Monthly Archives: September 2013

How Cold Weather Affects Your Exterior Paint

Winter is just around the corner. It may not feel like it now when the lingering summery weather makes September feel like June, but before you know it New England’s frigid wintery winds will be gusting against your shutters. Ice and snow won’t be far behind.

You may be able to retreat inside away from the elements, snug as a bug in your cozy well-heated home, but your exterior paint isn’t so lucky. Instead, it stands as your home’s first defense against the damaging effects of weather. And make no mistake, ice and snow and even cold rains and wind can do a number on the most beautiful exterior paint job.

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Winter is coming!

Consider that the usual cycle of freezes and thaws we experience here in Massachusetts means expansion and contraction of moisture. An exterior paint job that isn’t cracked, chipped, or peeling will form a barrier against moisture that negates the impact of freezing and thawing. But when exterior paint is damaged, moisture in the form of cold rain, ice, and snow can get in between the paint and your home – even through the tiniest cracks – and add to the damage that’s already there.

More and bigger entry points for water mean an increased likelihood of water damage as winter turns into spring.

Temperature fluctuations that include very cold weather followed by milder temperatures can literally cause the paint to peel right off your home! As the wood or other materials under exterior paint expand and contract, the bond between paint and painted surfaces grows weaker. Paint – especially lower quality exterior paints used by disreputable painting companies – can crack, flake off, or bubble under the stress of rapid, intense temperature changes.

On top of everything else, frigid winter lows can even change the color of your exterior paint! In the coldest weather, dark colors of budget paint can look frosted… or even turn white!

The number one antidote to the damaging effects of winter weather on exterior paint is a superior paint job using top of the line exterior paints. As mentioned above, your home’s paint job is its first line of defense against the elements, but it can only fulfill that role if it’s firmly adhered to exterior walls and free from cracks, chips, and bubbling.

At Jerry Enos Painting, and exterior painting company in New England, we know how important your home’s exterior paint truly is. That’s why we bring the best materials and expert-level painting know-how to every job site, big or small. Your paint job will stand up to not only the elements, but also the test of time. Call us for a free estimate today at 978-546-6843.

Smart Moves: Tackle Exterior Painting First

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Are you getting ready to do some serious home improvement? If the exterior of your home is going to be your focus, we recommend tackling that project with an exterior painting company before doing just about anything else. Why? Your home’s paint is its protection from the elements, and so postponing a much-needed paint job can mean having to pay for costly repairs down the road.

But that’s not the only reason to bump exterior painting to the top of your list. First, putting painting before landscaping should be a no-brainer. A great crew won’t disrupt mulch or plants, but even so, it makes sense to work on the landscaping once the painting is done.

Second, put off painting for too long and you run the risk of it getting too cold, too windy, or life being too busy to make an exterior paint job feasible. If your home is ready for a new paint job, don’t wait. Now is a great time to make it happen.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!

The Jerry Enos Painting Crew: Meet Rafael

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Rafael Perello, our company foreman, started at Jerry Enos Painting 14 years ago when he finally got fed up with something most of us can relate to – namely, the commute into Boston. He was working in the city during the height of the Big Dig and the traffic was a killer.

“I used to have to leave the house at 5 in the morning and then I wasn’t getting home until after dark,” he said. “I didn’t like it.”

So Rafael started looking for something local, calling around and asking about work. One of those calls was to Jerry. Rafael had plenty of experience under his belt to recommend him. His father is a general contractor, and so Rafael had what you might call an unofficial apprenticeship starting from a young age.

“Back when I was at Salem High School, it would be a weekend thing – it was a learning experience. I would watch people working, grab tools, and just help out however I could.”

Sometimes it was painting. Sometimes it was construction. Maybe the tile guy needed help and then Rafael was laying tile for the day. It was there that he got a feel for what he liked and didn’t like, and what he liked was painting. He stuck with it, amassing the kind of experience that got his cold call to Jerry noticed.

Today, you might meet Rafael as he oversees our crew at your job site, making sure that your project is done right, on time.

But that’s probably not all he’ll be doing. As he put it, he likes to stay busy, so he’s still doing a little bit of everything and helping out however he can. When asked what he likes best about working at Jerry Enos Painting, this is what he had to say:

“I love always working in a different location, seeing different houses and towns. It keeps things interesting. I get to find out, hey, there’s this beach I’ve never been to or some other spot to visit. I’m always finding out something new about the areas we’re working in – and that includes towns I’ve been to before.”

Rafael is married to Jerica, has a daughter Jerilee (Jerry’s goddaughter), and has another daughter due to arrive any day now.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!