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Painting Aluminum Siding
Can You Paint Aluminum Siding?
The short answer is yes, painting aluminum siding is possible.
Repairing and repainting are more cost effective than replacing your aluminum siding with an alternative such as vinyl. In fact, repainting could save you up to 60% when compared to the cost of replacement.
Repainting your aluminum siding helps to preserve its lifespan. It also allows you to use another color scheme for your exterior, giving your entire house a fresh look.
What's the Secret to Painting Aluminum Siding?
Before any painting work begins, proper preparation of the surface is essential. Thorough preparation also provides a powerful barrier against moisture.
Oxidation is a primary culprit. It happens because of aluminum's affinity for oxygen. The result is a hard, whitish-colored surface skin you can see if you wipe your hand across it. And when aluminum gets scratched, it exposes the bared metal to the open air, and oxidation starts all over again.
It's not harmful to your home; but it fades the color, resulting in a dull appearance. And a paint coating will not adhere to the surface unless oxidized build-up is removed.
- We clean your aluminum siding with a pressure washer and some hand washing to remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and other stains.
- In the next step, sanding removes chipped or flaking paint and ensures the fresh coating adheres firmly to the siding.
- Minor carpentry repairs along with the caulking of holes, cracks, and voids prepares the surface for spot priming.
- Now it's time to paint. Spray techniques produce a better finish when painting aluminum siding.
- We will complete a final inspection and make necessary touch-ups.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Siding
Aluminum is a durable and long-lasting siding material. It requires less maintenance than timber siding and continues to look good years after its initial installation. According to the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors, aluminum siding can last up to forty years.
- Aluminum siding does not rust, and it is fireproof, water-resistant, and recyclable.
- This type of siding won’t rot and is not an organic food source for termites or other pests.
- It accepts the application of paint well and can be painted any color you desire.
The problem is the paint won’t last 40+ years. A well-painted aluminum siding exterior lasts up to fifteen years, a figure that varies on factors like the local Cincinnati climate. For instance, damage from rain, wind, and hail wears on the paint surface. The sun’s harsh UV rays cause the paint to fade.
- Aluminum siding dents easily and damaged areas may be difficult to repair or replace.
- If oxidization occurs, you must remove it before you apply fresh paint, which is a labor-intensive process.
- Scratches in the siding are noticeable and unsightly because they reveal the metal surface under the paint.
Signs it is Time to Paint Your Aluminum Siding
Age is one of the best indicators. If your siding is fifteen years or older, it's ready for some TLC and a new coat of paint. Weather factors wear away the coating and fading the color in as little as five to ten years.
Chalking and pitting is another sign your aluminum siding is due for repainting. This white residue means the paint is breaking down.
365 Renovations Can Help You
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