Exterior House Painting Warning Signs
Exterior home painting increases your home’s beauty and protects the structure from normal damage that occurs from prolonged exposure to outdoor elements. Weather, even good weather, is unkind to all types of surfaces.
Contrary to popular belief, exterior home painting goes beyond aesthetics. When done properly, the top coat is the third to last step (before inspection and clean up) because the key to a long-lasting paint job is preparing the siding in order for the paint to stick.
In addition to normal annual maintenance, we recommend performing a thorough examination your home’s exterior every five to seven years.
What Should I Look For?
Walk around the entire perimeter, looking for any evidence that your paint is at the end of its useful life. Signs that you should paint vary in different environments, so we’ve compiled helpful checklists for especially impacted climates:
Warning Signs: Snowy Regions
- Paint is peeling
- Caulk between wood/brick and windows is separating
- Bare wood is exposed
- Mold or water stains are apparent in shady areas, where snow doesn’t melt easily
Warning Signs: Hot/Sunny Regions
- Stucco is cracking, especially around window and the foundation
- Wood rot is apparent, especially at the bottom of door frames
- Caulk failure: it has turned brittle or lost flexibility
Keep in mind that our exterior home painters use a proven, four-step process to painting each residential and commercial property. We can take care of common issues that you may discover during your inspection. Please ask about these issues and related questions during your exterior home painting estimate.
What Happens if I Don’t Paint?
We understand that painting the exterior of your house costs more than simply changing the color of a room. For that reason, it makes sense to delay as long as possible—but beware that the consequences of waiting longer than you should often cost more than preventative upkeep, sometimes much more.
Potential repercussions of waiting too long to paint include:
Exposed wood will rot
Severely damaged wood must be replaced, caulked and painted. In addition, rotting wood may compromise the overall structure of your home! To test for wood rot, use a screwdriver to see if the wood breaks apart easily.
Stucco will crumble and fall apart
Stucco is laid over cement block, and when water breaches through to the cement, draining becomes difficult. Rather than simply patching a crack caused by normal wear and tear, you will likely need to re-stucco an entire surface.
Mold and mildew will grow and proliferate
Removing large quantities requires additional supplies and intensive work. For example, mildew requires a bleach additive to kill spores. In these cases, spraying with a garden hose will not work! Be sure to check behind vines or ivy that may have grown on the side of your house. Often, these create a humid environment that can cause mold or mildew.
Why Should I Choose ProTect Painters?
We know the warning signs and how to fix them. In addition to using premium painting products, our exterior home painters are trained, licensed and insured. We understand how to fix wood rot, repair stucco, and often include power washing as a preparation step for most home painting services.
Our exterior painting contractors are also mindful that home painting is an investment. It’s one of the reasons why we take the time to do the job right and are respectful while working at your home or commercial property.
Contact us today to schedule a free exterior home painting estimate.
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