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What Homeowners Should Know About Exterior Home Painting

In many instances, homeowners are not keen to paint their homes until they see the homes of friends, family or neighbors being re-painted. This reminds them of the crumbling paint on their home and they are armed and ready to do something about it. However, painting the exterior of the home is about more than just cosmetic value; it is about waterproofing and preserving the materials that protect your home.

A good paint job should last at least five years; however, sometimes retouching and/or repainting needs to be done soon, particularly on a tract home. These production-style homes are usually only given a single coat of paint upon construction completion. Moreover, in subdivisions with tract homes, there are usually very few trees to protect the homes from sun or wind damage. This means that it only takes a few years for the paint to begin to chip away, leaving bare wood exposed to the elements.

This is a particularly poignant problem on homes with T-1-11 vertical siding that is usually found on the sides and rear of the home. The paint applied to the siding on the front of the house often holds up much longer --- and much better --- which means that homeowners don�t notice a problem until it�s time to act quickly. What�s more is these types of home are not sealed with special caulking where trim is joined together or around windows and doors, so as the summer heat sets in, the wood tends to shrink. This can cause gaps that expand over an extended period, allowing water to seep in little by little. Not only can this cause mold to form in your walls, but also it allows your energy bill to skyrocket.

The trick to combating this problem is to hire a professional painter than can coat your house with a waterproof paint that will not only fill in these unsightly gaps and ensure your wood trim lasts longer, but make your home look better as well. Moreover, if you have stucco on the exterior of your home, the pain will also help to insulate your house, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Some homeowners opt to do the job themselves; however, it is always best to go with a professional who knows exactly what type of paint is going to be best for your home. Moreover, a professional painter will often wash your home, add any caulking, if needed and scrape or sand as necessary.

Most important, however, is the time and labor that must be spent to properly paint the home. The more damage that exists, the more prep work and repairs will need to be done before the painting can commence. If the paint on the home is peeling, then it must be scraped, sanded with a primer applied before the house can be repainted. At times, when paint has completely worn off, the wood that has been exposed in the process contains cracks or distortions that necessitate a completely new replacement. This is necessary because oftentimes, if water damage has occurred or dry rot set in, this can spread to otherwise healthy pieces of wood on your home. In addition, the longer that the problem persists, the more likely it is that additional pieces of wood will need to be replaced before repainting can occur.

For all of the work entailed in the above scenario, it is important to utilize the services of a licensed painting contractor. After all, all freshly painted houses look good; but has the proper paint been used so that your house looks good AND is protected? A licensed painting contractor will understand the importance of using the right paint and notate the difference between regular house paint and heavy-duty paint.

Hiring An Exterior Painting Contractor

Using a licensed contractor not only ensures the job will be done right, the first time, but it also protects you as a homeowner. This is because if you hire someone who is unlicensed and they get hurt while painting your home, you are responsible for their medical bills. As a homeowner, you have enough to worry about without this worry hanging over your head.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when weighing the option of hiring an unlicensed contractor is the fact that if the job is not done to your satisfaction, he can just walk away. Moreover, you, as the homeowner and client, have no recourse, legally. Licensed contractors are bound by state laws and regulations and can have their license put in jeopardy for engaging in such activity. Therefore, as a homeowner, hiring someone who is licensed gives you overall peace of mind that not only will the job is completed, but also it will be done with professionalism and efficiency.

On a final note, consider what you are paying for. All good, quality paint costs roughly the same, so if you are getting a painter charging waaaay less for their time and materials, you should wonder exactly what you are getting. Is it thinner, less effective paint? Alternatively, are you paying for inexperience on the part of the painter? These are things to consider before going with the person that has a much lower price.

These are all important factors when it comes to choosing a painting contractor to paint your home. Your home is easily your most important and expensive asset. It�s important to choose your resources for it carefully and with serious consideration.

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