Summer is here, which means we are all spending more time outside. As you take a close look at your house, you might wonder if this is the year that you paint your vinyl siding. If your siding has started to show normal wear and tear, a fresh coat of paint might just be the answer that you need. A few signs of siding that needs help include:
- The color is fading from the UV rays of the sun
- Excessive dirt, mold and dust have accumulated on the house
- Cleaning the siding does not improve its appearance very much
Preparation is Key
If you decide that painting your siding is the way to go, you will need to take a few simple steps to prepare it. If you simply start painting your siding without any preparation, there is a good chance that it will not last and could even start peeling, which is even more unsightly than dirty siding. In order to make your hard work pay off, try these steps first:
- Wash your siding – Just as you likely wash your interior walls before painting them, your siding needs a good washing. A clean surface to start your cleaning project is key to paint that will last for many years to come. You do not have to use anything special, simply soap and water will do, unless you have areas with mildew, then you will need to effectively remove it with a mixture of vinegar and water; a 50/50 mix should remove it all.
- Primer – The use of a primer will add years to your freshly painted siding. Taking the time to apply a coat of primer will allow you to use less paint and to give it a longer life.
Once your house is prepared, you are ready to paint! Before you choose your colors, make sure to do your research though. Take a look around your neighborhood to see the colors that your neighbors are using and try to stick within that color scheme to avoid sticking out. If you are looking for a color that will last, try to steer clear of the darker colors, as they will fade faster and could even begin to bubble from the heat of the sun.