Painting Maintenance and Weatherization Tips
Southern California is known for its extremes such as excessive sun exposure and earthquakes. Unfortunately, these can cause uneven damages on the exterior of homes and wear away paint. To extend the lifetime of your exterior house painting job, consider investing in several important methods of protection for wood and stucco.
Excessive sun exposure on a home exterior can dry out and shrink the wood. This results in cracks in the wood, which causes the paint to crack and chip as well. As soon as the first sign of a paint crack is noticed, you should spot paint or apply a coat of primer to cover the cracked area and prevent further damage.
Covering cracks are also important for keeping out moisture. Water from sprinklers and rain can damage paint as well by making the wood expand, cracking its painted exterior.
While patching may be necessary for specific occasions, try to avoid this practice if possible. Patching can become heavy and detach from wood when sunlight causes the wood to dry and shrink.
Although stucco is a durable wall covering material, it can be damaged by earthquakes. Small cracks should be repaired right away to avoid larger cracks in the future.
Moisture is another serious problem; stucco reacts with water, causing efflorescence, or a salt deposit on the stucco exterior. To prevent this, keep sprinklers and water sources away from the walls. Installing a rain gutter to stop water from coming in contact with the stucco will prevent most water problems. Waterproof sealant applied to stucco also prevents direct contact with water. Sealant, however, does not protect from underground water seeping moisture into the walls. This problem can be mitigated with an installation of a drainage system.
On a final note, a lasting painting job depends on good preparation, good materials, and a good painting record. Depending on the situation, an initial paint job done poorly can be irreversible, even with the best painter trying to fix the problem. Avoid this mistake with proper research, expert advice, and whenever possible, professional service.
House Painting Inc. wants you to protect your property, provide regular maintenance and detect problems as early as possible, with touch ups when necessary. This will ensure a long lifetime for your exterior painting.