FIRST LAYER OF DEFENCE
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.