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Can I Paint My Vinyl Siding or Should I Replace It

You look at the outside of your home and notice that your vinyl siding is dirty, dull, or even warped. It’s time to decide to clean, paint, or replace your siding. But how much does replacing your vinyl siding cost, and is painting or repairing it enough?

Not sure and want to get an expert opinion right away? Give our knowledgeable staff at Advanced Roofing & Siding Inc. a call or fill out our online form for a FREE inspection. We are happy to take the guesswork out of your siding project.

Would you like to take a look yourself to determine your vinyl siding’s state? Here are some considerations and conditions to look for when deciding if painting, repairing, or replacing your vinyl siding is best:

Assessing Your Vinyl Siding

You may be wondering if painting your vinyl siding is even an option for revamping it. The short answer is, “yes.” However, painting may not be enough.

It’s essential for you to know what to look for when deciding if slapping on a new coat of paint will give your home the facelift it needs.

Over time vinyl siding fades from exposure to sunlight, bad weather, and temperature extremes. A fresh coat of paint can give new life to your home’s exterior. But sometimes you’ll find more drastic issues than waning color.

There are several things to look for:

  • Cracks
  • Moisture damage and mold
  • Faded or peeling paint
  • Warped boards
  • Loose, broken, or missing panels

If your siding is bent or damaged, painting won’t likely be enough.

Repairs

Replacing one or two planks or sections of siding adds a fair amount of time, effort and cost to your project. It can be a cheaper way to fix up your siding than installing all new. But you might get a headache from the hassle. 

According to The Spruce , finding a match for your siding to allow for repairs is the toughest part of a repair project (and one that might not even be achievable). They also list seven specialty tools and seven steps in the repair process.

If saving on costs is paramount in your planning, you may have to take on some repairs. However, keep in mind that over time, those panels that you don’t replace may need to be replaced or fixed later.

In general, it will be a better investment in your home’s long-term value to install all-new siding than to do a “patchwork” repair job.

Painting

After giving your home a proper pressure washing, you should be able to see if there are any flaws in the siding. If your siding looks in decent shape, then bring out the brushes and paint cans.

If you’re choosing to DIY on your vinyl siding paint job there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Acquire the right painting tools.
  • Find the right kind of paint that will work on vinyl siding. Talk with your local hardware store about whether they have a specialty product for exterior vinyl siding.
  • Take the time to caulk panels that have any minor flaws or seal issues. It is especially important to do this as you don’t want moisture getting into your siding.
  • The weather. Make sure you find at least three days in a row with mild weather, allowing time to apply your first (and second) coat to dry completely.

Is painting yourself sounding like a lot to take on? You may want to consider hiring a contractor to come and do the job for you.

Does painting seem like the least demanding option at the smallest price tag? There may be some hidden costs (both in time and money) you haven’t considered.

Counting the Costs

One of the prime factors with any of your home improvement projects is cost. Painting or repairing might set you back more in time and money than you’d expect. While replacing your vinyl siding can be a less demanding solution with a longer-lasting result.

According to Homewyse, the average cost for a professional paint job on vinyl siding is between $1,500-$3,000. That estimate includes power washing, paint supplies, and labor.

What the estimate doesn’t include are any minor repairs (including recaulking panel seams), sales tax, and any other extras that may come up during the project.

Keep in mind that regular maintenance is vital to help preserve the beauty of your home. Occasional power washing and semi-regular painting, every 5-10 years depending on weather conditions, will be necessary to safeguard your vinyl siding.

HomeAdvisor shares that the average cost for installing new vinyl siding ranges from $5,000-$15,000. Varying costs of vinyl siding are dependent on trims, styles, and labor for both removing old siding and installing new. Even with these variations, vinyl is still the lowest cost for siding material.

Achieving the Finished Look

In years past, most homeowners sought to have real-wood siding to bring that luxurious finished look. However, with new developments in synthetic siding materials, like vinyl, you can achieve that same look at a fraction of the cost.

If well-maintained, with regular cleaning and sealing, your new siding could have a lifetime of 10-20 years.

HGTV points out that there are many styles and colors available with vinyl siding. It is the easiest to maintain and the least expensive to attain and install.

They do warn that vinyl can expand or contract due to heat or cold, which can affect installation. HGTV advises calling in the professionals if you don’t have experience in these types of projects.

Time to Call the Professionals

If extreme weather or sun exposure has caused your siding to bend, crack, or come off entirely, it’s time to replace it.

Attempting a siding installation project on your own requires research, specialty tools, and time; things that most of you don’t have.

To save you time and to ensure you get a vinyl siding installation that will last, reach out to Advanced Roofing & Siding Inc. With our excellent track record and certifications, we can be trusted to get your siding needs met quickly and with the highest standards.

Fill out our online form or give us a call today to get a FREE inspection of your home’s siding. We look forward to working with you!

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