Your exterior paint adds beauty and boosts your home’s curb appeal, and it provides protection against a constant onslaught from the elements. Exactly how long your paint lasts depends on factors like whether the surfaces were properly prepared, and the type and quality of paint used. If you’re seeing any of the following signs that your paint is deteriorating, it’s time to contact a reputable exterior painting contractor in Atlanta:
Constant exposure to wind, rain, humidity and UV radiation from the sun is bound to break down exterior paint over time. If you notice a powdery residue developing on your home’s exterior and you can wipe some color off on a rag, it’s usually the first warning that the paint’s chemical bonds are degrading. Oftentimes, chalking will develop first on the southern side of a home because it gets the full brunt of damaging sunlight.
Cracking or Peeling
The development of tiny, spider-like cracks on your painted surfaces typically follows chalking. Once the paint starts to crack, water seeps underneath the finish and the edges start to curl and pull away from the cladding. If the problem isn’t noticed or addressed, the paint will peel off the surface and leave the wood or siding material fully vulnerable to water damage. Although cracking and peeling often occur as paint ages, they can also be a sign of poor surface preparation.
Bubbling or Blistering
Widespread blistering or bubbling of your exterior paint is a sure sign that your home needs repainting, but it’s typically not caused by normal aging. Heat blistering can occur if your home was painted when the surface was hot and it dried quickly in direct sunlight. Blistering can also happen when wet wood is painted, and the moisture leaches out and lifts the paint after it dries.
Hardened, cracked exterior caulking or defects in your exterior paint can let water underneath where it can soak into your home’s wood siding, door/window frames and trim boards and cause decay. If some spots feel soft or spongy underneath the paint, the wood is rotten and needs replacement. Once the decay has been dealt with, the exterior needs to be thoroughly and carefully prepped so your home can get a long-lasting coating of new protective paint.
If you’re concerned that your home may need repainting, contact us at Pro Roofing & Siding, your expert exterior painting contractor in Atlanta.