Explore the Cape Cod Style Home
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Vinyl soffit comes in several varieties – solid, beaded, ventilated and hidden ventilated – and is specified by reveal and style. Vinyl soffit is available in a variety of colors, the most popular choice being white.
Some solid vinyl soffit can also be used for vertical siding applications.
Decorative window accent available in a wide range of design and color options to complement virtually any architectural style. Many vinyl siding manufacturers offer shutters in colors that coordinate with their vinyl siding profiles.
Vinyl and other polymeric shakes offer the authentic appearance of rugged, hand-cut cedar without the maintenance hassles associated with wood. Vinyl and other polymeric shake profiles are typically manufactured as a single or double course with reveals of six to ten inches and are offered in straight edge or staggered courses.
Historically, the style is characterized by a steep roof with side gables, a small roof overhang, and clapboard or shake siding with contrasting trim.
Cape Cod houses can feature traditional clapboard (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals), beaded (with a choice of 6” to 7” reveals), or Dutchlap (with a choice of 3” to 5½” reveals).
Vinyl and polypropylene shakes are also common as the primary exterior cladding. Shakes come in a variety of sizes and looks — straight edge or staggered from 6” to 10” reveals.
A light to medium palette in all colors except reds, greens, and browns is typical for Cape Cod houses. Vinyl and polypropylene siding come in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading. Of course, you can always pick from a line of “weathered” looks, if that’s your preference.
Options suited for the Cape Cod style include crown and dentil molding on fascia or friezes; beaded soffit; decorative front door surrounds with triangular pediments and pilasters; window crown molding or pediments and lineals; gable vent covers; and shutters.
Gabled dormers add more living space, light and ventilation to the historical one-story Cape Cod style.