Painting your vinyl siding can be an excellent way to give your home's exterior a makeover without having to have brand new siding installed in the process. A freshly-painted home can also add beautiful curb appeal, which may help sell a home in today's real estate market. Before you break out the paint brushes and ladders, however, there are some things you'll need to know about painting vinyl siding that will help ensure the finished product looks as nice as possible.

DO Power Wash Thoroughly

Before you apply any paint to your vinyl siding, it's vital that you take the time to clean it thoroughly; otherwise, the paint won't properly adhere to the siding, and it'll end up warping or peeling away over time. The best way to prepare siding for painting is to have it power washed to blast away any mildew, mold, dirt, or other debris that have caked onto the siding over the years. You can hire a professional to power wash your home for you or do it yourself, but either way, you'll need to let the siding dry out for a few hours before you begin painting.

DO Use a Quality Primer

Depending on the color you plan on using for your new siding paint, you may also need to apply a layer of primer to your vinyl siding before applying the first coat of paint. Generally, this is recommended if you plan on painting a lighter color over a darker color of siding. If you decide to use a primer, make sure that you use one that's labeled "vinyl-safe." These will cost a bit more than standard primers, but the extra cost will be more than worth it to ensure the best results.

DON'T Paint in Direct Sunlight

Finally, if at all possible, avoid painting your vinyl siding in direct sunlight or extreme heat. After all, vinyl can expand and contract in extreme temperatures, so if you paint it while it's expanded in the sun, the paint may begin to warp or chip away once it cools down and contracts again. By painting on a cloudier day or on a day where temperatures are mild, you can avoid this problem and ensure that your paint job turns out beautifully.

Be sure to keep these tips in mind when it comes time to paint your vinyl siding. From there, you'll achieve great results and give your home a whole new appearance. For more information about siding, contact a company like Lassiter Roofing Team.