Have you checked the condition of your home’s exterior paint recently? Walk around the outside of your house and be sure to look for the following conditions, which are major indicators that your home is in need of repainting.
Mildew and algae
Gray or black spots on your home’s exterior may be mildew or algae caused by poor air circulation and excessive moisture. If left untreated, the paint could flake or crack, allowing moisture to seep into the wood. This can cause wood rot and/or mold and mildew growth. Be sure to look closely at window and door frames, as this is where the spots will generally first show up.
When bubbles form in and under your paint film it is most often due to heat or moisture. Heat blistering occurs when the paint is applied in harsh sunlight that overheats the paint. Moisture blistering occurs when water can get into the material at unpainted areas, allowing layers of paint to peel and bubble. The paint can be pushed off the surface due to the migration of water from an interior wall to the exterior wall or due to the misapplication of paint over a damp or wet surface. Moisture blistering can also occur shortly after latex paint has dried, if it is exposed to dew, high humidity, moisture, or rain.
Being exposed to the elements, paint breaks down over time. Before it begins to peel or crack it will first start to chalk (form a fine powder that rubs off easily on your hand). Chalking can also occur if a poor-quality or interior paint is used to paint your home’s exterior or if the top coat of paint is applied too thinly. Over time, chalking will cause paint’s color to fade and reduce its protection of your home’s exterior surface.
Cracking and flaking
Typically after chalking, you’ll start to notice small cracks in the paint with edges that start to peel away from your home’s surface. The cracks may run in a single direction or they may appear alligator-like. The most common contributors to cracking and flaking paint are: using a poor-quality paint without enough elasticity, painting over bare wood without priming, overthinning or overspreading the paint, or painting in dry, windy conditions that make latex paint dry too quickly. Cracked paint needs to be repaired quickly before it allows rain and moisture to seep behind the paint and saturate the wood.
Our professional crews are committed to providing a flawless, long-lasting paint job that will exceed your expectations. Give us a call today to discuss repainting your home’s exterior or interior.