Trimming Your Trees and Shrubberies to Protect Your Home’s Painted Finish
A decision to renovate your home’s exterior painting should consider the impact of this project on your lawn and plants. It is no secret that trees and shrubberies growing around your compound contribute to its aesthetic appeal and a cool shade during a hot summer. In addition, the trees reduce the amount of sunlight reaching your house. Trees bring a whole new ambiance in your compound. They add value to your home.
However, it gets difficult to paint a home exterior with all the trees. Untendered trees and shrubberies have a tendency of causing some form of damage to a freshly painted exterior. Hence, it is imperative to understand why it is important to trim these trees and shrubberies.
The importance of trimming trees and shrubberies
- Keeping moisture away
It is common knowledge that the leaves of a tree trap moisture. When this moisture gets into contact with your home’s painted finish. The constant exposure to moisture forms a breeding ground for the growth of mildew and mold. In the case of mildew, the exterior becomes discolored and becomes black. With more exposure to moisture, the mildew spreads to other parts of the painted exterior. Eventually, the mold and mildew destroy the painted finish. In the long run, the exterior will need to be repainted.
It is also important to consider that in areas that snow frequently, the snow can build up next to the home can virtually ruin siding in a short time period. All these consequences are not good for your painted home.
Trees and shrubberies near your home do not allow the moisture to leave near the painted surface as quickly as it should. It is therefore important to trim vegetation back and away from your newly painted surfaces.
- Maintaining a smooth painted surface
More often than not, trees shed leaves which are blown away by the wind. They also shed some flowers. When the tree is close to a painted surface, all the shed leaves are blown towards that wall. They stick on the freshly painted wall, dirtying the paint. It will be unfortunate if the paint was painted a neutral color such as white since the leaves or flowers will form a green pattern on the painted wall. Eventually, what was a painted exterior ends up looking distasteful yet the painting job was well done.
- Protection from splatter from rainwater
Trees and shrubberies create a surface where water can splatter when it rains. Despite the fact some paints are splatter resistance, the rainwater can cause watermarks on the painted surface. Also, take into account that the rainwater from the surface of the leaf is usually dirty. So you exterior paint will have watermarks and dirt.
- Trees and shrubberies are a hindrance
One of the main purposes of painting your home exterior is to make your home look more attractive. Your intention is to make your outside looking appealing. More aesthetic. Increase your curb appeal. Now, imagine that you have tall trees and shrubberies near your home. All people will see are trees and not the newly painted walls.
The beautiful exterior is to attract people and make your home stand out. But the trees stand in the way of that view. It then becomes pointless to have painted the walls.
Trim the trees and shrubberies so that the painted finish can be clearly seen. There is no need to hide it underneath trees.
- Creating more working space
Painting with trees and shrubberies all around can get pretty uncomfortable for the painter or for you if you are doing the painting yourself. Painting needs all the space you can get. It is essential to be able to stretch the arms without fear of hitting a tree and hurting yourself.
Consequently, it becomes necessary to trim any trees to create adequate working space for any more painting or finishing to be done.
- Enhancing accessibility
After the home exterior is painted, it needs time to dry. People avoid leaning on wet walls because it interferes with the paint and destroys their clothes as well. Untrimmed trees and shrubberies hinder your comfortable access around the home. You have to dodge from one side to another, avoiding a wet surface here and tree there.
In such a situation, it is a necessity to trim the trees. It will give you more access to your home without feeling constricted or feeling that you have to keep on ducking from one place to another.
- Enhancing convenience and preventing paint from chipping off
Trees and shrubberies that are not well tended are an inconvenience to move for you and the painters. They make it harder for equipment to be moved or cleaning up to be done. In such a situation, equipment can mistakenly brush against the wall, coming off with some paint. The painted exterior chips off even before you get to enjoy its value.
In order to protect your painted finish from chipping off, trim your trees.
Leaving your trees and shrubberies untendered can bring about problems for your painted finish. It can lead to:
- Exposure to of the wall to moisture which results in the formation of mildew and mold
- Damage to the paint from objects and equipment due to inaccessibility
- Chipping off of the paint
- Dents and scratches
When your painted finish suffers from any kind of damage, chances are that the job will need to be redone. This will lose more money and time. Moreover, the price of these repairs will be higher than what it would have cost you to trim the trees in the first place. You can decide to trim the trees as a DIY project and if you are unable to do it, you can always find someone who can.
Clearly, it is important to keep your trees in check. You don’t have to completely cut down the tree. All you have to is trim to a reasonable height. As a result, you will mitigate any damage to your exterior preserving it in its original state. Trim your trees and protect your painted finish.