A new paint job may not be far around the corner. It’s important to do regular checks of your home or business and look out for signs of a deteriorating paint job. A paint job that lasts is important to keeping curb appeal high and your dollars down.
Ways Paint May Deteriorate
There can be numerous reasons that paint can deteriorate as well as obvious signs you should look out for. Be sure to perform a walk around your house or property. Look for paint that is exhibiting signs of decay and consider getting that new fresh paint job to get your home market and guest-ready.
Signs of Its Time
Warped siding: caused by an accumulation of moisture and by baking in the sun, warped siding is a manipulated area that cannot be flatted out. The best option is to either replace it or have the area prepped and painted.
Blistering or bubbling: the paint has lost adhesions and begins to pull away from earlier surfaces, this can be caused by high heat.
Peeling: peeling is an unsightly result of sun damage and those bubble and blisters bursting open. Those exposed areas only get worse with more sun exposure and continue to peel and blister, breaking down the paint on the surface.
Cracking or staining stucco: your stucco should not be cracking, cracking stucco results in further damage as moisture and water enters these areas, making them crack and become damaged even more.
Fading: another common issue is the process of fading or bleaching. You may not notice it but your paint job slowly begins to fade with sun exposure. Happening slowly, it may be hard to notice. It is important to find paint that is lasting, also you can take photos of your initial paint job and compare after a few years how the paint job is faded.
Chalking: chalking can seem similar to that of fading, although it is actually a chemical change, by ultraviolet rays, causing the topcoat of paint to change and form a film of white dust, and if you simply paint over it, it may not completely adhere to the surface and further cause issues.
Mildew: sets in when moisture doesn’t evaporate, causing it to eat away at the paint. It is unwise to just paint over without removing and prepping the surface, the mildew will eventually come through again if it’s just painted over.
When should you paint?
It depends on several factors. The signs above are indicators you may need a new painting job. Also, consider the amount of exposure to elements of your home. Regularly checking the exterior of your home will keep you on top of these issues and reduce the risk of costly repairs. Another thing to consider is the quality of the products you are using. High-quality paint and proper prepping can make a paint job last for years to come.