Prevention beats restoration every time. A wood sided house that is maintained regularly will look great and last for many generations. The key to preventing major restoration work is to have your house painting done every 5 to 7 years. Paint or stain protects the exterior wood on your home. Sunlight and rain breaks down that protective coating. Once that protective layer is gone, moisture sets in and begins to rot the wood siding, trim or fascia. Soffit and attic ventilation also play a key role in protecting the wood on your home’s exterior.
When you are considering hiring a painting contractor for your exterior home painting project, there are a few things to think about. A professional painter will typically do a home exterior audit first. Instead of just covering over potential problems such as wood beginning to rot, they view your home in a holistic manner. They will look closely at your roof, fascia and gutters to inspect for rot and water intrusion. As a homeowner, you need to know if there is a greater issue that could cost you more money to fix later on.
Exterior trim such as fascia and soffit boards, gable ends and window sills are commonly subject to rot. Roofs and decks that have not been flashed properly can create a lot of problems as the water works its way down through the siding, plywood, and wall studs.
Are you considering a “home face lift?” Sometimes an exterior house painting job is not enough. If your home has trim rot or if you need your roof replaced, ventilation installed, a deck stained, or a foundation painted, your painting contractor may provide a discount if you hire them to do minor renovations before painting the house. If the home exteriors surface is prepared before painting begins, the paint will look good for years to come.