Tips for Selecting Vinyl Siding for Your Home with Dave Marrs

Whether you’re updating your current home’s exterior or devising plans for a new build, choosing the perfect siding can be a daunting decision. There are several important factors to consider throughout your selection process, including the right material technology for your climate, personal color preference, and a unique style that you’ll love for years to come.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting solution, vinyl siding is a great option that’s becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners — and with good reason. It offers the same curb appeal as wood siding but with unique color, durability, and performance capabilities that won’t chip, peel or fade over time.

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With the Mastic® brand, we built off of the best features of traditional vinyl siding to create a more premium product that holds its color overtime, stands up against extreme weather, and requires little to no maintenance – saving homeowners time and money. It’s reliable and resilient, which is why builder, general contractor and HGTV star Dave Marrs trusts Mastic for his projects.

“As both a contractor and a homeowner, I want to have a beautiful home without having to constantly maintain it,” says Dave. “With Mastic vinyl siding, there are really just two steps: install and enjoy.”

Interested in installing Mastic vinyl siding on your home’s exterior? Read on for Dave’s top tips for siding selection.

  1. Choosing The Perfect Color

When selecting the right siding colors for your home, it all comes down to personal preference. While trends may come and go, Dave emphasizes the importance of choosing a palette you’ll love for years to come. “My wife Jenny always says you have to live in and love your home, so make it something you enjoy.”

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Mastic vinyl siding collections are available in array of different colors that complement anyone’s design preferences — from crisp whites and eye-catching pastels to nature-inspired hues.  When you’re ready to explore the options, Dave and his wife Jenny Marrs, designer and co-host of HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous, recommend using the Mastic Home Design Visualizer tool to eliminate the guesswork. All you have to do is snap a photo of your home — then you’re ready to explore the vast siding and accessory combinations to bring your project to life.

If selecting your own color combination feels intimidating, you can choose from one of Jenny’s exclusively designed Mastic Home Design Visualizer palettes featuring handpicked colors and styles for each element of your home’s exterior. “Jenny and I have found that greens, blues and whites are trending, but we also consider them to be timeless,” Dave shared.

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In addition to the variety of color offerings, Mastic vinyl siding collections are a great siding choice thanks to its unique color-match technology that allows homeowners to match different exterior products throughout the home. From trim, fascia, and soffits to siding and shutters, the color remains consistent across materials and product types for a completely cohesive design.

Before making a final decision, homeowners should consider the weather and fade resistant properties of their siding color choices. Dave trusts Mastic because of its leading color technology that provides protection from harsh UV rays. So, no matter where you live, you can rest assured knowing your siding color will stay as vibrant as the day it was installed.

  1. Selecting a Siding Style That Works For Your Home

Just as important as color selection is the style of siding itself. When it comes to choosing the perfect style for your home, Dave recommends Mastic thanks to the variety of siding designs available. “One of the many reasons why I suggest Mastic to homeowners is because I know it offers something for every taste,” says Dave. From traditional design to more contemporary aesthetics, Mastic offers the perfect cladding to complement your aesthetic vision.

Lap Siding

For a more classic look, horizontal lap siding is a tried and true choice that still offers an abundance of design flexibility. With over 10 lap siding collections available, you can choose from a wide range of colors, widths, and textures to create a beautiful exterior design that’s unique to your taste.

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Lap siding also features an array of technical benefits such as quick, easy installation and a watertight design. Because of the overlapping horizontal board placement, installation is a breeze compared to other types of siding, allowing homeowners to save time and money on their project. Additionally, the board placement helps shed water to protect walls from moisture damage.

Vertical Siding

Also known as board and batten siding, vertical siding creates a contemporary feel that lends home’s a dramatic sense of height – even when used as an accent wall.  Vertical siding is especially prominent in modern farmhouse-style homes.

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Dave regularly works with the Board+Batten Designer Series™ for a striking vertical siding option. Its 7” width and authentic woodgrain appearance highlights the home’s best architectural features, while advanced engineering ensures superior impact resistance and outstanding durability in all weather conditions.

The Board+Batten Designer Series is available in 29 colors ranging from traditional pastels and earth tones to darker contemporary colors. For the deepest, darkest hues, SolarDefense Reflective Technology™ is available to keep your siding vibrant thanks to tough UV-stable polymer that resists chemical breakdown and reflects damaging rays.

