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When is the Best Time to Paint Your House Exterior?

When is the Best Time to Paint Your House Exterior?

What season should I paint my house exterior?

The simple answer is anytime it’s dry and warm. The exterior painting season generally begins in late March or early April and extends to early November. Factors like rainfall, wind and temperature can alter this window. Ideal temperatures range from the 50s to 90s. Painting can be completed when the temperature is as low as 34 degrees (most products), assuming the surfaces are dry. Because the painting season isn’t year round, it’s important to collect quotes and choose a painting company as soon as possible to guarantee your project can be completed that season. Don’t expect to have a firm start date, as rain can cause delays.

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How often do I need to paint my exterior?

It’s important to paint the exterior of your house every 7-10 years not only to maintain the beauty of the home, but also to protect against water intrusion and damage to the exterior surfaces. When you notice the painted surfaces of your house are beginning to fade, or areas are chipping or are covered in moss, mildew or mold, it’s time to start the process of selecting a painter.

How do I select a painting company?

Selecting a painting company can be complicated.  You will find some painters don’t return your call or deliver an estimate in a timely manner. This is usually a good indication of the type of service you will receive throughout the process. Narrow your choices to companies which are responsive by phone and email, have websites and other characteristics you expect from companies doing business. Painters with these qualities are more likely to do a good job and be there for any issues which may arise. Try to find a company which does not accept down payments prior to starting the job, as this shows a commitment to deliver great service. Most importantly, call or email us!

How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to prepare your deck surface prior to staining:

Pressure washing the deck surface prior to deck staining is vital.  Using high-pressure to strip loose or adhering stain from the surface is not recommended, as the wood will become frayed.  Soaps containing bleach or a mold remover should be used.  After the wash, sanding any loose stain or rough areas of the wood is necessary.  Hammer and tighten loose nails and screws prior to staining.

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Stain types:

Choosing a stain can be difficult.  If your deck was stained previously, the best option is to match that color and keep it the same, but you do have other options.  If you have a semi-transparent stain, it should remain the same, unless you decide to switch to a solid color; then you could choose any color you prefer.  If the deck is currently a solid color, you can choose to change it to another solid color, but it may require additional coats to fully cover.  If you are starting from brand new wood, you can choose a fully transparent (clear), toner (trace amount of color), semi-transparent or solid color stain.  All these act as sealers and protect the wood. The wood of a clear transparent will turn gray with time, while the others will keep their color.

How Often to Re-coat:

Because decks are horizontal surfaces, they face many challenges other wood surfaces on the outside of a house do not.  The sun hits more direct. Rain, snow and other elements land and stay on the surface for long periods of time, deteriorating the coatings.  Washing and applying a coat of stain every 2-3 years is recommended to keep the wood in great condition.  Any vertical surfaces (spindles, skirts, etc.) could be re-coated on a 4-6 year rotation.  Failure to re-coat at this rate may cause damage to the wood (warping and splitting).

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Thinking about painting your home or office and worried about paint fumes? Whether you are pregnant, have small children, or are sensitive to certain odors, paint products are now available to keep you safe and comfortable while updating your house.

Low VOC and No (Zero) VOC Paint

The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are the dangerous component of paint that becomes airborne during painting and/or emits from the walls over time. If you are going to be living in the house during painting, it is important to use products that are rated Low VOC or No (Zero) VOC.

Don’t Confuse Paint Odor with Harmful Compounds

Using zero VOC products allows you to be present during painting, use the space immediately afterward, and does not necessitate opening windows to “air it out.” This means that painting projects you thought would need to wait until spring or fall – in order to open windows – can easily be done any time of year.

Interior Paint VOC Guidelines and Regulations

Guidelines exist in every state regarding how many VOC’s can be in a quart or gallon of paint.  These regulations have become more stringent, and most interior paints are becoming “low VOC.”

Low VOC and Paint Durability

If durability is your number one concern, and you are not pregnant or do not have small children that will be frequently in the particular room, you may not need to worry about the level of VOC’s, as durability is the main sacrifice from the loss of these compounds.

Prim Painting has access to several options when it comes to VOC levels and durability and we can find the proper solution for your needs so you can update your home while remaining confident that your health is safe.

Prim Painting serves the Columbus, Ohio, area. If you are looking for painters you can trust, for your home or business, call us today at 614-620-1950.

 

 

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