Early spring is a time for working outdoors. Whether you are cleaning up the yard or planting seeds it’s an absolutely wonderful time to be outside. Peeling paint and wear on your house exterior may be one of the things you noticed as you started your yard work.
Kevin Schaben, paint and color consultant forRoom for Improvement, says spring is one of the best times to begin exterior painting:
Schaben says that if your house paint isbeginning to show it’s age, postponing repainting may cause extensive damage to your home. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin to rot, and other types of exteriors also suffer when the paint wears off. The longer you wait to remedy the distressed areas, the more replacement that may be a required before you paint. Another reason for spring painting is exterior paint forms the most durable, protective finish when the weather is mild. It’s almost always best to do exterior painting when the temperature is above 50 degrees F. If you wait for the weather to get hot, those hot days can cause the paint to dry too quickly. By painting in the spring, you’ll likely get a longer-lasting paint job.
If a day starts off relatively mild, but will later become hot, try to avoid painting in direct sunshine, since sunlit surfaces can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Work your way around the house so that you are always painting in the shade, this will have the added bonus of making your job more pleasant as well. It’s also important to pick a day that isn’t too windy. Very windy days can cause latex paint to dry too quickly and prevent the best finish.
It’s also important to prepare the surface before doing any exterior painting by power washing, caulking and priming surfaces as needed. Lastly, paint selection can be one of the most important componants of a long lasting exterior finish. Choose the highest quality 100% acrylic latex paint, which is especially durable, flexible and keeps it’s color. Top quality paint often lasts 10 years or more, compared to about four years for ordinary paint, saving you time, work, and money in the long run. For the longest-lasting paint job, always apply at least two coats with a brush and roller.
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