Painting the Exterior of Your Property
There are a few considerations before undertaking an Exterior Painting project and these include the following:
- Safety and Working at Height
- Preparation and Remedial Work
Safety and Working at Height
It might sound obvious, but it is important to consider the safety of you and others whilst working at height and considering what is the best way of reaching difficult areas. We only recommend using ladders if you have been properly trained to do so. It is essential that you always follow the three points of contact rule (two feet and one hand). Always use an industrial rated ladder and don’t over stretch while up it and always have someone footing it if you are unsure of the ground conditions etc. Where it’s not possible to use a ladder we would always recommend scaffold or a MEWP (cherry picker) on the proviso that you are properly trained and licensed to do so. If in doubt always seek professional advice. We also recommend cordoning off the work area (if practical to do so). Particular attention should be given to property where children, disabled people or the elderly are present; children and adults must be kept away from the work area at all times and protected from substances such as paint or falling debris etc.
Preparation and Remedial Work
An exterior may have damage which requires attention first before painting commences. All rotten wood, damaged masonry, loose sealant and putty, crumbling sand mastic, flaking paint, grime, moss and algae, leaking gutters and downpipes should be repaired before you start painting. It is also important that all preparation work is completed as per the paint manufacturers specification, maximising the lifespan of the paint.
The finish is important not just for aesthetics but also for durability. If the paint bonds with the surface it will provide a resilient coating protecting the substrate underneath it, whether it is wood, metal, UPVC, roughcast, brick or stone. Choosing the correct product is paramount in increasing the maintenance cycle for the exterior of your property.
It is always important to consider the guaranteed lifetime of the paint used. Over the years this has generally increased with exterior paints, but these are guidelines only and all manufacturers have lots of disclaimers regarding durability etc. It should be obvious that all surfaces facing the prevailing weather conditions are more likely to require attention a lot sooner than areas on any sheltered sides of the building. Some manufacturers will also advise on the care and attention needed to maintain the paint, for instance wiping with nonabrasive detergents or cleaning any algae, bird droppings and grime as these will affect the surface of the paint and probably the durability.
If you are considering a project of this nature it is always important to consider if you have the necessary knowledge and skills to do it or should you consider hiring a professional painting company.
At Borthwick Decorators we are happy to discuss your project and provide a free no obligation quotation. One of the team can visit your property to appraise the work and discuss options. We have three locations across Central Scotland, please click on the following links or call 0800 772 3972 for further information.
PAINTERS and DECORATORS STIRLING
PAINTERS and DECORATORS CRIEFF
PAINTERS and DECORATORS EDINBURGH