Winterizing your house with exterior paint

Winterizing your house with exterior paint

Aahhh – the smells of fall are here – pumpkin spice, cider, fallen leaves. The leaves are changing color, kids are picking out Homecoming dresses and Halloween costumes, and Meijer has already put out the Hallmark Christmas ornaments – seriously – they’re right by the greeting cards and giftwrap, I saw it with my own eyes today. This week’s perfect temperatures could turn frigid or uncomfortably hot next week; it’s part of Michigan’s charm. Fortunately, we weather the seasonal highs and lows better than our homes – especially the exterior painting. With freezing and thawing comes contraction and expansion. If your home’s exterior is not thoroughly protected, water can get into the tiniest cracks, freeze and later thaw to cause dreaded water damage. Water damage leads to rot which leads to costly and time-consuming repairs and replacement outside, and mold on your interior painting as well.

Exterior painting is part of your home's fall maintenance.

Exterior painting is part of your home's fall maintenance.

Exterior painting protection

It is a fact of home ownership that there are always projects to be completed; but at minimum you should consider the exterior and getting the home painted if you haven’t done so in a while. Cooler fall days are the perfect time to refresh your home’s exterior with a fresh paint job. Exterior painting is one of the smartest and most cost-effective ways to beautify your home and to preserve it and protect it. An effective painting project has a very detailed preparation process and Elysium Painting Company has helped hundreds of families in Washtenaw County and beyond winterize their home. A fresh coat of house paint in the fall may also be your last chance to protect your home from moisture and impending wood rot that often takes place during winter months. Failing to take the necessary steps to protect your home can be very costly. If a home goes unpainted through the winter, you may end up with extensive wood damage that could cost thousands to repair or replace. The easiest way to prevent this is with a fresh coat of paint before winter weather sets in. A good paint job in the fall could protect your home for ten years or longer.

House painting in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor painters know that winter means your siding, window trim, wood porches and decks, stairways, columns, and railings are all at risk if not properly protected. Professional painters recommend that you power wash your home’s exterior during a warm spell and apply a fresh coat of high quality paint to seal and protect all the wood finishes. Painting your house is an important part of your winter home maintenance plan. You might choose to do the whole exterior, depending on when it was last painted, or give a fresh coat to the window trim and most exposed sides of your home. You might choose to seal and stain your deck and/or porch rather than paint it, depending on your home exterior design. No matter how superior the prep work or materials, a deck in Michigan is going to need to be power washed and repainted or stained at least every two years.

Free painting estimates for winter

Whether you aren’t sure what needs to be done or you’re ready to take care of your home’s exterior to ensure that it will make it through the winter without extensive damage, give the Elysium Painting Company a call for a free painting estimate. We can help suggest how to best prioritize your exterior home maintenance for winter protection.

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