With the wet and rainy months winding down and summer quickly approaching, you may find yourself spending more time outside, around your home or other building. Whether you are working from home or you go into an office away from home, your building or home exterior has withstood the effects of weather over the recent Winter months. As a responsible homeowner or building manager, you’ll want to take the time to inspect your exterior for any necessary repairs.
While you can do this type of routine inspection any time of the year, spring and summer are the best times here in Pierce county to make the necessary repairs to prepare for the months ahead. 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 home or building. Our experts at Flying Colors Painting have put together this comprehensive checklist of signs that indicate your exterior may need to be repainted.
Roofing surfaces are not what you typically think of when on the topic of paint, but for some homeowners, metal roofs are installed for their durability and ease of maintenance (not to mention curb appeal). Metal is easy to clean and maintain but does need to be inspected yearly for weather exposure, especially with frequent contact with precipitation. Excessive rain can cause rust and corrosion, both are a steady threat that can weaken and eat away 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 can penetrate through metal surfaces if left untreated, leaving them brittle. Signs indicating rust include reddish streaking color on your metal roof and discoloration. Rust will often appear first at joints and rivets, and the best way to protect all parts of your roof is by painting them. If you notice rust damage, make any repairs necessary before painting. Fresh, professionally applied paint will seal your metal roof from moisture, helping to keep it beautiful and maintain structural integrity.
Other types of siding, like brick, wood, vinyl, or stucco, 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 home requires repainting, 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 home. Contact us today to schedule your estimate.