Panel siding comes in a wide variety of options that differ in terms of texture, color, material, and more. It's important to test out the appearance of any panels you're choosing before installing them to find the unique look that goes just right in your home.
The following are five things you should do to test out the appearance of panel siding before it is installed:
Find where panel siding looks best on your property by moving it around to different locations
You don't have to use panel siding on the entire exterior of your home. You can mix and match it with vinyl siding or other siding options. You can even place some types of panel siding on the interior walls of your home.
Assess all the options that are available to you by taking the samples you're given and traveling around your home with them to try them out in different areas.
Make sure you're considering changes in the appearance of your home and landscaping during different seasons
The landscape around your home is going to change throughout the year. Different colors will become more prominent in your home's surroundings as the seasons change.
Plan for changing seasons by looking at photos of your home during different months of the year if you have them. Ideally, you want to find a panel siding option that is complemented by the surrounding landscape throughout the year.
Try out the panel siding sample at different times of the day to test the effects of various lighting
The lighting on your home is going to change throughout the day. To best test panel siding options, you may want to place samples up at various times throughout the day to see how changing levels of sunlight and sunlight coming in from different directions will alter the appearance.
Put up a temporary installation
You may be able to put up a partial, temporary installation over a portion of your siding to check out how siding will look. This can be done using a piece of cardboard underneath the panels that can be removed at will.
Take a photo of your home and superimpose picture images of panel siding over the photo
You can get an idea of the appearance of your entire home with a new panel siding option by superimposing images of the panel siding over a photo of your home.
Some home panel siding manufacturers or retailers may even offer a service that allows you to conveniently create an image of what your home will look like with various panel siding options installed. Contact a company that carries standing seam panels for more information and assistance.