What Is Liquid Vinyl Siding? (Find Out Now!)
With every single year that passes, it seems like a new type of siding is being made. The newest type of siding to hit stores is Liquid Vinyl Siding. This sounds a bit sci-fi at first. (Like, can you have a liquid part of a house exterior?!) Though it sounds futuristic, the future is now. All you need to do is know what liquid vinyl siding really is and what it means for your home.
Liquid Vinyl Siding is not actually a type of siding, but rather, a type of paint geared towards siding. This product is a highly permeable, satin-finish touch that’s 10 times thicker than standard paint. It helps make your siding resistant to mold and mildew, and can last as long as 30 years.
Investing in good siding is great. Getting commercial-grade paint that will help you keep your siding looking great is even better. If you’re curious about what LVS can do for you, it’s time to talk about it.
What Is Liquid Vinyl Siding?
Liquid Vinyl Siding, or LVS, is a specialty commercial-grade siding paint that’s made by American Coating Products. It’s a siding paint that is derived from copolymers and vinyl resins. Because of its unique formula, it acts as a protective coating and can also last for up to 20 years without repainting. Among professional painters, it’s considered to be the gold standard for exterior paints.
What Makes Liquid Vinyl Siding So Good?
There really isn’t a product on the market that can compare to Liquid Vinyl Siding. This paint is meant to act as both a protective coating and a way to make sure your siding sparkles. These four important traits are why LVS is so highly demanded:
- Water-Repelling. LVS is designed to push out water from its membranes. This makes it an excellent choice of coating for areas that have high moisture levels.
- Full Memory Retention. Unlike other paints, that can crack and chip as siding bends, Liquid Vinyl Siding moves with your siding. This makes it a lot more elastic and far less likely to break compared to most other paints. It’s almost 70 percent solid matter, so this is more like wrapping your siding with a thin coat of vinyl than anything else.
- Flexibility. This is currently the only paint I’ve heard of that’s so flexible, it can actually bridge gaps in siding. So, if you have small nicks and holes in your siding, this might actually be able to cover it up. Studies show it can cover up gaps up to 1/8 inch in size.
- Breathability. Here’s the most amazing part about LVS. Even though it’s 10 times thicker than a typical type of paint, it still breathes. This makes it possible for your siding to avoid drying out or molding up under the paint. Insane, right?
How Much Does Liquid Vinyl Siding Cost?
The price of getting Liquid Vinyl Siding is way lower than trying to replace your siding. Still, it’s not cheap and the prices can vary wildly depending on where you live and how much paint you need. We have heard of quotes ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $15,000 for a coat of liquid vinyl siding on a home. The only way you can get a good quote for your home is to call up the company that makes it.
Can You Put Liquid Vinyl Siding On Without A Primer?
Honestly, it doesn’t seem to be doable from what we’ve read. The best way to put any paint on siding will always involve a primer. With LVS, you also can’t use just any primer, either. In order to ensure that the Liquid Vinyl Siding will be able to stick to your siding correctly, you will need to use Vinyl Pro-Prime.
What Surfaces Can Be Painted With Liquid Vinyl Siding?
Curious to find out what can be enhanced with some LVS? We’ve got good news. Virtually any material that a typical home exterior is made out of can be treated with this paint. This can include vinyl (duh!), aluminum, wood, brick, stone, steel, and composite…just to name a few. If you aren’t sure whether or not you can paint your home with it, give American Coating Products a call. They’ll be happy to help.
Will Liquid Vinyl Siding insulate a home?
There are several paints and siding treatments on the market that claim to offer insulation. LVS is not one of those paints. The company notes that their paints are not meant to provide any form of insulation for a home. However, there has been anecdotal evidence on boards that suggests that Liquid Vinyl Siding does offer a nominal amount of insulation.One thing that should be noted is that most paints do not actually have studies on insulation that back up their claims of insulation. If insulation is truly what you want, get your house wrapped and invest in siding that has a strong insulation reputation.
How long does Liquid Vinyl Siding last?
Honestly, it’s one of the best products out there in terms of durability. When you look at the warranty, that pretty much says it all. The warranty on LVS paint is a jaw-dropping 30 years. It’s not uncommon for homes that have Liquid Vinyl Siding to look brand new after five to 10 years after their coat of paint has dried. If you’re looking for a way to keep your home looking fresh, it’s really hard to beat.
How do you clean a house that has been painted with Liquid Vinyl Siding?
Liquid Vinyl Siding is meant to be easy to clean, and the company that makes it makes sure of it. Most of the time, LVS-treated homes can be washed down with a garden hose. If you have a particularly rough time with your home’s grit and grime, then you can also use a little bit of bleach or cleaning solvent diluted by water to get rid of particularly bad grime. Generally speaking, if you can use it on vinyl, you can use it on LVS.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.
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