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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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Who Should I Hire to Paint My House?

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Joe Giacalone, Founder & CEO of Arch Painting recently sat down with Nance from “The Don’t Do it Yourself Podcast”. In the podcast Nance and Joe discuss the history of his painting company, the services offered for both residential and commercial properties, as well as the processes provided by each professional project manager.

Podcast Summary:

  • The company has been in business for 22+ years
  • Arch Painting does both commercial and residential work
  • Arch painting has about 250 employees at the height of the season
  • Arch will send out a project manager to review the scope of the project
  • The project manager will be able to give an estimate at the time of the visit
  • Joe gives some detail about the commercial work they do
  • Why should I use Arch Painting instead of a smaller company?
  • Arch offers 0% financing for 12 months
  • What if I have lead paint to deal with? Joe explains.
  • Arch Painting can handle minor carpentry and has contractors they work with for larger issues
  • On residential work, Arch Painting does not collect any payment until the job is done

Contact Arch Painting today to receive your free estimate from one of our project managers in your area. We proudly serve all of New England;  Cape Cod, Boston, Rhode Island, Southern NH, Southern Maine, and Western MA.

Disclosure: The 10% discount for this podcast special lasts only until 12/31/2019. You must mention you heard about Arch Painting from the podcast to claim your 10% discount on residential projects only.

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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

Is Painting Your House in Winter a Good Idea?

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When you’re thinking of a time to start your painting project, winter certainly isn’t the first season to come to mind, and with good reason. Winter’s cold, dark days make for bad conditions for outdoor projects, so exterior paint jobs or other outdoor renovations should probably wait for warmer weather. Interior painting, however, can be done year-round. There can even be some benefits to interior painting in the winter, as long as you take the proper precautions.

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Painting Your Home In Autumn | Arch Painting’s Fall Painting Special Is In Full Swing!

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Many people view summer as the best time to paint the exterior of their homes. After all, warm weather makes for a more pleasant atmosphere for an outdoor job. But after a particularly hot summer like this one, you may want to save such a project for fall’s more mild temperatures. Fall is an excellent time of year for painting, too—as long as you take all the necessary precautions. Read More