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Decorating Your Tiny Home

Choosing the trim for your tiny home is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the ordering process. You’ll get to choose the materials that best reflect your personal style and that you think will be pleasing to live with in the years to come; however, the choices are vast and it can be quite overwhelming at times. Habitats is here to help you through this exciting phase of your tiny home construction, so we’ve broken down the materials into three different main categories and listed the pros and cons of each material. We’ve brought in building expert Bob Vila to share his vast knowledge on the subject. Here’s what Bob has to say about siding, roofing, and flooring.


Wood siding boasts a timeless beauty and many homeowners value the way its appearance gradually changes in subtle ways. Whether it is vertical siding like board and batten or horizontal siding like clapboards, shakes, and shingles, there are various wood species and grades to consider. Wood will, however, require a high level of maintenance to retain its beauty and effectiveness.

  • Before settling on a siding material, ask your builder or installer about rot resistance, splitting, checking or cupping. The choices of wood will be many—pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood—but only a few might be good for your region.
  • Some companies offer pre-primed planks, shakes, and shingles. These boards come primed on one or both faces and are sealed and protected from the minute they arrive on site.
  • A good wood siding should last for many, many years but it must be properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes power washing and staining and sealing whenever the heat of the sun fades the finish or when moisture starts to turn to mold or mildew.


Metal siding comes in many styles that are sure to please any tiny-home owner. You can use metal that was purposely manufactured as siding or get creative and use anything from corrugated roofing sheets to flattened tin cans.

  • Metal siding is lighter than wood siding which can be a huge benefit for tiny home construction.
  • Metal is unfriendly to insects and is impervious to fires.
  • Metal does not need the same level of maintenance as wood.

There are some downsides to metal, however. Some types of metal are prone to rust and must be regularly treated. Metal also dents and scratches and is somewhat difficult to replace.


Long saddled with a bad reputation, today’s vinyl siding is weatherproof, insect-proof, fade-resistant, and virtually indestructible under normal circumstances. It also remains one of the cheapest materials to install.

  • It comes in a range of colors and designs, some of which closely resemble wood grain.  It is suitable not only for new construction, but also for replicating the look of vintage siding in renovations of older homes.
  • Although it’s often touted as maintenance-free, vinyl siding does require some occasional work. Depending on how your house is situated, mold or grime might accumulate. Vinyl siding will eventually fade but usually only slightly.
  • Though colorfast and resistant to insects and rot, vinyl siding is not maintenance-free: Its vulnerability to weather damage makes occasional repairs necessary. The price tag is low enough to have enticed many and another big selling point is its relative ease of installation.