Painting Vinyl Siding: Yes or No 

While vinyl siding can make a great exterior material, it does have some drawbacks. 

One of the most prevalent ones being that the color tends to fade over the years, meaning lots of people come to us wanting to know whether or not they can repaint their own vinyl siding. Because it seems to be a question lots of you have, we thought we’d dedicate this blog post to giving you our professional opinion. 

The first question is the obvious one: Can you paint vinyl siding? 

The quick answer is, yes. Our painters have done countless jobs over the years on homes and businesses alike that have vinyl siding as an exterior. The follow-up question is usually something along the lines of, “Should I spend the money on a new paint job or an full update of my siding?” 

It’s a fair question to ask, given the high prices of everything – including paint and labor costs – recently, but it’s still more economical to go with a paint job instead of a full upheaval of your home’s exterior. A simple change in color can go a long way, and even though vinyl siding is on the cheaper side of home materials, a completely new installation can run up the bill quickly. 

Of course, our answer shifts slightly if your siding is extensively damaged already or extremely outdated. For the most part, though, we encourage you to go with a fresh paint job. 

The next major question we get is, “When should I tackle this project?” 

As always, weather conditions play a big part in how successful your painting project is going to be. Painting in extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can affect the way paint adheres to your home and shorten its lifespan. 

Third and finally, we hear “Is there a specific type of paint I should use on my vinyl siding?” 

Another straightforward answer here – yes. Look for paints labeled “vinyl-specific” and “fade-resistant” to get the best bang for your buck. As we stated earlier, color retention is important – and let’s be honest, using paint that had a bad rating here might be part of the reason you’re reading this article in the first place. We promise, even if these are pricer up front, it’s worth it in the long run to invest in quality materials. 

A few paints we recommend are Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior, Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior, and Behr Premium Plus Exterior.

Even though this is something that could be tackled by a determined do-it-yourself-er, we recommend letting the experts handle an exterior painting project of this scale. Get started with our team today by calling us to get your free estimate!

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