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Busy House Painter Painting the Trim And Shutters of A Home.

Since the interior of your home is essentially a controlled environment, it can generally be painted any time of the year. But what about the exterior?

The issue with painting exteriors is that the weather needs to cooperate. If it’s too hot outside or raining, the paint won’t cure properly. Summer is often too hot and humid; spring can bring showers and morning moisture. Winter has several challenges, including frigid temperatures that will prevent the paint from curing, as well as rain and frost.

Autumn is Ideal for House Painting

That leaves autumn. Fortunately, the fall tends to be the ideal time to tackle exterior painting projects. Extreme temperatures can cause paint to dry unevenly, but autumn brings cooler air and more temperate temperatures. This type of weather isn’t just ideal for the paint, either; it also allows our painters to complete their work quickly without overheating.

Autumn weather is also helpful for painting the interior of your home because you can open the windows to help remove the paint fumes. Once wintertime rolls around, it becomes more difficult to find a time when the conditions are good for painting.

Moisture is an important factor to consider while painting your home. Whether for an exterior or interior, you need a dry surface for the paint to bond and dry properly. Not only can humidity affect the application of the paint but its longevity as well. As the seasons change from summer to fall, the humidity dissipates. Painting your home in the autumn will help the durability of the finish and the paint will look better overall for longer.

Although it can rain any time of year, it typically doesn’t rain as much in the fall as it does in winter or spring. Beyond creating bonding and drying issues, rainy days can delay your project. Scheduling your painting in the fall means the job is much less likely to be delayed by weather issues.

Other Considerations

The winter months are typically a busy time because of major holidays, family gatherings, and entertaining. One benefit of painting your home in the fall is you can refresh the look of your home before the hustle and bustle of the holidays take over. The holiday season can also be busy for painting contractors, so scheduling your project as soon as possible will ensure everything is complete before your friends and family visit.

Many people tend to have their houses painted in the summer, which can make scheduling difficult. Fall is often a slower period with less demand, which means we’re more likely to have the flexibility to accommodate your scheduling needs.

Choose Trusted Painting Professionals for Your Project

Regardless of when you choose to paint your home, it’s important to make sure the conditions are right and all surfaces are prepared properly. At Diamond Star Painting, our signature 14-step process ensures your paint is smooth, seamless, and free of drips, runs, or other inconsistencies. With over 30 years of experience and a skilled, dedicated team, you can be confident your new paint will look perfect for years to come.

Take advantage of the autumn weather on the way; contact us today at (916) 424-4008 for a free consultation!

Painter working on exterior house

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the exterior paint on your home. At Diamond Star Painting, we want you to have an exterior you’ll be proud of – and that all starts with three main components: preparation, product, and application.

Preparation

Preparing the exterior of your home properly is extremely important. The first steps we take are to remove any mildew with a bleach solution and then pressure wash your home to remove any dirt, dust, mold, and cobwebs. This helps the paint adhere to the surface properly and go on evenly, which ensures it will have lasting durability. It’s also an important step to take for aesthetics. Once the paint dries, any dirt or dust on the surface will cause areas of the exterior to look uneven. After the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, we let the exterior dry.

Once everything is dry, we scrape and sand areas with flaking paint or exposed wood, which creates a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. This is also the perfect time to inspect the exterior for any signs of damage and reset loose nails on the siding, trim, and eaves. We’ll go through and patch any cracks in the stucco or boards, repair leaky gutters, and remove and replace any fixtures as needed.

Caulking is another important step for non-stucco homes; not only does this help to enhance the appearance of the paint after it dries, but it also helps to keep your home insulated. Beyond that, it also prevents insects from coming in, prevents condensation buildup on the windows, and keeps the moisture out of nail holes. We also fully cover all windows and gardens prior to application to ensure everything stays clean and paint-free.

Product

Once all the preparation has been completed, we can start the application process. For the best results, however, it’s important to choose the right product. Like most things, you get what you pay for when it comes to paint! Lower-quality paints may save you money in the short run, but long term, you’ll likely be unhappy with the results.

High-quality paints are meant to last in all types of weather conditions for many years because they use the best binders (or resins) available. These adhere to surfaces better, giving you a more attractive paint job and preventing peeling, cracking, blistering, fading, and chalking. They also inhibit mildew and mold growth. Another benefit of high-quality paint is that it has more pigmentation than low-quality paint, so it offers better coverage, color, and depth.

Using high-quality paint also reduces how often you’ll need to repaint your exterior. Cheaper paint may last anywhere from a year to several years, whereas a high-quality paint can easily protect your home for 15 years or more. For this reason, we use only high-end, 100% acrylic products from Sherwin Williams and Kelly Moore.

Application

Like the preparation stage, the application is incredibly important for achieving beautiful results. All bare areas are primes, including metal gutters and downspouts, stucco, and wood.

An important factor to consider is that we’re applying paint with the proper thickness and the right type of paint for the surface.

We take the time to make sure we’re working with paint with the proper thickness and the right paint for the surface. For the trim, we use Sherwin Williams duration and a high-end Sherwin Williams acrylic. Of course, if you prefer Kelly Moore, we’re happy to use that instead! When it comes to exterior paint you have the choice between flat and low-luster. We use a semi-gloss for doors and satin for the trim.

Once all the details are worked out, the preparation is complete and the primer is dry, we can begin painting your home, taking care to ensure there are no drips, sags, or runs. Once all the painting is complete, we make sure to clean all your walkways, sidewalks, and unpainted areas, so your exterior looks flawless!

Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of what to expect with your home’s exterior painting! If you’re planning to re-paint this year, give Diamond Star Painting a call at (916) 424-4008 or visit us at diamondstarpainting.com. We also provide interior and ceiling painting, cabinet and deck refinishing, and commercial painting. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have or provide a free quote!