How long has it been since you last gave the outside of your home a good clean? By that, we mean the walls that protect all the furniture and mementos kept inside. Whether you are giving your home or office a good spring clean, or wanting to sell your property, our experienced residential painters in Perth are here to help protect your walls against this harsh Australian climate.
Do Your Walls Need a Refresh?
You may be surprised by the difference a fresh coat of external paint can make. When considering the maintenance for your exterior walls, this can be well worth the investment as few projects have the visual impact a new coat of paint has in transforming or restoring a property. Although this is a major project to take on, our highly experienced team of commercial and residential painters in Perth can help make this a worthwhile experience.
How to Maintain External Paint
Paint maintenance is absolutely critical. Proper care for the exterior walls of your home means that there is less chance for the buildup of dirt, grease, and mould. We understand that as painting can be a major job, it is natural to want to see a return on this investment – you want paint that lasts as long as possible. Here at Elite Painting, we use only the highest quality of paint, that being Dulux. However, in order to extend the life of your painted walls, you need to know how to clean them without damaging the paint itself.
Dulux recommends cleaning your exterior walls approximately every 12 to 18 months, and more often if you live near the coast. It’s easy to do: first, apply a mixture of warm water and a bit of household detergent onto your walls. Using a soft bristled brush, broom, or cloth will work just fine. You might need other equipment like a ladder or a longer handle to extend your reach. Then, hose down the walls with clean water before the soapy mixture dries. You can also use any leftover paint to touch up areas that need it.
Sometimes you just can’t get to the cleaning quickly enough, or some unforeseen damage occurs to your walls causing cracks in and peeling of the paint. Putting off repainting it for too long can make this a more difficult and costly venture in the future. Here’s where our dedicated team of residential painters in Perth can help.
How Often to Repaint
How often you need to repaint exterior walls can be impacted by a range of factors. Besides the extent to which you maintain the walls, these factors include where you live, the local climate, the material of the wall, the quality of the previous paint, and skill of the painter.
1. Location and Climate
Here in WA, we are usually blessed with beautiful seasons. However, the extreme temperatures in summer can greatly accelerate paint degradation. We have had great experiences serving the communities of Fremantle, Mandurah, Secret Harbour, Rockingham, Baldivis, Coogee, and the surrounding areas. As a result, we have seen firsthand how coastal environments leave salt and moisture lingering in the atmosphere, these harsh environmental conditions often causing the paint to start degrading more quickly.
2. Material of the Wall
The material used to build your home can have a profound impact on how often you need to repaint, as indicated by the approximate breakdown below.
- Wood siding: 3-7 years
- Brick: 15-20 years if painted
- Aluminium siding: 5 years
- Stucco: 5-6 years
- Cement fibreboard: 10-15 years
3. Quality of Paint and Painter
Professional, registered, and experienced residential painters from Perth like us know how important it is to do a good paint job the first time around. We pride ourselves in providing top notch paint services to our customers using only the best quality of Dulux paint. Whether you took measures to water- and weather-proof your first coat of paint also impacts the time it can last before needing a refresh.
Best Time of Year for a Paint Refresh
Painting exterior walls can be a more challenging task than painting interior walls. This is because weather conditions affect how much time it takes paint to set, the temperature of the wall, and the performance of paint. Ideally, you want the temperature of the wall to be above 10°C and below 35°C throughout the painting process.
Extreme temperatures that happen in the middle of summer or winter can cause paint to dry unevenly, leading to clumps, bubbling, and visible brush strokes. Humidity also affects the performance of the paint, so you want to wait for a warm and dry day to get the paintbrush out. For peace of mind, why not speak to or hire an expert? Our Dulux Accredited team of residential painters service Mandurah, Perth, and the South West and are always ready to answer any questions you might have.
Dulux Paint Guarantees & Warranty
We use the Dulux Weathershield paint range for the exterior walls of residential properties. Their Dulux Promise guarantees that their range “will not peel, flake or blister for as long as you live in your home.” Weathershield paints have been formulated with their trademarked MaxiFlex Technology to “provide a tough, hard wearing finish that provides protection from all weather conditions.”
Here in Australia, customers of Dulux are protected by the Australian Consumer Law which states that you are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure. For more information about Dulux paint, either get in touch with our experienced team here at Elite or contact Dulux directly.
We Are Here to Help
Whether you need help getting started on your paint work, or if you would like us to take care of it for you, we understand just how much of an impact a fresh coat of paint can have on your home. Our experienced team of painters in Perth are committed to providing you with exceptional residential painting services at great prices each and every time. Get in touch and speak to a professional today.