Why Is Spring The Best Time For Exterior Painting by Connecticut Homeowners?
As the weather shifts from cold and snowy to sunny and rainy, Connecticut homeowners get the itch to get out of their houses and focus their attention on their home’s exterior.
Spring a wonderful time to clean things up, work on a garden, and make necessary repairs to outside of your home. Where should you start? Well, assuming that your exterior paint is past it’s prime, it’s best to focus on that first. There are several benefits to starting spring chores with exterior painting. Continue reading to learn why many homeowners use the Spring for home exterior painting.
Exterior Paint Is Faded Or Worn Out
Over time weather conditions will wear down your home’s exterior paint job. Moisture is one of the main culprits for paint damage. Snow, ice, frost, rain, and high humidity all contribute to the deterioration of the paint on your home.
Moisture in all forms can cause paint to swell and soften, which eventually leads to cracking, blistering, flaking, and peeling. Also, moist conditions have been known to support the growth of mildew.
Oddly enough, the sun can pose problems for your home’s paint job as well. Years of direct exposure to the sun can cause paint to fade, and can lead to diminishing protection, which the paint provides for the exterior of your home. Essentially, the ultraviolet sun rays break down the exterior paint’s binder, and as the binder deteriorates, pigment is released in the form of a chalk or power, which can wash away when it rains. CT homeowners who notice visible signs of paint deterioration are usually the first to call in for home exterior painting.
Improving Curb Appeal
Homeowners often attempt to spruce up their home’s to increase curb appeal for potential buyers, and fortunately painting your home’s exterior is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to boost curb appeal.
Consider this: potential buyers often decide whether or not they want to look inside a home based on what the outside looks like, so it’s logical to assume that if your house’s exterior is in disarray, with a dingy looking paint job, the interior is not worth viewing.
If you want to go all out in your efforts for improving curb appeal, there are certain colors that elicit a positive response from potential buyers. One study revealed that the most popular colors for homes are neutrals such as gray, white, tan, blue, and brown; bold shades such as reds and blues are welcome, as long as they are used as accents, such as on the front door or window shutters.
You Need Exterior Siding Repair
Your home’s siding could be damaged without your knowledge. The prep work that goes into an exterior paint job usually reveals the many areas in need of repair. If the exterior paint on your home is close to the end of its life expectancy, you are taking chances by postponing the new paint job. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin rotting.
It’s usually much more expensive to replace things than to repair them; so you don’t want to wait too long.
Spring Weather Provides Best Results
Obviously, spring is the most comfortable time for Connecticut exterior painting. Also, exterior paint forms the most durable protective finish possible when the weather is mild (but not too hot). We have found that it is best to do exterior painting jobs when the temperature is about 50 F. However, very hot days can cause the paint to dry too quickly, which impairs good paint film formation. By painting during spring’s moderate weather period, you will likely get a paint job that lasts longer.
Old Yankee Painting | Connecticut Painting Company
A lot of Connecticut homeowners have trouble with these projects because exterior painting projects are far more demanding in both time and materials than interior painting projects.
Luckily, you have help! Old Yankee Painting, a Division of J. C. Tonnotti Window Company, offers interior painting, exterior painting, deck refinishing and vinyl or aluminum siding.