Exterior Painting in the Spring

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Finally! Spring is here. Along with the fresh leaves sprouting on the trees, spring is a time to start considering what projects can be done to improve the appearance of your home inside or out. Home improvement can be a daunting task for many homeowners…where do you start??

There are many reasons to paint in the spring. The weather is much more conducive to painting. The low levels of humidity helps the paint cure to a stronger bond on the surfaces. You can also get the job of exterior painting completed before the fun summer activities begin, and then you get to enjoy a freshly updated house for the whole summer!

Painting in the summer or fall is not necessarily the wrong time to paint however if you have many areas of exposed wood it can lead to stress on these areas from the rain and sun. Leaving exposed wood vulnerable to these elements can lead to rot. If you delay the painting, you run the risk of having to pay higher repairs through carpentry.

Finally, Perry Wellington’s prices are more affordable in this season, and our schedule is also more open and flexible than when it gets booked up in the summer.

However, there are things to work around when painting in the spring. Both periods of rain and cold weather with frost at night and dew in the morning impair optimal paint film formation on your home’s exterior. Wind and the heat of the sun also impact the ability of the paint to adhere to the exterior’s surface. Wind also can stir up dust and other contaminants that can imbed in the paint, which creates an inviting surface for mildew that feeds on such matter.

To extend the life of your paint job, apply (at least two coats) of high quality 100% acrylic latex paint. These paints are more flexible, durable and colourfast, so they tend to last much longer than regular paints (10 years or more versus 3 or 4 years, respectively). If you don’t have the time or desire to paint your home yourself, and you want high quality results, call Perry Wellington Professional Painting today to schedule a quote at your convenience!