It can be easy to assume that the purpose of painting your home is simply to make it look more appealing to yourself and your neighbors. However, making the choice to paint the exterior of your home not only adds to its value and its overall appeal, but can also help to protect it from outside elements. This is especially important for homes in areas where the weather can be harsh, such as the rainy Pacific Northwest. In Portland, performing regular maintenance on the outside of your house helps to protect it from the wind, cold, and especially the rainy, damp weather we experience so many months out of the year. This can include, but is not limited to caulking, dry rot repair, the removal of peeling/flaking/bubbling paint, and painting of the full exterior with a quality primer and paint product.

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Older homes, such as those in the Laurelhurst, Irvington, and Alameda require regular upkeep to keep them protected from the often harsh northwest elements. Loose and peeling paint on homes leaves room for water and moisture to enter and lead to dry rot. While this can be an easy fix on the outside of a home, dry rot can quickly enter the structure of a house and lead to lasting damage that is much harder to take care of.

It is also necessary when painting a house to first prime all bare wood or stucco areas of the house; this seals the surface of the house to provide a smooth and solid base coat for a longer-lasting paint job. Caulking the home is also essential, as it helps to seal the gaps where moisture could seep in and cause more damage. After the house has been properly prepared, applying two coats of paint will help to provide proper protection from the wind, rain and even intense heat that can wreak havoc on the exterior of a home. Each coat of paint needs to be applied at 4 millimeters of wet film thickness, as this guarantees the product through the paint manufacturer.

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It may seem like a significant expense for “beauty’s sake”, but the truth is that giving your house a well-deserved facelift can prevent it from experiencing the wear and tear of weather that would otherwise cause damage to the exterior of your home. A high quality paint job should both keep it beautiful and protect it from the elements for at least 10 years. Luckily, early fall in Portland is a wonderful season to paint your house, and there is still plenty of time to protect your home before the cold, rainy weather begins!