So, you ordered your siding, decking, or other beautifully dreamy Exterior Wood Product for your home. Now it is time to make the decision regarding a coating.
Your budget and initial thought might be telling you to stick with just the raw material and to do the coating on-site. As much as we support our builders and DIY’ers in the field, let’s just say there are some VERY good reasons why you might want to reconsider a factory finished, custom coating for your exterior products this season.
1. Space for Drying
When coating exterior products, it is best practice to apply a coating to each individual board to ensure all sides are protected and completely cured before installing. When coating materials on-site, it can be hard to find enough space to lay out each board. Most new construction sites are full of machinery and materials, and not all properties have an abundance of flat ground available to lay out each board.
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Excelsior’s Custom Coating’s Department is equipt with optimal space and drying racks to ensure each board is coated and cured according to manufacturer’s instructions. Designed to store 1000’s of LF of material, you can save space on-site by allowing us to store your material on our racks until it is dry enough to deliver to your job site.
2. Avoiding Debris and Inclement Weather
In the case that you DO have enough space on your site to lay out each board to dry, other factors can affect the final finish of your product coating on-site. Dirt, debris, and bugs often found on job sites can easily blow around and stick to wet material. In addition, unpredictable weather-related damage such as rain, wind and sun exposure, can disrupt the coating process altogether.
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By allowing Excelsior to take over the task of coating your material, you can avoid the stress of rushing a paint job prior to a rainstorm. Your products will be coated and dried in a covered, temperature controlled environment away from the elements, resulting in a beautiful finish your customer (or yourself) will be proud to show off.
3. Decreasing Blistering and Bubbling
As stated above, to coat exterior products effectively, all sides must be coated to protect the material from weather-related wear-and-tear. That includes the face of the board, the back, two ends and two edges, all needing optimal time for coating and drying. Most people on-site choose to forgo this recommendation and coat just the face of the boards to save time.
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…not recommended, especially with wood products. Wood that is not protected on all sides will absorb more moisture through the unsealed back and ends of the boards, creating an undesired blistering effect on the painted face of the boards. Luckily, Excelsior has the ability to provide a fully coated product to ensure your wood is sealed. You will not regret allowing us to take this extra step to ensure a professional finish that will not have to be recoated in the near future due to short cuts.
4. Saving Time and Money
As far as budgets are concerned, labor costs to coat materials in the field (correctly) can really add up. It can sometimes take on-site workers twice as long to do the same work as it does for a properly applied factory finish by a machine. Plus, if you do not have a connection with a reputable coatings supplier, you may end up paying double for just the actual coating…this is not sounding better for anyone’s wallet.
Excelsior’s machine sprayer will definitely save you time and money on your project by eliminating the need for additional machinery and laborers on-site. Our machine coats every board evenly, quickly, and up to the high-end standard expected of a factory finished product.
Using quality products, such as Benjamin Moore and Randolph Products, Excelsior is able to prime, paint, stain, or oil a variety of your exterior product needs. Partnering with reputable suppliers, we have the ability to color match a custom order or use a specified product to meet your exterior vision.
5. More Business!
The last reason for choosing a factory finished coating from Excelsior is simple…more time for more jobs! With the help of Excelsior’s Custom Coating Department, you can take on more work knowing you will have a quality finished exterior product ready for installation, minus the time it takes to do it yourself. Whether you are supplying your own material for coatings, or you want us to provide a start to finish product, Excelsior has you covered. Click below for a quote on your exterior project this season!
For the love of wood…