Some home exterior paint jobs last longer than others, it’s a simple fact. Professional painters know what impacts the life of a paint job based on the materials and conditions, and make sure their work will last.
According to the Home Reference website, a reasonable life expectancy of a home exterior paint job with high-quality acrylic paint is between five and ten years. Latex and oil-based paints tend to stay bright for a shorter time period.
Several factors impact how long an exterior paint application can remain looking great. Natural elements including rain, sun, sleet, ice, and snow make the deterioration of even the best paint job faster.
Surface material can also determine the life of your exterior paint. Wood surfaces degrade quicker than brick or aluminum siding.
However, some life-limiting factors are manageable at the outset and in this post, we will look at a number of keys.
Knowing what reduces the life of exterior paint is the first step. Taking steps to eliminate those issues is next:
Prepping the exterior properly is vital to a long-lasting paint job. Starting with pressure washing to wash away all the dirt and grime will help the paint adhere to the building. Following this, scraping away as much of the old and loose paint as possible will add years to the final job.
Caulking around windows and doors to seal any gaps and applying a full layer of primer will reduce the harmful effects of sun and rain for years to come.
Professional commercial and residential painters know that the materials and techniques they use are essential to a long-lasting, beautiful exterior paint. Top-quality caulking, primer, paints, brushes, and sprayers can make a difference in how evenly the paint covers and how long the building will look its best.
Always ensure the professional painter uses quality brands designed for external use.
Begin at the highest point of the building and work down to eliminate any possible paint drips. Professional painters may use an airless sprayer for the primer and the initial coat of paint. This is often followed with a high-quality roller to improve the uniformity and adhesion.
Know your colors. Dark paints tend to absorb more sunlight and will fade faster than lighter ones. Understand that covering a dark paint with a lighter color will require additional primer and paint.
Make sure the surface has time to completely dry, usually at least 24 hours. Checking the weather report before beginning the job to make sure rain isn’t in the forecast.
Humidity plays a central role in making sure your new paint job will be long-lasting. On very humid days, the paint may seem to take forever to cure. Therefore, track humidity levels very closely and wait for a day when the humidity is low before beginning.
Painting your home’s exterior is not something to take lightly. The work demands substantial labor and time. Correct preparation could take weeks for an individual homeowner to complete correctly on their own, and failure to do the job right can lead to a re-paint in only a few years.
Professionals like Matthews Painting Company employ a team of professionals with the right tools and knowledge to perform the job beautifully in the least amount of time. The savings on materials and equipment added to the extended life of the complete, beautiful result will often offset any additional cost of working with a professional.
In Northern Indiana, contact Matthews Painting for a quote to paint the exterior or interior of your home. Begin by visiting their website to view the Matthews Team’s qualifications, a gallery of past projects, and client testimonials.
If you have questions or wish to request a quote, phone Matthews Painting Company in Leesburg, Indiana, at (574)-834.3575.
Alternatively, visit the Contact Page of the website and complete their simple information form. A Matthews professional will contact you promptly.