Tips For Painting Vinyl Siding

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When you decide to install vinyl siding on your home, you do so under the impression that vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. Sure, you have to wash the siding now and again, but unlike a home that does not have any type of siding, you don't need to paint your siding every year. Even if you are just doing touch-ups, that chore can get old fast. However, there will be a time when the siding does need to be freshened up a bit, or you may decide that you want to change the color altogether. Luckily, there are many paints out there that were made specifically for vinyl siding. Here are some tips to follow if you've decided to touch up or repaint your vinyl-sided home.

Preparation is Key

The first thing to do in preparing your siding for painting is to give your home a good cleaning. Be sure to use a mild soap and water mixture, and just use a light brush to scrub dirt and grime off the home. The home should dry completely before applying any paint. Remove your shutters before painting, remove your electrical covers and other apparatus, and repair and caulk any areas that need to be touched up before you paint. 

Color Limitations

It's best if you don't choose a color that is darker than the original color of your home. This is because the vinyl was designed for a certain amount of heat absorption. If you choose a darker color, it's possible you'll have buckling or warping because the color may absorb more heat than your vinyl siding was originally designed to absorb.

Painting Techniques and Tips

There are a few different ways you can apply the paint. You could use a roller, a standard brush, or a paint and stain pad. It's best to talk with a painting contractor or your local home improvement store to determine the best type of brush for your siding. 

Painting your siding can be overwhelming, so break it up into sections. Don't try to do half the house one day, and the other half the next. Plan your time accordingly, and be reasonable about the area you can cover in one day. 

Lastly, understand how thermal expansion works. Vinyl siding was designed so that when installed, it slides back and forth at the overlapping seams when the siding expands and contracts due to temperature. When the siding contracts during the cold months, you'll may have a small color gap at the seams. Therefore, it may be best to paint your home during the cooler months so that the color difference isn't that obvious.

For more tips on working with vinyl siding, contact a company like First Choice Construction.

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