The Pros and Cons of Painting Old Vinyl Siding

As good as new vinyl siding looks, you have to know those good looks will not last forever. Over time siding will inevitably fade a little and become dull. It’s at that point you will have a decision to make. You will have to choose whether you will just paint over the existing vinyl siding or foot the bill for all new vinyl siding to be put on. In order to make a well-informed decision as to what you should do it will help to know the pros and cons of painting over old vinyl siding. Here is what those are.

Pros:

• You have many color choices

When you choose replacement vinyl siding you have limited choices in color. That’s not the case when you paint because you will have a wide variety of paint colors to choose from.

• Extends the useful life of your siding

Are you not quite ready yet to invest in new vinyl siding? When you paint it, that will get you a few more useful years out of it.

• Saves money

Most likely you will save a good chunk of money by painting as opposed to replacing your existing vinyl siding. This is even truer if you paint it yourself.

• No yard mess or old vinyl siding to dispose of

When you get new vinyl siding installed you will have to tear off the old siding. That may leave your lawn a mess and you will have old siding that needs to be disposed of too.

Cons

• You will have prep work to do

As with all painting jobs, you can’t just slap the paint on the old siding and be done with it. You will have to do some pretty extensive prep work before you paint.

• May not look as good as new vinyl siding does

Even with a new coat of paint you that old vinyl siding may still not look good. You can tell by how rough the surface of your existing vinyl siding is whether it will come out looking good or not.

• You will lose an opportunity to upgrade your siding

Chances are if your siding has faded it’s probably 10 years old or more. That means there will most likely have been some improvements made in vinyl siding products during this time that you will not take advantage of.

• The paint may not adhere well to the vinyl

Even with meticulous preparation, the existing vinyl may not accept the paint.

If You Choose To Install New Vinyl Siding

Ok, so what do you do if you decide the cons of repainting your existing vinyl siding outweighed the pros in your mind. You will have to find a contractor to put on your new siding. Be sure to choose a vinyl siding contractor like Evergreen Renovations & Roofing out of Beaverton, Oregon that has a great reputation for doing outstanding vinyl siding replacement work. A good vinyl siding company will even help you with advice on how to pick out the best type of vinyl siding for your needs.



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