A new exterior paint job offers not only aesthetic appeal; it helps protect your home from the elements. Paint acts as a protective coating, which may slow down weathering or wood-rot. Despite this, many homeowners do not keep up with maintaining their exterior paint jobs. When an exterior paint job has been neglected for some time, permanent damage may result, and you may require varying degrees of siding replacement or other carpentry work to restore your house. For example, delaminating paint can allow moisture to accumulate in surfaces, especially wood siding. This may cause rot and decay. This is particularly a concern in our wet climate, where our homes are more prone to be hosts to mold and mildew.
In our climate, homeowners with wood siding can expect to repaint their exterior every 7 to 10 years.
Remember that not all paint jobs are equal! At Sound Painting Solutions, we recognize that the longevity of a paint job largely depends on the quality of the work performed and expertise of the painters. Taking the time to properly prepare surfaces as well as using high-quality products can make your paint job last longer and look better. That said, maintaining your home’s exterior is still an ongoing effort. Even great paint jobs can fail in some circumstances, so it is important to make sure your chosen painting contractor offers a warranty to correct any unexpected issues that may arise. You should also conduct annual inspections to catch problems before they become severe.
Even a great exterior paint job can benefit from annual inspection and maintenance.
Pressure washing can help remove dirt, dust, pollen, etc. and keep your paint job looking fresh between full repaints. Where moss/mold is present, pressure washing should also be accompanied by a chemical solution to eliminate mold. Also plan to inspect your home’s caulking every year. Caulking may expand and contract with the weather. Cracks and missing caulking can allow moisture damage. While a complete re-caulking is not needed each year, an inspection can reveal problem areas in need of a touch-up. When looking for such areas, it’s important to pay special attention where moisture may get into cracks or crevices. Excessive moisture can also result from plants growing too close to your home. Trees and shrubbery should be regularly trimmed away from the house. This will prevent plants from coming into contact with the painted surfaces and causing lingering moisture. When performing a maintenance inspection, also check the South and West sides of your home, where sun exposure is highest and blistering or peeling may occur.
If your paint is peeling or wood is exposed, don’t delay necessary maintenance or a new paint job! The longer the exposed surfaces are subject to the elements, the more likely it is that the wood will deteriorate and you may have to replace siding/boards. When it comes to your home’s exterior paint, staying up on maintenance and keeping your paint job fresh will save you time and headache in the future.