exterior painting

Maintaining Your New Exterior Paint Job in the Woodlands, Texas.

One of the biggest maintenance projects you can do on your home in the Woodlands, Texas is exterior painting. An exterior job is laborious and quite involving –from picking the colors and doing minor repairs to power washing and having each inch of your exterior painted. However, when the job is done, the results are quite rewarding.

However, to keep your exterior paint job looking fresh and new for longer, you need to perform some occasional maintenance practices. Whether you’ve painted your own home or hired a professional painting contractor, exterior painting isn’t something you want to repeat in the near future. With that said, here are some tips on how to maintain your exterior painting and keep it looking new.

Dealing with Dirt and Chalk

Over time, airborne dust and dirt can accumulate on your exterior and darken the paint job. Dirt can then become the growth medium and food for mold and mildew. As dirt breaks down, the chalky pigment released from the paint results in color fading. You can remove both the dirt and chalk by either scrubbing or power washing.

If you’re scrubbing, it’s best to use a scrub brush and mild detergent, then rinse everything thoroughly. Using harsh alkaline detergents such as TPS can wear down the shine and gloss of the paint. You can also choose to power wash your exterior, which restores the shine on your house at a fraction of the cost of repainting.

When power washing, be sure not to damage the paint or siding due to too much pressure. Power washing is quite aggressive and should not be done more than 2 times per year. Since it costs much cheaper than repainting, you can enlist the services of a professional painting contractor for a thorough and safe cleaning.

Dealing with Mold and Mildew

Mildew and mold are probably the most damaging defect in any paint job. Exterior siding can support the growth of mildew, especially after the paint breaks down after a couple of years. Mildew is more likely to occur on the damp and shaded areas. If you notice mildew, call your favorite painting contractor and have them offer a permanent solution.

If the mildew growth is minor, you can get rid of it using the following method:

• Cover your plants and grass around the areas you want to treat.
• Mix 3 parts of water and 1 part of household bleach and apply it in the area that has mildew infection and up to one foot margin of the surrounding areas. You can use a sponge if it’s a small area or a garden hose if it’s a large area.
• Be sure to wear protective gloves and eye protection when working.
• Allow the mixture to stay for about 15 minutes and rinse off the exterior thoroughly.

Touch-up Painting

Every part of your home’s exterior is exposed to unique conditions that cause the paint to deteriorate at different rates. Some siding areas are made of different materials, others are exposed to more sunlight and precipitation. This means that some parts of your home will require repainting before others.
For this reason, consider performing touch-up on the exterior of your home after one or two years. This will save you from painting some areas sooner than you would need to, or letting other areas go too long before repainting. Just a few hours of exterior painting each year can add significantly to the life of your whole paint job.

Look out for Peeling and Cracking

One of the most important practices of maintaining your exterior paint job is to look out for signs of paint failure and catch them early to minimize subsequent greater paint failures. Regularly check the paint for signs of cracking and peeling, and do immediate repairs. Check for cracks around doors, windows, and trim; fill with good quality caulking compounds. Peeling often start on caps, window sills, and surfaces painted in darker colors; scrape and sand off the loose material, spot prime then touch up.

Bottom Line

Painting the exterior of your home is a significant investment that you don’t want to be doing too often. A Good exterior paint job should last anywhere between 5 to 7 years depending on the siding material, extent of exposure to elements, and quality of the paint job.

Keeping your paint job well maintained can add a number of years to it and keep it looking good for longer. If you need any help repainting, touching up or power washing your home in the Woodlands, TX, contact us today and we will be more than happy to help.