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Maintaining Your Exterior Paint

Repainting your home’s exterior is a major job whether you do it yourself or hire a professional painting company. It’s natural that we want our homes to last as long as possible between exterior paint jobs. If you let your home’s exterior go too long, however, the paint begins to deteriorate, and the project becomes more difficult and more expensive. Exterior paint maintenance is a crucial aspect in your home’s lifespan.

When you perform proper paint maintenance on your home’s exterior it helps your home look great year after year, even if it’s been quite some time since your last exterior paint job on top of extending the lifespan of your home’s exterior paint.

Proper Washing

Washing your car does more than just helping it look clean. It also extends the life of your car’s paint. Washing your home has the same effect on your home’s paint.

A good bath for your house gets rid of all kinds of contaminants such as pollen, dirt, air pollutants, bird droppings, mildew and more. This not only helps your home look great, but keeps the paint from deteriorating.

Washing your home can be performed with a sponge or soft scrub brush with a long handle and a mild solution of soapy water. Gently scrub your home’s exterior surface and then rinse it with a garden hose. If you do spot any mildew issues, a couple tablespoons of bleach in the mixture will help remedy the problem.

Another more popular option for washing your home’s exterior is using a pressure washer. A pressure washer makes the job much faster, but also comes with greater risk. It’s important to achieve a proper balance or pressure and distance to clean your home’s exterior without damaging the surface.

Paint Touch-ups

Each part of your home’s exterior deteriorates at a different rate. Some areas receive more sunlight and others, and others may receive more wind exposure. This in turn means that some parts of your home will need to be repainted before others.

The best option is to touch-up your exterior painting every year or two. Just a few hours of painting labour each spring can significantly extend the lifespan of your home’s exterior paint.

Maintain your Landscaping

Landscaping around your home plays a role in the lifespan of your home’s exterior paint. Landscaping around your home can both prevent issues and cause issues if not maintained. If you allow your surrounding plants to overgrow, they can keep water closer to your house which creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

To avoid these problems, trim bushes and trees near the house so that there is room for airflow and some sunlight around your home’s exterior. Remove any dead leaves and debris that may be piled up around the exterior of your home. When watering your landscaping be sure to check whether any of your sprinklers or your hose is getting your home too wet ad redirect them as needed.

Check Gutters and Downspouts

When gutters and downspouts function correctly, water and moisture is funnelled away from your home, protecting your exterior paint in the process. When gutters are neglected and filled with debris, they can get backed up and allow water to overflow onto your home’s exterior. This causes unnecessary wear on your home’s exterior paint.

Following these steps can help extend your home’s exterior paint lifespan. Prorise Painting offers many maintenance services to help keep your home looking great year after year. Get in touch with our team to schedule your exterior home maintenance consultation today.

           

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