It’s inevitable, exterior painted surfaces will either have to be repaired and/or repainted, depending on the age, construction, and frequency of homeowner maintenance. Typically, new construction homes need to be painted sooner than one might think. 6-7 years is the usual rule due to poor materials used during the construction phase. However, most individuals appear to wait too long between paint cycles creating opportunities for wood rot and water damage.
A good way to inspect your home is to examine it with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens. Here are some tips on what to look for when determining whether your home needs painting/repairs:
- Signs of fading and discoloration of the painted surfaces.
- Wood damage determined by rippling effect on exterior surfaces or actual damage. The wood becomes spongy.
- Opening of caulk lines at joints and trim work.
- For stucco surfaces be aware of hairline or larger cracks. This allows water in and makes stucco surface look splotchy, especially noticeable after it rains.
Remember the longer you wait and allow damage to set in the more expensive it will be to repair it. It’s better to have the painting done as soon as you notice the first signs of fading and discoloration, that way you avoid expensive repairs.
We put together a video showcasing repairs we made to a house that waited too long and required extensive wood replacements. In the end, we made it look beautiful as well as optimally protected with expertly applied quality products.