Vinyl siding is a durable and long-lasting option for your home, but it is possible to get bored with its appearance. This is in part because it does last for so long. Fortunately, there are ways to give your siding a facelift so that you can fall in love with your home all over again.
Option #1: Wash It
Although low-maintenance, vinyl siding can still become dingy over time. Simply washing it can brighten up the color and make your home look much better. This is especially true if you have any mildew or algae stains on the vinyl.
To wash vinyl, use a long-handled bristle brush and warm, soapy water. For mildew and algae stain, dilute one part bleach into five parts water. The bleach both kills the growth and removes the stain. Spray down the side of the house with your hose, then scrub the siding with the soap or bleach solution. Finally, rinse with clear water. The result is an instantly brighter exterior.
Option #2: Update the Trim
Sometimes you can make the siding look brand new by changing your trim. If your home has been all neutral, adding some brightly colored trim can really make the exterior pop. This can be as simple as repainting window frames and roof trims in a new color. You could even take it a step further and add on some new decorative trim. For example, adding some fretwork or scroll-style trim to eaves or around a porch can give a cottage or Victorian feel to a home. Or, add some decorative shutters to each side of your windows for a new look that takes very little effort.
Option #3: Paint Your Siding
It is possible to paint vinyl siding if you want a whole new look. You will need to start by cleaning the siding first. Then, you simply apply an outdoor paint that is formulated for vinyl siding. Two coats are usually sufficient. Primer isn't usually necessary unless there are major stains on the siding that the paint may not cover completely. Light colors are better because they don't absorb heat. This is a concern because overheating can cause vinyl to warp. Keep in mind, repainting your vinyl can void the warranty. If this a concern, consider replacing the siding with new vinyl in the color that you prefer. Contact a vinyl siding contractor or supplier like Superior Products for more information on this option.