With limited time left to tackle those overdue exterior improvements before the weather takes a turn, now’s the time to take action. In particular, the tail-end of the summer can be the perfect time to paint your home’s exterior.
It’s still nice and warm out, but not quite as baking as it has been. There’s also plenty of sunshine and the days are still fairly long, allowing plenty to be crammed into a single free weekend.
For most, exterior painting is primarily about keeping up appearances. From boosting property values to simply creating a more pleasing aesthetic, it’s a job that usually focuses on looks alone.
But what many fail to realize is the extent to which a good exterior paint job can also protect your property with an additional defensive shield. Just as long as you use the right kind of paint (and ensure it is applied properly), this simple exterior home improvement can deliver more than meets the eye.
With the unpredictable and often extreme weather of the fall season on our doorsteps once again, there’s no better time than right now to take action.
Here’s how a fresh coat of paint can bring an added layer of protection to your home:
1. It Blocks Moisture
Exposed wood is no match for the elements, absorbing moisture and rapidly becoming a breeding ground for rot and mold. This is the main reason why exterior wooded surfaces need to be stained, treated or painted. Looks are all well and good, but the structural integrity of the material is far more important.
Over the course of time, even the most robust and durable paint covering succumbs to the elements. At which point, the material beneath may be exposed, and things become problematic. Rather than waiting around for this to happen, it’s far better to take preventative action at an early stage. Even the occasional touch-up can make all the difference where paint is cracking, peeling or flaking.
2. It Reduces Mold and Mildew Risk
Expanding on the point outlined above, anything you can do to reduce mold and mildew risk is advisable. When moisture gradually creeps into your home’s wooden exterior, it progresses to its interior. At which point, everything from wooden floors to walls to ceiling and more could be susceptible to the formation of mold.
Not only is mold (and mildew) unsightly, but it can pose a major risk to your health and wellbeing. Particularly if anybody about the place suffers from allergies or asthma, mold can be lethal. Keeping things safe and healthy with the protection of a fresh coat of exterior paint comes highly recommended.
3. It Can Help Prevent Insect Damage
In addition to the above, a good exterior paint job can also provide protection from bugs and insects. Termites in particular have the potential to cause a major headache, if allowed to make their way into your walls and do their thing. As with most issues, preventing this from happening in the first place is much easier (and cheaper) than dealing with it later.
Bugs and insects are surprisingly good at locating imperfections and setting up home. It’s therefore in your best interests to keep your home’s exterior in the best possible condition. There are plenty of specialist products available for discouraging bugs from making themselves at home. Nevertheless, nothing is quite as effective as a flawless and beautifully smooth paint job.
Painting Over Problem: An Inadvisable Approach
Rounding things off on one important note, attempting to paint over problems like mold is inadvisable. Understandably, it can be tempting to adopt the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach when painting your home. Particularly if it’s just a tiny spot of mold or rot, what’s the harm in just painting over it?
The answer – quite a lot of harm, as it will inevitably spread and worsen beneath the surface.
However much effort it takes, it is far better to deal with problems like these the moment you spot them. If in doubt, organize an inspection of your property and consult with a commercial painter.
Call Homm CPS…
At Homm CPS, we offer an extensive range of professional home painting services at affordable prices. Whether looking to touch-up your home’s exterior or bring it to life with a complete overhaul, we’d be delighted to provide you with an obligation-free home design visit.
Contact a member of our team anytime to learn more, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.