There are so many tasks involved with being a homeowner. Unfortunately, it can be easy to fall behind on the tasks that aren’t incredibly noticeable on a day-to-day basis. This is why exterior issues often are neglected until they are in desperate need of repair. If you haven’t taken a good look at the exterior paint on your home recently, it’s time to take a trip outdoors. Updating the exterior paint on your home can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your house, so it’s important to make this one of the tasks that you keep up with. If any of these are true about your house, it might be time to update:
1. You’re noticing areas where paint is chipping
One or two areas of paint chipping might not even be noticeable, but if you are noticing more and more spots where the paint on your house is chipping, you may need to consider having the entire house repainted. If the area is relatively small, you might be able to get away with a touch up. Grab a paint scraper, and remove the paint that is peeling up. If it comes off easily, it’s definitely time to repaint.
2. You’re noticing water damage to the paint
The paint on the outside of your home is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing water damage. However, these outdoor structures can only take so much wear and tear before they need some updating. Water damage is a common problem, especially in areas of the country that see large amounts of rain or heavy storms. If the paint on your home has been damaged by water, it’s time to consider a new coat or two. Once the damage is done, the paint will continue to peel away, leaving the underlying materials vulnerable to further damage – which can end up leading to a much bigger problem than replacing a bit of paint.
3. The color isn’t as bright as it was before
Wherever the sun hits most directly on your home will fade the quickest. Take a look at these areas in particular and assess whether they’re less bright than areas that sit in the shade. Since only the one area is showing signs of fading, a touch up should do the trick. This can be somewhat challenging though, as even the sides that look fine may have faded a bit less noticeably as well. It’s a good idea to scrape off a piece of paint from the area that you are trying to match and have your local paint store match that shade, rather than using the original paint that was used.
4. One side looks more damaged than the other
In our years of experience we’ve noticed that one side of homes usually takes the brunt of abuse from rain and sun alike. If three of your four walls still look great, but one side can definitely use a face-lift, it’s time for a touch up. Talk to your painting company about which side usually takes the most rain and sun so they can address this issue as they repaint.
Every homeowner faces this task at some point, so when it comes time for you to repaint the outside of your home, you’ll need to have a local painting company with a great reputation on call. Exterior painting is no easy task, and it’s certainly not something you want to attempt to tackle on your own. A qualified contractor will be able to remedy your situation quickly, efficiently, and seamlessly. The exterior of your home is the first impression that visitors will get – make sure it’s a good one!