Explore the French Colonial 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.
French houses have a tradition of being externally focused, frequently expressed by featuring many narrow door and window openings; a steep, hipped roof that extends over a wide porch that wraps three sides of the house; and slender columns supporting the porch roof.
French Colonial houses feature traditional clapboard predominantly (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals). Beaded siding (in a choice of 6” to 7” reveals) and Dutchlap (in a choice of 3” to 5½” reveals) were also used.
While not entirely authentic, today’s architects have customized the French Colonial tradition by using vinyl and polypropylene shakes to accent gabled dormers. Shakes come in a variety of sizes and looks — straight edge or staggered from 6” to 10” reveals.
A light to medium palette — especially soft island and southern colors — is frequently used for French Colonial houses. Vinyl and polypropylene siding come in hundreds of colors certified to sustain their vibrancy for a lifetime.
Options suited for the French Colonial style include crown molding on fascia or friezes; decorative front door surrounds and pilasters; window crowns and lineals; band boards between floors or at the foundation; gable vent covers; shutters and beaded soffit.
Originally, many French Colonial houses had vertical board shutters hung on strap hinges to cover windows and French doors – including the transom.