With Spring just around the corner, it’s no surprise that exterior house painting is on many to-do lists. Spring always brings motivation for cleaning and getting the outside of the home ready for beautiful weather! Here are a few things to add to the checklist to evaluate whether you are in need of a freshly painted home.
Does Your Home Need New Paint?
First, aside from the actual paint condition, check for mold and mildew. If you conduct the annual power washing, necessary to properly maintain your home, you could get a lot more life out of your current coating. Look for obvious green and black areas around your home. Secondly, look for cracks around trim and siding. Exterior paints usually last longer than the caulking. If areas that are exposed go unprotected for a long time it could potentially cause wood rot. One of the easiest ways to check for major paint failure is hands on. If the exterior paint coating is starting to oxidize to the point that you are seeing major chalking, it’s most likely time to paint. The most obvious indication of all is cracked and peeling paint. Even if it’s just around the doors, windows and trim areas, you may want to consider having the trim of the house painted. However, if the siding will require potential painting within a few years, you will most likely spend more money if you decide to paint them separately.
In Raleigh and surrounding areas such as Cary, NC, it gets really hot in the summer. With all the things that come with heat, such as humidity, you really have to monitor your exterior paint condition. It won’t take more than a couple of summers of major exposure before you start to find wood rot around your home! If your home needs painting, invest in your home!