The Inside Snoop – Choosing the Right Home Paint Colour for the Tropical Caribbean Climate can save you LOTS of Money on property maintenance!

Painting your home is a very heavy expense for the average home owner. If you can increase the lifetime of your paint job you will also be increasing your savings!


We know that choosing the right paint colour for the exterior of your home is never easy! Colour can enhance the architecture of your home, and bring out its unique features. Alongside this, the colour of your home represents you! However, the most essential thing to consider when choosing exterior colours is longevity and practicality!


Here in the Caribbean, we seem to love colourful homes! But with 365 days of sunshine the choice of colour on your home is definitely the most IMPORTANT consideration when it comes to longevity of a paint job. Did you know that the amount of ultraviolet light absorbed by the colour is the number one influencing factor that affects how long a paint job will last.


While dark colours provide a pleasant contrast and enhance the architectural details of a home, they are much more likely to fade. Dark colours absorb heat and can create more moisture problems than lighter shades. This causes dark colours to fade away significantly faster than lighter colours. The more the colour of your home fades, the more difficult it is to ‘touch up’ forcing home owners to repaint the entire home when they encounter small maintenance issues.


So Which Colours Stand up Better to the Caribbean Climate?


Inorganic colours like browns, beiges, and tans are much more stable to the harsh sun light exposure in the Caribbean. The pigments used in these colours are less likely to break down. This makes these ‘earthy’ colours a lot longer lasting in warmer climates. The pigments in organic colours like blues, greens, reds and yellows are less stable when hit by direct sunlight and causes them to fade much faster!


5 Other Important things to consider to get the longest lasting paint job:


1.) The type of material you are painting is very important. Highly alkaline surfaces like new masonry walls should be painted with a paint that is not alkali-sensitive. So make sure to ask your paint manufacturer which paints they recommend for different surface types as this can greatly affect the longevity of the paint job!


2.) Always use a high quality paint! High quality paints are much more resistant to chalking and have much better adhesion ability to the surface that they are applied to! Make sure to buy paint that has a lifetime warrant against defects in the finish!


3.) Make sure to clean the surface before painting, and that it is not peeling or flaking before you apply the new paint job! A quick scraping, sanding, pressure washing and scrubbing before you apply new paint can allow the new paint job to adhere a lot better. This results in a longer lasting high quality finish.


4.) Painting on hot days, in the rain, or during windy or dusty weather will negatively affect the overall finish of your paint job. Ideal temperatures for painting are between 10 and 32 degrees Celsius. When possible, follow the shade because hot weather and direct sun causes the paint to dry to quickly and reduces its adhesiveness to the surface it has been applied to.


5.) At least two coats of paint and a highly quality primer can go a long way in getting a smooth, consistent and high quality finish!


A longer lasting paint job saves you money and time. More importantly, it keeps your house looking like a well maintained piece of art and for many home owners this is a definite necessity!


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