Painting the exterior of your house is a big deal. You have to commit to a painting company you trust. And even if they are priced fairly, it still is a considerable cost. You have to pick a color. Then you have to make the time to have strangers at your house which can be inconvenient and awkward.
But when it is finished, it looks gorgeous. It is a facelift for your home. It adds beauty to your property and to your neighborhood.
So why, after all of that, would you neglect that beautiful paint you so carefully have chosen.
Especially if you knew just how easy it is to care for the life of your exterior paint job.
Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your new paint looking and staying fresh.
Spot clean! Simple. With a little dish detergent on a cloth, rub off any small marks you can see and reach. This is purely for aesthetic reasons.
Touch up that paint. Every year or so, touch up small sections of your exterior paint that needs it. There are various factors that can diminish the look of the paint job. The sun may cause a section to fade. A tree may scrape along the side of the house. However, each of these factors will wear down your paint at different rates. This is why touch-ups are important. If you wait for the whole house needing painting again, your house will look dingier for longer.
Power wash your house. While you can do this yourself, if it is not something you have experience with, hire a professional. Powerwashers are...well...powerful. Misuse of one could damage your paint. The exact opposite of what you want it to do. But power washing will keep mold, moss and mildew off the side of your house.
Quickly repair any damages to siding or boards. Moisture is an enemy of wood. Repair any damage, repaint and seal.
Landscaping. This seems unrelated, but having trees and shrubs pushed up against the house will cause moisture. Moisture creates moss and mildew, and moisture will destroy wood. Keep your shrubs and trees off the house. This will allow airflow and keep your house dry! This goes for that gorgeous ivy that grows up the side of the house. While it gives your house and beautiful and majestic look, it is not great for keeping your house dry.
Maintain your gutters. Again, this is moisture prevention. The purpose of gutters is to keep water away from your house. Clogged gutters allow rainwater to run down the side of your house. Well maintained gutters will help prevent that.
Most importantly, use quality paint to start with. And if you are using a quality painter like Chieffo, there should be no problem there!
When choosing your painting company be sure to have this conversation with them prior to hiring them. They should make the above recommendations for you and maybe even tell you more. They should be equally as interested in maintaining the paint job as you are.