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Sherwin-Williams’ VinylSafe® Paint Line Opens up New Choices for Homeowners with Vinyl Siding

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There’s an old saying in home exteriors: “Wood is good, but vinyl is final.” That may be true enough, but that doesn’t mean the color of your vinyl siding has to be forever. Sherwin-Williams’ new VinylSafe® exterior paint line has opened up a new world for those who’ve grown tired of their home’s manmade cladding and want to change things up with a bright, new coat of color.

Before this innovative product came along, vinyl siding could be painted, but with strict limitations and dubious results. For one, the new color had to be lighter than the existing color. And what if the siding was already white? In that case, there were no options. But VinylSafe paint is specially formulated to perform on vinyl siding, offering smooth, bright color without causing the substrate to buckle or warp in any way.

Sherwin-Williams makes this innovative paint in a palette of 100 colors – even a few dark selections. It’s available throughout their product line, including the latex formulas Emerald®, Duration®, Resilience®, and SuperPaint® , and their SnapDry™ Door & Trim Paint.

Is Vinyl Really Final? The Drawbacks to PVC Siding

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“Vinyl is final,” the saying goes. But is that a good thing – or a bad thing?

When fans of vinyl use this adage, they mean to say that polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in a home’s exterior calls for little to no maintenance. The truth is it’s not that simple. Whereas it doesn’t need to be painted, it does need to be cleaned – more frequently, actually, than you would be sanding and re-painting wood siding. This is just one factor to consider if you’re thinking of going with vinyl instead of painting your house.

Installation is crucial, too. If vinyl siding is installed poorly, or if it ends up cracking, moisture can collect under it (whereas wood can “breathe”) and rot the wood and framing behind it while you are oblivious to the hidden damage. Mold is also a very real danger here. And don’t think that house-wrap will help prevent moisture damage: this layer gets nailed through, inviting water in. If you’re thinking of opting for siding installations, then you’ll be wanting it to be done professionally using companies like James Hardie Siding installation or another comparable service provider. This is to ensure the installation of every exterior component is done correctly for the best results and a long-lasting finish to your exterior.

One thing that surely seems final about vinyl siding is the color. You’d better like the hue you choose, because you’ll be looking at it for a long time until the day comes that you have to tear it all off or consider painting the vinyl with a trusted product like VinylSafe from Sherwin Williams. With a painted wood-sided house, though, you can change your exterior house colors as you see fit, and the cost will be considerably less than tearing down and replacing vinyl siding. There are far more options for outside house paint colors than there are for vinyl siding colors – in fact, the choices with paint are limitless since custom colors can be mixed. This reminds us of another saying: If it’s not moving, you can paint it. For sure, some people do paint their vinyl siding, but the results never last long.

Let’s Talk About the Disadvantages of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is not just used for siding and exterior trim. It’s also become a very popular material choice for fences and accessories (planters, window boxes, posts, etc.). No matter how it’s used, exterior vinyl has quite a few disadvantages, including the following:

It fades. We’ve all seen a vinyl-sided house that’s long past its prime. While some vinyl siding can look vibrant when it’s new, years of strong sun beating on it can really take its toll, resulting in unsightly outer wall discoloration. The same goes for those vinyl fences that start out looking unnaturally bright but turn gray within a few years that then end up making the property owner start looking at wood fences or other options to have longer-lasting aesthetically pleasing fences.

It gets brittle. Vinyl is more prone to expand and contract in extreme temperatures, and over time this leaves it brittle. New England painting professionals can tell you that wood with exterior paint, on the other hand, can last virtually forever in our climate if it gets simple regular maintenance.

It stains. Most vinyl will permanently stain from the build-up of dirt, mildew, or algae. Unlike paint, it is hard to get clean once this staining sets in. You can try pressure-washing it, but if there are cracks or other openings, such as ill-fitting seams, you’re just going to force water behind the siding and cause a whole lot of havoc.

It looks unnatural. Remember that unnaturally bright-white PVC fence? Well, there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood. Whether it’s painted a fresh, beautiful color or it’s stained or left to weather with the grain showing through, it provides warmth and appeal that no manmade product ever could.

