Your home’s exterior can fall victim to all kinds of weather conditions, ranging from the blazing summer heat to winter’s ice and snow. Unfortunately, this can harm the exterior paintwork, which will chip, crack, and fade over time. As leading interior and exterior painters in the Radnor area, we’ve created this piece so you can spot the telltale signs that you need a new paint job on the outside of your house. The following infographic shows the six signs that it’s time for a fresh coat of exterior paint:
The paint used for home exteriors is designed to withstand the onslaught of the elements. However, nothing lasts forever, including exterior paint. So if you begin to see signs of the color beginning to chip or find indications of rotting wood, the time has come to give your home’s exterior a facelift.
The primary purpose of caulking serves to seal the areas from the elements affecting your home. Usually found around doors and windows, caulk needs a degree of flexibility to work properly. Caulks are designed to contract and expand in line with weather conditions and buildings’ movement over time. However, caulking will lose its elasticity over time. You can check by pressing down on the beads. If they are resistant and hard as you apply pressure, you’ll require some professional re-caulking services, and it’s time for a new paint job.
The paint itself takes a beating from both the elements and from constant exposure to sunlight. Over time, you will see your exterior paint begin to fade. Bleaching from the sun is expected, with dark hues fading faster than pale shades. If your house fades on the side that sits in the shade, this indicates problems with water intrusion or the vapor barrier. If you can identify mysterious stains dripping downwards on the paint, it could be a sign of water leaks. Call a professional if you can’t pinpoint the source. Either way, replacing an old, faded coat of paint with a fresh new paint job will significantly enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior. The new paint job will immediately increase your home’s curb appeal.
Visible Shrinking or Gaps
Have you noticed that the boards on your home’s siding look like they are getting smaller? Can you see gaps between them? This could be a sign of mold, mildew, or dry rot, meaning that moisture is entering the wood. If left unattended, this buildup can lead to long-term and lasting damage to your home.
We recommend calling our team at Fox Painting Company to come and assess the damage. If the damage isn’t so severe that the siding needs replacement, a new paint job can help prevent further damage and improve your home’s look.
The Morphing of Paint Colors
The sun’s UV rays can damage paintwork and cause it to fade; sometimes, this completely changes the paint’s shade on a home’s exterior from its original color. Greens can fade, while beiges can turn pink in just a few weeks. To prevent this from occurring, ensure that your painter uses exterior grade paint that is manufactured to withstand UV effects.
You’re Just Not Feeling The Color Anymore
Sometimes, the wanting and needing a change in your home’s exterior paint job doesn’t stem from structural or long-term issues. Sometimes, you have fallen out of love with the current exterior color of your home. In cases like these, you are justified in finding a color that better reflects the vibe and atmosphere you want your home to give off and have a team of painting professionals come out and give your home a breath of fresh air.
For additional information about how to tell if your house exterior needs painting, or free quotes on house exterior and interior painting in the Radnor area, watch the following video or click here to contact Fox Painting Company today.