Painting Wood Siding Pros and Cons For Homeowners

Wood siding is a popular choice among homeowners. Heck, you may have purchased a property that already had siding made of wood. It’s known for its rustic look and natural beauty. 

However, if you have a home with wood siding you know one thing: it can be difficult to manage. Over time, wood can lose its colour and life. Holes and pores can begin to form. Suddenly your home isn’t as wonderful as it once was.

Luckily, there are solutions. In fact, we bet you have already begun researching into whether painting wood siding is worth the time and money. In this article, we will be teaching you the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

Advantages of painting wood siding

These are some of the upsides to giving the wood siding of your home a fresh coat of paint. Learn more about our Calgary painting services if you’re interested in hiring professionals to do a quick, tidy, and precise job.

It’s more affordable than completely replacing it

One of the most obvious pros to painting wood siding is that it’s considerably more affordable than replacing it. It’s one of the most bang-for-your-buck options to give your property a facelift while keeping more money in the bank.

If you are a first time homebuyer or trying to budget, painting the wood siding of your home is a great option. After all, installing wood siding can cost upwards to $17,500 per 500 sq ft!

Compare that to the cost of painting wood which tends to be approximately $1,500–4,500 for 1,500 sq ft and you can tell it’s a massive difference in affordability.

That brings us to our next point.

Have fun with the color customization

Besides the monetary benefits, perhaps more importantly, painting the wood siding of your home can bring it to life with colour and beauty.

For instance, have you ever looked at the siding of your home and wished it was a different colour? Maybe you want it to match or contrast with your garage, driveway, doors, or other accents. Perhaps you’d like to make it blend in for a monochrome look. Either way, you’ll be happy to hear that painting wood siding gives you plenty of customization options.

When you work with a company like Earls Paintworks, we’ll happily use our wide selection of paint to make your dream home come to life. We will also recommend colour combinations and ideas that we think will work the best for your project. 

Here’s something to consider though: dark coloured siding can actually absorb extra heat and cause damage or age wood faster. It isn’t always recommended to paint wood dark colours but in some places like Calgary where we have long winters, you can get away with it.

Disadvantages of painting wood siding

Next, let’s talk about some of the downsides to painting the wood siding of a home.

It can be time consuming

Firstly, it can take a lot of time. If you’re brave enough to approach it as a DIY project, you will have to begin by picking up the paint brush (or roller more likely) and getting down to business. This means cleaning, prepping, and painting everything from top to bottom.

If you are going to take this route, ensure that you thoroughly wash the exterior of your home. The last thing you want is debris, dirt, or other things on the surface when you paint it. This will make painting more difficult and possibly cause eyesores later. Expect this process to take 1–2 days.

You will then need to prime the siding. Priming is needed especially when old wood siding is pitted or porous. One day should be enough for priming.

Lastly, you are going to paint the siding using a paint brush or paint roller. It needs to go on smooth and meticulous or you risk causing imperfections and making it look worse than when you started (we’ve all been there!). 1–2 days will be needed to complete this.

However, you can skip all of the headaches and save your time by investing in professional painting services with a company like ours. Kick back and we’ll do all of the hard work while we bring your vision to life.

You have to be meticulous with the paint type of application

Painting anything takes time, precision, and skill. It can’t be a lousy job or it will turn out badly. You don’t want that. Some people make the mistake of applying any old paint to their wood siding and guess, what? It doesn’t look good, lasts a very short time, or causes other headaches.

Siding is exposed to the elements 24/7. That means it takes a good beating all year around. Heat and cold also cause cracks so painting needs to be done in pristine weather conditions. 

This is why Earls Paintworks takes the time to get to know your project and property. We are diligent about taping, prepping, and ensuring that we do the best job possible so you can enjoy your new beautiful home.

Painting can sometimes void warranties

Something to consider is that painting wood siding can possibly void warranties if you paint over existing siding. Heck, there are warranties that will be voided if you power wash sidings. It’s a small detail that can lead to more headaches and costs later, so make sure to call the manufacturer to refresh on what they offer.

Final thoughts on the pros and cons of painting wood siding

Painting the wood siding of your home has different pros and cons to consider. On the upside, it allows you to bring your dream to life and make any property more beautiful. 

After all, think about how much weather and things the siding of your home is exposed to. Through sun and snow, cold and heat, the wood is constantly exposed to the elements. This can cause it to lose its color and get defects over time. 

You can also have fun with the colour customization. Want it to match the accents of your home? No problem. Want to create an interesting contrast that will catch attention? You can do that too. We’d also like to mention painting wood siding is considerably more affordable than completely replacing it which easily gets into the tens of thousands of dollars.

