As the weather shifts from cold and damp to sunny and mild, you might be starting to think about all the outdoor projects you need to accomplish this spring. As a homeowner with a long lists of tasks, you might be wondering where to start. Well, if your exterior house paint is near the end of its life expectancy, we suggest you tackle that project first. Here are a few reasons why:
- Don’t Let Your Exterior Suffer by Postponing Painting
There are many reasons why it is smart to put exterior painting at the top of your spring to-do list, but the integrity of your exterior is probably the most important. Exterior paint helps to protect your expensive building materials from the environment such as sun, wind, and moisture. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin to rot, and many other types of exteriors suffer when the paint wears off. If you wait too long you may find that you will be adding some costly repairs to your to-do list.
- Spring Is the Best Outdoor Painting Weather
The mild spring temperatures makes for perfect painting conditions. Not only is it more comfortable for the person who is completing the painting, exterior latex paint forms the most durable, protective finish when the weather is mild. It is recommended to paint the outside of your house when the temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, very hot days can cause the paint to dry too quickly and impair good paint film formation. This will shorten the lifespan of your new exterior paint job.
- Save Your Plants by Painting First
If you have landscaping around your house and are planning on planting flowers or other shrubbery it is best to do so after your exterior painting work is complete. This will save your new plants or even mulch from getting trampled on during the painting process.
- Get the Biggest Job Done First
Painting the exterior of your home is no easy task. It requires proper preparations such as cleaning the building, scraping & sanding, repairing surface flaws, and more before the painting can even begin. Proper preparation will help to make your exterior paint job last longer, so it is not something to rush. Why not get the biggest job done first before “distractions” such as sports, barbeques, and vacations begin?
- Get the Most Bang For Your Buck
Home improvements like landscaping can get expensive fast. Get the most bang for your buck by giving your house a face-lift. A new exterior paint job not only helps prevent other expensive repairs, it gives your home more curb appeal and can increase its value. Improving your home’s landscaping is always a good idea, but it doesn’t compare to the value of exterior painting.
Before you start your exterior painting project, be sure you are properly prepared in order to get the most out of your investment. If you have questions regarding exterior painting, or would like to enlist the help of a professional, Atherton Painting & Renovations is glad to help!