The Enemies of Outdoor Paint

We spend time and money transforming our house into a home. We spend our savings to achieve the beauty and comfort we desire in the very place we rest and keep our family safe. However, some factors are out of our hands.

We spend time and money transforming our house into a home. We spend our savings to achieve the beauty and comfort we desire in the very place we rest and keep our family safe. However, some factors are out of our hands. Some contaminants and elements are beyond our control. For one, we cannot control the weather. It is important that when hiring professional painting contractors, they understand the toll that these weather conditions take on your home’s exterior paint. Keeping this in mind helps them to make better decisions and become a more reliable resource for the clients.

Five Main Enemies of Exterior Paint

Like every living organism on Earth, nothing stays permanent. Things fade through time and structures age as the years’ pass. However, understanding the causes of paint failure and deterioration can help contractors a perspective on how to maintain the exterior walls.

Temperature Changes

The annual climate cycle in most northern regions affects the lifespan of your exterior painting. The temperature fluctuations experienced during freezing climates in the test of an exterior painting job. At times when the temperature can drop to below freezing temperature and return to normal temperature in the morning is potentially damaging the paint integrity. The freeze-thaw cycle places unusual stress on the paint coating, and the paint can crack and peel off if the paint used is not flexible.


Even some of the quality paints cannot withstand this enemy. Moisture appears in different forms which can later damage the exterior painting of your home. High humidity, rain downpour, and frost snows can end up destroying the paint. Blistering, peeling, and mottling are some of the most common effects of moisture on exterior walls.

Poor Preparation

All the money you spent on expensive and quality paints and the best painting contractors will be wasted if they missed one important step in the preparation step. Prep work is important to guarantee a durable and quality exterior painting finish. However, this is among the most common mistakes and failures most painters commit. Paint contractors cannot skip a step in the prep without facing the consequence. Cracking and wax bleeding are among the common indicators of poor preparation work. Cracking often appears when the previously applied paint is not properly scraped off the surface. This also occurs when the paint is applied on rough surfaces, and painters skipped sanding and priming.

Ultraviolet Rays

Ultraviolet sun rays often result in fading of the paint. The disadvantage of countries that experience the direct rays of the sun is that the ultraviolet rays their exterior wall painting receives can destroy the binder of the paint. When binders break down, a pigment will be released. Heavy UV rays also increased the speed of paint colour deterioration.

Improper Paint Application

Improper paint applications result in flaking. You can choose the best exterior paint colour, but still not get the best finish you desire if the paint application process fails. When not properly coated with paint, moisture can easily penetrate walls or woods which can result in flaking.

These are some of the most common enemies that a good exterior painting works face. If you want to avoid an accelerated deterioration of your exterior wall painting, it is best to consult professional painting contractors with a skilled team of painters who can apply the necessary precautions, preparations, and protections to achieve what your money’s worth.

Pamela Vigneault
Pamela Vigneault
We hired Earl and his crew to paint the baseboards & walls of our basement. He is very good at answering emails and texts. Also is punctual when meeting for quotes and doing the work. I specifically wanted our baseboards lacquered and NOT brush or roller painted. It cost more, but the results speak for themselves. The basement was left clean and the furniture well covered. Great work from this company. Would recommend
Lorraine Townsend
Lorraine Townsend
Recently Earl painted the exterior of our house. The structure was very challenging and needed an enormous amount of prep work. Earl and his crew showed up every day on time and went full tilt for 4 days to get all the prep and painting done. The paint was all brushed and rolled.They were very professional and it was obvious that they take pride in their work.I did have trouble deciding on the colours and after a couple of stressful months, I followed up with a colour consultant that Earl recommended. It was money well spent and we are very pleased with how it turned out.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl and his crew.
Earl and his team helped me dramatically improve the interior of a recently purchased 1960 Bungalow. They prepped and painted the main level completely (ceiling, walls, windows, door jams, etc.) and did some painting in basement as well. Easy to work with from the start to finish. Great job, on time, and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Earl’s Paintworks. I will most likely be using their services again soon!
Jenn Balderston
Jenn Balderston
Earl is the best in the business! We hired Earl to paint the exterior of our 106 year-old heritage home that was in disrepair. Our house is a craftsman bungalow that required highly detailed workmanship. Because of the uniqueness of the house, and its heritage value, we were nervous to hire the job out to just anyone. We met with a number of companies and Earl's Paintworks stood tall above the rest. We loved that Earl was an owner/operator and knew after talking to him that he'd take great care with our beloved home. We weren't wrong! Earl and Jeremy were meticulous - sanding every nook and cranny to ensure a perfect finish that would stand the test of time. We wanted a tri-colour scheme to show off the home's craftsmanship, which required a lot of taping, cutting, and intricate work. Our neighbours would stop by to compliment Earl and Jeremy - blown away by the precision and quality of their work. Both my fiancé and I were sad to see them leave. Earl and Jeremy had become fast friends, always making time to stop and visit with us (despite putting in long days of hard labour). Couldn't recommend them enough! If you are looking for a painter, do yourself a favour, and stop here.
Julie Sontag
Julie Sontag
We recently hired Earl's Paintworks to repaint the entire interior of a newly-purchased home and could not be more pleased with the quality of the work and exceptional service provided from start to finish. We were on a very tight timeline & Earl (the owner) and Jeremy showed up ready to work 30 minutes after we took possession of the house. They put in long hours to finish the job in only 8.5 days, despite the fact that it was a massive project (3 storey house with over 30 windows/doors to paint around and some 20ft ceilings). The care they took to cover our hardwood floors, carpeting and cabinetry was remarkable - not a drop of paint left anywhere it didn't belong.Earl was truly a pleasure to work with, responded to our questions in a timely & friendly fashion, and provided knowledgeable (and realistic) advice on different finishes and colour options. He even went above and beyond to point out some small repairs that needed to be addressed around the house which was helpful to us as new owners. We had 4 different companies quote on the job and chose Earl's Paintworks based on a gut feeling that Earl was the right choice. Very happy with our decision - so much so that we're hoping to have them back this summer to do the exterior of our house as well.We would recommend Earl's Paintworks to anyone without hesitation. If you're looking for a hardworking, locally-owned company to do an efficient, professional, super high quality job, this is it!
Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung
We wanted the interior and doors repainted in our home in preparation for selling. We obtained a couple of quotes from painters. We ended up choosing Earl due to our positive interactions with him.This is a small but very professional company. It was good to work with a smaller company where the person painting your home is the actual owner and therefore, someone who took full responsibility for the work. Earl was very helpful with colour suggestions. He was easy to communicate with via both emails, phone calls and text. Earl was a perfectionist. He finished our 2 level 2000 sq ft home in about 6 full days. He came a few weeks later to do the exterior doors (garage and entry) when the weather was warmer.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl's Paintworks.