About Exterior House Painting Sydney
Exterior painting serves two main functions. The first is décor – the right paint job makes the home look more appealing. The second is protection – the paintwork protects the timber of the home from the elements of the weather. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep this paintwork in the best condition possible. With some basic upkeep, the home should only need repainting every ten years.
Applying Exterior House Painting Sydney
The first and most important step with exterior painting is making sure the paintwork is done to the highest standard. The best way to ensure this is to use professional house painters.
• Find and repair any damage to the home exterior. It is tempting to paint over imperfections, but of course this is only covering up the problem. We should fill holes and gaps, repair any wood rot, and remove mould or other issues before we start any painting. If there is an underlying cause of damage, like a water leak that causes mould and rot, we should plug the leak or find a suitable solution before we do anything else.
• Remove protruding nails and screws. These are unsightly, and they can be a safety issue.
• Clean the home’s exterior. This is washing with water and degreasing the surface. It only takes a small amount of grit or grease to ruin the final paint, which ends up being a frustrating waste of time.
• Use an undercoat or primer that suits the type of surface and paint that you will use. The modern trick is to tint this primer/undercoat a similar shade to the final coat. This prevents the previous paint from showing through.
• Use high-quality paint products for the final coat. If this superior paint lasts a few years longer than the cheaper alternative, you will have your money’s worth.
• Paint in fair weather. Extremely hot conditions are not ideal for painting as the paint will not set quite right. Likewise, cold and wet conditions will ruin the paint. It seems that painting is a fair-weather friend.
Preserving the Exterior House Painting Sydney
Gutters – A few people have found that leaking water from the roof gutters will damage the home’s walls. This is because dirt from the roof washes onto the paintwork. Fixing the gutters, sometimes just clearing out leaves and rubbish, will all but remove this issue.
Pressure cleaning – A simple garden hose with a good nozzle will provide enough pressure to clean grime and dust from the house exterior. This is fine to do in hot weather, though cold water can cause a hot glass window to crack if we are not careful. Tepid water is best.
Trees and plants next to the home can brush against the paintwork and cause wear. This is usually not too bad in the short term. But it is not too difficult to trim branches and foliage, so they are not touching the walls. Trees and foliage can provide shade that prevents the house paint from fading, and the wall from getting too hot. We encourage this type of plant, but keep them at least some distance from the walls.
Inspect for trouble areas. If there is water damage or mould, we should look for the cause, and remove it if possible.
Exterior House Painting Sydney
Isaac Painting provides the type of professional exterior painting Sydney homes require. We take pride in this, and want your home to be protected and look good for years to come.