Exterior Painting: Warning Signs


Painting Services for Homeowners

Exterior home painting increases your home’s beauty and protects the structure from normal damage that occurs because of prolonged exposure to the outdoor elements. Weather, even good weather, is unkind to all types of surfaces. Contrary to popular belief, the exterior home painting goes beyond aesthetics. When done correctly, the top coat is the third to last step, before inspection and clean up. The key to a long-lasting paint job is preparing the exterior area to be it walls, windows, fascias & soffits barge-boards etc. for the paint to stick.


exterior warning signs

Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

In addition to normal maintenance, we recommend performing a thorough examination of a home’s exterior every 8 to 10 years. Walk around the entire perimeter, looking for any evidence that your paint is at the end of its useful life. Signs that you should paint vary in different environments, so we’ve compiled a helpful checklist for impacted climates:

For colder areas of the exterior, warning signs could include:


  Paint is peeling

  Caulk between wood/brick and windows is separating

  Bare wood is exposed

  Mould or water stains are apparent in shady areas.


For the sunnier areas of the exterior, warning signs could include:


  Exterior render is cracking, especially around window and the foundation

  Wood rot is apparent, especially at the bottom of door frames

  Caulk failure; caulk that has turned brittle or lost flexibility Keep in mind that Intserv Painting uses a proven, four-step process to painting each residential or commercial property. We can take care of common issues that you may discover during your inspection. Please ask any questions you have during your estimate.


What Could Happen if I Don’t Paint?

We know painting the exterior costs more than simply changing the colour of a room. For that reason, it makes sense to delay as long as possible—but beware that the consequences of waiting longer than you should often cost more than preventative upkeep. Potential repercussions of waiting too long to paint can include:

  EXPOSED WOOD WILL ROT. Severely damaged wood must be replaced, or repaired using something like the "Dulux Repair Care System", caulked and painted. Also, rotting wood may compromise the overall structure of your home! To test for wood rot, use a screwdriver to see if the wood breaks apart easily.

EXTERIOR RENDER will crumble and fall apart. Exterior render topcoat is laid over cement block; when water breaches through to the cement, draining becomes difficult. Rather than patching a crack caused by normal wear and tear, you may likely need to render an entire surface re-exterior.

MOULD AND MILDEW will grow and proliferate. Removing large quantities requires additional supplies and intensive work. For example, mildew requires an oxygenated-bleach additive to kill spores. In these cases, spraying with a garden hose will not work! Be sure to check behind vines or ivy that may have grown on the side of your house. These often create a humid environment that can cause mould or mildew.

We know the warning signs and how to fix them. In addition to using top painting products, Intserv Painting understands how to fix minor wood rot, repair minor exterior renders, and we often include power washing as a preparation step for most home painting services (dependant age/condition of a building/structure). We are also very mindful that exterior painting is an investment. It’s one of the reasons why we take the time to do the job right and are respectful while working at your home or commercial property.


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