Like many a homeowner who takes pride in the appearance of their property, at this time of year your thoughts may have turned to home improvements. After all, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and what could be more satisfying than spending a couple of days outside in the fresh air making your home look beautiful? Well, we might be biased but we don’t think there are many things that can top that!
If you’re in agreement, something you may be considering is whether or not to paint your vinyl windows or door frames. After all, this should be a quick and easy way of refreshing the exterior of your home without spending too much time, money or effort, right? Wrong. No matter what the friendly guy at your local paint store, or the myriad of well meaning but amateur home improvement enthusiasts on internet decorating forums say, the majority of professionals will tell you that painting vinyl windows is not advised.
We know that on the surface this looks like it should be a quick and simple task, but believe us when we say that taking a brush to your window frames could end up costing you dearly in the long run. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why we are saying “put down the brush and step away from the vinyl.”
Paint does not adhere well to vinyl
It’s as simple as that. By their very nature, vinyl surfaces are not conducive to painting and the likelihood is that you’ll simply turn your window or door frames into smeared and streaky abominations that look like a three-year old has been let loose on them. Even using the so-called prepping methods that you’ll see homeowners swearing by online, you have no guarantee of success. Painting vinyl is extremely difficult and chances are you’ll simply ruin your expensive vinyl windows and end up having to pay a professional to try and restore them or, even worse, replace them.
And talking of prepping windows for painting...
If you’re finding yourself swayed by people who confidently tell you that all you need to do is to clean the vinyl then apply a primer that lets the coat of paint stick to it, we have a warning for you. In theory prepping and priming sounds fine, however primers contain chemicals which can soften vinyl, leading to alterations in the frame’s structure. And you don’t need us to tell you what problems an ill-fitting window or door can cause; but suffice to say if you want to properly insulate your home - and keep it safe from intruders - you need doors and windows to close properly.
Paint can cause your frames to overheat
Your vinyl windows are most likely to be white. When you paint them you are adding a layer of color - no matter how pale - that makes them darker. When the weather is warm and the sun is strong there is the possibility of the vinyl overheating, leading to a warping of the frame. Again, a warped frame means that you are now left with an window or door that won’t close properly - and in the worst case scenario, severe warping can cause glass to shatter.
You may invalidate your warranty
If you have recently had your vinyl windows or doors installed and you paint the frames, you could render any manufacturer’s guarantee null and void. This will be especially true if you try and make a claim for damage that was caused by paint or primer.
Vinyl windows should be maintenance-free
Finally, by painting your vinyl windows, you are taking something that is extremely easy to look after and turning it into something which needs to be added to your household maintenance to-do list. Like any painted surface or structure, your frames will need to be cared for and regularly repainted to maintain their appearance. In effect, all you are doing is creating more hassle and expense for yourself further down the line.
If you’re looking for ways to update your home, rather than potentially ruining your vinyl windows, why not talk to the team at Sharper Impressions Painting about some more effective methods to add style and color to your property?