We’re heading into the last weeks of summer, so if you were thinking of giving your home a new coat of paint this year, now’s the time. As you’re scouring through paint stores looking for the perfect paint combination, don’t forget about the primer.

Is primer really that important?

Using primer can protect your paint from cracking prematurely.

Using primer can protect your paint from cracking prematurely.

Yes, it is. If you want the job done right, then you should take the time to put a primer on before you paint (or repaint) your home–inside as well as out.

First of all, the primer acts as a sealer for your siding. Second, a primer will cover up discolorations, stains or other small imperfections. Third, it acts as a base for your paint and helps your paint bond to the surface giving it longer life.

If you are looking to lighten the color of your home, you definitely need a primer. If you try to paint a light color directly over another color, the lighter color will become muted and distorted. It’s not a good look and it’s not why you spent money buying high quality paint. The exterior is your home’s first impression, take the extra time and spend the extra money on the right materials for the job.

Primer can help protect your siding from moisture damage

If you're going from dark to light, a primer will prevent your new color from being muted and muddy when it mixes with the old dark paint.

If you’re going from dark to light, a primer will prevent your new color from being muted and muddy when it mixes with the old dark paint. Color chart from Heritage

 

If you have wooden siding on your home, using a primer will protect the wood from being exposed to the elements. Naked wood can cause the paint to crack and fail, allowing moisture to seep into your wooden siding causing rot and mold problems.

Wood is naturally absorbent. Without a good coat of primer, too much paint will end up being soaked up by the wood giving your home an uneven finish. It can take many more coats of paint to get your home to look even if you choose to skip the primer.

So, without primer you’ll need more paint, and you’ll most likely need to repaint more often and pay to fix moldy and rotten wooden siding. So, are you still thinking of skipping the primer? We didn’t think so.

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If you’ve already made the mistake once of not using primer and are experiencing the damaging effects, like mold and damage to your wooden siding, talk to us about fixing the problem. Any exterior damage to your home, especially moisture damage and mold, should always be taken seriously.

Call (303) 543-9549 to get a free estimate on your reconstruction project.

We have over 30 years of quality renovations under our tool belts throughout Colorado, including mountain communities! We always use superior materials and never cut corners. Our in house crew has been with us for more than 19 years, and we’re all continuing to learn and expand upon our skills and knowledge of the industry in order to provide optimal service to our clients.

We work on multifamily units, residential, commercial, construction defect, insurance claim repairs and hospitality industries. We work alongside HOAs, property managers, engineers, inspectors, and homeowners.