On the flipside, painting siding made out of wood takes time. You can easily expect it to take a week or so if you do it by yourself counting the prep, painting, and other steps. Or, you could hire professional painters like us to take care of all of the hard work for you.

In some cases, painting over wood siding can void warranties. Make sure that you contact the provider of the siding if you don’t want to do this. It’s also critical to be meticulous with the type of paint you use and how it’s applied. Once again, you can consult with the manufacturer to determine the best type of paint and how it should be applied.

If you want to bring your dream property to life and give your home a face lift, contact Earls Paintworks for a free, no-obligation quote. We have decades of experiencing painting commercial and residential properties. Check out our gallery or read our reviews to learn more about the quality we provide.

Pamela Vigneault
Pamela Vigneault
We hired Earl and his crew to paint the baseboards & walls of our basement. He is very good at answering emails and texts. Also is punctual when meeting for quotes and doing the work. I specifically wanted our baseboards lacquered and NOT brush or roller painted. It cost more, but the results speak for themselves. The basement was left clean and the furniture well covered. Great work from this company. Would recommend
Lorraine Townsend
Lorraine Townsend
Recently Earl painted the exterior of our house. The structure was very challenging and needed an enormous amount of prep work. Earl and his crew showed up every day on time and went full tilt for 4 days to get all the prep and painting done. The paint was all brushed and rolled.They were very professional and it was obvious that they take pride in their work.I did have trouble deciding on the colours and after a couple of stressful months, I followed up with a colour consultant that Earl recommended. It was money well spent and we are very pleased with how it turned out.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl and his crew.
Earl and his team helped me dramatically improve the interior of a recently purchased 1960 Bungalow. They prepped and painted the main level completely (ceiling, walls, windows, door jams, etc.) and did some painting in basement as well. Easy to work with from the start to finish. Great job, on time, and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Earl’s Paintworks. I will most likely be using their services again soon!
Jenn Balderston
Jenn Balderston
Earl is the best in the business! We hired Earl to paint the exterior of our 106 year-old heritage home that was in disrepair. Our house is a craftsman bungalow that required highly detailed workmanship. Because of the uniqueness of the house, and its heritage value, we were nervous to hire the job out to just anyone. We met with a number of companies and Earl's Paintworks stood tall above the rest. We loved that Earl was an owner/operator and knew after talking to him that he'd take great care with our beloved home. We weren't wrong! Earl and Jeremy were meticulous - sanding every nook and cranny to ensure a perfect finish that would stand the test of time. We wanted a tri-colour scheme to show off the home's craftsmanship, which required a lot of taping, cutting, and intricate work. Our neighbours would stop by to compliment Earl and Jeremy - blown away by the precision and quality of their work. Both my fiancé and I were sad to see them leave. Earl and Jeremy had become fast friends, always making time to stop and visit with us (despite putting in long days of hard labour). Couldn't recommend them enough! If you are looking for a painter, do yourself a favour, and stop here.
Julie Sontag
Julie Sontag
We recently hired Earl's Paintworks to repaint the entire interior of a newly-purchased home and could not be more pleased with the quality of the work and exceptional service provided from start to finish. We were on a very tight timeline & Earl (the owner) and Jeremy showed up ready to work 30 minutes after we took possession of the house. They put in long hours to finish the job in only 8.5 days, despite the fact that it was a massive project (3 storey house with over 30 windows/doors to paint around and some 20ft ceilings). The care they took to cover our hardwood floors, carpeting and cabinetry was remarkable - not a drop of paint left anywhere it didn't belong.Earl was truly a pleasure to work with, responded to our questions in a timely & friendly fashion, and provided knowledgeable (and realistic) advice on different finishes and colour options. He even went above and beyond to point out some small repairs that needed to be addressed around the house which was helpful to us as new owners. We had 4 different companies quote on the job and chose Earl's Paintworks based on a gut feeling that Earl was the right choice. Very happy with our decision - so much so that we're hoping to have them back this summer to do the exterior of our house as well.We would recommend Earl's Paintworks to anyone without hesitation. If you're looking for a hardworking, locally-owned company to do an efficient, professional, super high quality job, this is it!
Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung
We wanted the interior and doors repainted in our home in preparation for selling. We obtained a couple of quotes from painters. We ended up choosing Earl due to our positive interactions with him.This is a small but very professional company. It was good to work with a smaller company where the person painting your home is the actual owner and therefore, someone who took full responsibility for the work. Earl was very helpful with colour suggestions. He was easy to communicate with via both emails, phone calls and text. Earl was a perfectionist. He finished our 2 level 2000 sq ft home in about 6 full days. He came a few weeks later to do the exterior doors (garage and entry) when the weather was warmer.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl's Paintworks.