Your fiber cement is premium, but still needs painting.
Fiber cement is incredibly durable and is one of the most expensive types of siding. While it requires very little maintenance, it is porous and can still absorb water. The best way to maintain your investment and prevent replacement is to waterproof your fiber cement with a high-performance paint for siding.
Different factors can cause fading around the 10-year mark.
The best exterior coatings are engineered to fight the sun’s UV rays and prevent the signs of fading better than conventional latex paints. Even when it comes to your high-end fiber cement and it’s baked-on top coat, there are several factors that can eventually lead to fading.
- Intensity & duration of sun exposure: If one side of your house is completely exposed to the sun when it’s at its peak, you can expect this side of your house to fade quicker than the others.
- Colour: Darker colours absorb more light and reflect less, which is why they tend to fade faster.
- Chemistry: Resins “hug” and encapsulate pigments to protect them from direct exposure to the sun. The resin-to-pigment ratio of a paint will therefore impact how quick it will fade. Resins are the most expensive components in paint, so cheaper paints will typically contain less resins in order to sell the paint at a price point that makes sense for the consumer. Less resins mean unprotected pigments and more fading.
Protect your fiber cement from efflorescence.
Efflorescence is the migration of salt deposits to the surface of a cement-based siding. When moisture tries to escape the siding during evaporation, it grabs the natural salts and minerals in the substrate and drops them onto the surface, leaving behind a white, powdery substance. Our paint for siding creates a tight molecular, cross-linked bond that repels water and moisture to fight efflorescence and keeps your siding looking brand-new, for longer.
Frequently asked questions about how it works.
What types of exterior surfaces do you paint?
We paint: – aluminum & vinyl siding – stucco & aggregate – metal front & garage doors – aluminum & vinyl windows – soffits, fascias & gutters
…and we can even stain brick!
Do you offer a wide variety of colours?
We have a wide variety of colours for you to choose from, each specifically formulated for exterior use and with optimal fade resistance. We use a combination of the most popular standard siding, door and window colours to provide maximum durability against premature fading and discolouration, as well as to apply the finishing touch of matching-coloured caulking.
Although we can match any exterior paint colour you have in mind, we can’t guarantee the same optimal fade resistance or a matching caulking colour. Finally, we work with an experienced designer every year to help us come up with the latest colour trends and ultra-stylish exterior colour palettes… an added perk that our customers really appreciate!
Why can’t you paint a surface that has already been repainted?
We offer homeowners a permanent factory finish that serves as an alternative to replacement. If we can’t fulfill this promise to you, then we simply don’t take on the project. In the case of brick, if pores are already saturated with a coating, it’s virtually impossible for the brick to absorb our stain. Like stripping wood, the time needed to strip aluminum and vinyl siding of paint is indeterminate. It can actually take DAYS to completely remove several coats of paint. If a project takes days, then it’s no longer cost-effective.
“Just paint over it” you say? Well, if we paint over an existing coat of paint, the aggressive additives that we add to all of our paints and coatings for maximum adhesion might actually chip away at the less-resistant latex paint. If the original paint film chips and flakes, then the outermost coat of paint will chip and flake with it.
How many coats of paint do you apply?
Unlike the traditional brush and roller method, spray-applied painting is measured according to paint thickness rather than the number of coats. Depending on the specific exterior coating that we’re using, as well as weather conditions, paint thickness can vary between 1.5 and 15 mils. A thicker paint film doesn’t automatically mean it will be more durable.
You can be sure that our expert exterior painting crews are equipped with the products and have the experience to produce a permanent factory finish… every time.
What’s the finish of your exterior paint?
For aluminum and vinyl exterior siding, we strike the perfect balance between a matte and shiny finish to minimize the appearance of surface imperfections and to create a like-new, washable finish. For doors and windows, we follow the same gloss standards as the door and window industry: 35%, or what people typically refer to as a “satin” or “semi-gloss” finish.
What kind of products do you use?
We are an eco-friendly painting company that uses our own exclusive line of low VOC, water-based, industrial-strength exterior paints and coatings. All of our products fall under all government VOC limits. Each exterior paint and coating is uniquely tailored for a specific exterior surface and for a specific method of application, and they all contain a unique combination of additives and superior inorganic pigments that reflect the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Since factory paint is cooked, is your paint as scratch resistant?
When we paint doors and windows for manufacturers, we use UV rays to artificially accelerate the curing process. This specific technique is necessary since the demands of the commercial market require quick packaging and delivery of products. To bring the same one-day, permanent factory results to the residential sector, we’ve formulated our exclusive paints and coatings so that they become dry to the touch within 15-30 minutes of application depending on the weather. In a short time, the paint film achieves an excellent level of protection. With the help of the sun’s natural UV rays, the paint fully cures and achieves maximum hardness and durability in the days that follow. The sun’s natural UV rays are just as effective as a forced factory cure. When needed in unideal weather conditions, however, we can produce a forced bake for front doors in our mobile spray booth, since this high-traffic surface requires a quick, full cure.
What’s the difference between spray-applied paint and electrostatic paint?
Most people confuse the difference between spray-applied paint and electrostatic paint. Electrostatic paint is oil-based and is commonly used in the industrial sector to paint difficult to paint shapes, like cylinders. Using an electrical charge, paint is propelled toward the surface to create a perfect, even finish. This isn’t necessary in the residential sector because we use non-toxic, water-based products. The water content of our products, as well as the painting of mostly non-metal surfaces, wouldn’t allow for a sufficient electrical charge. The big appeal of electrostatic painting is the low-fume property of the technique. All of our paints and coatings are specifically designed for spray application, and combined with our spray equipment, result in a high transfer efficiency and minimal amount of overspray. When it comes to painting the exterior of a home, we’ve created the best products and have mastered the techniques to create a like-new, factory finish.
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