Before you decide to buy another house or tear everything down because the house doesn’t look that great, ask yourself what a new coat of paint will do to it. It is essential for you to know when your home needs to be painted. When you see peeling paint, do not pull the peeled part off and move on as is common with many people. A case of peeling paint means that there is moisture that has gotten under it which breaks the body between the surface and the paint. This tells you that the time for you to call a painter is long overdue and if you do not get a professional to start working on your house immediately then there is a high chance that your property will succumb to moisture. The paint is not just to make sure that the house looks amazing but it also makes sure that harsh elements do not get to destroy the walls. You know that there is the possibility of dry rot in the house if its boards are gaping or appear to have shrunk. When you have not had a painter work on the house of late, it might mean there is extensive damage due to the moisture getting into the boards.
Stucco is preferred by many people because it has a coating that lasts much longer than wood siding. Even with this great coating, you will have to paint it regularly so that the surface is not compromised. Once the surface is broken, there will be no stopping moisture from penetrating into it. When you see hairline cracks appear on the stucco, ensure that painting is done in the shortest time possible. When the exterior of the house is blemished, it provides the perfect chance for moisture to get inside. You may also tell when it is time for your house to be painted by checking on the caulk. When you see brittle, cracking and dry caulk, you need to have the house painted.
Some colors will start fading when the house has handled a lot of harsh conditions. You can expect some colors to still remain bright and lustrous even when there has been a significant amount of fading but there are others which can make you hate looking at the house. Sun damage makes the colors fade and this means your house will not have a protective surface. Even when you have not experienced serious symptoms of moisture problems on your house exterior, you should have it painted if the last painting done on it was more than five years ago. This should be done by a professional contractor and not by the handyman in your area. In addition, avoid doing it yourself because if not done properly you will have to hire someone to repeat the job in the near future.