Pressure Washing in Seattle, WA

Exterior Paint Job Maintenance

In Exterior Painting, Special Services by Jeff Dupont16 Comments

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.
pressure washing on exterior paint job

Sound Painting Solutions employee pressure washing a client’s home.

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.

About Sound Painting Solutions:
We are a full-service interior and exterior painting contractor serving Seattle. Whether your needs are a full repaint or maintenance work like pressure washing, contact us and experience our friendly, responsive customer service!


  1. Great article! When pressure washing a home you should always be aware of the areas that need caulk. This is something I find every time I’m pressure washing a home I’m about to paint. As you stated you should always you a safe chemical to clean the molded areas. As always inspect your work upon completion!

  2. Washing the exterior of the house is a good idea before you start painting. So you are excellent details exterior paint job maintenance tips! Thanks for sharing it not just for me but for everyone.

  3. Wonderful blog you have written about painting and I have got some knowledgeable information form this article. Thanks for this article.

  4. Excellent tips. The quality of the paint really matters. However, I would say that there is a spectrum of paints and price for the painters to choose from. Each of them has their purpose.

  5. I have wood siding and I would love to get it repainted soon! I want to make sure that this paint job lasts a long time, so it is good to know how to maintain it. I will try to get it pressure washed often and then inspect it every year so that it stays in good condition. Do you know how long exterior paint jobs generally last?

    1. Author

      Hi Skylar! It depends on the climate and how much it will wear on the finish, but 7-10 years is what we usually see here in Seattle. For an older home, it might be a couple years less than that.

  6. One of the best post i ever have read about being a professional painters. We are professional painters and admire your thoughts about it.

  7. Great post!! Glad to see there’s other painters out there who take pride in their work. Keep the brush flowing!!

  8. Very well written blog post. I’m a professional painter myself and know the difference between a professional painter and a person that only makes the wood wet 😉

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