Shake & Shingle

For hundreds of years, shake and shingle has been a popular exterior style for east coast American homes. Its endearing texture adds character to smaller homes and a distinctive architectural element to larger ones. When building dormers, gables or other peak areas, Dave chooses Mastic Cedar Discovery™ for the charming look of hand-split shake and naturally weathered cedar shingle.

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With shake and shingle vinyl siding, you can enjoy a distinctive cedar appearance without the upkeep of traditional wood. There is no painting, staining, or patching required, saving homeowners up to $6,000 every 4 years in repainting costs.


If you’re looking for a luxurious alternative to wood siding, the new EVERPLANK vinyl siding collection from Mastic is the perfect choice for homeowners looking to elevate their exterior.

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“EverPlank features the time-tested look of real wood paired with a nice clean profile and no standard overlap,” shares Dave. “Plus, it features the strength and durability of vinyl siding so you know it’s going to give you a look that lasts a lifetime.”


Available in 12 luxurious, timeless colors, EVERPLANK’s 6” plank style construction features the realistic look and feel of true wood grain and eliminates unsightly nails for a clean, high-end look.  Its secure interlocking system withstands strong winds and reduces gaps, and its water-resistant properties resists warping and rotting – backed by a lifetime warranty to guarantee beauty and performance of the life of the product.

  1. The Right Material Technology for your Environment

Last but not least, before making a final decision on your vinyl siding selection, Dave encourages homeowners to consider the unique performance capabilities that your home could benefit from. While all Mastic vinyl sidings are low maintenance and hold up against natural weathering, Mastic also offers premier material technology to ensure your siding maintains its performance and appearance no matter your location or climate.

Western Extreme

For those living out West, Dave recommends Mastic Western Extreme to protect your home’s exterior from extreme elements. “I grew up in Colorado where we had high elevations and temperatures that could shift from 75 degrees one day to a blizzard the next,” says Dave. “With most standard siding options, the high elevation, UV and temperature swings can cause warping and fading of the siding. With Mastic’s Western Extreme siding, you have added protection from these extreme elements. It’s a huge bonus to protect your biggest investment.”

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Specifically engineered to take on the most complex weather systems, Western Extreme features next-generation technology that protects your home from the effects of infrared light, low humidity and rapid temperature changes found in Western climates.

Western Extreme is made from extra-thick vinyl panels to resist warping from fast temperature changes. Additionally, it can withstand wind speeds of up to 200 mph and features InfraBlock Technology® to keep even the darkest colors from fading.

SolarDefense Reflective Technology

For the deepest, darkest exterior colors, Dave suggests selecting a collection with SolarDefense Reflective Technology to ensure fade resistance. “Regardless of where you live, this technology acts as a permanent sunscreen to help keep your rich, deep colors vibrant for years to come.”

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Mastic’s SolarDefense Reflective Technology features three active layers to protect your home:

1. A top layer that disperses heat and helps resist fading by allowing light energy to flow both ways.

2. A middle layer that features a cooling compound that scatters light, reflecting heat away to keep panels cooler.

3. The base layer stands up to heat, preventing distortion.

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For those looking for enhanced insulation protection in cold winters and warm summers, Structure® Home Insulation System™ Siding features an exclusive combination of vinyl siding technologies and high-performance foam that wraps your home in a continuous blanket of insulation.

Structure’s high insulating power helps to lower energy bills, shrink your carbon footprint, and reduces noise. The expanded polystyrene foam insulation and rigid substrate increases the R-value of exterior walls, helping save energy year-round. Plus, it’s 300% more impact resistant than standard vinyl.

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“For many, the home is the biggest investment you make in a lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to provide it with the best protection possible,” says Dave.

Worried about longevity? Mastic proudly stands behind all product lines, with a No Fade, No Distortion Promise. Take a look at the V.I.P. Limited Lifetime Warranty to learn more.

Ready to Reimagine Your Exterior?

With Dave Marr’s advice in your back pocket, you’re bound to make the best decision on which vinyl siding is right for your home. Ready to get started? Click here to browse Mastic’s collection of siding and accessories.