Vinyl Siding Colors and the Need for Painting

You have a large selection with vinyl siding colors for your home exterior--more than 300 certified by the Vinyl Siding Institute, in fact. For most vinyl siding colors, you'll never have to think of using a paintbrush for maintaining color. If you do, however, there are a few things to consider before getting started.

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Painting Your Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding isn't usually painted. There are only a few instances when you should even consider paint. Some older vinyl siding can fade with sunlight exposure and some pesticides or other chemicals can actually change your vinyl siding colors. The best type of paint for vinyl siding is a combination of urethane and acrylic resins.

Color Options with Vinyl Siding

The paint colors you choose should be fairly similar to your existing vinyl siding colors. In fact, the closer in color your paint is to the vinyl, the better; it will contract and expand with the vinyl underlayer. Completely different colors might cause some undesirable visual effects.

Painting Pointers for Vinyl Siding

Here are a few extra tips for painting your vinyl siding:

  • Wash the vinyl siding before painting, scrubbing off anything stuck
  • Use oxygen bleach on any mildew
  • Don't paint in direct sunlight

If you're still unsure, don't be afraid to contact a vinyl siding professional to help you pick through all of the vinyl siding colors and find the paint that's best for your home.

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