How often should your house’s exterior need painting?

Those of us who take pride in a well-kept house know that a splash of paint can make all the difference. The question is – how often should you re-paint? Thankfully, Warrior Paints has the solution.

There is no simple answer as to how long the job will last. It depends on four things. These include:

  1. The Previous Paint Job

The quality, colour and number of coats applied during the last paint-job can determine how long it lasts. Surprisingly, the weather on the day it was painted also determines how long it lasts. A few coats of high quality lighter shades tend to last longest, while 100% acrylic paint is the most ideal to use. Dark shades, synthetic pigments and oil-based paint are the quickest to fade and lose their colour. You can choose the best colour and paint product from Warrior Paint’s wide selection.

  1. Climate

Bright sunlight causes paint to bubble and fade. Homes in sunny areas with no shade are affected by the ultra-violet rays of the sun. Harsh winters, frequent storms, extreme humidity, sand storms or salty ocean breezes are also not friendly to paint.

  1. Maintenance

Damp, rot, chalkiness, termites and other infestations are all factors that can age the paint. These can all be avoided.  Treat the house with care and keep out moisture by sealing and caulking as necessary.

Taking care of your house by considering these factors will ensure a beautiful home for much longer.

  1. The wall’s material

Wood must be repainted or restained every three to seven years. Aluminium coatings may last five years. Newer materials like cement fibreboard may only need repainting every ten to fifteen years. Brick coatings may also last for ten to fifteen years.

The paint job begins!

So the long-awaited paint job happens. How can I prep the wall to make it last best?

Before painting – perfect the walls: treat mould, get rid of pests, replace rotten wood and repair cracks and holes on the surface. Remove loose, bubbling, peeling or cracking paint by sandblasting the area. Clean the surface with a power wash using the range and amount of pressure recommended by the manufacturer.

Allow the walls to dry thoroughly to avoid moisture underneath the paint. Be careful of painting after it rains.

Pick a mild, dry day when there is not too much wind. Temperatures between 10 and 30 degrees are the best to dry the paint.

Just remember…

Putting the paint job off won’t save you any money. Rather there will be more damage to the wall, making the preparation a lot harder.

We offer a wide selection of quality paints in stylish colours. For more information, visit our website: http://www.warriorpaints.co.za/

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