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Now you can paint outside in cool temperatures

IMAGE: Mississauga exterior

(NC) After the deep freeze of winter, you may find the exterior of your home a little worse for the weather. The wear and tear of subzero temperatures and lashings of snow and ice can leave rain gutters broken, sidings warped, or paint cracked and faded. With spring just on the horizon, now is the time to consider some rejuvenation.

Conventional wisdom, and the odd bad experience, tell us that exterior painting should be reserved for only the most ideal conditions like moderate temperatures no lower than 10ºC and calm weather. In Canada, this can limit our painting season to mere months.

The good news is that the latest innovations in paint making technology mean there are formulas on the market now designed to work in temperatures as low as 2ºC – and leaders in this field like Canadian company, Para Paints, has released a line of low-temperature products that lengthen and improve our outdoor painting options.

While homeowners should still refrain from planning outdoor painting when rain or strong winds are forecasted, this breakthrough in paint technology allows for an early spring head start.

“Our Ultra Exterior Low-Temperature formula is well suited to exterior trims, doors, fences and siding with great durability and washability,” says Garry Belfall, the senior brand manager at Para Paints. Ideal for shoulder season projects, he points out that the paint boasts superior moisture, mildew and fade resistance which is key in ensuring a long lasting and professional looking finish.

“These low-temperature paints were formulated specifically to protect your home from the realities of the harsh Canadian winters,” he adds.

Once you've got the right tools, how about the look? Why not try a trendy combination of rich charcoal shades like Nouveau Art mixed with a taupe coloured trim and translucent cedar stain accents? Belfall says that this simple but sophisticated palette will create an inviting atmosphere perfect for entertaining guests outdoors throughout the warm months ahead.

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