Should I Paint My Siding or Replace It?
August 12, 2019
Do you really need to replace your siding? Wouldn’t it be easier to just paint it? While that may seem so, it’s actually not the case.
Replacing Your Siding Is More Cost-Effective in the Long Term
Yes, in the short term, painting your siding is the cheaper option. Keep in mind, however, that prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and rain can easily degrade a coat of paint. In a matter of a few years or even less, the paint will start to crack. And, you’ll have to repaint your siding again, which takes time and money.
Newer Siding Products Colors Stay Vivid for Longer
New siding would naturally be more resistant to fading and wear and tear, but technological advances over the decades have improved its resistance. James Hardie®, for example, has integrated ColorPlus® technology to its siding products to make them more fade-resistant.
This also means that the coating is able to protect your siding for longer, and this can significantly reduce the need for repairs in the future.
A More Consistent Aesthetic
Apart from frequent reapplication and maintenance, another disadvantage to painting your siding is the inconsistencies in the application of paint. Regardless of how skilled a contractor is, there will always be inconsistencies in their brush strokes. Manufacturers, on the other hand, use specialized equipment that applies an even coating to the siding boards. Some manufacturers like James Hardie take it further and cure the paint with each coating to strengthen its bond with the siding.
If you do decide to replace your siding, make sure that its color and texture will complement the rest of your home’s exterior. Whether you’re installing new siding or commercial roofing systems, it’s always a good idea to consult a design professional or contractor about the design options for your home improvement project. Just make sure to hire a certified contractor. That way, you can rest easy knowing your roof will be installed properly.
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