Monsoon, for sure, is the most beautiful time of the year that brings freshness in the air, after hot summer days. This season brings out the best of all, feeling of petrichor, cool breeze and relaxing sound of the raindrops – all bring a feeling of joy.
For no obvious reason we all feel a desire to keep the windows open for the refreshing wind to rush into our homes and spread the earthy fragrance.
But unfortunately, monsoons are a kill joy to our homes. As a Wall Care Expert at Berger Paints India Limited, I receive countless concerns of homeowners regarding dampness and water seepage problems. Most of the times, problems occur during or after the monsoon season.
During monsoon, moisture gets collected in the walls, resulting in damp patches, cracked walls and peeling paints. And the prime reason behind the damage isn’t just the low-quality construction material, but also the use of inferior quality of paint on exterior layers of a house walls.
There are many kinds of wall paints available on the market, but not all are prepared to deal with water-related problems. Using low-grade exterior wall paints lead to the wall surface deterioration. And when it happens, water seeps through exterior layer and gets collected in the wall pores, which results in damp patches and peeling paint.
The best solution to avoid this hassle is to get your house walls prepared for the monsoon season. WeatherCoat Long Life exterior wall paint is highly recommended to protect walls from monsoon damage. It comes with 10-year warranty on protection from all weather-related challenges your walls may face.
Preferably, the exterior of a wall should be painted prior to Monsoon season i.e. between February and April. If you are living in Mumbai, the right time to paint exterior walls is in October. For the complete safety from monsoon and other weather conditions, it’s recommended to paint walls with proper procedure.
Analyse the Cracks on Walls
To begin with, thoroughly check your house walls, windows and doors for cracks and leakages. This is the most important step to achieve professional quality results, so make sure to spend time on analyzing the cracks. These cracks must be covered carefully to achieve smooth appearance on your walls and to protect them from monsoon hit.
Take Waterproofing precautions
In most cases, wall paint damage or blistering on walls appear due to the use of substandard paint that leads to damage of walls. Concrete absorbs water easily which will lately spread into the inner walls and damage them.
However, monsoon isn’t all about only the rain and winds, but also brings with it a lot of dust. This makes it important that the exterior layer of your walls is well protected from water as well as dust. The types of paints you should consider include:
Silicon-Based – This reacts as a good protection against water, allowing the walls to stay damp-proof. This paint also prevents fungal on exterior walls. It may be used on exterior and interior walls.
Polymer-Based – This allows the exterior walls to stay protected against dust as monsoon results in wind-flow which attracts a lot of dust on the exterior walls.
For a complete protection against water and dust during monsoon season in India, using WeatherCoat Long Life for exterior walls is a good investment as it prevents your walls from all monsoon-related situations. Its Nano Silicon Technology allows it to have 100% water repellency while Polymer composition in the paint makes it a complete solution to your exterior walls from dust.
Sometimes, it’s not possible to do the painting before monsoon and the walls get damaged. There’s nothing to worry about it as this happens with many people who call our wall painting teams to repair their walls and repaint them after monsoon. There are ways in which a damaged wall can be repaired, but it requires expertise and the right tools.
To repair a damaged wall before repainting, it is recommended that the interior as well as exterior wall cracks be covered and waterproofing treatment is applied carefully.
Additionally, damaged wall tiles and water pipes should be immediately replaced or repaired to prevent water seeping. If left untreated, damaged tiles and drainage pipes may cause trouble as the water goes directly into the walls. Since repairing tiles and pipes isn’t a DIY thing, calling a professional is preferred for better results.
Whether you are living in the Northern regions of India, where rain during monsoons is moderate, or in Southern or Southwestern regions, where monsoon is quite heavy, following the simple steps will effectively help keep your exterior and interior walls protected from the monsoon season.
Even if you are living in areas where rain is less but moisture in the weather is reported regularly, WeatherCoat Long Life will be sufficient to protect your exterior walls over a warranted period of 10 years. These suggestions are provided on the basis of my experience as a wall painting expert with Berger Paints. With the right products and methods for wall painting, you will be able to enjoy the downpour without any worries at all.