A fresh coat of paint is one of the least expensive ways to freshen-up and protect your home’s exterior and value. A new paint job generally serves two purposes: to render aesthetic value pleasing to the eye, and to protect the substrate from the exterior elements.
Conditions to look for when deciding if and when to paint are:
- Fading and staining
- Wood checking (cracking) especially at fascia (outward face of the overhang)
- Peeling especially at foundations (or stem wall) and wood fascias
- Chalking (powdery substance on surface)
- Out of style colors
- Discoloration of natural finishes (gates and doors)
Arizona’s intense sun exposure is one of the elements that present a unique challenge to paint coatings. Eventually, ultraviolet (UV) radiation will break down the chemicals formulated in any paint film. Higher quality and more expensive paint (because of the cost of better ingredients) will protect the surfaces better and longer.
When a home is not painted before problems develop there are additional costs to restore, and the potential for irreversible substrate damage. When the paint has disintegrated into a chalky substance, considerable special preparation and primer processes are needed. Wood deterioration, cracking, and rot can lower the aesthetic value, with expensive wood replacement being the only improvement option. Stucco may develop additional cracking due to moisture and UV intrusion, and metal doors and gates may rust leaving surfaces pitted and uneven.
Choosing the right color adds years of beauty to any home. Even if similar colors are applied the freshness of a new paint job always impresses the senses. Your homeowners association, assisted by local experts in the painting field, has compiled color selections fitting for your neighborhood. Please use their process, and remember it is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the contractor, to make sure the correct colors are selected.
A knowledgeable, trustworthy painting contractor familiar with the re-painting of single-family homes will be of great value in deciding what’s best for your painting needs. I suggest using a professional contractor associated with the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (www.pdca.com). Your local paint store may also have good painters to recommend.
Knowing your homes surface conditions and staying ahead of paint failures can protect one of your largest investments from unsightly looks and further improvement costs down the road.
-Randy Fornoff, President, MTS Painting