Although there are many reasons to paint and stain the outside of your house from time to time, sheer aesthetics, perhaps, being chief among them, it’s important to be aware of the less obvious reasons, as well. As you read the remainder of this article, you will discover the top six reasons you should paint and stain your North Carolina or South Carolina residence on a regular basis.
- It will hinder termites – Having a freshly painted and stained house can protect you from dealing with termite damage, which is a common occurrence in Southeastern states like North Carolina and South Carolina. “How does this happen?”, you might be wondering, and the answer is really quite simple. Because paints and wood stains act as sealants, they prevent termites from getting to the raw wood they like to destroy.
- It can help in the winter – Although some regions of the Carolinas, like Charleston, SC, and the surrounding area, tend to experience mild winters, mountainous regions in North Carolina can have harsh winters. While you might not think that painting and staining would protect against snow and ice, fresh coats do provide an added layer of insulation, however thin, against the elements.
- It can make your siding last longer – Homeowners typically think of painting wood siding, but often forget that other materials can be painted, too. Painting vinyl siding, for example, can cut down significantly on wear and tear by providing an added layer of protection against wind, rain, and UV rays.
- It boosts your home’s curb appeal – As noted in the opening paragraph, perhaps the biggest reason to keep your house painted and stained is for the aesthetic value. Keeping your home’s exterior looking great will not only increase your overall property value, but it will improve your mood every time you come home!
- It preserves structural integrity – Many homeowners don’t think about the fact that new paint and stain can actually help preserve the structural integrity of their residences. Mold and mildew, for instance, often breed on raw wood, which can lead to major infestations. Furthermore, unfinished wood is much more likely to sustain water damage than painted deck boards or siding boards are.
- It keeps you from getting splinters – This might seem like a somewhat silly point, but getting splinters in your feet while walking on an unfinished deck, for instance, can be extremely painful and frustrating. Painting or staining any raw boards on the outside of your house is a great way to prevent this issue.
Hopefully, these unexpected benefits of painting and staining your house have gotten your creative juices flowing and you’re thinking about how to bring whatever creative vision you have for your property to life! Remember, the Hatch Homes crew is here to help you with whatever you need every step of the way.
If you have questions about any of the renovation services we offer, contact our office during regular business hours to learn more. From helping you understand the benefits of various siding materials, including fiber cement, to aiding you in selecting the best new windows for your home, we take pride in giving you the assistance you need to turn your house into the home of your dreams.