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Should You Paint the Vinyl Siding on Your Home?

Occasionally someone has vinyl siding on their home and it’s still in good shape but they’d prefer a different color.  If you’re not ready to have new siding installed, this means painting over it.   Can that be done?  Depends on who you listen to, but generally the answer is yes.

But the more important question is, should you?  Is painting vinyl siding a good idea? Before you tackle this project, you should ask yourself a few questions.  How long are you planning on staying in the home?  If it’s just a few years, you may want to put off that painting project for your new home.  How long before the siding will need to be replaced?  If it is within 5-10 years, perhaps a better option would be to replace that siding.  The same holds true if it needs some repairs before you paint.  

Coming about in the 1950’s, vinyl was a great siding alternative on those homes that did not want to use aluminum anymore. Due to this, it was proposed that vinyl was used. It provided the protection that was needed but one thing was clear – it faded in the sunlight, which was something homeowners did not like.  Most newer vinyl siding products don’t have that issue, but if you’ve got old vinyl siding that has faded, you might want to give it a fresh new color.  

Vinyl siding is something that can be painted and when done correctly and with the right paint, there should be no issues.

Things to Keep in Mind When Painting Vinyl Siding

Prep the Surface Correctly: Having the proper surface prep on the outside of the home is important. Not only is this going to make a difference on how the paint sticks to the vinyl, but it is going to change the way the paint looks when it is finished. This means cleaning the surface of the vinyl with a cleaning solution and pressure washer.

Don’t Choose the Wrong Color: When you go to choose a color and type of paint, these are both going to make a difference. Choose wrong paint, and the siding on your home may warp. Choosing a color that is darker than the original color is going to trap the heat between the layers of paint and this causes the siding to soften and distort. This leaves it beyond repair, meaning you would need new siding put on.  But there are companies that make darker paint colors that can be used successfully on vinyl siding.  

VinylSafe® Paint by Sherwin Williams is a good choice to go with – they have 100 colors to go with that are safe to use on vinyl. Choosing the right paint means you can have the color you want without ruining the siding on your home.

Painting a home is a big project, so you might want to consider hiring a painting contractor who has experience with painting vinyl siding.  Just be sure they are insured, so that if something does go wrong with your siding you have some recourse.

If you’re looking to have your vinyl siding replaced or repaired, speak with us here at Window Outfitters. We have many siding options to go with and can provide further siding tips and tricks to get the most out of the siding on your home. Speak with us today to learn more.

Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.


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