23 Mar Spring Back from Winter Damage!
All the snow that has come and gone this winter has probably left some people with more than just a head cold. Spring is the best time to check the exterior of your house to see if any damage has been done. Here are some things to look for:
- Blisters – moisture beneath the paint is lifting the paint film in order to escape
- Chalkiness – the paint film is drying out and will soon lose its ability to protect what’s underneath
- Faded paint or siding – ultraviolet rays from the sun are gradually breaking down the paint’s surface, causing both color and protection to fade
- Flaking and chipping paint – solid evidence that the paint seal is broken
- Hairline cracks – an early indication of paint failure due to dried-out paint
- Mildew – appearing as black, gray or brown spots, mildew will degrade the paint and the substrate
- Missing or shrunken caulk – unless caulk is replaced, it can no longer keep heat and cool in and moisture and insects out
- Rotted wood – a sure sign that airborne fungi have penetrated moist, unprotected wood
- Splits in stucco – even slight cracks can grow over time and allow moisture to penetrate and cause problems
- Wrinkling – could indicate that a previous coat of paint wasn’t properly applied
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Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.