The Pros and Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

The Pros and Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

Painting vinyl windows and trims can be a surprisingly challenging project.  Though it may feel more manageable than tackling the whole house, any part of the exterior, especially vinyl frames for windows, need excellent preparation.

Windows and trims are an important part of the visual appeal of your home.  They are also part of a home’s security features, temperature regulation, light distribution, and market value.  Because of the great price of vinyl, the material became a popular replacement for wood and aluminum in the eighties.  It is durable, easy to clean, and can be made to look like other materials.

Pros of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

1.      Look & Style

If your vinyl has become faded or a little worn, painting your windows and trims can give your home exterior a style boost, a fresh splash of contrast, and can even make your windows look brand new.  Whether you are excited by new home improvement projects or you are looking to sell, painting your vinyl windows and trims will make you feel great when you are pulling into the driveway or organizing your next barbeque.

2.      Prices & Affordability

Because vinyl windows have become more and more affordable since the nineties, painting vinyl windows and trims is a realistic investment.    Wooden and aluminum windows are often much more expensive, which can leave you feeling like painting is just an excessive add-on if you have a reasonable budget.

3.      Low Maintenance Care

Whether your vinyl frame windows are painted or bare, vinyl is a low-maintenance material.  Cleansing vinyl windows does not take more than a little soap, water and a soft brush.  And sliding friction can be prevented with a simple non-stick lubricant on the tracks after vacuuming the dirt and wiping the excess debris.

4.      Paint Can Last Ten Years

In the best weather conditions, somewhere with low humidity and a moderate temperature, properly painted windows can last up to ten years.  If vinyl windows have been cleaned and primed with care and the exterior paint used is high quality with great adhesion, chipping and fading will not be something to worry about.

5.      Curb Side Appeal

If you are thinking about selling your house, realtors and buyers alike will be interested in the overall attractiveness of the property.  Having a fresh coat of paint on your vinyl windows and trims can make a big difference.

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Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

1.      Bonding Can Be Difficult

Because vinyl is a smooth and sometimes slippery material, getting paint to bond to your windows and trims can be challenging.  But with the right preparation and expertise, paint adhesion isn’t a major problem.

2.      Peeling, Flaking & Chipping

Similar to bonding, if a paint job hasn’t been done correctly, peeling, flaking and chipping can occur.  With a good high quality exterior primer and paint and an understanding in the properties of adhesion, your chosen colour can last a number of years.

3.      Warping & Contracting

Narrow vinyl frames and wider ones can warp and contract in extreme temperatures, which can lead to cracking paint.  To avoid this outcome, you can use a primer that is specifically formulated for vinyl and a lighter paint colour – as darker colours can absorb extra heat from the sun.

4.      May Void Warranty

To make sure it is the right time to paint and you are using the right colour, consult your warranty beforehand.  Some warranties do not cover any cost for repair if windows and trims have been painted or they only cover cost with certain colours they deem appropriate.

5.      Impossible To Return After Sanding

For some painting projects you may prefer to sand your vinyl windows and trims before painting for adhesion.  Unless your windows are beyond warranty, this will make them impossible to return, as they may be considered damaged.

So there you have it – the pros and cons of painting your vinyl windows and trims. With this framework, you can make the best decision for your home and lifestyle.

But whether it’s a question about this or vinyl frame options, installing vinyl storm windows or even a question about commercial vinyl windows, Home Painters Toronto is ready to provide you with the answers and services you are looking for.

The Pros and Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims
The Pros and Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows and Trims

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