"Weather resistant" indicates that a material can last longer than most others when exposed to the elements. There is no such thing as "weatherproof", but "weather resistant" paints, materials, and objects often show remarkable stamina and strength in the face of harsh climates and inclement weather.
Most often, types of plastic and brands of paint or varnish are indicated "weather resistant". If anything can be exposed to the outdoor elements, look for a note on the label about weather endurance. Home signs, lawn decorations, and patio furniture are some of the objects you might find with weather resistant qualities listed in their description.
"Weather resistant" is a term with a wide range of interpretations. Broadly, it's proof that a material is stronger against the elements than another without the "weather resistant" label. In most cases, "weather resistant" means the material is resistant to water damage from rain, although over time this resistance may naturally decrease. It's easier to make a material water-resistant than it is to make a material resistant to sun damage.
House number signs, outdoor furniture, and lawn decorations are all at risk of excessive exposure to the outdoors. Luckily, many manufacturers have come up with solutions to this problem.
Home signs can be painted with weather resistant paints, and, if necessary, covered with a topcoat of thick varnish. Most manufacturers of home signs will do this for you, included in the cost of your home signs, but it's also possible to do on your own. Weather resistant paints will encourage water beading and run off on your home signs; varnish will make the surface of your home signs too slick and solid to allow rain to seep in. Likewise, weather resistant paints will stay colorful and intact on your home signs longer than standard paints, and varnish will protect the color and craftsmanship of your home signs for years to come.
If you live in an area prone to heavy rains, intense summers, or long and snowy winters, you should discuss this with the manufacturer of your house number plaques when you place your order. They may be able to do further weather-proofing to extend the lifespan of your home signs. If they can't, you can always pick up some weather resistant paint and a can of marine varnish, and do the finishing touches on your home signs by yourself. In all likelihood this will only increase the pride and satisfaction you feel whenever you look at those home signs in the future!
Check all your outdoor decorations for damage every few months, or when the seasons change. Ask the manufacturer of your house signs for recommendations on touching up and maintenance of your home signs. Generally, a gentle cleaning with mild soap and water, and occasionally scrubbing with a small brush such as a toothbrush, will be enough to keep your home signs in good condition. If you notice extensive or ongoing damage, or damage that seems to be cumulative such as rust, contact the manufacturer of your home signs to find out whether you can undo the damage or will need to purchase replacement home signs.
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