There’s a wide range of quality. That applies to the material itself and the installation – and once it’s on your house, it’s too late. Whereas Azek is a name-brand, high-quality type of blown cellular PVC that is warranted and backed by a manufacturer with a sound reputation, common vinyl siding comes in a wide range of pricing – and, of course, quality.

It’s bad for the environment. Vinyl is made from petroleum, and its production creates greenhouse gases and carcinogenic by-products. Then, when the time comes to scrap it, it sits in landfills and doesn’t decompose (only about 1% of vinyl siding gets recycled); in fact, it’s very likely that it will be burned, sending toxic chemicals into the air. And, we don’t like to think about house fires, but if a sided building burns, the chemical vapors that are produced are noxious – or even deadly. Remember: vinyl siding started out as crude oil, and that stuff is quite combustible.

It could hurt your home’s resale value. Not everyone wants “low maintenance,” especially when there’s an aesthetic tradeoff. Quite frankly, vinyl looks cheap compared to real wood, and more home buyers than not will see that as a negative, especially in areas with historic or upscale homes. Imagine a lovely Victorian with its intricate gingerbread trim hidden under a plain sheath of white vinyl. It’s enough to make a historic home painter cry.

It’s inferior to wood as an insulator. The R-value of natural wood is higher than that of vinyl siding, meaning that it’ll do a better job helping you maintain your home’s interior temperature in both cold and hot weather.

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Spring Has Sprung! It’s Time for Fresh, New Paint!

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Get your home or business exterior painted in April or May for the best results.

The days are long and the sun is strong: it’s finally spring in New England. We’re all enjoying warm weather, opening our windows, and feeling more energetic. Many of us are using that extra energy to get some spring cleaning and yardwork done, to beautify our surroundings after the not-so-pretty months of winter. And there’s no better way to refresh your home’s or business’s exterior than with a fresh coat of paint.

Those who know painting know that this is the best time of year for recoating exteriors, because the temperature is just right for proper drying. When the paint gets to dry and cure under these ideal conditions, the results will be optimal, giving your building many years of fantastic curb appeal. So, don’t miss out: schedule your project today to get the best results for your home or business exterior.

Our crews at Arch Painting are working hard this spring, and we’re ready to help you with all of your interior and exterior painting needs. We also pressure wash exterior walls and desks, and we apply stain as well. To get your free, no-obligation estimate, just call 1-844-ARCH-PAINTING (844-272-4724) or fill out a contact form today. We’d love to help you bring your vision to life!

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Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2019 Has Been Revealed – And it’s Colorful!

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Color is coming back! According to Sherwin-Williams’ 2019 Colormix Forecast, the clean, minimalist design trends of recent years are being replaced with a blend of warm tones, bright accents, and earthy textures. With colors inspired by the beauty of the world beyond our screens – everything from forest mushrooms to the rings of Saturn – the new Colormix Forecast paints 2019 as an exciting year for design. Read More

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Colorful Paint Upgrades to Make this Spring

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Adding color to your home doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or difficult. Give the interior of your house a colorful update or add some extra curb appeal this spring with these easy residential painting ideas from Arch Painting. We’ve gathered seven small house painting projects that can give your home a major refresh with minimal hassle. Read More

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How to Choose the Best Painting Company

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The holiday weekend is over. You’ve been working hard outside for months preparing for this specific weekend. The mulch is down; the lawn has been mowed (probably three or four times now); the patio furniture is out; and this weekend was the first of many great gatherings. Summer has “unofficially” begun.

Well, because you’ve been so busy getting your yard in shape, you may have forgotten to take a good look at the outside of your house. When was the last time you had it painted? If you can’t remember or if it’s been over five years, it’s time to get an estimate. But, how do you start the process? How do you choose the best painting contractor for the job? Read More

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Wood Siding vs. Vinyl Siding — Which is Better?

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When deciding what material to use for the exterior of your house or business, vinyl siding can be tempting. It looks clean, and many believe that it requires less upkeep than wood. Wood siding, however, is a long-term investment that will pay off immediately in how beautiful your home will look. With wood siding, there are virtually limitless options in terms of appearance. Depending on the look you want for your building, you can choose board and batten, bevel, rabbeted bevel, shiplap, tongue and groove, drop channel siding, channel rustic, clapboard, cedar shingle siding, redwood shingle siding, and channel siding, just to name a few. Read More