Is your house in need of exterior painting this summer?

Whether you have owned your home for years or are new homeowners looking to update your house to make it a home there are probably a couple questions you are asking yourselves. Such as, How do you tell if your house is in need of an exterior painting job?  

 

Taking care of your home such as painting the exterior is vital for protecting your largest asset. A proper paint job protects the siding, the trim, and the overall structure of your house from the weather. When a paint job is failing, boards start to rot, moisture gets in behind the substrate, and now you could be looking at thousands of dollars in repairs. Paint is the protective barrier to your house.

 

So how do you know when it's time to paint the exterior of your house? Watch for these 4 signs.

  1. The Paint Shows Signs of Wear.

Peeling, bubbling, cracking, and fading in color in your paint are signs that the paint has succumbed to the elements. These signs should not be ignored, as they can lead to bigger problems in the future.  Many steps such as scraping, sanding, priming, and possibly substrate replacement are necessary to ensure the next paint job has a smooth and well prepped surface to adhere to.

 

  1.  The Caulk is Cracking.

If the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking, it has lost its elasticity and its time for an updated paint job. Cracked caulking allows moisture to seep behind the paint job thus causing further issues such as peeling paint and effecting the siding and trim. To fix, you may need to remove the caulk completely and replace it with a high quality caulk. We recommend Sherwin-Williams SherMax Urethanized Elastomeric Sealant. SherMax is able to ensure the longest life possible due to its excellent flexibility and adhesion with a 35% joint movement capability. 

 

  1. The Paint is Fading.

It's time to repaint when the exterior paint job on your house is not the same vibrant color it had when it was originally painted. The pigment in the paint has broken down and is an early sign of paint failure. It’s important to check if the paint is also chalking. A proper pressure wash and light detergent will ensure the substrate is clean for the next paint job.

 

  1. The Right Amount of Time Has Passed.

The exterior of your house should be painted every 8 to 12 years. This depends on how well your house was painted before, the maintenance, and the area you live. The quality of prep work done before the house was painted and the quality of paint that was used to paint your house can really make a difference.

 

If you have noticed any of the above signs with your home, give Wyoming View Painting LLC a call. We use licensed professionals to ensure the quality of work and lasting results. Serving the areas of Casper WY, Laramie WY, Cheyenne WY, and surrounding areas. Call us at (307) 460-3090 to set up your free estimate.