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Most people will spend a lot of money decorating the inside of their homes, and think nothing about re-painting their rooms every few years. But very few of us think about re-painting the outside of our homes.
The last thing most of us want to do is spend money on exterior paint, because, unlike the inside of our home, it’s not something that’s in our face for many hours every day. But if your home has faded color, peeling paint, and rust spots, then it probably means you have waited too long to re-paint your home, and you need to act. It is best to hire a professional for the paint job.
Here are a few signs that it may be time to apply a new coat of exterior paint to your home.
Visible Signs of Wear and Tear
It’s a good idea to have your paint job evaluated by a professional if you see any signs of wear or tear. Cracking, peeling, and bubbling is indicators that moisture is penetrating the paint film below. When water penetrates the surface layer of your home’s exterior, damage can happen beneath that you really don’t want and may result in expensive repairs that have to be made later on.
The sun is slowly but surely leaching the life out of your home’s exterior paint. The best way to save it – and preserve its appeal in general – is by re-painting it! But, even if there’s no physical damage, a faded house can still be unattractive and an eyesore to the rest of your neighbors.
Gaps and Cracks
If you see areas around your home where it looks like the house is pulling away from door and window frames, caulking could be necessary. If moisture has been seeping into cracks of wood over some time, this should be addressed. By not taking care of it quickly, a lot more damage may occur. A professional will know how to diagnose if any serious problems have arisen that need attention as well. Areas with gaps or spaces should all be taken care of right away to prevent damage.
Caulking by professionals experienced in this process will help make sure any area with visible gaps gets addressed before moisture causes long-term problems such as rot or mold accumulation due to high humidity levels inside the walls near those openings.
It’s great that the last paint job has successfully helped to protect your house. But do remember that, like fashion changes over the years, so does fashionable home colors. Even though 10 years ago, colorful homes may have been all the rages, but if every other house on your street just got a fresh coat of beige or coffee color and you don’t want yours sticking out like a sore thumb, you may want to consider a re-paint.
If You’re Thinking of Selling Your Home
Creating curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to attract potential buyers to your home and may even help to increase your property’s value in the eye of those buyers. However, it can be tricky determining whether the cost for painting will outweigh any associated costs if you are selling, so consult a professional painting contractor before listing to help you figure this out. Check out this guide on how to hire contractors.
Don’t settle for exterior paint on your home that looks tired and worn. We offer free, in-home estimates to help you determine whether your home needs to be re-painted. So contact us today, and let’s talk.