Certain types of home maintenance can be put off for a while, but it’s dangerous to delay exterior painting as it's your home's first line of defense against the elements. With spring almost upon us, now is a great time to protect and beautify your home before the scorching summer season. So, if your home needs some work, let's start your planning now.
Step one is to start by assessing what needs to be done. We're happy to conduct a walk-around inspection of your home exterior to help you look for areas where the paint may be flaking, peeling off, or simply wearing away. Key here is to also keep an eye out for rotting wood, while also noting the condition of your caulk - especially where different surfaces meet (wood and stone, for example).
If the state of your paint job — or the siding itself — is in need of attention, the next step is to plan out a time to get you on our schedule. (You don’t want to be the only one scrambling for help during the peak season!) But if most of the siding, paint, and caulk look okay, save for a few trouble spots, we can also schedule with our Painter For A Day program to tackle minor maintenance.
Should you find small areas of suspect wood on the siding or trim, we'll also want to investigate further by poking them with a screwdriver to test for weakness or rotting. If the screwdriver goes in with little resistance, you'll want to add that to the list for replacement when we're out.
It’s also important to shore up your home exterior by replacing caulk that is either missing or in any way deteriorated. For us, this is always part of our important early stages on any paint job we perform. Here, we start by scraping off any damaged caulk, clean dirt and mildew from adjacent surfaces, then apply a paintable, top quality siliconized acrylic caulk, making sure to create a tight seal. Ultimately, this will help prevent water from undermining your paint finish, or even damaging the structure below.
At the end of the day, when it comes to maintenance of your home exterior, timing is everything. By keeping up with things – including repairs, re-caulking, and repainting where necessary — your home will look much more attractive and provide you and your family better protection against any type of weather that may be in store.
Ready to get started? Feel free to give us a call for a free inspection and estimate for your home.