Building An Addition: What Goes Into Matching Sidings?

When building an addition to your home, ideally no one should be able to tell where the original construction ends and the new production begins when the project is complete. If your house has vinyl siding on it, there are several factors that need to be considered if you want the new addition to look right.

The first thing is the size of the siding itself. Most sidings are either 8, 9, or 10 inches.  Occasionally you can run into a 6 or 6-1/2″ siding but these usually have a very distinct bead on the bottom and are rarely used.  This criteria is the easiest to match and anyone who can read a tape measure can tell the difference.  However, I have seen contractors mix 9 and 10 inch sidings because “we didn’t know where to find a match”.  Not a good answer when building an addition.

Another consideration is the reveal on the bevel. Some sidings have a straight pattern and there is no bevel.  Others have a 1-1/2″ to 3″ bevel at the top of the pattern.  This bevel is referred to as a “Dutch Lap”, a modern day term based on the old “German” siding that existed, and still does, in wood.  Why is the reveal so important?  Different reveals will not line up and cause your siding to look quite crooked.  This is not the look any homeowner wants.

A third criteria in matching siding is the wood grain. Many manufacturers have distinct patterns and can’t be matched while others can be interchanged.  The key to an attractive finished product is knowing how to locate and match the grains.

Finally, you’ll want to think about the color of the new siding. You may be able to locate the same siding from the original  manufacturer, only to find it doesn’t match because the original  has faded over time.  Again, the key to eliminating a color problem is knowing where to get a match, even if it means using a different brand.  A contractor who only buys one or two brands will be lost.

Building an addition is an exciting process, but failing to think things through ahead of time can result in a finished product that looks awkward and unattractive. That’s why it’s important to hire a veteran remodeler like Wantz Construction who will get the job done right. Watch this space for more articles coming soon that will help educate you on even more aspects of custom home renovations.