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Choosing the Right Exterior Paint for Coastal Homes in New Jersey

Choosing the Right Exterior Paint for Coastal Homes in New Jersey

There’s nothing like living by the coast here in New Jersey: stunning views, fresh ocean air, and the never-ending, relaxing sound of breaking waves. Unfortunately, some of the things we like most about coastal living are the very things that wreak havoc on our home’s exterior. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

But don't think you’re completely defenseless against the elements.

In this article we’re discussing not only why coastal homes take the brunt of weather-related-wear, but also how you can choose the best paint for maximum protection.

Speaking of articles, you may also want to check out another blog we recently published: How To Protect and Maintain the Exterior of Your Coastal NJ Home.

Understanding the Coastal Environment

You may be wondering why the coast is especially hard on homes. If you happen to live near the coast, that's exactly the question you should ask! As you probably already know, coastal climates are characterized by high humidity, salt-laden air, strong winds, and intense sunlight. Here’s how these elements can take a toll on your home’s exterior:

  • High Humidity: High humidity in coastal areas can infiltrate paint layers, causing them to swell, peel, or bubble.
  • Salty Air: As much as your skin may love it, salty air corrodes and degrades exterior surfaces like nothing else (especially metal siding). When salt particles settle on the paint, it usually causes blistering or peeling over time, breaking the paint barrier and exposing your home's surface to the elements.
  • Strong Winds: Whenever strong coastal winds aren't completely tearing off siding, they are battering homes with a never-ending barrage of abrasive sand particles and ocean mist.
  • Intense Sunlight: Intense sunlight also causes paint to fade and break down due to UV rays. Prolonged exposure leads to photodegradation, where paint loses color and becomes chalky.

Tip: If you rub your finger across your siding and notice some of the color coming off onto your fingertip, it may mean it's time to repaint.


Types of Exterior Paint That are Good for Coastal Homes

Next time you’re looking for exterior paint, it's important to remember that the color choice is not the only factor you want to keep in mind. Exterior paint (especially for coastal homes) must be durable, resistant, and flexible. Here are two good options.

Acrylic Latex Paint

Acrylic paints are probably the most popular for coastal homes. Why? They provide strong adhesion and resistance to salt and moisture (while also protecting your wallet!). Their flexibility allows them to expand and contract with temperature changes. And, they are often very UV-resistant which helps maintain their color and integrity despite constant exposure to sunlight.

Elastomeric Paint

Elastomeric paint is another great option. These paints provide a thick, highly flexible coating that also expands and contracts with temperature changes. But their real strength is in their ability to seal out moisture and protect against wind-driven rain.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Paint

Before we go, let's talk about some other key considerations for getting the most out of your exterior paint job.

1. Consider Your Home’s Exterior Materials

Different building materials require specific types of paint for best adhesion and durability. For example, certain wood surfaces may need breathable paint to prevent rot, but other materials like stucco or masonry would benefit from a strong-sealing paint like elastomeric. Choosing the right paint for your home’s exterior material is one of the best ways to ensure a long lasting and quality finish. Ask your local professional for tailored advice!

2. Consider Sealing Before Painting

Paint seals to some degree on its own, but it's not a bad idea to seal the surface with a specially designed sealer before painting. A high-quality sealant prevents moisture infiltration, improves adhesion by creating a smooth surface, and provides extra protection against mold and mildew growth, especially in high-humidity coastal areas.

3. Consider Paints That Are UV/Fade Resistant

As we mentioned above, coastal homes face constant exposure to intense sunlight, which can cause paint to fade and degrade. Look for paints that advertise UV protection and fade-resistant properties. This will ensure your paint stays vibrant and structurally sound.

4. Consider Which Paint Colors Fade More Quickly

It may surprise you, but knowing which paint color to use is one of the best ways to prevent fading. Not all paint colors fade at the same rate; darker and vibrant colors tend to fade faster because they absorb more heat and UV radiation. On the other hand, lighter and duller colors reflect more sunlight, helping them retain their color longer and reduce heat absorption.

What’s the Takeaway?

So, how do you choose the best type of paint for your coastal home? Remember what your paint is up against and consider the necessary steps we discussed for a smooth, long-lasting paint job.

What's the best method for high-quality results? Hire a professional! At Clean Lines Painting, we know the unique challenges of coastal painting in New Jersey, but that doesn't stop us from delivering #1 rated results every time. Contact us today for more information!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I repaint my coastal home? A: Coastal homes generally need repainting every 5-7 years, depending on the quality of the paint and environmental conditions.

Q: Can I use regular exterior paint for my coastal home? A: It’s best to use paints specifically designed for coastal environments, as they offer better resistance to salt, moisture, and UV rays.

Q: How do I deal with peeling paint on my coastal home? A: Remove the peeling paint, clean the surface, and apply a primer before repainting with a high-quality, durable paint.

Q. How can I help my exterior paint to last longer in coastal NJ? A: Invest in routine maintenance. Power washing at least once per year is key, plus inspections, touch-ups, and repairs.

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