How Do You Know When It’s Time for Exterior Painting? Watch for These Signs!

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And just like that, it’s somehow fall… How is summer gone already???

We’re stepping into a busy time of year, between school, sports, pre-holiday planning, traveling, and everything else that gets sandwiched into this relatively brief season. If you’re like us, you might still have some to-do’s left on your list from summer, and they’re probably going to gather dust until spring.

That might be okay for some of those items, but not for all of them. Exterior painting, for example, is just too important of a defense system for your home to ignore. Especially with the elevated moisture levels of winter heading our way, it’s crucial that your surfaces are sound and protected.

Should You Paint Or Can It Wait?

Here are a few key signs that it’s time to paint!

Fading Exterior Paint

Not only is this an aesthetic issue, but it’s also a sign that your paint’s days of being a protective barrier are over. Remember, exterior paint isn’t just there to look good, but to protect against moisture intrusion, pests, UV damage, surface damage, and more.

Cracking, Bubbling, or Peeling

These symptoms may be the sign of worn, tired paint, but they also can be indicative of an underlying moisture issue. It’s best to get to the root of the problem right away before the damage spreads.

Wood Rot

Crumbling, decaying wood should enjoy an elevator-ride to the top of your to-do list. Those wood-munching spores won’t go anywhere until they’re evicted and replaced with healthy materials. Be sure to pay special attention to your trim, doors, windows, sills, and the structural elements of your deck as well! You also can call in a professional painting company to perform an inspection and offer maintenance recommendations.

Brittle, Cracking Caulk

Most homeowners never give their caulk a thought, but it really is an integral part of your home’s exterior system. It stands in the gap, literally, providing a weather-tight seal that keeps your home comfortable, efficient, and pest-free.

How Long Has It Been Since You Painted Your House?

Depending on the quality of your last paint job, any paint that’s over 4-5 years old likely needs to be closely inspected. Here at Nash Painting, we offer a 10-year warranty on exterior work, but that’s only because we are so confident in our quality, process, and the products we use. Most painting companies expect their paint to fail much sooner than that.

If you live here in the Nashville area, we hope you’ll reach out to us with any other questions you might have. It would be our pleasure to serve you and to share the Nash Painting Difference.