When you pay the money and get your house repainted you want to make sure that it lasts for a longer time. You don’t want to constantly repaint your home every few years. So, how do you make the exterior paint on your house last longer? L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. offers some helpful insight below.
How long is an Exterior Paint Job Good For?
If you get a decent exterior paint job done, it can last between 5 to 10 years, before it starts looking like it needs to get repainted. Weather and location can have a huge influence on how often you have to repaint your house.
Do You Need Special Paint for Outdoors?
The best paint that you can use for the outdoors is 100% acrylic latex paint. Acrylic paint is very good at contracting and expanding without causing damage. This makes it ideal for outdoor use because it can endure different temperatures and humidities. When you choose acrylic latex paint it does a better job of resisting the sun damage than non-acrylic paint does. Because of this, it will last longer than other paint.
What Factors Affect Paint Life?
When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, different factors can affect the paint’s life. You have to consider the type of surface, the climate, the prep work, and the weather conditions of the day you paint. All of these factors can determine how long your paint will last.
What is the Surface Being Painted?
Depending on the type of surface you are painting can determine how well and how long the paint job will last. The paint sticks better to porous surfaces. So, it sticks better to brick and stucco than non-porous materials, such as aluminum or wood. The good thing is you can still paint those materials, you will just want to make sure with any painting you use a primer. A primer can help the paint look better and stick better to the surfaces. There are different types of primers for different types of surfaces.
Local Climate & Weather
Like we stated above, the weather or climate can be a huge factor on how long your paint will last. If you live in a place where the temperature fluctuates, you get different seasons, and humidity or if you get direct sunlight year around then the lifespan of your paint will be shorter. Also, depending on where you live will determine the type of paint. Certain types of paint do better in direct sunlight versus one that needs more moisture because of humidity.
Painting Preparation Work
For your home to look nice after it has been painted then you have to put in the prep work. Your home gets hit with dirt, dust, pollen, and any other particles that may be outside and it will stick to the surface of your home. Over time your home will get cracks, chips, or even rotted wood. If you don’t put in the prep work and clean off your home, fix the cracks, chips, or rotted wood then the paint will not stick as well, and it will not last as long.
The day you decide to paint you want to make sure that the temperatures are between 60 and 85°F. You want it to be low humidity so that the paint can cure properly. If it is too hot, too cold, or too humid then it can start to chip and crack. You also want to choose a non-windy day, this way you don’t get the dust, dirt, and pollen in the paint.
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The fastest and easiest thing to do is hire a professional to come and paint your home. This way you know it will be done correctly and will last the longest. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. are professionals who know how to paint your home. Give us a call to come paint your home today.