When it comes to painting weatherboard houses, it is all in the preparation!
Weatherboards are a type of cladding that is often used to cover the exterior of a building to make it look attractive, and it also protects the building.
Weatherboards are made of wood or reconstituted hardwood that can be painted or stained to your choice or made of vinyl.
Modern weatherboards contain timber from sustainable sources.
There is nothing to beat the look of weatherboards.
Keep in mind that they require constant maintenance to keep them looking their best (repaint, stain or seal every few years, etc.)
One benefit with timber boards is that you can change the colour of the exterior paint over the years. You do not have to paint your home the same colour each time.
Vinyl boards or cladding, are available in a massive range of colours.
They are moulded to look like wood without the associated maintenance that timber requires.
We need to wash the weatherboards regularly (once or twice a year) with a mild detergent and water. There are many house washing services that can quickly wash down the cladding for you and without damaging the surface of the boards.
High pressure cleaning can damage weatherboards and remove paint from painted timber.
Advantages Of Having A Weatherboard House
They have lower initial construction costs than brick houses because weatherboards are readily available at a low price.
Weatherboards provides good insulation for Brisbane weather conditions.
The reason is that air is trapped between the panels, which regulates heat or cold.
It is easier to install or build a house with a weatherboard, and the construction time is relatively short.
In addition, because not all the work has to be done by professionals, anyone with basic carpentry skills can install weatherboards or cladding.
It is easy to make repairs to the weatherboard. These repairs are usually loose nails or a rare filler from a rotten piece of wood that takes very little time to repair. In addition, unlike brick structures, weatherboarding is more tolerant of ground shaking, such as small earth tremors, than brick houses.
How Do You Paint Your Weatherboard House?
Weatherboard siding is synonymous with many classic Australian home design styles, from coastal homes to the traditional “Queenslander”.
Like any other house area, weatherboards require maintenance and care to keep them looking their best for as long as feasible.
If your weatherboard home seems a little dull and peeling, a fresh coat of paint is the most effective way to rejuvenate your home’s exterior.
These expert tips will help you get the perfect paint job for your weatherboard home.
1. Surface Preparation For Weatherboard Cladding
If you have a portable pressure washer, you can use it to clean the surface of your home and remove dirt and peeling paint.
Alternatively, you can use a scouring pad or scrubbing brush and scrub those surfaces with a bucket of clean water.
Wooden trims may require you to use a paint scraper to remove loose paint so your frames achieve a perfect paint finish.
If you are repainting old weatherboards, remove old paint, dirt, grime, grit or other debris to ensure a smooth surface every time.
This is also the time to check the boards for any damage and you can replace the damaged areas or rotten weatherboards.
Get the prep done right and you will be able to paint your home’s exterior and get a long lasting result.
Take short cuts with the surface prep work and your paint job will only last a couple of years. You will see the paint lifting or flaking before it should!
This is the main reason why people call in the professional painters.
They have the equipment needed to prepare the boards plus all the ladders and trestles are all part of the set up gear.
Exterior house painters can reach all the up high areas including under the eaves and all the window frames so that the entire home is painted uniformly.
2. Work The Wall In Sections
Before starting to apply the first coat, it is essential to have the proper brush on hand.
Use a good quality brush to sweep from the bottom of each board toward each overlap before continuing with even brush strokes.
Instead of painting one long, horizontal motion at a time, divide the wall into sections.
Taking advantage of natural breaks and interruptions in weathering boards (such as corners, windows or doors) to minimize vertical join marks as you complete the area.
This way, you’ll avoid vertical gaps between sections and achieve a uniform finish as the paint dries.
3. Start At The Top When Painting
Start painting from the top and paint three boards side by side.
Starting in one corner and working toward the opposite side.
If you start this process from the top-down, make sure you don’t smear any fresh coats of paint on the lower areas by working directly over them.
4. Let The Paint Dry Between Coats
Two hours of drying time is all you need to achieve for an even finish throughout.
Check the boards to see how many coats are required for each colour, as darker colours may require more coats.
Not ready to take on the task of painting a Weatherboard house yourself?
Even if you know how to paint old weatherboard, you may not have the time or desire to tackle this painting project on the weekend or after work.
When you hire a team of professional painters, your exterior painting project will be completed in a short time frame.
Hiring a professional painter from Brisbane Painting Pros will help you to carry out every exterior project efficiently.
From the detailed prep work to the premium paint application and thorough cleanup at the end of the project.
We have professional painters with over twenty-five years of experience.