Vinyl siding is available in a wide variety of colors, including pastels, earth tones and dark colors. While manufacturers once discouraged dark colors due to heat absorption and warping of the vinyl, as of 2015, new technology prevents such problems.
Vinyl siding is available in a variety of patterns and shapes, many of which mimic natural wood products while reducing the maintenance a home requires. With the colors available, it is possible to design a home that requires little exterior maintenance for many years.
Vinyl siding does collect dust, bird droppings and other debris. In shaded areas, mold and mildew sometimes grow on the vinyl. Most of the time, the homeowner is able to clean the siding using a soft brush, a solution of water and vinegar or oxygen bleach and a garden hose. While most manufacturers recommend against using a pressure washer, some allow its use as long as the pressure remains within the required range.
If, after many years, vinyl siding fades in the sunlight or the owner wants other colors, special paint is available to renew or change the color. Traditionally, vinyl siding manufacturers recommended owners who paint their siding to choose a lighter color than the existing siding. However, the newer paints allow a broader color palette.