Should I paint or clad, or can I paint my cladding?

“Oh yay! It’s time to repaint our home exterior again!”

 

Are you filled with enthusiasm for this job when it rolls around oh-so-quickly?

 

Or, are you seriously tempted to have your home clad in “low-maintenance, incredible range of colours, never need to paint again” vinyl cladding? As a society, we are becoming more aware of the negative impact of plastic on our personal health as well as the environment and so you may take into consideration that no other plastic releases as many toxic compounds in its manufacture, use or disposal as PVC. Of course, there are also other options to consider cladding your home with – steel, timber, aluminium, stone veneer or render, all of which have varying costs associated.

 

So the dilemma becomes – do I repaint or have my home clad?

 

PVC cladding is often touted as a less expensive alternative to repainting. And while it is true that timber weatherboards do need to be painted regularly to protect them and keep them looking their best, you may have noticed that vinyl cladding also fades over time. It is therefore recommended that to keep it looking as good as new, all you need to do is give it a paint every 5-10 years. Therefore, cladding your home may not be the “never-need-to-paint-again” solution you were hoping for.

 

This also answers the question – “What if I am tired of the same colour and really want to give my cladding a fresh, modern look?” Yes, it can be re-painted.

 

However, it is important that you use the correct procedures and products, including the correct preparation of the surface, depending on the material you will be painting. Painting is not just for aesthetic purposes – it also protects the surface from all environmental factors that can cause damage, and you want it to last as long as possible!

 

When it is time for your home exterior to be repainted, be it weatherboard or clad in some other material, why not call Panache Painting & Decorating Services, the Sydney house painter experts, rather than tackle the job yourself? We are more than happy to provide you with a free, no obligation quote – ph. 0421 174 103. We LOVE what we do, freeing you up to do what you love!