Happy Fall! What??!! Summer flew by quickly, didn’t it? It seems like the kids just got out of school and now we are sending them back off for the new year.
As summer draws to a close and kids are back to school, now is the perfect time to give your paint a good look over to make sure it is still in great condition. Here are a few things to look for as you complete your back to school paint review.
1. Trim typically peels, wears and breaks down quicker than body paint. Give all of your trim a good look over to make sure it is not flaking, peeling or lifting. Always pay extra special attention to the trim towards the bottom where it meets the ground (bottom of door casings or any low-lying trim boards).
2. Wood window ledges are by far the most common part of a home that will break down. Moisture and the external elements wear on window ledges, as they are a horizontal surface. Once these begin to crack, peel and break down, it can ultimately damage and rot the ledge itself. Keep a good eye on these surfaces if you have them. Typically, homes built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s switched over to vinyl windows.
3. Check areas where vertical surfaces meet horizontal. These are common areas where moisture can accumulate and break down a paint job. Check all the areas where your siding meets a roof line, a deck, patio, or any horizontal surfaces that can attract water, snow or moisture towards a vertical surface.
4. Underneath sides of the certain types of siding can be more prone to wear and tear. Take a peek underneath the lips of all your siding boards to make sure you have smooth and even paint coverage. As paint breaks down in these areas you will tend to see cracking, swelling and peeling.
5. Caulking is another area to review around your home. Check over all the seams, cracks, joints, where siding meets trim, trim meets windows and doors, as well as any areas of parts of your home that join together.
If you find any cracking, peeling, swelling, missing paint, or areas of concern in any of these areas, it may be time to consider calling us for a free consultation to determine if your home is ready for an exterior paint job, or just needs some minor touch up and attention prior to the winter coming.