A Guide to DIY Home Exterior Paint Inspection

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No matter what kind of material primarily covers the outside of your home, the odds are good that there is at least one feature that is painted. In some cases, the majority of the exterior may have paint on it. This is very likely if, for instance, you have wood siding. Although there are good things about painted exteriors, such as the fact that you can choose any color you want, there are also some challenges. One issue is that you’ll have to repaint, either on your own or with the help of professionals, at least once every couple of years. In coastal Carolina regions or regions that get a lot of rain, repainting may be necessary annually. 

At the very least, you should perform a visual inspection of your home’s paint every year. The start of spring is a great time to do this. As you read this guide, you’ll discover some tips that will help you figure out if you need to repaint sooner rather than later. Noticing certain red flags early can help save your North Carolina or South Carolina residence from all sorts of problems, including water damage and wood rot. 

Be on the lookout for soft areas

Any part of your home exterior that gives way or seems mushy when you push on it with your finger should be carefully inspected. This is especially true for wood, as softness is often a clear indicator of rot. Dry rot, for example, is caused by certain types of fungi that rapidly spread on moist wood. Exterior wood often gets wet due to various forms of precipitation. If you think you’re dealing with wood rot, you have more pressing issues than new paint. 

The best thing to do if you suspect that wood decay is affecting your house is to contact a local Carolina professional. Once he or she performs an inspection, you will be able to get some answers about what steps to take next. If the wood rot hasn’t impacted the structural integrity of your house and is isolated within the siding itself, new siding is the best solution. If the damage is more extensive, additional repairs and rebuilding may be necessary. 

Check for paint degradation

The term “paint degradation” means that the paint on the outside of your home has started to breakdown in some way. It can exhibit in a number of ways, but most commonly shows up as bubbling, cracking, flaking, or peeling. As you inspect your Carolina home, be aware of any paint that has an abnormal appearance, since it is probably beginning to degrade. 

In most cases, paint degradation is normal and simply means it is time to repaint. If you think the degradation is happening too soon, you might want to schedule a home inspection to make sure there are no underlying issues. This will give you peace of mind. 

Look for discolored areas

Over time, all exterior paint will start to get discolored. Even the best brands ultimately succumb to UV ray exposure and the elements. If you notice discoloration on your house and you believe the paint is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer. You may be eligible to receive new paint for free if your warranty is in effect. 

Contact the Hatch Homes team to discuss all of your exterior renovation needs, including siding installation. Whether you want to have new wood boards installed or you are interested in another siding material, we are here to make the process as simple as possible for you. Call our office to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. 

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