Warm Outdoor Lighting for Boosted Curb Appeal


You may have overlooked it, but an integral part of designing your home’s exterior is lighting. It’s a design element that so many of us forget, but one that can truly set the mood of your space and help to navigate around it, too.

We decided to shed some light on a few exteriors that are inspiringly illuminated and highlight the home’s superior siding in the process. Consider the story you want your exterior to tell. Whether it’s glowing, beaming or luminous—let there be light.



At dusk, the glow of this cozy Craftsman-style home clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in Mountain Sage welcomes you in, through the gates, up the stairs and into the warm well-lit space.

Set the mood. Light fixtures can help to set the mood in your outdoor space. Whether you opt for welcoming Italian string lights on your patio, or formal sconces framing your front door, think about the feeling you’re trying to create in your home’s outdoor space. You can inject personality into your exterior by honing in on your own style. Shopping for a one-of-a-kind vintage pendant light or finding a farmhouse wall light painted in a bold color for a pop against your siding, are great ways to add flair to your home without stealing focus.



Amp up your ambiance with an outdoor fireplace. This one is surrounded by fire-resistant HardiePlank lap siding in rich Timber Bark.

Warm up your space. There’s nothing more welcoming than the warmth of a fire, people just seem to flock around it. Whether it’s a built-in fireplace, installed right into your home’s exterior wall (surrounded by James Hardie® fire-resistant siding) or a fire pit in the yard, natural fire elements can create immediate and irresistible ambiance.

Let your siding shine as you show off your style with lighting that make you want to spend more time soaking up the outdoors in a space that’s completely you.

Our Foundation


Here at Columbia Roofing, we take pride in our work. It takes a lot of trust and honesty when asking someone to help improve your home, and yet that's exactly what families have been doing for nearly 40 years with Columbia Roofing Incorporated. The path they know we have chosen is that of experience, dedication, and quality for those that call upon us. We are certified in every aspect of roofing, siding, gutters, windows, doors, and skylights, so there is no question of the professionalism we uphold. This professionalism is that of not only residential homes, but also commercial property and property management. So what does this have to do with you? Let us answer that: everything. Take a moment to think about that. Our business and our reputation would have not gone very far without you, our loyal customers. Our hard work, dedication, professionalism, and honesty result from you trusting and calling on us when you have problems with your home. So the next time your roofing needs maintenance, your siding needs some replacing, or your windows need new panes, let us earn your trust, and prove to you why families and commercial businesses have trusted us for the past 40 years.

Is Your Roof Damaged? How to Tell:


Sometimes it can be tricky to determine whether or not a roof is damaged. In fact, most homeowners actually ignore the signs of roofing decay until they notice a leak or ceiling damage, and by then it’s too late. So how can you determine if your roof requires a replacement or is in need or repair before it happens? Here are the three most common signs to look for:

Bows or bends in the roofing

Bows and bends in your roof may seem insignificant, but underneath lies a much larger problem. It could be a sign of inefficient tiling, roofing decay, and, at worst, large structural integrity loss. These symptoms can lead to overall roof integrity failure, so get it checked out as soon as you can

Roofing tiles or gutter falling off

One of the more obvious items on this list, but surprisingly also overlooked. Most people write this off as only a small problem, but can lead to larger problems like water damage due to lack of water resistant tiles and, if left alone, roofing decay.

Old age and shingle buckling

Another silent but dangerous symptom, aging damage and shingle buckling is an inevitability for roofing that is not constantly maintained. If your home is older than 10 years, you should get your roofing inspected for damages. If your home is older than 25 years and you have not done any roofing maintenance, you are in danger of major roofing damage. Get it checked out immediately!

Still have questions, unsure about your roofing situation, or spot one of the signs that you see listed? Columbia Roofing is here to help! Call us at (410)379-6100, and get a free quote for your home.

Side Your Home in Sail Cloth!


When you think of the East Coast shoreline, sailboat silhouettes lining the coast may come to mind and you can almost hear the flap of their well-worn sails in the breeze. The classic sail shade is tough to replicate, but James Hardie found a way with its ColorPlus® Technology hue, Sail Cloth.

We love this creamy siding and trim color that seems to resemble vintage canvas. The softer shade of worn-in white adds a clean and relaxed feeling to a home’s exterior.  James Hardie's ColorPlus Technology is specifically engineered to help resist damaging UV rays, so your color will stay vibrant longer with less maintenance.

The nautical neutral looks at home with any hue in the ColorPlus Technology palette, but we love Sail Cloth paired with earthy greens like Heathered Moss and Mountain Sage, rich browns like Timber Bark or crisp Arctic White.

Here are a few homes clad in the creamy siding and trim shade alone or paired with other hues in the ColorPlus palette:




This home is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in Sail Cloth with Arctic White HardieTrim® boards. Even though the siding is fresh and new, the Sail Cloth shade has a vintage look that makes it feel aged.





HardiePanel® vertical siding in Sail Cloth, paired with HardiePlank lap siding in Heathered Moss. The bright pop of the bold shutter adds interest and a modern sensibility.





The gables of this quaint bungalow are clad in staggered edge HardieShingle® siding in Sail Cloth. When paired with a darker HardiePlank lap siding hue, the Sail Cloth looks more subtle and light.

 Evoke the East Coast—set sail for homes clad in James Hardie siding in Sail Cloth.

Welcoming Walk-ups with James Hardie ® Siding

The entryway to one’s home typically conveys its entire personality. Like awelcoming smile or a friendly handshake, as you walk up to a home, you take in your first impression. And if you’re like us, you want it to be a lasting one. Some East Coast homeowners make their walkups stand out with vintage lighting fixtures, interesting landscape choices, bold trim and home siding, or a door with interest.

We’ve gathered a few walk-ups that give us entryway envy—take a peek for a little East Coast inspiration.


Through the columns:

Some entryways just feel like home. This suburban Colonial is clad in Artisan ® lap siding and trim by James Hardie. The bold blue door is like a beacon, welcoming guests inside. The vintage light fixtures and mailbox add to the character of the entryway, and the natural wreath adds an organic texture to the picturesque walkup.

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Some added ambiance:

This soft green home is clad in Artisan lap siding and trim. The front walk, lined with wild, local grasses leads the way to the stone landing pad and natural wood front door. The lighting adds a homey ambiance that lures you inside.

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A burst of bright variety:

This home is a head turner, with a bold color combination. The homeowners opted for a few varieties of siding including HardiePlank ® lap siding, HardiePanel ® vertical siding in the gables and HardieTrim ® boards. The home is well landscaped and feels quaint with its welcoming wreath and beckoning front porch.

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