One of the advantages of having a home is that it provides the occupant’s protection from heat, cold, strong winds, rain, and snow. Keeping your home in top condition will continue to protect you and your family from weather elements, pollution, and pests. Applying high-quality exterior paints in Dublin will ensure the durability and protection of your home for many years to come.
Paint is your home’s first line of defense from the effects of outside heat, humidity, moisture, pests, and pollution. But what if the paint begins to fade, crack, chip, and peel? The damage will compromise the paint’s ability to protect the exterior surfaces of your home.
Experts recommend that you paint your home every 5 to 10 years, depending on various factors: surface type, level of surface prep work, paint quality, or wear and tear.
But the other homeowners don’t even have to wait for any signs of wear and tear before they can repaint their homes. Painting is usually seen as a remedy to fix damaged areas and restore them to their original appearance and condition. But for others, painting is a preventative solution to avoid future damage.
Whether for remedial or preventative reasons, painting the siding of your home is always a good idea. While you may have taken a DIY paint job before (and somewhat succeeded), it would be better (and highly recommended) to hand the exterior paint job to professional painters in Dublin or other Bay Area cities.
How a simple coat of paint can protect your home’s exterior surfaces
Let’s take a look at how paints preserve your home’s exterior surfaces:
1) Protection from the weather elements
Temperature fluctuations can cause paint to expand in the heat and contract in the cold, leading to cracks in paint over time. As the wood or other material under the paint expands and contracts, it will lead to peeling paint.
Not to mention that any form of precipitation, such as rain, sleet, or snow, getting under the exterior paint can cause potential issues. If left unaddressed, moisture can seep into the material underneath the paint, causing moderate to severe damage.
The sun’s UV rays often cause exterior paint to fade quickly or become chalky. Vivid colors like red, green, yellow, and blue fade faster than neutral colors, especially in direct sunlight. The sun can also dry out the wood underneath, causing it to warp, distort, and possibly crack.
We recommend applying only high-quality paints over a well-prepared surface to withstand temperature fluctuations and extreme weather conditions.
2) Protection from mold, mildew, and rot
Mold and mildew are more than just an eyesore to your home’s siding. They can also cause severe damage to wood if left untreated.
Mold, mildew, and wood rot are caused by moisture. If wood is particularly unprotected, moisture can sit on and under the wood’s surface. If moisture starts to seep in, wood rot can form as well. You may not notice wood rot because it usually sets in and spreads underneath the surface. It would only become visible once it appears on the surface, leading to further decay of your siding and compromising the integrity of your home’s structure.
Fortunately, mold, mildew, and wood rot can be completely preventable with proper and regular maintenance, such as painting. A coat of premium paint on a well-prepared exterior surface is a barrier against moisture.
3) Protection from pests
Bugs and other insects are unwelcome visitors to your home, constantly trying to find ways to sneak inside the siding as a refuge from the heat, cold, or predators. They eat away wood that can compromise your home’s structure. These pests can be challenging as they are quite tricky to eliminate.
Check the surface first for cracks, holes, and gaping joints to prevent pests from crawling inside and underneath the wood. You want to make sure insects are inhabiting inside these cracks and holes. If there are pests inside, treat the affected areas with spray insecticide or have a pest control professional deal with the infestation.
Fill these cracks and holes with compound and caulk joints around doors and windows (if needed), and the excess compound, prime, and then paint. Filling and caulking can seal any small gaps that bugs and other insects like to find.
Even the color of the paint can play a role in repelling pests. There are specific paint colors that pests are attracted to, as well as colors they avoid. As bugs see colors on the UV spectrum, they cannot register hues of blue and green.
This may be why some homes are painted with shades of green or blue. On the other hand, painting your house white, yellow, or orange can deter certain insects and animals, such as birds and mosquitoes. If a pest problem exists in your area, using specific colors for your home’s exterior surfaces to turn off potential intruders is a good idea. Your particular solution against pests may be as simple as choosing a new color for your home.
Protecting your investment
A house or any residential property is one of the most significant investments. To protect that investment, one should take care of it.
Something as simple as regular home maintenance, along with a fresh coat of paint, is a cost-effective and efficient way to protect your home from weather elements and pests and preserve the integrity of your home. Painting your home’s exterior also boosts your home’s curb appeal and even increases its property value.
Painting your home’s exterior
Painting a home’s exterior can be done by any DIY painter. Provided that you have the right tools follow proper procedures and safety measures, and perhaps, have lots of time to spare, you can end up with a good finish.
- Clean and wash your walls with a garden hose or a pressure washer. Let the surface dry.
- Repair damaged surfaces. Using a spackle knife, apply a joint compound, spackle, or epoxy filler to cracks and holes. Let it dry. Once dry, sand it lightly using a medium-grit sanding block.
- Remove loose and peeling old paint using a paint scraper or medium-grit sanding block.
- Caulk gaping joints and trim around doors and windows.
- Prime the walls.
- Protect doors, windows, and lights with painter’s tape or plastic sheeting.
- Paint the walls.
Call Custom Painting, Inc. to protect and beautify your home
While painting the exterior surfaces can be done by any amateur house painter, you can tell the difference when a professional painting contractor does the work.
There is a reason why more people rely on exterior paint and preservation projects from skilled and experienced painting professionals. If you live in Dublin or anywhere else in the Bay Area and want a quality exterior paint finish, you can get free quotes from Custom Painting, Inc.
Instead of struggling to get the job right and ending up with a subpar finish, our top-notch paint experts will offer a more economical but quality exterior paint service. We use only the best exterior paints in Dublin products, tools, and equipment to deliver an excellent finish with long-lasting results. Call us now at 510-795-0903 or send us an estimate request online.