Taking Climate Into Consideration When Selecting Exterior Paint

The climate in the area where you live and the effects that climate may have on the paint you select for the exterior of your home are two points that need to be carefully considered when considering different options for exterior paint.

We recently received an inquiry from a website visitor that said, “My husband and I are getting ready to paint the exterior of our home. Algae growth is an in issue in our location, so I would like to know if the color of paint can have an effect on growth of the algae. Also, is there any particular exterior paint that works well to keep algae growth down and what are your recommendations as to how often the exterior of the home should be pressure washed and which chemicals should work best, without harming the paint of the structure of the home?"

I responded to Nancy and advised the following: Paint color does not affect algae growth. The sheen of the paint, however, will affect algae growth and that is the reason I recommend the use of a satin or gloss finish. Once I finish painting the exterior of a home for a client, I recommend they pressure clean the exterior of the home within 12 to 18 months after it has been painted and then once per year after that. I use a light chlorine and water combination solution to pressure clean and have found the chlorine is the only chemical that will truly kill the algae. I also highly recommend the use of a very high quality premium grade of paint for exterior painting, either Sherwin Williams Resilience and Duration or PPG Permanizer for the exterior of a home.

Climate will undoubtedly have an affect on the durability of any paint you select for the exterior of your home, no matter where you live. We work with our clients to carefully examine their environment and the climate surrounding their homes in order to best recommend what will work for them as far as offering an appearance that the client is happy with, while also proving to be durable and also prove to be cost-effective for the client.

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