Vinyl siding is one of the most affordable siding options. Durable and low-maintenance, it can be applied to existing masonry or wood siding to change the appearance of your home.
The PVC siding panels
is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), no paint or caulking is required, and it is available in a variety of colors and textures. If you want an authentic look, you have many options for vinyl house siding. Manufacturers provide vinyl siding and accessories that mimic the appearance of wood, stone, and other natural siding materials.
Vinyl siding maintenance, painting, and repair
You can rinse it with a garden hose to handle most of the cleaning work. Avoid spraying water into cracks or under the siding. If necessary, you can use a long-handled car wash brush and a mild detergent. If you pressure wash the wall panels, set the pressure between 1500 and 2400 pounds per square inch (PSI). Use a 40-degree tip at least 12 inches from the siding. Keep the spray at eye level. Some manufacturers specify that you should not pressure wash their products.
With the right preparation, paint, and technique, vinyl siding can be painted. If you decide to paint your siding, choose an exterior latex paint labeled for vinyl siding. Choose a color that is no darker than the color of the siding (darker tones absorb more heat, which can deform the siding) and follow the surface preparation instructions. Make sure that the wall panels are thoroughly clean and dry. If the surface is dented or damaged, you may need to apply a vinyl safety primer. Use a brush or paint sprayer and use left and right strokes to paint from the top to the bottom of the house.
Repairing damaged or melted siding usually requires the replacement of the affected panel. The vinyl unlocking tool (also known as the zip lock tool) allows you to easily separate and connect adjacent vinyl panels. Install the new panel according to the product instructions. You can also just cut off the damaged part of the wall panel and install the patch instead of replacing the entire panel.