How Does Paint Protect Your Home

Why is painting required?

Around your homes exterior, the material used to protect you from the outside requires paint for its own protection. Walls made of wood, metal, siding or hardie board surfaces. In their lifetime, each of these will need painting because with time, their beauty and strength decreases.
The surfaces of a wall over time can chip and crack, metals rust and corrode, while wood or hardie board materials and doors get warped, scratched, and molded.  Siding will fade and crack over time.  Different paints have specific properties that prevent, or at least delay these things from happening.  They form a protective layer around the exterior surface, keeping it relatively safe. Naturally, since walls are different from metals, which in turn have properties dissimilar to wood, each surface requires a different type of paint. Today, different paints have been developed, specific to each category.
The main purposes of painting a home is:
    • To protect the surface from rain, sunlight, snow, rust, chemicals, heat, cold, termites and other insects.
    • It enhances the homes value and beautifies the painted surfaces.
    • Attracts buyers/ renters

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Spring is here and we all have the fever to get outside! Sun is shining, flowers are in bloom and the energy is high. Homeowners are in full swing to get their landscaping and houses looking superb. But the one thing that is often overlooked is one of the most important in keeping one of your biggest investments in tip-top shape….Paint!!

Not only does the paint contribute to your homes beauty and curb-appeal , but it’s the suit of armor for the structure underneath. We’ve all seen it. Peeling, chipping, cracking, flaking paint on the siding. We think nothing of it at first. Fighting the urge to pick at it. Just a small patch here or there. This is the start of the breakdown of the protective coat of your home. The crazy fluctuation in weather in Oklahoma, where it snows on Monday and we’re swimming on Wednesday, can cause the wood to contract, making the paint crack and peel. When moisture gets into those compromised areas, the potential for rot, mildew and even mold increases.

While Oklahoma isn’t prone to humidity and moisture, there’s another element that wreaks havoc on the painted surfaces of your house. The incredibly powerful sun! Exposure to UV rays causes the paint to fade and break down. Blistering can occur which lead to peeling and flaking. Another side effect from sunlight is chalking, that powdery residue when you touch the surface. It’s caused from a chemical reaction from the UV light and the binders in the paint causing the paint to become duller and thinner and in turn, weaker.

There is no way to prevent the elements from affecting your house, but you can take precautions. Painting your house every 5-7 years, especially in areas of high moisture or intense sunlight, is recommended. It is cheaper, in the long run, to paint your house than having to replace and repair damaged wood, metal or siding.  Here are some things to add to your checklist when hiring a painter for the exterior of your home:

  • Cleaning the surface before painting is very important. Painting a dirty surface is a common cause of paint failure and will hinder the life span of your paint job. Pressure washers should be used at least 3-5 days in advance of further prepping and painting. This allows the surface to dry before the next step.
  • Hand scraping any loose, flaking, peeling, or bubbling paint will allow better adhesion and prevent premature peeling. Sanding may be required for any glossy areas for failing spots.
  • Repairs should be made by filling holes, caulking cracks and replacing/adding mortar as needed.
  • Priming or spot- priming with exterior primer will help adhesion to the surface.
  • Be sure to use a good quality paint that is mildew and stain resistant, and provides protection against harsh weather conditions. It may cost a little more up front, but will save you time, money and prolong the life of your home! 20211005_132216_00007526494422825202159

Painting your house can be a daunting task both financially and mentally. But skimping on the process or ignoring it altogether will cause more stress down the road. Protect your investment and keeping it looking amazing all year!

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Published by Elite Property Maintenance LLC

After 15 years of experience in building maintenance, an Associate's in hvac, and countless hours working for the competition. I took my acquired set of skills and knowledge, combined with a awesome group of certified professionals to form Elite Property Maintenance LLC. I would love to share with you what we know in home maintenance and improvement, saving you time and money. Life is about doing what you love. I love helping people, solving problems and creating a better world. Let's create a better world together.

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