Bright sunshine and blue skies are making us dream of being outside, busily hoping the sun will still be shining happily when the weekend arrives and we can get outside in to our garden.
Even if you possess only a small area of garden, the bright sunny days will emphasise any need for maintenance to outside walls and doors and these few short months are the ideal time to get this done, before the colder times start their return.
Of course having the outside looking good can put a smile on your face, but we should also consider protection and maintenance of our property. Once paint work starts to crack and water or condensation can get under the layers of paint, you are on the fast track to much greater expense if it’s not handled.
Rotting away out of sight
If water is allowed to sit hidden from view it will be actively eating into whatever is underneath the paint. Many of us have seen the wooden window or door or other wooden surface that just looked a little rough and in need of a coat of paint only to find that rot has set in and a filling operation is now needed after the rot is removed or worse still the door or window needs replacing.
Any wood that needs repairing and redecorating due to water ingress should ideally be dried out before the final work is carried out and this is another reason why summer is a good time to get the external work done. By the time the summer is well under way damp wood can be well dried out and will be at it’s optimum regarding being repairable.
Condensation . . .
. . . is a poorly understood phenomena which can cause havoc when painting outside and as the weather starts to cool the potential for this to occur increases. If you try and have the exterior decorating carried out when the potential for condensation is high, the possibility of having to re decorate within a couple of years or possibly much sooner (within weeks!) is much higher as the condensation, which is basically water, will form a barrier between the paint and the object, preventing the paint from properly adhering, resulting in bubbling or flaking paint.
Fun and games with humidity
Particularly important when painting walls with water based coatings which need the water in the paint to evaporate. Humidity is the amount of water the air can absorb at a given temperature, so when it feels muggy, you know the humidity is high and if the humidity is high then the drying time for the paint on the wall is much greater.
In normal humidity the paint is dry enough within a few hours to withstand a light shower and a few hours later it will withstand the rain. But if the humidity is very high the drying time can be extended by several hours and one light rain shower later and you have streak of paint running down the side of the house and over the windows
Temperature and drying times
Simply put paint will not dry so quickly in cold temperatures, so it will take longer to carry out external decorating in the colder months and the risk of other issues arising greatly increase as will the cost due to the extra time needed to allow for the conditions.
Maintain and save
So the summer time is the best time to put a smile on the face of your property, garage, sheds, fences or garden furniture and then better the job is done (includes the quality of the paint and materials used) the longer it will be before you need to do it again or before you have to buy replacements.
It may appear like an uncomfortable expense to decorate the exterior, but the alternative of replacing a door and having it fitted and still having to have it painted is a far more painful experience.
All the above explains why looking good and good maintenance go hand in hand.
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