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Old 05-02-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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Vinyl Siding - Should I???

Hello, I am the proud owner of an 1856 Victorian farmhouse ( I have owned it for 8 years). Or, should I say, it owns me? hahaha........

Anyway, The house is in need of a paint job and I was very surprised to learn just how much it will cost to have it painted. I am a single mom working 4 jobs and don't see how to fit this into my budget, especially given that it will need a new paint job again in 8 to 10 years. So, I am looking at other options and am thinking about vinyl siding and painting the trim (which is quite lovely).

I am torn as I want something that will look good and last - but, also think I should preserve the integrity of the house when and where I can. I am specifically looking for ideas, opinions, feedback on pros/cons of options and if there are any brands of vinyl to steer clear of, and any that are sound products.

All input welcomed and appreciated. Thanks!!


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The trim on a Victorian should take most of the time and expense to paint with all the intricacies that were in fashion at the time. And vinyl siding puts a blemish on all three adjectives you used to describe your domicile.


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Vinyl siding gets the job done .... it's not the best looking thing in the world but it works. You said "Victorian" though - that just sounds like a d@mn shame to cover up with Vinyl.
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If it were me i would opt for the paint. placing vinyl siding on it would devalue the home. If you buy good quality paint you won't need to repaint for 15 to 20 years.
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PAINT is the ONLY choice to be made.
The question is HOW you go about it.

One approach I've witnessed:
Do one face or major portion of the house each year.
Take the 5th (or 6th) year off.
Do something on the inside for the next year or two.
Rinse and repeat.

What? You wanted to go to the beach for your vacation week?
btw... I own a brick house. Just the trim (about every 10 years).

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You don't say where you are located, in my city they provide assistance and financing for the "historic" houses. This can include free paint and volunteers. check you town for any kind of assistance. I know the "historic" people around me would rather provide tha help and paint than see you cover your house covered in vinyl.
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Yea...I have to agree with all of the above.... doing it yourself out of the question? Ok...working 4 jobs but you have to have 'some' time one small section each weekend...pretty soon, it's all done.

Just remember...prep is the most important is good paint.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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Some food for thought:

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I will add to all the good advice above. Please don't put vinyl on your Victorian,...It will neither last, nor look good. And it may devalue the home in the event that you sell some day.


That's just my opinion. But it's free, so take it for what it's worth to you.
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