Exterior painting is one of our core business services. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your house will make it more attractive and can even help to increase the overall value.
The paint on the outside of your home serves additional purposes other than just curb appeal. Paint provides your house with a barrier that protects it from harsh weather, insects, and other damage.
Over time, weather can be very damaging to your home. Fluctuations in temperature, ultraviolet sun rays, and moisture can all contribute to maintenance problems if your house isn’t properly protected.
The most important steps to making sure your paint is properly protecting your house is being able to identify the potential problems. Keep an eye out for:
- Blistering or bubbling – often happens if moisture gets beneath the painted surface. This can happen if the area is damp prior to painting or if the paint is put on too thin. Proper preparation and application typically prevents these types of problems.
- Peeling – can also be caused by moisture penetrating the surface. In addition, people with older homes can experience problems when covering oil-based paint with a more modern water-based paint like latex.
- Chalking – is the formation of fine powder on the paint surface. All paint is subject to a certain degree of wear as a byproduct of weathering. Using quality paints will help to prolong this occurrence so you have longer-lasting results.
- Wrinkling – occurs when the surface of uncured paint dries faster than the paint beneath. This usually happens when the product is applied too thickly.
- Mildew – occurs during damp weather without enough air circulation. It is important to properly remove mildew before painting your house. It is very difficult for paint to properly adhere on top of mildew.
You may have noticed a common theme. The cause for many types of paint failure can be traced back to preparation. It is imperative to follow the steps to properly prepare your painted surfaces before applying a new coat of paint. These steps include:
- Replace rotting and damaged boards with new wood where requested.
- Scrape all loose and peeling paint.
- Caulk wherever needed. Woodpecker and other holes will be filled with putty.
- Prime all bare wood areas where paint will be applied.
- Setup areas prior to painting by protecting surfaces with drop cloths or by masking areas where needed.
Now that your home has been properly prepared, we can begin painting. After completion, we will inspect the project and do a walkthrough with you to ensure everything is completed to your satisfaction and that you are happy. The last step is to do a full cleanup. Our goal is to make your home look better than when we started!