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Exterior Painting vs Vinyl Siding: Explained Guide

When you refurbish your house, you not only restore its curb appeal but also improve its value and make everyone who lives in it feel proud. We get many customers seeking to understand the benefits of exterior painting, especially since the vinyl siding is a very tempting option.

Vinyl siding is very durable and, while it may be costly to install, will return the investment over its 20–40-year life. Ultimately, vinyl is a good investment that will save you money over the long term because, unlike paint, there is no chance that it will fade or peel in a decade. However, many people prefer the look and feel of traditional paint over the plasticky feel of vinyl.

Cost is an important factor to consider when deciding whether to paint the exterior of your house or install a siding, but it should not be the only one. This guide will compare painting vis-a-vis vinyl from a professional perspective to help you make the right choice.

Aesthetic & Perceived Value of The Home

A well-maintained exterior affects the first impression people make when they first get a look at the house. It also affects its overall perceived value. This is the main reason that the beauty and exterior appearance of a house is essential, especially if you intend to appraise or sell your home in the future.

A vinyl siding would play a significant role in maintaining the curb appeal of the house. A fresh coat of exterior paint can increase a home’s value by between two and five percent. In contrast, a vinyl siding would increase the value by a more considerable margin because it is a formidable layer of protection that increases the house’s lifespan.

The Age & Condition of The Siding

Painting is the go-to solution to quickly and affordably revitalize the appearance of a home. However, as much as it makes a property look fresher and newer, it cannot provide the level of protection a vinyl slide offers.

If the siding in your home is older than 20 years, it may be wiser to consider replacing it rather than apply an exterior coat of paint. If you are unsure if the siding is still strong enough to protect the home, you should schedule to have it inspected by a professional contractor to ascertain its age and condition before making a decision.

Initial Costs vs Maintenance Costs

In many cases, the decision to paint the exterior of a home or install a siding boils down to the cost. It makes sense to paint if your home is in decent shape and you wish to give it a custom color to make it attractive and homely. Painting can save you money, especially if you are handy and can do the exterior painting yourself.

For the best results, however, you should hire a professional to do the painting. Paint demands a little maintenance and a new coat every five to ten years, but the result is well worth it. If you would instead make one big investment in a durable siding and forget about it for the next 30 years, then vinyl is a good material.

Higher Quality Paint for The Arizonian Climate

Arizona’s hot and harsh sunlight climate is the main reason that homeowners have to be very selective in choosing exterior paints. In the past, homeowners had to repaint their homes more frequently because the paint faded, chipped, and lost color fast. With improvement in paint technology, top manufacturers, including Sherwin-Williams and Dunn-Edwards, now make better high-quality paints that better withstand the harsh Arizonian climate.

Homeowners looking for immediate solutions to restoring the appearance of their homes can now spend less on paint for better and longer-lasting results. This is one of the main reasons that homeowners choose to stick to painting their homes rather than go for vinyl siding.

Heat Insulation and Power Efficiency

Vinyl siding material is made out of plastic, a material well known to be an effective heat insulator. The best vinyl sidings in the market feature integrated insulation features and are often more power-efficient than paint. If energy conservation and the impact of lost heat on global warming are something you care about, installing a vinyl siding could mean green energy tax breaks in the short term and energy savings in the long term.

However, it is important to note that despite its strength and insulation property, vinyl is susceptible to extreme temperatures such as burning heat and below-freezing temperatures. While such conditions are unexpected, it is a critical factor to consider when considering installing it.

Painting Over Vinyl

Both exterior painting and vinyl sidings have their benefits. If you would like to have the best of both worlds, how about installing vinyl, then applying a coat of paint to look more natural?

There are new types of paints specially formulated to make them stick on plastic materials such as vinyl siding. They give a house an attractive natural curb appeal, make it easy to clean, and the paints come in all colors and shades.

If you intend to live in your home for generations, this is possibly the most practical investment you can make to extend the longevity and boost your home’s value. If you consider this option, be sure to talk to a professional contractor who understands vinyl paintings for guidance on choosing the right one.

Call The Professionals

The choice of painting vs. installing a vinyl siding is one that homeowners with older homes have to grapple with all the time. At Wet Paint, we are the experts in paints and sidings, and we understand how important it is that they make a choice that translates to a good investment.

It is understandable that different homes need different refurbishing solutions, and that is where our experience as a professional contractor in Scottsdale, AZ, is invaluable. If you need personalized advice on which between painting or vinyl siding would best improve the curb appeal and value of your home and how much it would cost, request a quote from Wet Paint today!

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