What’s one of the biggest jobs you’ll have done this summer? Having the exterior of your home painted. Between picking out colors, making minor repairs, powerwashing, and having every inch of your home painted with new color, you can sit back and enjoy the new look of your home.
Whether you’ve done the work yourself, or hired a contractor to complete it for you, painting the exterior is a big investment both in time and in money. Its not something you want to repeat in the near future. Which is why its important to maintain your new paint job and keep it looking like new for as long as possible.
Paint isn’t meant to last forever. And when it comes to your exterior, the frequency of your paint job depends on a variety of things. What type of siding is your home made of? Stucco in general holds paint longer than wood. Which means homeowners with wood siding should expect to repaint their homes more than neighbors with homes made out of stucco. The environment can also play a crucial role in the life of your pain job. Harsher climates mean more exposure to elements – a house in the foothills may require more paint than a home in a Denver community. In general, expect to repaint on a frequency of every six to ten years.
Cleaning and Pressure Washing
Dust storms. Wind. Sleet. Snow. Pollen. There are many things that impact the condition of your paint job. Are you located near an empty lot, with dust blowing in your direction regularly? Did we have an unusually windy spring? Weather and elements change all the time. And occasionally your home will have areas that take the brunt of it all. Don’t ignore your home until the next paint cycle; watch the condition of your home throughout the year. With a simple garden hose, you can spray off shutters and under eaves after a heavy storm. Don’t allow mud and debris to build up in corners. They can seal in salts and other harsh chemicals, which eat at the paint.
Mold, Mildew and Rot
Mold and mildew in Colorado? While many people think we simply don’t have the water or humidity for mold and mildew problems, it is possible. If the north side of your home is shaded with large trees, and its not uncommon to have piles of snow against your home for months on end, mold, mildew and rot can set it quicker than you think. When water sits for extended periods of time, your siding can be impacted quickly if not painted properly, or you don’t have the right amount of protection. During the summer months, check these places thoroughly for any damage and repair right away to avoid further potential problems.