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Spring Into Exterior Painting

Brad Stoner - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

As the springtime weather shifts, every homeowner's interest shifts to the outside.

It's time to clean things up, tend to the garden, and make needed repairs to both the home and its surroundings. Where to begin?  Assuming that your exterior paint is ready for some attention, it's probably best to focus on that initially. And, there are plenty of great factors to start your spring chores with exterior painting. So, why put it off?
 
Your home is very likely your biggest investment – one that shouldn’t take a back seat to other items. If your house paint is nearing the end of its life expectancy, you’re taking a chance by postponing repainting. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin to rot; and other types of exteriors are subject to their own special problems when the paint wears off. With any type of home exterior, wait too long and you run the risk of paying for expensive repairs or replacement, as well as repainting.
 
Here are a few good reasons to paint pronto.  As you will see some of these are just common sense. 
 
1.  The weather is most comfortable now. 
2.  It’s smart to paint before putting down your mulch, which along with your plants, will just get trampled if you paint later on. 
3.  Why not get your painting done before more pleasant “distractions” like vacations, sports, and 
barbecues begin?
 
Let's talk about the first reason to paint in the Spring in more detail.  Gentle weather is the best time to generate the most durable protective finish using latex paint. It's always best to do exterior painting when the temperature is above 50 degrees F., but not too hot.  If a day starts off mild, but turns sizzling hot, try to prevent painting in direct sunshine, since sunlit surfaces can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Make your way around the dwelling so that you are always painting in the shade. 
 
When painting, pick a day that isn't too windy. Like the heat of the sun, wind can lead to latex paint to dry too quickly and prevent optimal paint film development. Plus, wind can stir up dust and other contaminants that can imbed in the paint to create an inviting surface for mildew.
 
You should also try to steer clear of "weather events" that could affect the paint, waiting for another day if it has rained within the last 24 hours, or delaying the job if several days of rain are anticipated right after you finish painting.  Once you've finished your exterior painting, you can turn your attention to the other things on your to-do list such as the interior painting. What's more, you'll have peace of mind knowing that you've "invested" in your biggest investment – your home.
 
If you would rather hire a professional painter rather than do it yourself, call Brad Stoner Painting right now for a free estimate.  (888)-614-2415



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