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Do you feel like painting the exterior of your home but don’t know if it needs one or not? Well, that’s the classic homeowner’s dilemma where you want to do something for your home but are not sure if it’s actually needed or will be an overkill. So to help you find out whether you should paint the exterior or not, we have provided some excellent insights below:
Though the paint job helps in keeping the external surfaces protected from outside atmosphere elements like rain, sunlight, dust, mould and mildew etc., you cannot expect the surface to last forever.
If you see signs of rotting in the wooden surface or cracks in the stucco, you will need to assess the damage and see if it can be repaired.
Once you are done with the repairs you will have to give your house a fresh coat of paint to make sure the surface is well protected from the external elements for the coming years.
If you see the pain getting cracked, forming bubbles or peeling then it is imperative that you take the action immediately. As the paint starts to peel, parts of your home’s external surface will be exposed to the outside elements.
This mean that in the long run they can suffer severe damage because of being exposed to environmental elements like rain, especially in Vancouver with a tropical rain forest weather.
These things can lead to the growth of mildew, mould and even start to rot the surface. So if you see any of these signs, make sure to give the whole exterior a fresh, new paint job.
Caulking is used as a sealant around the windows and the doors so that the air or water does not penetrate in the gaps and go directly under the surface. If cracks start to appear in these areas then you will have to repair them right away with the fresh coat of caulking.
If you leave them untreated then the moisture will seep inside, which can obviously damage the surface of your house from both internally and externally.
And if you see larger cracks being formed, then it is time to apply a full new layer of caulking and a fresh coat of paint on it for added protection.
These are usually stains on the surface that can easily be wiped away or taken care off with thorough pressure wash. However, sometimes, mould or moisture stains can be the signs of severe damage in the deeper layers of the surface.
So if you are unable to remove the stains with washing or wiping, then it is a good idea to ask a professional to check it out. If he concludes that there is nothing in the deeper layers and the stain is just on the superficial level, then it is a good idea to apply fresh paint coat over it.
However, if you need to replace the material then once you are done with replacement a fresh coat of paint will be needed as well.
Over the period of several years, the siding of your homemade with Vinyl or aluminium can suffer severe damages ranging from scratching and denting to rusting and warping. If this happens, then you’ll have to remove certain panels of the siding and either repair them or replace them with new ones.
This will not only maintain the look of your home but also save energy as the damaged sidings will let the air escape from inside the house. And in turn, would require the HVAC system to work harder to maintain the internal temperature. So once you’re done with replacement or repairing, you will have to apply a fresh coat of paint on it.
If you are a bit tight on the budget, you can just apply a fresh coat of paint on the damaged siding. However, this won’t really be a long-term solution as you will have to apply a full layer of paint to have a unified appearance throughout the siding. However, if you are already going to do it in the next few months then applying paint on a small damaged area can be a viable solution.
Sometimes the reason for painting your home’s exterior can be purely aesthetic. If you painted the house to follow a certain trend but then the time passed and the trend came to an end, the colour might start to look a little bit old and dated.
It may start to fade away as well. So whatever the reason is, if you are not happy with the colour, then there is no point in seeing it every time you are outside the house.
All you need is a bucket of your favourite paint some along with some other materials and a few hours for application to enjoy the new makeover of your house.