Keeping your home and yard looking good is probably one of your main concerns. A well-manicured lawn and flower bed overflowing with bright flowers can certainly enhance the appearance of your home. That being said, no amount of landscaping can make up for a house badly in need of a fresh coat of paint. Don’t overlook these telltale signs that it is time to paint your home’s exterior.
Paint breaks down over time due to exposure to the elements. But before it actually begins to peel or crack it will begin to chalk. This means that your paint will shed a chalky residue when you run your hands across the surface. You may notice this most when you are washing the windows and accidentally swipe across the paint with the wet cloth. The chalky residue will then spread to the windows, leaving you wondering where it is coming from. You might also notice a chalky residue on clothing if you lean up against the house. This is a sign that your paint is breaking down and will need to be repainted soon.
Cracking or Peeling
This typically occurs after chalking. You’ll start to notice small cracks in the paint. The surrounding paint generally begins to curl at the edges and peel away from the surface of your home. It may be more prominent in some areas than others, but it is a sure sign your house needs new paint. If left unchecked this will expose bare wood and allow rain and moisture to seep behind the paint and saturate the wood.
Exposed Wood Rot
When moisture seeps into the wood it can cause two problems. It can encourage the growth of mold and mildew and it can cause the wood to rot. This typically happens around window and door frames. To test for wood rot, press on the wood with your thumb. If the wood feels soft or spongy beneath the paint, you are probably dealing with wood rot. The affected wood will need to be replaced before your house can be repainted.
Trim Looks Dull or Worn
The trim around windows and doors are subject to more use that other sections of your home exterior. They might begin to show their age long before your entire home needs repainting. As a rule, you may need to repaint the trim on your home every three to five years to keep it looking good, the rest of your home needs painting every seven to 15 years.
If your home exterior is showing any of these signs, it is time to take action. Ignoring them may allow moisture to do damage to the structure of your home. Contact The Painting Company today for a free estimate for painting your home. We are currently offering a 10 percent discount on all jobs over $2, 000.