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DIY Vinyl Siding Color Selection and Your Warranty


Contrary to popular belief, vinyl siding colors are not 100 percent fade-proof; all colors fade to some extent over time. How much will your siding fade? That depends how much sun, heat, and stormy weather it is exposed to. While newer siding technology has lessened this tendency, you must expect your color to lighten a bit over the years.

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Quality and Color Count

In general, higher-quality vinyl siding fades less than lower-quality products (expect to pay more for this added durability). In addition, vinyl siding in darker colors fades more than its lighter-colored counterparts, because those darker colors absorb more heat when exposed to the sun. If you live where your siding is subject to extreme heat, you won't want to install darker-colored vinyl siding because it will increase your cooling bills, your siding will fade, and the heat absorption may cause its panels to buckle and warp.

Vinyl Siding Institute Recommendations

The Vinyl Siding Institute certifies colors and product that meet its performance standards for weather-resistance, wind load, and impact resistance. They have also been proven to resist major color changes in a variety of climates in two-year outdoor weathering studies. By eliminating from consideration colors and products that are not certified, you can narrow down your choices and decrease your chances of excess fade.

What About Guaranties Against Fading?

What about vinyl siding color warranties? Aren't you protected? Yes, to some extent, but no vinyl siding is guaranteed to never fade; typically, you get a warranty against excessive fading (the warranty language will tell you what is meant by "excessive") or the guaranty might be limited or pro-rated.

To minimize fading:

  • Choose siding with a the best warranty (some have 15-year no-fade guaranties)
  • Buy a higher-quality vinyl siding
  • Opt for lighter vinyl siding colors in warmer areas
  • Select siding in VSI-certified colors

Without the help of a contractor, you can choose the siding most likely to look good in the years to come. It just takes a little research.

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