3 Hints That it’s Time to Paint Your Home

1. Cracked, Bubbling, or Peeling Paint

These are signs of deterioration that’s causing the paint to break from adhering to the exterior walls of your home. This should be addressed before serious and more expensive damage occurs to the underlying structure. Woodsy or shaded properties are ripe places for the growth of damaging mold and moss especially when moisture gets under the paint.

2. New Construction

You wouldn’t think that a newly constructed home would require a thought about its paint, but if it has exterior wood siding, its windows are wood framed and the homebuilder used pre-primed wood finished with a single coat of paint, you’ll be lucky to get a few years of protection. For this reason, you should plan to paint your home’s outside within the first five years to ensure it is protected from weather and the sun’s UV rays. (Note that the general rule of thumb for interior walls is to wait for one year before painting because the walls will move as the home settles.)

3. Discoloration or Fading

These two things can indicate separate and distinct issues. Fading is most often caused by UV light from the sun, weathering, or the application of paint that was not intended for exterior use. Discoloration can be the result of leaking water under the paint where the vapor barrier has been broken. Because water can damage the structure of your home, you’ll want to address the cause before applying new paint.

Bucks County Painters uses only high quality exterior paint or stain on the home’s outside to ensure a long-lasting, vibrant finish.

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