We often hear from homeowners asking “Can you paint vinyl siding?” and the answer is almost always a resounding YES!
Many home and business owners that we speak with have no idea that vinyl siding can be painted, and that — even better — it is a quick and budget-friendly way to improve the appearance of your home without the expense and hassle of installing new siding. In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about painting vinyl siding.
Can vinyl siding be painted?
The most common materials used for residential siding include brick, wood, stone, stucco, vinyl, fiber cement, and engineered wood. The majority of these materials can be painted — vinyl included. However, each type of siding requires different painting techniques and styles to ensure optimal results.
In the past, painting vinyl siding was not suggested by those in the professional painting industry due to poor results. However, in recent years, improvements to paint technology have not only made painting vinyl siding possible but have also made it a wonderful solution for homeowners on a budget that do not want to shell out the big bucks to replace aging siding. However, there are several important factors to keep in mind when painting vinyl versus other home siding choices such as wood or brick.
Four factors to keep in mind when painting vinyl siding
When painting any type of siding it is important to customize your approach to the specific type of siding that you are painting, and this is no different when it comes to painting vinyl siding. Here are five key considerations to watch out for if you are thinking about painting your vinyl siding.
1. Watch the weather
One of the most important things to keep in mind when painting vinyl siding is the weather. For the best results, vinyl should be painted in mild temperatures, when it is not humid or overly sunny. If you paint vinyl when it is hot, humid, and sunny, you risk the paint not adhering properly, and although your paint may look fine initially if painted in these conditions, it will not hold up over time, leading to issues with flaking and cracking.
2. Select the right type of paint for the job
When choosing a paint to use on your vinyl siding, it is important to look for a formula specifically created for use on vinyl siding. These formulas are created to absorb less heat and often use a blend of both acrylic and urethane resins, which results in superior adhesion to the vinyl siding.
3. Choose your color wisely
As you choose a color for your vinyl siding is it important to keep in mind that vinyl siding is manufactured to absorb a very specific amount of heat. Because of this, you should never choose a shade that is darker in color than the original color of the siding. This is because dark colors tend to absorb more heat than lighter colors, and if your vinyl siding was not designed to handle the amount of heat absorbed by the color you choose, it can result in damage to the siding such as buckling and warping.
4. Make sure your surface is clean
Another key to successfully painting your vinyl siding is ensuring that the surface is clean before any painting takes place. It is important that any dirt, mildew, chalk, and other build-up is completely removed, or the paint will not adhere to the surface and staining may take place. This cleaning can be done with a professional pressure washing or a thorough hand cleaning. If you choose to clean your siding by hand, a mixture of water, bleach, household cleaner, and laundry detergent should do the trick.
Alternatives to painting vinyl siding
Although painting vinyl siding is an affordable alternative to replacing your siding, which can be quite costly, there are also other ways to refresh the exterior of your home if your vinyl siding has seen better days. Some of these options include:
You’d be surprised at how much a good washing can improve the appearance of your faded vinyl siding. We suggest using the formula above to remove mold, mildew, dirt, and other build-up for an instant improvement in your home’s appearance.
Oftentimes more effective than hand washing, professional pressure washing is another easy way to restore the appearance of your vinyl siding without breaking the bank.
There are also a variety of products on the market that can chemically restore the appearance of vinyl siding, which occurs when the chemicals in vinyl oxidize from exposure to the elements. If you aren’t ready to try painting yet, this may be a good option for you!
One of the best alternatives to replacing or painting vinyl siding is to maintain your vinyl siding to prevent staining, discoloration, and dullness. By taking active steps such as keeping your siding clean and using the suggested protective measures, you can keep your vinyl siding in good shape for longer.
Ready to improve the appearance of your home?
Now that you know you can improve the appearance of your home by painting your vinyl siding, it is time to do something about it! If you aren’t sure where to start, contact our team of professional residential painters today to get a free estimate on painting your vinyl siding.