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Tom Gunter asked:

Jun 9, 2014
Jun 9, 2014

Yes, you can paint vinyl shutters. First make sure they are throughly clean and dry. Then is they are glossy give them a light skuff up with a scotch bright pad or fine sandpaper. Finally I would recommend using a spray paint that is designed for plastic. You can buy this at most home improvment stores. Do a test spot first and make sure there are no reactions.   

Dan Vorona asked:

May 8, 2014

Michelle Slowe of NEWPRO PRO answered:

May 8, 2014

We at NEWPRO have a alternate view from our industry colleague, Mr. Damora. Since the greatest concern you voiced was the lack of insulation in your extension, we recommend Vinyl Composite Siding, also know as Insulated Vinyl Siding

Hardie Plank is a cement board; it's composition is sand and water. It is heavy on the wall and provides no insulation value. Formed to resemble wood, it fails to provide a deep, rich grain and does not come close to the look of wood. It is highly susceptible to mold and mildew. Hardie Plank has many seams and the seams must be sealed or water can infiltrate behind the siding. It can crack and if it does, you must tear the whole wall down in order to replace just one plank. It also is not maintenance free and requires painting every 10 years.

Insulated Vinyl Siding solves all of the aforementioned problems. It has high R-value, some up to 5.3, and has the potential to yield an 80% return on investment due to the increased energy efficiency and lower energy bills. You can learn more about this from the highly respected Remodeling Magazine's Cost to Value 2014 Report.

Additional benefits of Insulated Vinyl Siding include:

  • Having a deep, rich grain and a real wood look
  • There are less seams, which are water-tight
  • It rarely ever needs painting
  • It is mold and mildew resistant
  • There are far less installation problems and less likely to need repairs.
  • If repairs are needed, its easy to replace a single panel. 

I hope this information is helpful. Being located in Massachusetts, we didn't get nearly as rough of a winter as the Chicago area, but we can certainly understand why you put insulation so high on your Siding Needs List! 

All the best,

Michelle Slowe


Dan Vorona asked:

May 8, 2014
May 8, 2014

Without question you should invest your money in Fiber Cement Siding for the following reasons:

1. Authentic and more tranditional appearance.

2. Better fire rating.

3. Does not fade like vinyl.

4. Higher Return on Investment. 

5. The ability to paint your house should you choose, down the road.

6. Will not warp, buckle or move on the walls.

7. The trim finshes that can be achieved with Fiber Cement are not possible with vinyl.

How would you like to have been the last person on your block to have bought Aluminum Siding 30 years ago?  That is the reality of today's exterior cladding market.  The vinyl industry is scambling but have yet to come up with a viable alternative to Fiber Cement. There are some new composites that are starting to make inroads but they are still too costly and are in limitied profiles.

Be sure to choose a Perfered James Hardie Contractor so you know all the best practices will be followed in accourdace with the manufactuere's specifications.

Unlike vinyl, Hardie Board needs a skilled craftsman to insure a propoer and long lasting installation.

Michael Damora

K & B Home Remodelers 

Alex Graham asked:

May 28, 2014
May 29, 2014

Hello Alex, 

We are one of the largest James Hardie Siding Elite Preferred contractors in Maryland and we have done numerous James Hardie installs. We have used this application before; it is called a compound miter. Due to the angle of the siding you will first need to determine the angle at which the siding sits on the house wall, which is typically between 10-15 degrees. The actual corner should be at a 45 degree angle. We have found the easiest way to do this is to begin at the bottom course using short pieces to determine the angle. If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact us 301-355-4604.

Thank you!

Custom Concepts Construction, Inc.

Tom Gunter asked:

Jun 9, 2014
Aug 15, 2014

The shutters on my own home are painted, although not well. 

I think the consideration becomes is when the cost of painting them approaches about 70% the cost of new.  Shutters aren't terrible expensive and the ones that are on new construction homes have usually taken a beating for other reasons.

Don't get me wrong, I dislike throwing stuff away.  I would post up a picture of my garage if I wanted to be really embarrased, but if they are in good shape, paint them.  If not, replacements make sense. 

Windows on Washington

Tom Gunter asked:

Jun 9, 2014
Jun 12, 2014

Yes Vinyl can absolutely be painted! Be sure to clean it well before applying the paint.  Using a paint that has more sheen to it will bring a more protective finish.  Most customers of ours prefer using a semi-gloss or a gloss on the shutters.  

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