Experts suggest that you replace the vinyl siding on your home's exterior every 10 to 15 years. Installing new siding can be a great way to update the look of your home, but it can also result in the creation of a lot of waste.

If you are hoping to recycle some of the old vinyl from your home's exterior, here are two unique projects that will help you put that old siding to good use.

1. Build a race track for your son's model cars.

If you have a little boy in your home (or one who visits on a regular basis), you know how much boys enjoy playing with model cars. You can easily convert some pieces of old siding into a race track for these model cars.

Begin by measuring out a length of vinyl that is wide enough to accommodate several lanes of cars. Turn the vinyl siding over so that the indentations between slats seen on the front create raised lane dividers. Spray paint the siding black, and add some white tape stripes to the lane dividers to create a more authentic feel.

Place one end of the vinyl on a table or other elevated surface, and enjoy watching your little boy race his model cars downhill using his new vinyl race track.

2. Add interest to an interior wall by installing vinyl siding.

Just because your old vinyl siding might not be functional for outdoor use doesn't mean you can't use it to spruce up your interior design. Using your old vinyl siding to re-cover an interior wall is a great way to add interest and character to your home. Ask your siding contractor for an estimate when adding vinyl to your home's interior, since your vinyl siding wall will look better if it is professionally installed. 

Be sure that you take the time to paint old vinyl siding prior to installation. Begin by using a cleaning solution containing one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart bleach, and one gallon of water.

Wipe the surface of the siding thoroughly, and allow the vinyl to dry completely before you begin painting. If the original color on your discarded siding is faded, or you see pitting and other types of damage, apply a primer before putting a fresh coat of paint on the siding.

Finding creative ways to use your old siding will help you reduce the amount of waste created the next time you replace your home's exterior siding. Talk to a company like W L HURST INC for help reusing your old siding.