If you're putting your home up for sale and the siding on your house is showing its age, or if you just want a new color for your home, you might compare the benefits of painting the siding to the benefits of having a siding contractor replace it. Here are five factors to consider.

1. The Warranty Conditions

Talk to a contractor that provides siding services and get professional advice before you make up your mind. Older vinyl siding wasn't intended to be painted, and a contractor might warn against it, especially if you want to paint a dark color over light siding. That could even void your warranty. Since siding usually has a warranty that lasts for many years, you probably don't want to do anything that will void it, especially if you plan on selling your home.

2. The Time Of Year

Siding can be replaced any season of the year, as long as the weather is suitable for working. Paint has to be applied in a specific temperature range, so you probably won't be able to paint vinyl siding until the warmer months. If you need to sell your house fast in the winter, ask a siding service for a timeline of how quickly new siding can be put on, considering the season and weather conditions.

3. The Cost And Age Of Your Siding

It costs less to have your siding painted, but be sure you compare long-term costs too. You may want to get estimates for both painting and new siding. If your siding is old and needs to be replaced in a few years, you'll have to follow the expense of painting with the expense of new siding later. Having the siding replaced could be a better way to spend your money that will end up costing less over time.

4. The Condition Of The Siding

A siding service can check the siding for you and let you know its condition. If the siding has damage or is letting moisture get behind it, replacing the siding is probably the right thing to do so you can prevent costly water damage to your home.

However, mild damage can often be repaired by a siding service, and if there are several years of life left in most of the siding, repairs and painting might be an option.

5. The Reason For Painting

New vinyl siding is often made in popular new colors, so if you want to paint to make your home look more modern, you can get an updated look when you choose new siding. Ask the contractor to show you all the colors and styles available in new vinyl siding.

If you want new siding because your old light-colored siding looks dirty and dingy, consider having the siding power washed. When your siding is cleaned, it may look a lot better, and then you can save the money you would have spent on painting and use it toward getting new siding in a few years.

For more information about siding services, reach out to a local contractor.