Vinyl Shingle Samples
Not all of us have that creative eye that professional decorators, stagers or designers seem to have, one way to help you determine the product to use is to ask for vinyl siding samples of the products you are considering. Vinyl siding samples are miniature pieces of actual production runs assembled onto a fold out piece or board. Generally speaking we like the larger vinyl siding samples better than the smaller swatches. Some manufacturers create fan folds, sort of like a deck of cards that is hinged in one corner. The kits that will give you the best results are larger fold out vinyl siding samples that can show you a moderately sized piece of siding, usually next to a larger picture of that color installed.
Make sure to note that vinyl siding samples in print or vinyl siding samples advertised on a website come with the disclaimer that due to printing color process or spot colors, or website specs, that the actual color may vary. When you get a piece in your hand... you know exactly how it looks an feels.
Another reason to request a vinyl siding sample is that different product lines from different manufacturers can have significantly different wood grain patterns, which will affect the overall look for your home for decades to come.
The best advice we can give, and not one that many vinyl siding contractors will offer ( because they just want you to sign on the dotted line asap, they don't really care that you're thrilled with the results ) is that once you've narrowed your choice to 2 or 3 colors, instead of just buying based on how it looked sitting in the vinyl siding sample kit, request a full or half panel of each! Hang each on the front of your house, see how it looks from the street, in natural light and shade, at different times of day. Often homeowners will choose a color they may not have considered because even though it may not have been the frontrunner when they first looked at a small swatch from a fan fold vinyl siding sample kit.... It looked the best in the only place it matters, on their home looking great for the next 50 years.