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How to Know When Your House is Due for a Paint Job

Brent Lunde - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When was the last time you took a careful survey of your house's exterior? Have you been on the fence about whether or not it's time to invest in painting your home again? There are a lot of factors to consider, no doubt, but the following items will give you the inside scoop on the status of your house's current paint job.

If you notice any of the signs below, it's definitely time to call your favorite paint contractor and get a quote!

Lead-based paint – Was your house built before 1978? If so, it likely contains lead-based paint, which can have numerous harmful effects on your health. This is the first question to investigate if you are a new homeowner, or aren't sure when your home was painted last. Consider a swab test to determine if your home is impacted.

Alligator cracks – Do you see any small horizontal and vertical cracks? Are there chunks of paint peeling off where the cracks have intersected? This happens when the paint is old and has lost its elasticity.

Paint blisters – Are there visible bubbles in the paint? This may have been caused by the paint being applied to a damp surface or it being exposed to harsh heat, impacting the texture and stickability. Blistering can lead to further break-down of the paint, eventually causing it to crack and peel off in chunks.

Chalky consistency – Does the paint have a chalky film of dust atop it? A chalky consistency is the sign of poor-quality paint, or indoor paint used outdoors, where it isn't fit for withstanding the elements. Since paint protects your home from the weather, it's important to get a new application of paint if you notice excessive dust.

Peeling – If moisture has made its way through cracks and fissures in the paint, you will see long, wide strips peeling off, a sure sign that it's time to re-paint. If chunks fall off, this leaves your house's infrastructure exposed to moisture and weather-ware, oftentimes resulting in expensive repairs.

We recommend being pro-active when it comes to painting your house! Don't wait until the integrity of the paint has eroded so much that your house is vulnerable to having the wood, and/or siding damaged. If you want to keep your home looking fresh and keep it protected seamlessly, the standard recommendation is to paint every 5 years or so. It's also smart to keep the seasons in mind once you've decided you're ready to have your house painted. Sunshine is always preferable to rain when it comes to a paint job, so plan accordingly!

Still not sure if your house needs a new coat of paint? Upload a picture of the current paint on the exterior of your house and we'll give you our expert opinion! Feel free to call us anytime to discuss your current situation, ask questions, and get a free quote. We'd love to assist you!

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