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The Common Cause of Vinyl Siding Discoloration

Posted on September 26, 2019

Muscatine Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding remains one of the most popular siding options on the market today. It's more affordable than most materials, comes in a variety of colors, and it's low maintenance. However, vinyl siding can have a potential downside. Have you ever had vinyl siding for a few years and started to notice the color fading? This is a common problem, especially in sunny climates. Let's discuss how it happens and what can be done to help keep your siding looking fresh.

What Causes Vinyl Siding Discoloration

The main cause of vinyl siding discoloration is the oxidation — or combining with oxygen — of chemicals that make up the vinyl. This could be the result of acid rain but is more often caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight. Oxidation causes the color of the vinyl to appear faded, as well as creating a duller appearance, sometimes accompanied by white, chalky substance. It can affect the impact of the vinyl itself as well, not just the appearance. Vinyl that has been particularly oxidized can become brittle and breakable.

How to Heal Vinyl Siding Oxidation

If you have a vinyl siding oxidation problem, there are a few things you can do. You may be able to chemically restore it, essentially painting on new chemicals to refresh your siding. Washing your siding with a vinegar and water solution may help. In fact, washing your siding regularly may even help to prevent the problem in the first place. You can also paint vinyl siding, provided you use high quality acrylic paints. But if you're having a problem with vinyl siding oxidation too soon, it may be that the quality of your siding itself is cheap.

Upgrade to Better Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is popular for its affordability, but siding that's too cheap can be cheap in quality. This type of vinyl fades quickly and requires regular upkeep to ensure that it stays presentable. High-grade vinyl siding, such as the vinyl siding offered by Mainstream Home Improvements, is durable enough to last for years and to look fresh while doing so. No vinyl siding is meant to last forever, but the siding we offer will serve your home for as long as possible and will be well worth the investment.

Looking for vinyl siding that stands up to the elements without fading right away? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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