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Considerations for Climate and Location for Painting Jobs in the Los Angeles Area

Before making a decision for exterior painting, a homeowner should consider various factors such as climate and location. Depending on the weather and where you live, simple steps in exterior house painting preparation can be taken for optimal results. Below is a list of regions in Southern California with tips on painting specifically adapted to the local climate.

Coastal Areas

Homes near the beach are exposed to salty air and moderate to high humidity, as well as sunny weather. The combination of salt, moisture and sun tends to wear down paint at a faster rate, requiring reapplication and maintenance. For effective exterior house painting preparation, metal surfaces should be observed carefully for rust; rusted areas should be primed and painted over to avoid further damage. This region includes the following cities:

  • Pacific Palisades
  • Santa Monica
  • Marina Del Rey
  • El Segundo
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Torrance
  • Palos Verdes Estates
  • Rolling Hills Estates
  • Westchester
  • Playa del Rey
  • Mar Vista
  • Malibu
  • Gardena
  • Park West
  • Ladera Heights
  • Alsace
  • Venice
  • Brentwood
  • Palms
  • Westwood
  • Playa Vista
  • Cheviot Hills
  • Lomita
  • Carson
  • Compton
  • Willowbrook
  • San Pedro
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula
  • Wilmington
  • Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Long Beach

San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys

The Valleys are known for their extreme weather. In the summer, temperatures can reach higher than 100° F. It is recommended not to paint in such heat due to different parts drying too quickly and not uniformly. In between seasons when temperatures are milder are ideal conditions for painting and beginning exterior preparation. The San Fernando Valley region includes the following cities:

  • Chatsworth
  • Encino
  • Granada Hills
  • North Hills
  • Northridge
  • Porter Ranch
  • Reseda
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Valley Village
  • Valley Glen
  • Studio City
  • Sunland
  • Sylmar
  • Tarzana
  • Toluca Lake
  • Tujunga
  • Glendale
  • Van Nuys
  • West Hills
  • Panorama City
  • Pacoima
  • Mission Hills
  • Agora Hills
  • Hidden Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Oak Park
  • Wahoo
  • Mt. Washington
  • Glassell Park
  • Highland Park
  • South Arroyo
  • Atwater
  • Winnetka
  • Woodland Hills

Mountain Areas

Homes located within mountainous regions experience significant wind and rainy weather. The type of paint in exterior house painting preparation used should be durable and withstand both extremely dry and wet conditions. This region includes the following cities:

  • Duarte
  • Pasadena
  • Arcadia
  • Monrovia
  • Sierra Madre
  • Bradbury
  • Altadena
  • La Canada Flintridge
  • La Crescenta
  • Montrose
  • Glendale
  • Sunland
  • Tujunga
  • Burbank
  • Sylmar
  • Arleta
  • Shadow Hills

Metropolitan Areas

Within urban areas, only general exterior house painting preparation is required; however, there should be consideration for the effects of smog on paint. This region includes the following cities:

  • Culver City
  • Beverly Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • Hollywood
  • Bel Air
  • View Park
  • Silver Lake
  • Fox Hills
  • Echo Park



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