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The Importance of Sealing Surfaces with the Onset of La Niña

Living in a high humidity environment can lead to all sorts of problems for homeowners. Mold infestations, structural damage from water infiltration, and paint peeling are just some of the things that happen when you live with too much moisture.

The Importance of Sealing Surfaces with the Onset of La Niña
In this blog post we’ll talk about how La Niña affects the climate and what it means for your home’s paint, especially for your walls and ceilings.

Read on!


What is La Niña?

It’s easy to forget about the weather, especially when it’s not in your face every day. But there are some changes that homeowners should know about – like humidity levels during Australian La Niña season.


What is La Niña?


One of the most common things people notice with La Niña is higher humidity levels. While this may seem like a good thing at first glance because it means warmer temperatures, too much humidity can have negative consequences not only for your health but for your homes in Daisy Hill, Rochedale, Springwood, Shailer Park as well.


Why is it important to seal surfaces in high humidity areas?

You may not know this but the air in your home can be up to 10% more humid than outside. This is because as water vapor escapes from our homes it cools and condenses, which causes humidity levels to rise even higher inside.

That is why in humid climates, high humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth. In order to combat this issue, homeowners should seal the surfaces in their home with a clear coat. The clear coat will protect from moisture penetration because it creates a barrier between the surface and any water that enters it.


What are some ways you can tell if your home has a moisture problem?

If you notice any of these signs, it might be time to do some investigating as they may indicate an underlying moisture problem with your home. The first indication of a possible issue is mold or mildew growth on surfaces such as windowsills, walls or under sinks. You also want to keep an eye out for the following:

  • Peeling paint
  • Buckling floors and ceilings
  • Discoloration on drywall near windows and exterior doors


How does surface sealing help prevent potential paint problems

What do you think of when someone mentions a painter? A person who paints walls and furniture, right? Now imagine if the paint on those surfaces was peeling or chipping. It would be an eyesore.

But this is often what happens with old homes because they have been exposed to so many elements over time. Surface sealing can help prevent those problems from happening by protecting the surface from these outside factors that cause damage.

Other advantages surface sealing delivers includes:

  1. It is water repellent which means that rain will not be able to penetrate through the surface and cause additional damage such as mold or rot.
  2. It creates a protective barrier on top of any existing coatings such as paint or stains so that new coats can easily adhere without causing peeling during humid times.
  3. It gives an easy way to knock down roughness in texture on exterior surfaces.


What other things should I consider when sealing surfaces in high humidity areas

When you seal a surface in a high humidity area, it is important to know the type of paint you are using. If your paint does not have a high enough sheen, the moisture from the air will cause it to peel away over time.

You should also know that there are certain types of surfaces, which may not be suitable for sealing. For example, if you are going to seal a brick patio, which has been exposed to rain and other elements for many years now, you would need something different than what you would use on a wooden deck that had never seen moisture before.  The same goes if you’re painting an interior wall with water-based paint, make sure there’s no mold or mildew present first before proceeding, otherwise you’ll soon see your paint job quickly turn into a disaster.

Avoid time consuming and money-wasting painting jobs, choose a reliable painter who is knowledgeable with these processes. Let’s talk.