The necessity of painting your aluminum siding – If your home was built between the 40’s and the 70’s there’s a pretty good chance that its exterior is covered in aluminum siding. Up until the beginning of that point wooden siding was all the rage, and vinyl siding ended up eventually replacing it after its heyday. You may be wondering what the material on the outside of your home means when it comes to renovations, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have about how to paint aluminum siding!
The decision to replace wooden siding with aluminum was an easy one to make given all of its advantages. This is both durable and lightweight, and often comes pre-painted as well. It’s that last feature which ends up being the problem.
Aluminum siding has a coating that is baked on, and which adds colour to it. The issue is that this same coating will end up fading and chalking as time goes on. Fortunately this downside is partially helped by the fact that it’s very easy for paint to adhere to that.
The chalking and fading needs to be addressed, of course, but if those aren’t reason enough for painting your aluminum siding we have others as well. To start with, giving the exterior of your home a refresh is an excellent way to boost your home’s curb appeal and wow the neighbours. This can also end up adding value to your home whenever you decide that it’s time to sell. Exterior painting is also a means of protecting the exterior from the elements as the weather can really wear away at your home’s siding.
When it comes to how to paint aluminum siding one of the most important steps is the prep. Cleaning all of the surfaces is essential, and to do this you will need a scrub brush or abrasive sponge and some cleaner (specifically an aluminum siding cleaning product that you can buy at a local home improvement store). Scrub thoroughly, let everything dry, and then come at your siding with a scraper or sander. You should note that this may not actually be needed if the siding has not begun to flake. Finally you should start to paint, using high quality products, at least two coats.
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Now you may be an experienced do-it-yourselfer with the knowledge and experience to tackle it yourself, but do you have the time? With most of us only having two free days every week to get things done you may need to turn to an experienced professional for this particular project. Give Home Painters Ottawa a call at 905 581 5881 and one of our friendly staff will speak to you about getting a FREE quote on the cost of your home’s aluminum siding painting!
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