Posted on Sep 15th 2019
Your home’s exterior painting is the first impression guests and potential buyers encounter, but it also goes beyond just the aesthetics: paint is the first line of defense against the harsh elements that might do damage to the home’s exterior. It’s an essential feature of your home, but how can you tell when your current paint has worn past its expiration date? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to repaint your home, brought to you by our expert painting contractors in Salt Lake City.
Damaged Wood or Stucco
Though paint serves to protect exterior surfaces of damage from the elements, no surface will remain unscathed forever. Cracks in the drywall, stucco, or wood (or signs of rotting in the wood) requires an assessment of the damage’s extent and repairing the surface. Cracks may need to be filled and materials may need to be replaced, but a fresh coat of paint will nevertheless need to be reapplied at the end of the repair. This will continue to protect the surface and the repairs from weather and ensure the home’s color is congruous.
Peeling, Bubbling or Cracking Paint
If your exterior paint has begun to peel, crack, or bubble, this is an urgent signal that a paint job is necessary. Bubbling can develop because of rot or mold, and if the paint cracks or peels away it will leave the material underneath prone to the elements and ensuing damage such as mold, mildew, chipping, and rotting. Any of these signs are a red flag that your home’s exterior is in desperate need of new paint.
Moisture Stains and Mildew
In some cases, moisture stains and mildew are just surface blemishes that can be either wiped off or cleared away with a pressure washer, but these stains can also be evidence of more serious issues. If you’re struggling to remove a stubborn spot, cut your losses and seek the advice of a professional paint contractor. They can help you determine the hidden causes of the stains or mildew before more extensive damage is done and repaint to cover any evidence of the unsightly issue.
You can check this by running your hand or a dark towel over the paint. If a chalky residue is left behind, this is a common indicator that your exterior needs to be repainted. The white, powdery film will form over time as the paint’s binder deteriorates and loses its grasp on the pigment because of sunlight and moisture. Besides giving your exterior a dusty and faded appearance, it can also cause paint film erosion and discoloration or damage to the house’s structure.
Fading is another inevitable side-effect of constant outside exposure. After years of withstanding bright sunlight, heavy rain, and harsh snowfall, paint has little choice but to fade and lose its gloss. It’s also the first sign that the paint is no longer providing your home’s exterior with the protection it used to. If you notice the color is starting to look worn-out, a new paint job will be the best solution to give your home secure weather protection and a rejuvenated look.
Though there may be nothing physically wrong with your paint, you can consider a repaint for purely aesthetic reasons. You may fall out of love with a color and crave something new, or a dated trend color might call for a fresh shade to improve your home’s curb appeal. Your opinion on color doesn’t have to be permanent! To make sure you choose a new shade that you’ll love and want to keep around for a long time, take into consideration the color palette surrounding your home in the environment and neighborhood, and pay attention to what shades will best compliment the style of your home.
Every paint has a lifespan. Depending on the size of your home, the exterior will need to be repainted every five or six years, and repainting is much less expensive than paying for major repairs of your home’s materials.
Do you have any questions? Contact one of our Painter1 professional interior home painters in Salt Lake City today to discuss repainting your home's exterior. We're happy to help!