How to Save Your Exteriors from Sun Damage

Nothing is worse than discolored, faded paint caused by damage from the sun. It can cause buildings and homes to look old and worn-out long before their time. Sun damage is a huge problem in areas with hot-weather and arid climates, such as Arizona. Keep your exteriors looking fresh by following these easy tips.

Heat: a Paint Job’s Worst Enemy

Colors such as blue and yellow are particularly likely to fade when painted on exterior walls which attract direct sunlight. Since direct sunlight correlates with increased temperatures, this also causes the paint to peel and chip prematurely. If you live in an area with plenty of sunny days, it is important to take additional precautions to protect your paint from damage.

Use Fade-Resistant Paints

Although fade-resistant paints tend to be more pricey, it is worth the investment because you won’t have to repaint as often. Your exterior walls will also look better over the course of their lifetime which is an investment in itself. Fade-resistant paints work by combining quality pigments with a high-grade binder.

Avoid Low-Quality Paints

Low-quality paints lack color retention and are generally unadvisable no matter where you live. In less than a year, a low-quality paint job can end up looking lackluster which will inevitably result in a necessary new coat of paint. This is far more time-consuming than investing in high-quality paints and primers.

Inorganic Pigments Versus Organic Pigments

Choosing to paint your exteriors with inorganic pigments, beige for example, will help increase the lifespan of your paint. Organic pigments include brighter color options and should be avoided if you are trying to steer clear of faded outside walls since they are more susceptible to UV rays.

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