladding for your home can be a minefield. You may not realize it before you start but there are actually many different types of cladding available.

This means once you’ve decided cladding is the right option for you you’ll need to decide if vinyl cladding, wood cladding, palliside cladding or any other type of cladding is right for you.

But, that’s not the end of the process! After you’ve chosen your cladding you’ll need to decide on which color you want! Cladding should last for years so it’s important to get the color choice right the first time.

Here’s what you need to consider before you commit to a color choice:

The Neighbors

Even if there are no planning constraints in your area it is worth spending a few moments looking around your neighborhood at the finishes that others have used. If they are all similar colors this doesn’t prevent you from going bold and bright, but it may make your house stand out for the wrong reasons.

If you still prefer the idea of a brighter color then it’s worth speaking to the neighbors first, that way they’ll know in advance.

Dark Hides Dirt

Consider where your house is. Dirt will stick to your cladding throughout the year and this is likely to be worse if you live near a busy road.

You’ll need to pressure wash it regularly to keep it looking good, to minimize this you may want to opt for a darker color as this will hide the dirt more effectively.

Mixing It Up

You can choose darker and lighter colors together and obtain a classic look. The classic look makes the house darker on the top and lighter on the bottom. But, to minimize the appearance of dirt you may want to reverse this color scheme.

It is possible to get computer programs that will help you to visualize the finished result before you commit to a purchase.

Selling Options

Even if you have no plans to sell now you may need to consider whether you’re likely to be selling within the next 5-10 years. The cladding should last this long and, if you’re likely to be selling, it’s a good idea to stick to neutral colors. IF you don’t you’ll be relying on finding a buyer with similar tastes to yours.

Material Choice

Wood cladding can be created in virtually any color but many other types of cladding have a limited range of colors.

In addition, coloring the cladding can increase the cost.

This means you need to decide your budget and what type of cladding you want first, you’ll then be able to see what colors are available and this will help you to make your choice.

At the end of the day, this is your home and, assuming there are no planning restrictions, you can choose any color you’re comfortable with. But, you do have to live there, it is worth considering the neighbors for a few moments first.