Pssssssst! I think your house is trying to tell you something. It may not be speaking so much in words, but a quick look around your home’s exterior may show you what it’s trying to get across. If you see paint chips, bubbles, fading, or cracking, your house could be sending you a message that it needs to be painted this year.
While most experts will tell you that your home should probably be painted every 5-10 years, the reality is a bit more complicated than that. The actual time frame varies by material and region. For instance homes close to the ocean may see more decay or fading due to the salty ocean brine that can stick to surfaces. The materials that the exterior of a home can also make a difference in degradation. Traditional cladding often needs to be repainted more often than fiberboard.
Let’s take a look at some of the signs your home may be giving to tell you that it’s time to schedule your exterior paint project.
Peeling or Chipping Paint
Peeling and chipping paint is a clear indicator that your exterior paint has reached the end of its life. Chipping and peeling is a signal that the paint is no longer adhering to the surface beneath, either due to damage, heat exposure, humidity, or climate issues. Often the side of the house that sees the most direct sunlight all day begins peeling first.
Unfortunately, not only is peeling paint unsightly but it is also a potential problem for the wood beneath. Once the paint has chipped away, the wood is left vulnerable to the elements.
Cracking paint often occurs at the joints or corners of the exterior’s surface. For instance, window frames, doors, and where the clapboard boards meet are extremely vulnerable to cracking paint.
Once cracks begin appearing on your home’s exterior the rain and other precipitation can get behind the paint and cause the wood to begin to rot. Spotting these signs are critical to the health of your home.
Fading paint is most commonly associated with direct UV sun exposure. Typically the south and west ends of the home have more UV exposure and are therefore the most faded in color. Fading can indicate that your paint is no longer protecting the wood underneath adequately. A fresh paint job can help protect the wood and make your home look like-new.
Is your home trying to tell you something? Look for these three signs and other signs that your home needs to be painted. Call us to schedule a free estimate for your exterior paint project this season.