Preparation is Everything!
Painting exteriors in the lower mainland is one of the best places in Canada. This is due to the fact that we have an extended painting season. ( Apr – Oct), our climate is very temperate with low humidity and very little rain in the summer. Typically paint will start breaking down in 5 to 20 years depending on the quality of the paint. Your house is your biggest investment you need to take care of it!
Contracts/insurance/WCB Do your homework!!! Professional Painting Companies will provide you with a written contract do not go ahead without a copy of the signed contract. Ensure company has liability insurance and up to date WCB.
Clean, clean, clean. The first step of painting is to ensure the surfaces are clean. This will aid in the the paint’s adherence and add to its longevity. A biodegradeable/natural cleaner should be used to ensure that plants and furniture are not stained. A professional washing company will clean your house and not try to remove paint.
Scraping, Caulking, Priming and repairs are Step 2. Any loose paint must be removed prior to painting. Once removed all areas with exposed bare wood must be primed with an oil-based primer. Caulking of gaps or joints in fascia boards around windows and doors is inspected and repaired if needed.
Drop sheets/plastic to cover ground and plants.
Spray Painting is one of the most commonly used practises in the application of paint. THIS IS NOT FOR THE AMATUER! A professional knows how to select the correct pressure, overlap, paint thickness due to conditions of siding and weather. Although this process uses 30% more paint and the preparation is longer this process is measureably quicker.
Brush/Roller is most commonly used inside in the lower mainland. This process is quite a bit more labor intensive and is usually a quite expensive process. It is best used on wood siding or hardy plank.
Hybrid is spray painting with a painter following closely behind with a roller.(backrolling) This allows the quickness of spraying and the person rolling is ensuring the paint is coverage is even. This process should be used by more companies. It is a still quite quicker than brushing and rolling.
Trim/Doors there are typically 3 types of paint and it is really the customers preference. All 3 paints perform well but do remember the higher the sheen the better performance of the paint. First is pearl/satin more like a strong eggshell shine. Semi-Gloss this is the most commonly used as it is very tough, cleans well and resists weather. Gloss is usually used for very high traffic area doors/trim as it is near bullet proof.
Touch Ups/Customer Review One thing to remember houses are big so on most houses there will be a few touchups mostly from ladders doing the trim or the odd miss and these are usually done on the last day. A professional painter is contiuously walking around the house examining it to look for touch up through out the job and are usually all spotted and noted. Customer walk throughs are done to make sure everything was done in accordance to the job contract and to point out areas of concern to the customer.
Paint Quality most paint suppliers have many types of paint from contractor grades to high performance grades. My advice is to stay away from the lower quality paints. Most good paints will last up to 20 years if prepared correctly.
Coats do make a difference. Most exterior paints dry and are ready to recoat in 2 to 3 hours. This adds to the depthness of color and the longevity of the paint.