With the wet and rainy months winding down, and summer quickly approaching, you may find yourself spending more time outside and around your building. Whether you are working from home or in person, your building or home exterior has seen lots of different types of weather this last year. As a good homeowner or building manager, take the time to inspect your exterior for any repairs necessary.
While this type of routine inspection can be on a checklist for any time of the year, spring and summer are the best times here in Pierce and Thurston county to make the necessary repairs to prepare for the rainy months. Knowing what signs to look for is important so that you can schedule a professional painting company to make repairs and do an exterior repaint for your building. For details on what signs to look for, our experts at Flying Colors Painting have put together this comprehensive checklist for you to keep in mind.
Using metal as siding, roofing, and other exterior surfaces is great for durability and ease of maintenance. Metal is easy to clean and maintain but does need to be inspected regularly for weather exposure, especially when it frequently comes in contact with precipitation. Rust is a steady threat that can weaken and erode away at metal surfaces on your exterior.
Rust is the natural process that occurs when oxygen and moisture interact with steel or iron. This chemical reaction can start at the surface but if left untreated can penetrate through metal surfaces, leaving them brittle. Signs to look for rust include reddish streaking color on your metal surfaces and discoloration. Rust will often appear first at joints and rivets, and the best way to protect all parts of your building’s surfaces is by painting them. If you notice rust damage, make any repairs necessary before painting. Fresh, professionally applied paint will seal off the metal surfaces from moisture, helping to keep them beautiful and maintain structural integrity.
Other types of siding, like brick, wood, vinyl, or concrete, usually do not have rust damage, but will be exposed to weathering and eventually degrade over time. Each of these surfaces will show signs differently that they need to be repainted or treated to prevent erosion or decay. For all of these surfaces, professionals recommended cleaning before repainting with pressure or soft washing. This removes build-up and prepares your surfaces for a long binding paint project.
As you look for signs that your building is in need of an exterior repaint, consider hiring a professional painting contractor to make the improvements for you. At Flying Colors Painting, our skilled craftsmen can transform your exterior with a quality finish. Our team of licensed professionals looks forward to exceeding your expectations as they add a paint barrier of protection to your building. Contact us today to schedule your estimate.