When it comes to maintenance and upkeep on our homes, we tend to prioritize the structural over the cosmetic. That’s no surprise, of course. We understand that repairs and maintenance that are put off will cost us dearly down the line, because problems with our home don’t get better on their own – they only get worse, and more costly to fix. So we worry about the foundation and the walls, the pipes and the electrical system, and – too often – we neglect things like the wallpaper or the paint.
But the truth is that paint is not merely cosmetic. In fact, quality paint is protecting your home. So just as ignoring your foundation’s needs can lead to costly problems later on, so can failing to paint your home!
Painting and protection
We don’t just paint our homes because it looks good. Painting adds a protective layer to the outside of your home.
If you imagine a home without paint, you’ll quickly see just how exposed it feels. Outside, its siding and wooden walls would be exposed to the elements. Inside, you’d see drywall or wood.
And old paint isn’t much better than no paint. The next time you walk by an aging barn and see the paint chipping away, take a look at the exposed wood in spots where the paint has fallen. You’ll see that it’s weathered, worn away by wind and rain. You may notice that it’s damp, if it has rained recently. All of this is the beginning of the end for that barn, which is becoming less and less sturdy as its exposed structure is being damaged.
A quality paint protects the structure of your home from this damage. It takes the beating so that your home doesn’t have to. It’s designed to keep your walls dry and strong, and it will last a while – but it will need to be replaced every once in awhile, which is why you need to prioritize repainting as part of your home’s maintenance.
Inside and out
And these rules don’t just hold up outside. The same goes for your interior walls. While interior paint may seem merely cosmetic, the fact is that it seals your walls just as the exterior paint does. Humidity and condensation, be they from natural sources or from your latest shower, are out to get your walls – and paint can stop them in their tracks. The same goes for greasy fingerprints, spills and stains, and much more. But, just as on the outside, the paint inside your home needs to be replenished through re-painting from time to time.
A job done right
Paint is a vital protection for new homes and old ones, but it has to be done right. To properly protect your home, you’ll need a painting job that includes thorough and proper preparation, including sanding, priming, and other necessary steps and precautions. So choose a reliable painting company and be sure to repaint your space regularly. Painting isn’t just cosmetic work – it’s a vital part of protecting your home.