Why a Spring To-Do List Should Start with Exterior Painting
When springtime transitions to mild weather, most homeowners look forward to tending to all things outdoors. Between landscaping, gardening, and yard work in general, it’s tempting to start buying bags of mulch and dig in right away. For anyone whose home needs an exterior paint job, however, it’s best to put a hold on yard work and get that important task taken care of first.
Best Not to Put Off an Exterior Paint Project
It’s never a good idea to put off doing a needed exterior paint job on your home. When the life expectancy of paint has expired, the exposed wood begins to rot from exposure. Other components of the exterior also suffer when the paint protection has worn away. The longer you wait, the more repairs there will need to be when you finally tackle the project or hire professional painters to get the job done.
Painting Then Gardening Makes Sense
A lot of work goes into getting a house painted, and it’s not unusual for plants to get trampled on. It makes no sense to tend to the landscape before painting your home for that reason alone. But there are other reasons to paint first, and they have a lot to do with the weather.
When weather is nice and mild, exterior latex paint has the ideal conditions to form the most durable and protective finish. Ideal temperatures for exterior painting are above 50°F but not out-and-out hot. When it’s too hot outside, the paint can dry quickly in a way that impairs formation of good paint filming. Moderate weather definitely provides you with longer-lasting results.
Weather-Related Challenges of Exterior Painting to Consider
There are numerous factors that can affect exterior house painting and just make it difficult to get the work done properly, which is why it’s always a good idea to hire professional painters. The pros know how to deal with all of the potential problems that come up and produce best possible results. The following are some things to consider when painting a home’s exterior:
• The weather could start off mild when you begin painting but then become uncomfortably hot. Whatever temperature is in the air, sunlit surfaces are typically 10 to 20 degrees hotter. A strategy that could help is to work your away around the parts of the house that are in the shade. It’s better for the paint and you’ll feel cooler, as an added bonus.• Try not to paint on a windy day because, like too much sun, excess wind can cause latex paint to dry too quickly.
• Another reason to avoid painting on windy days is that contaminants such as dust can become embedded in the paint, creating a greater risk that mildew will form.
• Before the painting begins, keep an eye on weather forecasts so that you can avoid possibly painting on rainy days.
Maximize the Exterior Painting
If you do an exterior paint job right and use high-quality paint, it could be ten years or more before painting is needed again. In the long run, buying the best 100% acrylic latex paint and applying either two coats or a primer and one coat is less expensive than buying cheap paint, which can last about 4 years maximum.
Hiring professional painters is the best way to guarantee a durable and beautiful exterior paint job.
Finally, take care of the spring yard work, which will also serve to enhance your new, striking exterior paint job.
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