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Why You Should Avoid Painting Vinyl Windows

If you have vinyl windows, you might be wondering if their exteriors can be painted. It’s possible to paint them, yes, but that does not mean you should. Painting contractors may tell you it’s okay, but window manufacturers are likely to say no. Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City and Central Missouri explains why.

Painting Vinyl Windows

Paint Does Not Adhere Well to Vinyl 

The surface of vinyl is not ideal for paint. If you do choose to paint your vinyl windows, you will need to sand them down first. Vinyl windows have a sleek and shiny surface, so you’ll need to clean them and apply a coat of primer before painting. Even after applying the right paint products, there’s still a big chance that the paint will flake off or chip eventually. Remember, your windows will be exposed to outside elements, which means the vinyl surface will still peel or crack after painting.

Paint Can Lead to Window Damage

Vinyl windows react to weather conditions in many ways. In cold climates, vinyl is likely brittle and subject to cracking or breaking. In extreme heat, it can warp easily, especially if the material comes in a dark color. For this reason, you mostly see vinyl windows in neutral and light shades such as beige, white and light gray. If you are unsatisfied with the light-colored vinyl windows on the market, it’s still best to avoid painting them, which could lead to warping and other window damage.

Replacing Vinyl Windows: A Better Option 

Instead of having to deal with the extensive preparations of painting your vinyl windows, consider replacing them with a better alternative. Renewal by Andersen® offers top-quality Fibrex® windows, a unique composite frame that combines wood fibers and thermoplastic polymers. Fibrex windows come in a wide variety of colors, including dark colors not found in other replacement windows. Fibrex windows also don’t require extensive maintenance. The material is formulated to not corrode, pit, flake, peel or crack, which means painting or staining isn’t required. With Fibrex, you’ll get beautiful windows that last.

To install your Fibrex replacement windows, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City and Central Missouri. Give us a call at (913) 956-0887, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve homeowners in and around Olathe, KS.

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