It may not feel like it just yet, but fall is around corner.
This is really your last window of opportunity to make sure your exterior painting project is buttoned up tightly before winter (you can paint outdoors for a couple more months, but your painter’s schedule will likely fill up soon!). Fall provides even, cool temperatures that can be perfect for painting, especially since many modern paint formulas can adhere perfectly in chillier weather.
For our purposes today, however, let’s assume that your paint is in good condition and you simply want to be sure it stays that way all winter long. How can you set your finish up for success?
5 Practical Ways To Prepare Your Paint for Winter
- Inspection – This first step involves simply taking a close look at the condition of your paint, siding, trim, fascia, eaves, etc… Weak or decaying paint should be addressed, as well as any signs of wood rot taking root. Catching these problems early on will save you from larger-scale remediation down the road.
- Cleaning – Contaminants that collect and multiply on your siding will break your finish down if left unchecked. Mold, mildew, and dirt should be pressure washed away, leaving a clean, healthy surface behind.
- Give Your Landscaping a Haircut – Bushes and shrubs that grow up alongside your house seem harmless enough, but direct contact with your siding can cause rot and damage over time.
- Check/Replace Caulking – Dry, brittle caulk provides little protection against moisture and pest intrusion, and compromises your home’s efficiency as well. Replacing this worn barrier with fresh material will instantly benefit your property.
- Check Gutters and Downspouts – If your drainage system is clogged, or close to it, you’re inviting pests that nest in the debris, water damage, ice dams, and more. A quick but thorough cleaning will protect you from a host of avoidable headaches.
Partner with a Local, Professional Painting Company
Talk to your favorite painting company about performing a pre-winter check! This is an ideal way to have an expert set of eyes check your home for weak points, and provide an actionable plan for protection.
If you live in Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County or the Greater Philadelphia area, we invite you to contact us at Cherry Hill Painting. It would be our pleasure to serve you.