An exterior paint job is a big project. Think about the amount of surface area on the exterior of your entire house. Getting all of that cleaned, prepped, and painted will take time and effort. Hiring a pro for your exterior paint job will make everything go more quickly but you can still expect that it will take more than just one day. If you are going to invest the time and money required for an exterior paint job then you want to make sure that it will last long enough for the investment to be worthwhile. There are a number of factors that impact the longevity of the paint on your house. Three of the most impactful factors include how you prepare the surface, the type of paint you use, and the weather conditions in your area.
How you prepare the surface
Surface preparation is a step in the painting process that many homeowners would prefer to skip. Cleaning the exterior of your home, removing cracked or chipped paint, and repairing damage can take up a lot of time. But, if you skip out on preparing the surface, your paint job will not last as long as it could. The condition of the surface you apply paint to can impact how well it adheres. For example, if your siding has a layer of dirt and grime on it, the paint will have a hard time actually reaching the siding. When paint does not adhere properly it can look splotchy and start peeling over time. Painting over chipped or cracked paint can also shorten the life of your paint job. The older paint will continue to peel and crack which will cause the same thing to happen to the new paint. The care you take in preparing the surface before an exterior paint job will have a direct impact on the longevity of the paint on your house.
The type of paint you use
The type of paint you use will also impact the longevity of your exterior paint project. There is paint that is designed specifically to be used outside. If you choose a paint made for interior jobs it will not hold up to the elements. Choose a paint that is made to withstand the sunlight, precipitation, and dirt that will be present outside in order to maximize the life of the paint job.
The weather conditions in your area
The longevity of the paint on your house will also be impacted by the weather conditions in your area. Higher than typical levels of sunshine or precipitation can both impact the life of a paint job. There is nothing you can do about the weather conditions in your area but it is good to be aware of how they will impact the longevity of the paint on your house.
If you want to maximize the life of your exterior paint job, pay attention to the elements outlined above. Spend time preparing the surface and carefully choose the type of paint you will use. And, if you need help at any stage during the process, give the pros at D&D Painting a call.