Siding Options – New Paint vs New Panels?
Your siding doesn’t just play an important role in your home’s overall energy efficiency; it also has a huge impact on what your home will look like. Unfortunately, because siding is constantly exposed to the elements, even the toughest siding materials eventually wear down, often causing ugly and potentially dangerous siding problems.
Some homeowners argue that the best way to restore your home’s siding is by applying a fresh layer of paint. Paint not only conceals damage caused by the weather, but also adds a protective layer to prevent moisture and ultraviolet light from damaging the siding material. On the other hand, you can always have your siding panels torn down and replaced with newer ones. This gives your home a brand new layer of weather protection, but the cost will likely be many times that of choosing to reapply paint.
Both options have their advantages, so how can you tell if you should go for new paint or panels? The best way to find out is to have your siding’s condition assessed. Here’s a quick rundown of the things you should look out for:
Material – Siding panels can be made of wood, concrete, PVC or composite material. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but some are simply more durable than others. If you think your current siding is already too weak to function properly, it’s much better to have it replaced with a more durable siding material. On the other hand, if the siding panels are still in good shape, you can save a lot of cash by painting over them instead.
Severity of damage – Siding damage comes in many forms, ranging from rust spots to cracks and splinters and even missing panels. Minor signs of damage can be painted over without too much problem, but severe cracks and missing panels warrant a total replacement.
Color and texture – Because paint is one of your options, you have to keep your current siding’s color in mind. Is your siding painted over in the first place, or did it have its color applied to it during the manufacturing process (like in composite and vinyl panels)? The former can simply be sanded off and covered with a new layer of paint, but the “built-in” color of a vinyl or composite panel is pretty much set and will require extra effort to paint over.
Age – How old are your siding panels? Most siding options are designed to last for years. It would be a waste to have fairly new panels replaced if you can simply restore their original look with paint. On the other hand, no paintjob can make aging panels look good or perform adequately longer if there are unresolved underlying problems.
Budget aside, both options are viable; it really just boils down to what condition your current siding is in. If you want to make sure you choose the option which is better for your home, get in touch with a reputable siding company. Good luck with your new siding!
Terry Stamman is the Chief Executive Officer of Twin Cities Siding Professionals, a company specializing in roof, window and siding-related services. Terry values good customer experience, which he provides by offering high-quality materials and sharing his insights through online articles.