During an exterior home remodeling project, reapplying coats of paint on siding and roof materials to enhance their appearance is a natural course of action. This might prompt you to wonder whether or not your vinyl windows can also be painted with new colors, or if you’re simply stuck with window trims that harshly contradict your newly upgraded siding. To help you make the best choice, local roofing contractor Hinkle Roofing shares some key points to consider.
Can Vinyl Windows Be Painted?
Vinyl is a widely used material for windows and doors. Initially used as an alternative to costlier wood windows, vinyl windows attract homeowners because of their long-lasting qualities.
Your windows can be painted to boost curb appeal. However, it’s a rule not to apply a coat of paint directly to the vinyl itself. Vinyl is largely made from PVC, a tough plastic material, and since plastic is non-porous, it’s not ideal for absorbing paint adhesives. When applied directly to vinyl window frames, paint will flake or peel off rather easily. If you insist on painting your windows, reputable local roofing companies will likely clean them first to remove the shine, and then apply a coat of primer before painting.
Risks of Painting Vinyl Windows
As already mentioned, paint doesn’t adhere well to the slippery surface of vinyl. In addition, actually painting vinyl windows is quite a laborious activity. First, you will need to sand them down to remove the shine, and then proceed to priming. But even if you diligently follow these steps, there’s still a good chance that paint will just end up peeling off. When this happens, your effort all goes to waste. Painting your vinyl windows is also likely to void your warrant, eliminating any repair or replacement coverage from the manufacturer.
Getting a window replacement can easily resolve this dilemma. In this way, you can enjoy new, aesthetically pleasing vinyl windows and improve your home’s energy efficiency at the same time.
At Hinkle Roofing, we offer high-performing and long-lasting vinyl-clad windows. So if you ever consider installing an expansive and breathtaking picture window, don’t hesitate to contact us. Give us a call at (205) 324-8545 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.