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Can You Paint Siding?

For most homes, the siding will be the largest surface area of your home’s exterior, and we are frequently asked whether it can be painted. To answer that question, it’s important to determine what type of siding your home has. Houses are sided with a wide range of projects including wood, metal, vinyl, composites, brick, stone and in some cases, old-style asbestos. Once the type of material is identified, selecting the correct product and application becomes critical. The good news is that the majority of siding used today is paintable.

Porous woods like cedar require the added protection of a semi or solid colour stain for best protection. Because the surface is not perfectly smooth a penetrating product is required to properly bond and protect the wood from the elements. For woods that have a smooth, hard surface, selecting a product that will bond to the surface is crucial. Professional painters can help you determine an appropriate product that will resist peeling and protect the wood from the elements.

Metal and fiber cement siding often comes pre-painted from the factory prior to it being installed. Over time, these finishes will fade or peel. It is highly recommended that high quality paints are used when painting or repainting these types of siding. The most important first step is to ensure the surface is clean and free of any dirt prior to the application of the paint. Spray application of the paint can provide the most attractive finish leaving it free of brush strokes on this type of siding.

Vinyl siding is the most commonly used siding on most homes. While vinyl will last decades before it becomes faded and discoloured, it can also be painted. Whether it’s looking aged or you’re just looking to update the look of your home choosing a vinyl safe colour is key. When a colour is not vinyl safe, the vinyl may warm from the heat of the sun. It’s best to consult with a professional painter to determine colour options for vinyl applications.

Siding types are nearly as diverse as the styles of the homes they cover. While we discussed only a few of the major types of siding on homes today, it’s important to use the right product and apply it properly based on the type of siding on your home to create a beautiful, long lasting finish for your home’s siding. Professional advice, guidance and workmanship is key to your home looking it’s best for years to come regardless of the type of siding you have.

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