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Hazards Associated With Painting: Why Prep Is Paramount

hazards associated with painting

In a discussion about home improvements that can be hazardous, painting is unlikely to be one of the first things that comes to mind. However, the seemingly simple task of painting a wall can expose you to a lot more hazards than you might initially imagine.

Home improvements come in all shapes and sizes, from fitting your own kitchen, to building a shelf. Some home improvements are well suited to a DIY job, whilst others, like DIY insulation, are better left to the professionals.

Painting your home is a little of both worlds, interior painting is something that can be achieved easily by those with a little experience, while exterior painting can be incredibly dangerous.

The hazards associated with painting, extend to the physical dangers, and those that can cause all your hard work to be for nothing.

If you’re considering repainting the exterior of your home, these are the top 5 hazards associated with painting, that you should be aware of before pressing ahead with this project…

Hazard 1: Working at Heights

Working at heights is a hazard associated with painting external walls that simply can’t be avoided. Painting the outside of your home means you’re going to have to find a safe way to work at a height.

While the bottom of external walls is simple enough to paint, when you need to paint the top, which should really be done at the start, it can be a big problem.

The common ladder method is rife with dangers, from slipping off the ladder, to the ladder falling from beneath you. A widely adopted solution, is the use of scaffolding, which makes the process easier and safer, but can cost a lot; especially if you’re opting for a DIY fix to save money.

Hazard 2: Exposure to Dangerous Substances

Being exposed to dangerous substances may not seem like one of the common hazards associated with painting, but it can occur in a multitude of situations.

The condition of existing walls is a big factor in this. Substances like mould, bacteria, and animal droppings are all commonplace on homes, and a potential hazard.

The paint you are using and its potential toxicity further increases the hazard. Prolonged exposure to this could be problematic, along with the old paint that you’re covering. One of the biggest hazards associated with painting older homes is exposure to old lead paint, which was used up to the 1980’s.

hazards associated with painting

Before any paint is applied, all external walls should be clean, treated, repaired, and primed. If any stage of preparation is missed, or not completed correctly, the finish could be severely compromised

Hazard 3: Risk of Physical Injury

On top of the risk of falling from a height whilst painting, there are also risks that can result in other physical injuries, some of which are minor, and others which could be severe.

One of the most common injuries associated with painting is painters shoulder, which can occur after long sessions of painting.

Many other aspects of painting can also result in injury. These include:

• Long periods of standing.
• Painting in awkward positions.
• Over-straining to reach certain areas.
• Lifting and carrying heavy painting supplies.

Hazard 4: Poorly Prepared Surfaces

As well as physical hazards, there are also problems that can occur if you aren’t experienced with exterior house painting, which is very different to interior painting. Preparing the outside walls requires extensive checks, and in some cases, a lot of work.

Before any paint is applied, all external walls should be clean, treated, repaired, and primed. If any stage of preparation is missed, or not completed correctly, the finish could be severely compromised.

hazards associated with painting

At Home Logic, we have experience with homes old and new, working with homeowners to create the perfect finish, without worry of encountering any of the hazards of painting external walls. Using our specialist wall coatings, we get the job done quickly, correctly, and beautifully, every single time!

Hazard 5: Using the Wrong Kind of Paint

Just as painting unprepared surfaces is a time-consuming hazard of painting, so is using the wrong paint for your home. This is a hazard for your property, as poor-quality paint can do more damage than good.

If you use the wrong product, you could expose your home to water damage, mould growth, and a quickly deteriorating external appearance. This is a startling contrast to specialist products that prevent mould growth, stop dirt settling, and allow your walls to breathe, whilst still stopping moisture getting in.

Professional wall coatings, like masonry cream or façade coating, are often a much better form of protection than off the shelf paint.

Avoid the Hazards by Using a Professional Service

As always, the predominant prevention method for all hazards associated with painting, is to hire an expert team of professionals that know how to get the job done without encountering problems.

This also opens the door to the use of speciality products, like walls coatings, that can only be applied properly by an expert team.

At Home Logic, we have experience with homes old and new, working with homeowners to create the perfect finish, without worry of encountering any of the hazards of painting external walls. Using our specialist wall coatings, we get the job done quickly, correctly, and beautifully, every single time.

Our team are always available to answer any queries you may have about the benefits of wall coatings, and the process of ensuring a perfect finish.

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