If you’re like most people, you don’t think too much about your home’s exterior paint – it’s just kind-of… there. What you may not realize is that the paint on your home’s exterior isn’t just there to make your house look nice. It’s also a layer of protection that seals your house against the harmful effects of UV rays, moisture and temperature changes, which means that you need to keep an eye on it.
Fortunately, there are seven signs that can let you know if you need a new exterior paint job on your home.
If paint is peeling off the surface in strips or flakes, you need to call an exterior paint expert immediately – especially if any of the underlying materials are exposed.
Test for wood rot by gently pressing on the area where you suspect it is. If the wood moves or has any give to it, it’s likely to be rotten and needs to be replaced before you paint.
Exterior paint that looks like alligator skin is starting to fail – and it means that moisture is starting to get in.
If caulk is separating from the surfaces, or if it’s already detached, you probably need to repaint your home’s exterior.
You don’t always have to repaint if you see mold or mildew (or both) – you may just be able to clean it away. However, the cleaning process is rough on paint, so if you’ve repeated it multiple times, you could be wearing it down to a dangerous point.
Paint that looks chalky, or that leaves a residue on your hand when you brush at it, has reached the end of its lifespan.
When paint starts to fade, it’s failing. Even if it fades in some spots and not others, it’s a sign that you need to call a professional painter.
We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Southern Pines – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!