Paint or Replace Vinyl Siding?

Can I paint my vinyl siding?

Maybe the color has faded. Maybe it’s out of style. Maybe it’s bright yellow from the previous owner. Now you’re asking yourself:

Should I paint my vinyl siding? 

Should I replace my vinyl siding?


As most things in life, the answer is “it depends.” 

Vinyl siding came on the market in the 1950s. While popularity waned over time, it never went away. In the housing boom of the 2000s, siding regained it’s foothold and never let go. Much of this is due to the continual improvements in material and installation of vinyl siding. Today’s vinyl siding is leaps and bounds easier to handle, install and longer-lasting, which is why it’s estimated, with a little TLC, your siding can last up to 40 years!

So, back to the question. 

Is my siding worth saving? 4 Signs of bad vinyl siding.

You might need to replace your siding if you have these common problems.  

1.TLC cycles are getting shorter and shorter. You used to only powerwash your house annually. Then Fall and Spring…after the pollening. Now 3 or 4 times a year and it’s STILL looking a bit dingy. 

2.New paint is blistering and no longer renewing the panels. As the siding fails, the materials will no longer hold onto paint, causing this bubbling. Paint is needed to protect materials from the harsh UV rays. Once paint can no longer do its job: time to replace.

3.Your inside walls are starting to peel. What does the inside have to do with the siding? Well, siding protects everything behind it. Once it has started to fail, you’ll notice temperatures are seeping in. A sign of this is the heating of interior paint, which will start to cause peeling.

4.Pieces missing or gapped. Siding is the first line of defense from the outside. If pieces are missing or gapped, it’s time to replace those pieces. Unfortunately, you’ll end up with a patchwork pattern. While you’ll be able to get CLOSE to the color of your siding, the sun’s effect (fading) has made it impossible to get exactly. If this bothers you, then it is time to paint that side or whole house.

How much does it cost to paint siding?

Painting vinyl siding isn’t much different than other siding. A specialized paint needs to be used, that is about it. The labor is the same. So the expense will be the same (about 2 – 4 dollars per square feet). Remember, its also cost effective to have the trim and soffits painted too, at this time in order to give the whole house a refreshed look. Otherwise, you may be looking at new-looking vinyl next to what was once OK trim, but now looking a bit..worn. It is cheaper to have painters come out once, rather than twice due to the time set-up, prep, and cleanup takes.


-Daniel Green

GR Constructs

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