Fight­ing wa­ter dam­age

Pro­tect your home against harm­ful rain

The Covington News - - SHOWCASE OF HOMES -

Snow, ice, sleet, and rain can cause dam­age to the ex­te­rior of your home. Sur­faces where wa­ter col­lects — like win­dow sills and rail­ings — are es­pe­cially prone to wa­ter ab­sorp­tion, which can lead to peel­ing paint, wood rot and the growth of mold and mildew, if left un­pro­tected.

So why not pro­tect your home against wa­ter dam­age be­fore the wet win­ter weather sets in? Thanks to new tech­nolo­gies, it’s as easy as ap­ply­ing a fresh coat of paint. Here’s some ad­vice from the ex­perts at Zinsser:

• Scrape and re­move peel­ing or chip­ping paint. Sand rough edges and clean the area thor­oughly to re­move dirt, dust and other con­tam­i­nants. Re­move and kill mold and mildew with an EPA-reg­is­tered cleaner like JO­MAX House Cleaner and Mildew Killer.

• Ap­ply a high qual­ity ex­te­rior primer, like Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Sealer, to seal the sur­face, block stains and cre­ate a sound base for your paint to ad­here.

• Se­lect a qual­ity ex­te­rior la­tex paint in the color of your choice and add a wa­ter re­pel­lent for­mu­lated to be mixed with paint, like OKON Pain­tBooster Wa­ter Re­pel­lent Ad­di­tive, to pre­vent wa­ter ab­sorp­tion and ex­tend the life of your paint job. Just one quart of Pain­tBooster mixed with one gal­lon of la­tex paint pre­vents melt­ing snow, ice — even wind driven rain — from pen­e­trat­ing and dam­ag­ing ex­te­rior sur­faces. It helps pre­vent wood rot and peel­ing paint on wood sur­faces, so it’s great for use on sid­ing, doors, trim, and sur­faces where wa­ter col­lects, like win­dow sills. It’s equally ef­fec­tive at pre­vent­ing the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of wa­ter ab­sorp­tion on ma­sonry — like brick, stucco and con­crete. Pain­tBooster re­sists dirt build up to keep your paint job look­ing clean and fresh for years — and be­cause it can also be added to any la­tex stain, it can be used to pre­vent wa­ter dam­age on fences, decks, out­door furniture and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion on OKON Pain­tBooster and pro­tect­ing your home against wa­ter ab­sorp­tion, visit www. okon­inc.com.

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Take pre­cau­tions: Ap­ply­ing a fresh coat of paint to win­dow sills and rail­ings can pro­tect against wa­ter dam­age.

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