When it comes to the exterior of your California home, most homeowners put off the painting and do not give it much thought. Maintaining the outside of your home is just as important as the maintenance inside. Today, we at McKay’s Painting would like to elaborate on the signs your home is due for exterior painting service.
Signs Your House Needs Exterior Painting
1) Signs of Wear is Shown on the Paint Finish. Signs that the paint has succumbed to the elements are any bubbling, peeling, and cracking paint. These signs also indicate that you’re dealing with dry rot or mold. Since they can lead to bigger problems down the road, these signs shouldn’t be ignored.
2) Color of Paint is Fading. A house looks worn and tired when they paint is faded. When the vibrant color has turned to a lighter shade, it is time for a new coat of paint. Dark paint colors will fade quicker than lighter shades. When you choose the colors to repaint your home’s, take this into consideration.
3) House Gets Put on Real Estate Market. You have one chance to make a first impression. When you want to sell your house, curb appeal is so important. The moment they pull into your driveway, potential buyers will make split-second opinions about your house. They’ll notice if the paint job is old or was poorly done, which may affect their decision to place an offer or not. To make your home look modern, clean, and inviting, new paint is what you need.
4) Siding Gaps or Shrinking Develop. It could be a sign of dry rot if you see gaps between the boards of your home’s exterior siding. The wood has been compromised by moisture. If the boards look as if they are shrinking, the same applies. Before applying paint to the exterior, a professional need to assess the damage.
5) Caulk has Cracks. It has lost its elasticity, if the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking or showing signs of brittleness.
6) Age of Exterior Paint. Before you apply a coat of paint, you don’t have to wait to see signs of paint failure. Repainting before you have huge issues will save you time and money just like you would replace your roof before it starts to cave in. Keep your house in shape with proper maintenance. Experts recommend the exteriors be painted every 5 to 10 years. The quality of paint that was used, the quality of the prep work that was done, and the surface of your exterior, this timeframe depends on how well your house was painted the last time. Every 3 to 7 years for repainting the wood surfaces. You need to paint aluminum siding every 5 years and stucco should be repainted every 5 to 6 years.
7) Evidence of Water Damage. Your wood siding is vulnerable to water damage, which leaves weak paint coverage. Along the wood grain, look for deep cracks. Signal rot can be evident from soft spots. Other issues as well, like mold growth, can develop from water damage. Chances are you have mildew or algae if your home’s exterior has black or grey spots, which is caused by excessive moisture or poor circulation. These all point to you needing a new paint job.
8) Paint to Make a Change & Boost Curb Appeal. Sometimes it is nice to make a change. It makes quite an impact when painting the exterior of your home a brand new color. Without having to make any expensive construction changes, it can change the mood and look.