Depending upon when you’re reading this, spring is either right around the corner or has already arrived. For many New Jersey homeowners, this time of year calls for some sprucing up, which might mean tending to some long-overdue yard work or maybe taking care of that mountain of clutter that has taken up residence in their home for the better part of the year. Of course, for others, sprucing up might also call for applying a fresh coat of paint to their home’s exterior. According to most professional paint services companies, there is no better time to paint the exterior of one’s home than spring, which for the record, comprises March, April, and May. And there are several reasons why this is the case, they say.
Unlike in the winter, paint is less likely to stain, bubble, peel, or crack when applied to a home in the spring, the season most delineated by moderate temperatures. The same applies to the chances of mildew forming. Also, unlike in the summer, paint doesn’t take nearly as long to dry in the spring. Therefore, the chances of it collecting dirt, insects, and pollen that can ruin it before it gets around to drying are pretty low.
Most people don’t spend much time looking at their home’s exterior. Because they don’t, they sometimes miss common signs that suggest their home’s exterior is due for a repaint. According to many painting services companies, including J. Canabe’s Painting Company, a leading residential interior and exterior painting company in Madison NJ, common signs that suggest it’s time to repaint the outside of your home include
Bubbling or peeling – Even when a home’s exterior is painted by professional painters using nothing less than high-quality paint, it will eventually bubble or peel.
Fading – No paint, even high-priced ones, will last forever; eventually, they all show signs of fading. However, it is worth noting that darker paint colors tend to fade faster than their lighter-colored counterparts. In either case, paint fading can be even or spotty.
Chalking – Most people don’t associate chalking with exterior paint; however, the two go hand in hand. Over time, when exposed to rain, humidity, scorching heat, or frigid cold, even high-quality exterior paints break down. When they do, they produce a powder that rubs off easily, a phenomenon known as chalking.
Cracked caulking – In residential homes, caulk is a material that seals cracks, gaps, or joints between two surfaces, especially around windows and doors. Caulking is generally painted to match a home exterior paint color. Over time, however, that painted caulking begins to crack. When this happens, it’s a clear sign that it’s time to replace the caulking and repaint the home’s exterior while you’re at it.
Moisture problems – When paint bubbles, cracks, or peels, it’s common to see mold and stains. And this is because they each allow the paint to capture and holds onto moisture from snow and rain. But these are not the only indicators of a moisture problem; rotted wood, warped siding, and cracks in stucco can also indicate that the paint on a home is failing due to moisture problems.
All in all, multiple signs will present themselves when your home is due for a repaint. To learn more about these tell-tale signs and why spring is the best time to paint your home, consider speaking with J. Canabe Painting, one of the most trusted and respected exterior painting services companies in Madison NJ.