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If you have vinyl siding on your home, you already know some of its benefits: easy maintenance, durability and versatility. Since its introduction in the 1960s, vinyl siding has grown in popularity to become the number one choice of exterior cladding across the United States and Canada. In fact, U.S. Census figures show twice as many homeowners choose to side their homes with vinyl than any other material.

But if you want to give your house a colorful facelift, you may think your options are limited. Not any longer.

A Facelift For Your Vinyl SidingIf you had asked this question several years ago, I don’t think you would have liked the answer. But fortunately, there have been some major breakthroughs in the paint and coatings industry. Several new exterior paints are available that have been formulated to stick to vinyl siding. They perform so well that the paint manufacturers offer a long term warranty so long as you follow the paint label instructions.

Painting vinyl siding is challenging for several reasons. One of the major reasons is vinyl siding expands and contracts significantly as it experiences periods of exposure to sunlight and then periods of shade or darkness. This movement of the siding caused traditional exterior paints to fail in short order as the bond between the paint and the siding was severed by this constant back and forth movement.

Sherwin-Williams has one of these paints specifically formulated for vinyl siding, the new VinylSafe Color Technology. It makes changing the color of a vinyl-sided home as easy and good as painting anything else. And, luckily, paint is the most cost-effective approach to changing the appearance of a home.

A Facelift For Your Vinyl SidingToday, home owners who want to enhance the curb appeal of their homes make a statement or even increase its value and color can do it. Traditionally, white, or lighter colors were “safe choices” for trying to paint vinyl siding. That’s because these shades reflect the sun’s rays, which keeps the siding from buckling. But today’s homeowners are more interested in color than ever before – including vivid, bright and deep hues. This can be seen in home-decorating magazines and television programs, or even on the house next door. A broader spectrum of exterior colors is being used to complement various architectural styles or regional influences.

This new VinylSafe Color Technology from Sherwin-Williams makes it possible for even the vivid, darker exterior colors to be easily applied over light-colored vinyl, without the fear of the siding warping or buckling. With the advanced computerized color matching that a lot of stores offer today, you can have virtually any custom color you choose.

A Facelift For Your Vinyl SidingIf you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the experts at any neighborhood paint store can provide you with personalized assistance to help you feel confident tackling your vinyl siding painting project yourself. If you’d rather call in the pros, your local paint store can probably help connect you with professional painters in your area.

If you care about your home’s appearance and want to freshen it up – as even vinyl siding can eventually lose its fresh appearance, or become marred, stained or discolored. Then make sure you buy quality exterior paint specifically formulated to paint vinyl, preferably with the VinylSafe Color Technology in order to complete your project. While it’s true that ordinary paints may last only about four years, an application of top quality paint can last 10 years or more on vinyl siding.

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