Painting the exterior of your home can be a significant investment of your time and money. A new exterior paint job provides not only visual appeal, but it helps protect your house from the elements. That said, even after the job is complete, maintaining your home’s exterior is still an ongoing effort. To get the most out of your recent investment and extend the longevity of your new paint, so follow the tips below to maintain your new paint job.
Look Out for Dirt and Chalk
Dirt that has been picked up by the wind can accumulate alongside your home and become an unlikely source of food for mildew. As it weathers, the chalky pigment from the paint can be released, resulting in the fading of the colors and unsightly patches of worn down paint. Fortunately, both dirt and chalk can be removed between paint jobs by utilizing these quick tips:
- Use a mild detergent and a scrub brush followed by thoroughly rinsing the exterior. Avoid harsh, alkaline cleaners as they can reduce the gloss of alkyd paints and some latex paints
- Power washing is a fast and effective way to put a shine on your house at a fraction of the cost of repainting. If power washing, use care not to lift paint or to damage the substrate. Keep in mind that power washing is an aggressive cleaning method and should not be used frequently.
Check for Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are living organisms that have the potential to grow and spread. These substances can collect on the parts of the home that hardly get any sunlight, particularly in damp weather. As soon as you notice it, you should take measures to remove the mildew on the exterior of your home. Because mold can cause health issues, it's important to have a professional take a look at it. For mold remediation services, call AAA Painting and Renovation.
Watch for Cracking and Peeling
Cracking and peeling of paint can happen at any time and are usually caused by over-thinned paint and aging. It is essential that you check your exterior paint to catch failures early and minimize the price of having to get it repainted. Check the paint closely for cracking and peeling, and repair small cracks immediately.
- Check for cracks around doors, windows and trim; fill with good quality caulking compounds.
- Peeling often starts on caps, window sills and surfaces painted in darker colors; scrape and sand off the loose material, spot prime then touch up.
Although we’ve provided useful a few useful tips, they should be used when there is minimal damage. If you discover these problems in abundance, it would be best to consult a paint professional to determine the most effective ways to attack them. It will be worth it in the long run. For the best in exterior and interior painting, you can count on AAA Painting and Renovation to get the job right the first time.