A Water-Proofing Approach to Exterior Painting in Florida
A water-proofing approach to exterior painting is just as important as a clean and neat exterior paint job. So many may “color” the exterior of a house without taking into consideration the harsh elements capable of destroying siding, roofs, doors, handrails etc.
This can cause a wide variety of problems and expense that could have been avoided by “water-proofing”. Mainly wood rot, water intrusion and paint “peel” are the culprits.
A few general items to remember when painting or maintaining the exterior of your home.
- Don’t skimp on the quality of products.
- Prepare extensively. Including cleaning of surfaces, priming/sealing of raw or troubled areas. Remember the edge of wood is like a sponge and where rot usually starts.
- Caulk around windows, doors or anywhere moisture can intrude. Fill all voids.
- Apply finishes as to protect and last not just color, think “millage” or thickness.
- Two medium coats are always more efficient than one thick.
- Your finished product will last longer with cleaning every 12-18 months.
Florida’s extreme conditions can play havoc on your home’s exterior. Storms, heat, rain and humidity can all play a factor in the longevity of your exterior finish. Always “weather-proof” when painting outside.
Your exterior painting needs may vary depending on the situation, always consult your local professional for specific directions, or a more detailed approach than covered herein.
Pro Color Painting is a commercial & residential painting contractor in Jacksonville. A full service painting and pressure cleaning service.