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10 Exterior Cladding Examples for Your Home

Last modified: 2023-03-17 | Approximate reading time 5 mins

Are you shopping for a new property or thinking about changing the facade of your current home? What type of exterior siding would offer you the aesthetic you’re looking for? Here’s an overview to help inspire you, with some of the best options on the market.


10 Examples of Exterior Cladding Materials for Your Home


1- Elegant white brick design

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A white brick house never ceases to draw people in, potentially because of its elegance or for the magnificent contrast that’s created with dark wood finishes. Paired with a black roof, the white shade is all the more interesting. It just goes to show that some classics are really timeless!

Not surprisingly, choosing the right colour may put you off in terms of the maintenance required to keep your home's exterior looking like new. However, you can easily clean dark stains from dust, mildew, and carbon with a pressure washer. You can either do it yourself or hire a reputable, affordable contractor who's familiar with this type of work.


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2- A black house, why not?

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While white is still a popular choice, black is an option that isn’t considered as often. Yet, a judicious mix of materials allows for a look as sophisticated as it is bold, as evidenced by the wood and stone in the previous image.

You can also mix and match other types of dark sidings, such as vinyl, aluminum, wood fibre, brick, etc. The variety of colours available these days is endless for just about any material.


3- A low-maintenance wood and stone or CanExel house

Natural stone house

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Again, here we find a successful mix of materials, but this time it’s between wood and natural stone. The result certainly shows an appreciation for a rustic style, while embodying both warmth and approachability. The focus here is on a natural-coloured wood, which makes it possible to highlight the different shades of the stone finish of the fireplace.

Some companies, like SIDEX, now sell factory-treated natural wood siding—which keeps its beauty over time—making staining and painting your façade on a regular basis, useless.

You can also choose a CanExel exterior siding. Said material is made with wood fibres and has a lot to offer in terms of being resistant to harsh climates. It’s even more resistant than vinyl cladding, while still giving off a wood-like appearance.


Thinking about choosing wood siding for your home? Read our article Wood siding: is it worth it?


4- Black sheet metal exterior cladding

Black metal on house

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Sheet metal is a material that is appreciated for its durability as much as for the beauty of its finish. Although it’s often used as a roof covering, sheet metal can also be an option for an exterior facade cover. We see here how this material highlights any home, adapting to modern homes just as much as to rustic abodes.


5- Various shades of red brick exterior cladding

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It’s not a new revelation that red brick is an exterior cladding choice, a timeless beauty we appreciate. Selecting brick in various shades is an attractive alternative to traditional red brick and is ideal for contemporary homes, especially those with black moulding or exterior woodwork.


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6- Distinguished and modern corrugated iron and vinyl design

corrugated and vinyl siding

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Corrugated iron provides a particularly interesting effect here, which contrasts with the smoother one of the vinyl covering above. Aside from the mix of materials, here we also notice the union of two classic shades harmonizing together wonderfully. The whole thing creates a soft look, while still being aesthetically interesting.


7- Cut black stone for a refined design

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Cut natural stone with a black wood coating is a duo that is perfectly suited to a fresh, modern home design! Far from the rustic look of round natural stones that we often saw on buildings erected in the 80s, these offer a more contemporary design and remind us of how beautiful and versatile this material can be, don’t you agree?


8- A beautiful blue wood exterior cladding

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Although we really appreciate sober colours for the exterior siding, one thing we notice here is that opting for a daring material is often an interesting choice! This superb house with blue wood cladding proves it very well. You might think that choosing the same shade for mouldings would make it look too uniform, but the whole thing is absolutely lovely.


9- White, and more white!

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Once again, white is in the spotlight. It’s seen here on the brick, as well as on the wood that adorns the upper part of the house. The predominant white greatly benefits from the contrast provided by the black woodwork and brings an undeniably bold touch to this impressive residence!


10- Charming blue wood shingle design

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What about these beautiful wood shingles? We should start by emphasizing the extent to which they give this house undeniable charm. This is greatly accentuated by the white siding that surrounds the windows. The look is both simple and distinguished, but never ceases to seduce!


How to choose the perfect colour for your house’s exterior siding?

Want to revamp your façade, but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are a few basic tips that'll help you shop around more effectively and increase the resale value of your home.

  1. Refer to your neighbourhood and the prevailing architectural style. Perhaps you'll find inspiration within or you'll simply want to stick to the mainstream look. On another note, your municipality may have some guidelines regarding materials and colours, so it's best to find out before you jump into the whole process.
  2. Play off the differences. If your siding is dark, choose lighter tones for the other elements. On the flip side, if you like dark doors and windows, look for lighter siding.
  3. To create an all-around balanced look, harmonize your doors and windows with the surrounding elements (soffits, roof edges, gutters, etc.).
  4. Note that the paint colours always appear lighter in daylight than on the paint card at the store. Therefore, choose a colour that's one or two shades darker than the one you want, and take a sample home with you to test it out.

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