Vinyl windows are one of the most popular (and cost-effective) options available right now. However, there comes a time when vinyl windows lose their charm as their original colors fade. Some people say that painting windows can give your home a fresh look, but is it a good option if your windows have vinyl frames? Our experts in window and roofing installation have the answers.
When Is Painting Vinyl Windows a Bad Idea
There are some cases when it’s better to ditch the paint and look for an alternative way to freshen up your windows. For example, if the paint you’re planning to use doesn’t properly adhere to the window’s surface (some types of paint tend to “bead up”) you might end up making your windows look worse. Another instance where paint can ruin the look is if the available paint colors do not properly match the rest of your home?
There are other reasons why you should avoid painting vinyl windows aside from cosmetics. Some types of paint may have chemicals that could damage window components, compromising the window’s energy efficiency. Window and residential roofing contractors also say that your window is still under a service warranty; painting it could void the warranty, which would further limit your options for freshening up your window’s look.
When Is Painting Vinyl Windows a Good Idea
Of course, there are also a few instances where painting your vinyl windows is actually a good thing. Lots of homeowners are curious about making their own renovations. If you want to try a different look for your windows but you’re not yet willing to replace them, you will have to research how to safely apply paint on vinyl. More importantly, you have to make sure that painting your windows will not interfere with your window’s manufacturer warranty.
If you have confirmed that it’s safe to paint your vinyl windows, you’ll have to prepare your materials. For example, sandpaper or abrasives will make it easier for the paint to adhere to the vinyl frame. Next, you need a sponge and warm water to quickly get rid of paint in case of a messy application. Of course, since painting does require a considerable amoun t of skill, you should also consider contacting a window and residential roofing company to do the job for you.
Paint or no paint, get help from the best in the area. Creative Construction Group is a certified window and roofing services company in Crystal Lake, IL. Call us at (970) 887-0104 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.