FIRST LAYER OF DE­FENCE

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The ex­te­rior of your house will take a beat­ing in bad weather, and while much has been made of the harsh UV rays de­stroy­ing paint lus­tre, colder months lay into ex­te­rior paint too.

The sur­face of the home nat­u­rally ex­pands and con­tracts in ex­treme weather, and with rain and hu­mid­ity at high lev­els, mois­ture can seep into the paint al­low­ing mould to grow.

Du­lux se­nior ex­te­rior brand man­ager Briana Keena­han says us­ing the cor­rect paint could save you thou­sands of dol­lars in the long run.

The com­pany’s Weather­shield prod­uct con­tains the Max­iFlex stretch tech­nol­ogy, which is trade­marked to Du­lux, and al­lows for flex­i­bil­ity in cold weather.

“You get flak­ing and cracks be­cause a paint prod­uct isn’t flex­i­ble enough, so you need a some­thing that has a flex­i­ble coat­ing and can con­tract and ex­pand with the el­e­ments. It’s just com­mon sense,” says Briana.

“Also, we have less wa­ter in our paints. When you paint the sur­face the first thing that evap­o­rates is the wa­ter and all that’s left is the other in­gre­di­ents. With less wa­ter, there is more paint left on the sur­face to pro­tect the house.”

Ex­ter­nal doors and win­dows are also ar­eas of con­cern lead­ing into the wet sea­son.

“There are two ways that you can ap­proach look­ing for a leak, the first is pre­ven­tive,” says Sel­leys tech­ni­cal ser­vice man­ager Josh Nor­gate.

“Check for gaps around win­dows and door frames and make sure the sealants around any pen­e­tra­tions in your roof or build­ing are all wa­ter tight.

“The other way is re­ac­tive and typ­i­cally this hap­pens when a leak forms that you were not ex­pect­ing, so look for wa­ter dam­age on ceil­ings.”

Wa­ter dam­age can look like round ar­eas of dis­coloura­tion or paint could start blis­ter­ing and peel­ing away.

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