Exterior Painting: Warning Signs

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Exterior home painting increases your home’s beauty and protects the structure from normal damage that occurs because of 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. The key to a long-lasting paint job is preparing the siding in order for the paint to stick.

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In addition to normal maintenance, we recommend performing a thorough examination of a home’s exterior every 5 to 7 years. 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 impacted climates:

For snowy regions, warning signs include:

  • 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

For hot / sunny regions, warning signs include:

  • Stucco is cracking, especially around window and the foundation
  • Wood rot is apparent, especially at the bottom of door frames
  • Caulk failure; caulk that 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 any questions you have during your estimate.

What Happens if I Don’t Paint?

We know painting the exterior 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.

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; when water breaches through to the cement, draining becomes difficult. Rather than 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. These often create a humid environment that can cause mold or mildew.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 318-8650 today to schedule a free exterior home painting estimate.

Choose ProTect Painters for Quality That Lasts

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. Our house painters understand how to fix wood rot, repair stucco, and we 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.