If you’re planning to replace your siding or paint it with a darker color, it may not perform as well as intended if the right material isn’t selected. You can’t just choose any dark-colored siding based solely on looks; you’ll have to consider other factors, such as durability and the local environment, while taking into account the overall cost of your replacement project. You might also want to consider the design trends in the industry, especially if you want to avoid your home’s exteriors looking visually outdated.
If you want to achieve a darker look on your home’s exterior without sacrificing performance and efficiency, Twin Cities Siding Professionals shares which materials can work for you.
When installed over a ventilated rain screen, wood siding can last a long time. It may need the occasional recoating even if you use a dark finish or black paint, but this is expected since the material will be constantly exposed to the elements. In ideal conditions, wood siding can last up to a hundred years, but even if you choose a durable type of wood, it can still be prone to rot without a proper rain screen.
When you choose fiber cement for your replacement project, you can choose a material that’s factory-painted or primed and ready for painting on site. James Hardie® products, in particular, are some of the best in terms of style and durability, and are usually installed by a licensed siding contractor. But if you’re looking for pre-colored options, it may be hard to find one in true black. Fortunately, they can be painted with 100% acrylic latex paint by an experienced painter.
Many homes that have black siding on their exteriors often use vinyl. While you won’t find a true black siding in vinyl, some shades can be almost just as dark. The reason why vinyl doesn’t offer a truly black siding is because of a lack of market demand. The surface can be painted on by a professional, but then the color shouldn’t be any darker than the original color. Otherwise, you’ll encounter problems with expansion caused by heat absorption.
If you’re looking for a reliable James Hardie siding contractor, Twin Cities Siding Professionals has got you covered! Call us at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our convenient contact form to request a free estimate. We are proud to serve homeowners in Minneapolis, MN, and the surrounding communities.