To Paint or Not to Paint Your Siding

To Paint or Not to Paint Your Siding

The type of siding you have doesn’t matter, be it vinyl and aluminum, or even new ones like fiberglass and cement.

After a little pressure washing every few years, you will have a siding that looks good as new.

But as the years pass, you will notice the luster not returning and you may be thinking about painting your siding.

Here are few reasons suggested by an article in BRS Custom Painting on why you shouldn’t paint your siding

Some people out there do say you should never paint your siding. If it gets worn looking, just replace it. This is a valid statement if you have the money.

Credits: How to Paint Vinyl Siding
Credits: How to Paint Vinyl Siding

If the siding is damaged and you have to replace several planks anyway, painting may end up being more trouble than it is worth.

It is better to just replace the whole thing with something you like.
Also, do not paint your siding if you simply want something a little different.

Gone are the days of only white siding. There are various shades and textures available now.

Painting could be a long a laborious process that could have been avoided if you only want a new color.
All you need to do is visit the local siding dealer.

Benefits of Painting Your Siding

In spite of the reasons listed above, a coat of paint is an easy way to bring back that shine and luster if you don’t have the money to replace it.

Dirt, grime, and the constant beating of the sun may cause the siding to fade over time and become so dirty that even pressure washing won’t save it. Painting it can help bring back its original color.

Also, the protective coatings on the siding can wear, leading to damage and potential sealing problems.

Paints adds a whole new layer of protection to the siding and it also adds a little weight to it, making it more difficult to be blown off in bad weather.

Other considerations

If you’ve weighed the pros and cons and it seems like the right idea for you or you just can’t afford a complete siding replacement, note that painting manufactured siding is not like painting an interior room or a standard exterior like stucco or wood.

Sidings range from wood to aluminum and vinyl, and there are two major issues you have to deal with when painting siding.

They are slipping and thermal expansion. Siding is usually designed to have water run off it, so that it has less wear and tear through the years when it rains.

Which means the paint may slide of your sliding for the same reason rain water slides off it.

Because water-based paints will have a hard time sticking to vinyl siding, it is best to use vinyl made with acrylic and urethane resins that help it stick to the vinyl.

Thermal expansion is a bit trickier.

Expansion can be difficult on paint as it can cause chipping and other problems because siding expand and contracts with the heat and the cold.

Latex paints are made from rubber and are designed to withstand a certain level of expansion and contraction.

Therefore, it will work well with wood siding and to some extent aluminum siding.

However, because it is water-based, it is not a good fit for vinyl.