When is Time to Paint your House?
Painting your house can be inconvenient and time-consuming, but it’s more straightforward than it looks. It’s a good investment that extends the integrity and great looks of what, for most people, is their single biggest asset.
Paint is your house’s primary defense against the elements and the first impression visitors, and potential buyers get. When the color fades, chips or peels, it’s time to repaint. But there are other vital signs.
1. Peeling, bubbling or cracking paint
These symptoms usually signal dry rot, wet rot or mold created by failed weatherproofing. Intense sunshine, severe winters, excessive humidity, storms, blowing sand and ocean winds can add to the damage.
2. Stiffened caulking
Most caulks are intended to expand and contract along with your home. As your house is exhibited to more extreme weather cycles ex. Sunny days and cold nights, caulking will lose its flexibility. If the beads are solid and resistant when you push down, it’s probably time to hire an expert to re-caulk and check for any damage.
3. Fading Paint
Sun bleaching is frequent, and dark colors tend to fade quicker than lighter colors. Fading on dark sides of the house, however, shows problems with the vapor barrier or with water invasion. Look for apparently mysterious stains dripping down the paint. If water-soluble elements designed for interiors end up outside the house, it’s a symptom of water leaks. If you can’t discover the source, call an authority on the matter.
4. Patching Stucco
To reduce costs without re-stuccoing the whole house, patch stucco cracks and repaint the entire house. Otherwise, homeowners will be left with a patchwork from paint that doesn’t match
5. Because the Paint Color Changed
UV lights cause the paint to pale and, sometimes, change to an undesired shade after painting. Beige can transform into salmon in a matter of weeks. To counteract that, make sure the paint is an EXTERIOR GRADE that can withstand UV effects.
6. To Boost Curb Charm
If your residence looks faded, the trim no longer stands out, or there is nothing to make the house more attractive against its surroundings, a new coat of paint usually will do the trick, making it seem fresh and allowing the value of the home to grow.
7. If your House is Brand New
Usually, painting contractors spray one layer of paint over pre-primed wood. That primer reduces warpage at the wood yard but usually is insufficient to limit swelling or shrinkage. If possible, prime the wood before it is placed. Then think on painting a new house within five years to guarantee a working layer of protective paint, before significant damage has resulted.
8. Before Paint Flakes or Chips
Don’t wait until paint chips are evident from the road to repaint. Painting your house early reduces damage to the exterior of the home and also decreases the need for preliminary work, like scraping peeling paint, caulking seals or repairing wood. Reducing the need for prep work also lowers painting values.
Pretty much every home needs to be repainted every seven to ten years, but the tangible time frame varies by region, and materials used. For example, concrete fiberboard siding requires repainting every ten to fifteen years, but more popular cladding demands repainting more frequently. In regions with intense sunlight, stucco, vinyl or aluminum siding should be brushed approximately every five years. Wood siding may require to be repainted every three to seven years. In regions where sunlight is limited, paint should last four to ten years on wood and twenty years on vinyl or aluminum finish.
We at Gio's Painting, perform both Commercial and Residential Painting Projects all over the Calgary Area. From homes to shops, interior and exterior, we will do it all. Owned and operated locally in Airdrie, Alberta with our main warehouse based in Calgary by Expert Painter Giovanni Morales with more than 30 years experience in the industry, we are one of the Alberta's most trusted Painting Organizations.
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Gio's Painting LTD
Owned and operated locally in Airdrie, Alberta with our main warehouse based in Calgary by Expert Painter Giovanni Morales with more than 30 years experience in the industry, we are one of the Alberta's most trusted Painting Organizations.