Painting the external walls of your house

Painting the external walls of your house, is always an investment for your property in Montclair. Remember that it is  a very important technical work for the residence renewal and maintenance. Also a job that should be done every 5 to 10 years. With a quality exterior painting, your property can acquire the right aesthetics and a high protection from sunshine and humidity, even durability over time.

Especially in places where most of the time of the year, weather has sunshine, the painting task of the exterior walls of a house or even an apartment building is necessary. Its is also imperative, in order for our building to look beautiful and of course maintained in excellent condition.

Talking about exterior painting, it concerns all of the exterior surfaces of our home or workplace. Means the one’s that are plastered or the concrete facades of the property. The balcony ceilings, wooden or metal protective railings or exterior wooden or metal doors and wooden pergolas to the outer guardrails.

Each exterior surface requires the correct application with the appropriate products, in order to achieve the ideal result that will aim at the triptych: aesthetic superiority – ideal finish – duration in time!

The work on painting the external walls of your house

The “key” for an excellent quality exterior painting is the good cleaning of the surface to be painted, in order to apply the paint on a clean wall. Here are four basic things to look for when selecting your wall paint:

  • check if the plaster is hollow,
  • be careful to see if there are signs of moisture in the plaster
  • check if the wall has inflated colors
  • clean and properly prepare the surface to pass the first substrate with a suitable material (primer).

Before applying the paint, scrape and remove hollow plasters, peels of older paint to completely clean the wall.

If there is deep corrosion of the surface, then the removal of loose materials may expose the brick or iron bars. In this case, the damage is repaired and new plastering is done, before we proceed to the oil painting.

If we do not have deep corrosion, but only cracks and shallow holes, then we plaster wherever there is damage. This is followed by rubbing with a sander to remove residues from the stucco until we have a wall that is clean and free of dust and dirt.

After cleaning and when the surfaces are completely dry, we apply the substrate, also called primer, that facilitates the application and ensures a uniform surface in the final color. The substrate binds with the paint and seals the final paint.

After priming the wall is ready to accept the color of your choice. The choices of materials also play a very important role. We suggest you choose good quality paints that ensure good adhesion and penetration, high elasticity and resistance to alkaline surfaces, achieving very good bonding with the substrate.

For painting the external walls of your house, we suggest choosing the silicone acrylic paint that protects from moisture. However there are many other options depending on your needs.

 

Quality materials in external wall painting

You should know that outdoor paints are completely different from paints designed for interior walls. Also, we are going to need different type of paint for each differend material on the facade and exterior walls too. We are probably going to meet materials like wood, aluminum, plastic and plaster. These building elements have their own type of paints and their own materials for painting.

There are many different paints on the market, designed especially for exterior walls. They have the ability to them as they are not affected by the environment and it’s temperature changes, air pollutants and sunlight.

One of the economical solutions we have in painting the external walls of your house, are the acrylic water-based paint for outdoor use, which is suitable for surfaces that are frequently painted . This is a paint that is applied to exterior walls and cement boards. Also on plaster or cement surfaces, concrete one’s and generally where there are alkaline surfaces.

But if you want something extra, especially if your residence is located in an area with high humidity, near the sea or into the green for example, you can use a silicone acrylic paint by taking an extra charge of course.

Silicone acrylic paints are recommended for exterior walls, because this type of paint prevents the accumulation of dust and dirt on the ouyside surfaces and allows rain to wash them away. This way it manage to keep the surface clean for a long period.

Additionally, silicone acrylic paints offers us excellent waterproofing. Due to high water repellency, the penetration of the external moisture and rainwater into the wall is prevented, so it offers long-term protection of the surfaces. Also, it allows moisture trapped inside the wall surface to escape into the atmosphere with great ease. This way it prevends situations like bloating, peeling and mold. The silicone acrylic paint also offers an excellent performance and ease of application, giving us a uniform matte finish of high perspiration.

 

External wall painting and weather

If we want to have the ideal weather conditions for an outdoor painting, we should choose a day with relative cloudiness. One that will have moderate temperatures and humidity of normal conditions. The right weather conditions will be one’s to ensure that the paint dries properly and that in the end the results will be durable over time.

About the calculation of the color quantity that you are going to need for your application, you should know that it is approximate and based on the performance of the  product that you have selected per liter and square meter.

Remember that the calculation of each product, concerns one application. Usually the substrates need one application, in other words, “one coat”, while the final paints need two applications.

Painting the external walls of your home can be a tricky job, that requires knownledge and experience. There is a first time for every thing in our lives, but in case you don’t want to mess with these kind of situations, don’t hesitate to call Montclair Painting, for a completely professional job.

 

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