5 Home Improvement Trends to Watch

Home improvement trends from an expert

Sears’ exterior product guru talks the latest design trends for siding, roofs, windows and doors — and how you can get the look.

If you want to know what’s trending in home exteriors, Dave Lincon is your man. He’s a home improvement expert for Sears Home Services.

This year, he says, it’s all about color. Also trending? Black window frames to give your home a modern look.

Here’s Lincon’s take on the latest trends in home improvement.

Q: What are some of the most popular siding colors this year?

A: We’re starting to see trends around the color palette, including darker, richer colors: autumn reds, sages, soft shades of blue. Moss is a popular color, too.

Part of that is driven by home remodeling TV shows that everyone is watching now.

Siding used to come in just a few colors, but now the technology is so much more advanced that it comes in darker, richer colors that don’t fade. And our customers are taking advantage of that.

Q: Have you seen any new trends in roofing?

A: A roof is what we call a “need product.” You don’t replace your roof until you need to.

People tend to stick to standard colors like gray, brown and tan. But we’re seeing more homeowners opting for shingles that blend several colors for a more textured effect.

Q: What new window variations can we expect to see?

A: This is another “need product.” Our customers usually replace their windows because they’re old and are not energy efficient.

White frames are still the most popular, but we’re also seeing colored frames and grills in browns, hunter green and especially bronze becoming trendy. Bronze-colored frames on a stately old home can look so beautiful. For a really dramatic look, black frames are a great option.

Q: How about entry doors? What are some of the more popular styles?

A: There are lots of options and styles when it comes to doors. We’re seeing our customers choose specialty glass for the windows, and they’re getting creative with the hardware, too.

Our customers tend to go a little rogue, and they’re getting ideas from TV shows and asking if we can help with that. We work with them, starting with what they already have — it’s more about updating and replacing than it is about tearing down walls.

Q: Are there any major themes in home improvement trends this year?

A: It’s the deep, rich colors and accents like shutters. This year, the trends are totally different from last year. We’re seeing more elaborate and unique offerings. For example we offer tinted windows to help accent the deep, richer sides.

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