Summer is almost here making it a great time to protect one of your biggest investments, your home.
Waterproofing and painting the exterior of your home is inexpensive in most cases and goes a long way to maintain the integrity and curb appeal of your home. Paint jobs, especially exterior, need continual touch up depending on location and exposure to the elements. Some regular maintenance can prolong the lifespan of an exterior paint job, but you should consider re-painting every 3 to 5 years.
Here are 3 simple tips to follow:
1) Be Your Own Home Inspector
If you are handy and like do-it-yourself "DIY", I encourage you to play home inspector and visually inspect your home annually. It is the best way to find areas of your home that could use some simple TLC.
A common issue that everyone faces is wood rot. This comes from the effects of sun and other elements breaking down woodwork causing paint failure. Not only can this damage your woodwork, but it can be breeding ground for termites as well.
2) Keep a Consistent Schedule
Depending on the quality of preparation work and paint, you should look at repainting every 3 to 5 years. A new paint job is much more economical then having to replace wood trim or the potential structural damages a failing paint can cause.
3) Ask For Help
Not everyone is good at DIY projects or has the time, and that’s ok. There plenty of licensed, bonded and insured painting contractors to choose from. A great resource to find vetted painters is your local Better Business Bureau.