October 01, 2013

Is Your Home Due For a Repaint?

When your house starts to look a bit tatty and tired, it might be high time for a repaint. The exterior of your home is a defining feature that always needs careful maintenance, and a neglected house can be spotted a mile away. But what are the tell-tale signs that it’s time for a repaint?

Paint and Surface

When you first inspect your property, keep an eye out for any paint deterioration and weathered exterior walls. It is necessary to take into account the surface and the materials used in construction. Whether it is wood, stone, brick or modern cladding, paints effect different types of surfaces in different ways.

Softer materials such as wood or soft stone cladding can age the painted surface significantly. Weathering significantly deteriorates these surfaces, so if your property is constructed using any type of wood, it would be best to inspect these areas first, before continuing your inspection on all other surfaces.

                                                                                      Water Damage

When it comes to paint deterioration, there are several types to look out for. Water damage is a common sight, especially on soft surfaces and around drainage outlets and pipes. This kind of damage on its own is somewhat to be expected, especially in areas of high rainfall. These areas can be spruced up in no time at all, and only require a specialist primer paint to protect the surface underneath before repainting over the surface.

 Other Damage

Other types of damaged paint to be found is from mould, fungus and other external effects that have seeped into the structure, and may require a specialist contractor to seek out the initial problem, apply the right types of sealant paint, as well as protective covering paint, such as a latex-based paint before reapplying the top coat and bringing the damaged places back to its former glory.

Sunlight can also cause severe blistering and chipping of paint, which can be annoying as many houses have shaded areas by trees or other shrubbery, meaning the chipping and blistering effects sometimes only occur on the sun-facing walls. In these instances, you can apply thicker layers of undercoats, and protective latex-based paints to make sure that the chipping are reduced in the future and that the underlying materials are protected from sun, as well as the paint.

So when it comes to house painting, the signs are there to be found, and if you take the time to carry out a lengthy inspection to find out the problematic areas around your property, you can be ready to call in the paint professionals who have honed their expertise in house painting to protect your home from the elements, come rain or shine, your property will be brought back to its former glory, and ready to stand the test of time for the years to come.