After a long, cold winter here in Georgia, we think everyone is pretty excited about the temperatures getting warmer. But, with warm summer temperatures comes damaging UV rays. These UV rays damage more than just your skin too – they can damage all kinds of parts in and around you home. To protect the wood in your home this summer and reduce your energy bills, Three Brothers Painting in Woodstock, Ga offers three money and energy saving tips.
Protecting Hardwood Floors
Wood is susceptible to sun damage because it is an organic material. This goes for all of the wood in and around your house: hardwood floors, siding, decking, and fencing. To protect your hardwood floors, it’s best to either cover your windows with drapes or curtains. These will keep those hot, harsh rays off of your hardwood floors. You can also apply UV reflective material to the windows to try to bounce some of those rays back. Both of these measures will help keep your home cooler and therefore reduce energy costs.
Protecting Wood Siding
If you live in a home with traditional wood siding then you have a home that will last for many, many years to come – with the appropriate upkeep. The best steps to take for protecting your wood siding from weather and sun damage is to keep it freshly painted or stained. Before staining, the siding must first be cleaned with a pressure washer and cleanser. Then, when dry, a fresh coat of paint applied. The paint helps create a barrier between the wood and the weather to prevent it from sustaining damage from UV rays, wind, and rain.
Protecting Decking and Fencing
Your decks and fences need to be taken care of with the same principles as your siding. These fixtures will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Pressure washing keeps them clean and free of mold, while stain protects them from sun and water damage. Three Brothers Painting also offers a unique product that turns your deck into a Trex-like surface. Deck Revive applies like a paint, but lasts for years and you’ll never have to worry about getting a splinter in your foot again.
Go ahead and get ready for summer temperatures now before it’s so hot outside that you don’t want to get out there to work, and before the sun wreaks havoc on the wood around your Roswell, GA home.