Do you having older vinyl windows in your home right now that don’t look very nice? If so, you might be thinking about painting them instead of installing new Tustin, CA windows. And there are some contractors who might tell you to go ahead and do it. There are some instances in which you may be able to get away with painting vinyl windows to bring them back to life.  

But more often than not, you should replace your old vinyl windows with new ones rather than spending a bunch of time and money trying to paint them. It’ll prove to be a much better option and make your home look significantly better once your new windows go in. Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t paint your home’s vinyl windows under almost any circumstances.  

Paint doesn’t usually adhere to vinyl very well. 

You can try to paint vinyl windows in Tustin, CA. But you’re often going to find that paint will not adhere to vinyl all that well. It won’t bond to the vinyl and will make your paint job look sloppy. Additionally, paint placed on top of vinyl windows has a tendency to chip and flake over time. That could actually make your old vinyl windows look worse than they do now and make you wish you had simply replaced them in the beginning.  

Darker-colored paints could cause vinyl windows to warp. 

In an effort to make paint over vinyl windows look good, homeowners will sometimes choose a darker-colored paint to go over lighter-colored windows. In theory, this seems like the right approach to take since the darker-colored paint will cover the vinyl windows completely and not allow the previous color to shine through. But the problem is that these darker-colored windows will now attract more solar heat that they did before. That can lead to your vinyl windows warping, which will make them look unsightly and make it hard to use them. You’ll likely end up having to replace them anyway.  

You could void your window warranty by painting vinyl windows. 

Most vinyl windows come with an extended warranty. Since vinyl windows are so durable, window manufacturers don’t have any problem attaching a long warranty to them. But that warranty could disappear on you if you ever decide to try and paint your windows. Altering their appearance will nullify your warranty and leave you on the hook for any costly repairs that need to be done to them. This is probably the best reason for you to either leave your vinyl windows the way they are right now or replace them if you’re really unhappy with how they look.  

If you decide that you want to install new windows in Tustin, CA rather than trying to paint your old ones, Pacific Shores Windows & Doors has plenty of great vinyl options available. Reach out to us at (714) 841-2228 to speak with someone about our vinyl window selection or visit us at 10573 Ellis Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708 to check them out in person.