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What should I know about painting siding on a house?

The exterior siding is one of the most important parts of your house. Constantly being subjected to diverse weather conditions throughout the year, the state of the paintwork on the outside of your house likely worsens over time.

Painting siding on a house is a complex process that takes a while to complete. In order to best execute this task, it is important to prepare certain elements in advance so that the results are long lasting and meet your expectations.

In this article, our team of exterior house painters explain how to paint siding on a house.

How to prep for painting siding on a house

Whether you are painting siding on a house yourself or getting it done by professional house painters, make sure that you plan out your entire project so that you don’t end up with any nasty surprises.

Here are the main things to consider before painting siding on a house:

Choose the exterior paint finish

These days, water-based paint has become the best choice for siding painting due to the official Canadian VOC concentration limits. The ban on oil-based paints resulted in higher quality water-based paints being produced that now offer nearly the same finish and durability as oil-based products minus the negative side effects and health risks to residents.

Regarding the possible finishes for your exterior house painting, here’s a list of those that we offer at Peintres Premium:

Matte: The matte finish is one of the easiest to apply and reapply if needs be. In addition, since the reflections are not very visible, it helps hide the imperfections of your exterior. However, the main disadvantage of this finish is that it is difficult to wash ;

Satin: The satin finish is certainly one of the most versatile of all finishes. That’s probably why it’s the most popular finish for exterior siding. Often preferred for interior painting, it has more recently become a popular finish for exterior work thanks to its resistance to humidity and fading. Indeed, it is an easily washable finish that hides imperfections well ;

Semi-gloss: The semi-gloss is a very resistant and durable finish. It is quite easy to wash and resists moisture well ;

High-gloss: Adding lots of richness and colour to the outside of your home, the high-gloss finish is often favoured for small elements such as doors and exterior trims.

Use the right tools to paint siding

Using the appropriate equipment to paint the exterior siding of your house is the bare minimum if you wish to produce long-lasting, high-quality results. Even if it is possible to complete the task yourself with basic tools, we strongly suggest that you request a free quote from our professional painters to be sure you’re getting an amazing result in record time.

In fact, if you hire pro painters to carry out the work, you won’t need to stress about your siding being damaged or painted using an inadequate technique. Utilizing the best equipment will allow for the smooth painting of your house exterior and ultimately prolong its lifespan!

Pay attention to the weather

One of the most important factors to take into consideration when renovating the exterior of your house is the weather. Here are a multitude of reasons as to why you should check weather conditions before painting your siding:

– In case of very intense heat, don’t paint when it is really sunny: the drying process will be too quick and brush and roller marks may remain visible if they were used.

– Don’t paint if the wind is too strong: the drying process will again be too quick and dirt could become embedded in the fresh paint.

This is why we use the highest quality paints at Peintures Premium (Dulux Diamond, Sherwin Williams Duration). We always use products with high coverage and strong durability (even in Quebec weather conditions).

Common problems when painting siding on a house

Even if you plan out each step for painting the exterior siding of your house, it is still possible for complications to arise. Painting your house exterior can prove to be tricky, especially if you have to reach high-up surfaces.

Since your safety is priority number one, if you don’t have the appropriate equipment to safely carry out your painting project or if you are afraid of what might happen in an emergency situation, our team of painters at Peintres Premium would be more than happy to assist you!

In addition to ensuring your safety by entrusting us with painting your siding, you’ll also be freeing up your time for things that really matter to you.

Hire professional painters to paint your house siding

As you can see, the durability of your paintwork is dependent on a number of factors. As mentioned above, it can be affected by sunlight, changes in temperature and debris such as dust and dirt. These factors can all alter the life span of your exterior paintwork if they are not dealt with properly.

Retouching the paintwork on the outside of your house is much more sustainable than having to redo it all completely. Instead of changing what was already there, you could give your house a modern transformation at a much lower cost. After all, painting your exterior siding is a much more cost-effective project than replacing it entirely!

If you have a project to complete or want some advice from our experts, take a moment to fill out our free quote request form. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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