Raleigh Painters and Spring Time Painting

Raleigh Painters and Spring Time Painting

            With spring finally here, it’s time to start thinking about those outdoor chores that you’ve been putting off all winter.  Perhaps one of those projects is to get the outside of your home power washed and painted, or maybe you are wondering if you even need a paint job or not.  An honest and professional Raleigh paint contractor can answer these questions for you, but you also can tell if your house needs painting.  Here are a few tips to look for.  Do you see any peeling or chipping paint?  What about caulking joints that have opened up?  Is the paint surface beginning to chalk or fade?  Rub your hand across the painted surface.  If you have a chalky residue on your hand, it’s time to paint.  There are other things to look for, as well.  Certain areas of the home may appear to be solid but when inspected closely, you may find rotten wood.  If neglected, this can become very costly to repair.  This is a great time of year to take care of your exterior painting; however, it is wise to wait until the bulk of the pollen has fallen.  Also, something else to consider when receiving your exterior painting estimate is whether to pay for one coat or two.  Two coats of paint will last twice as long if applied properly.  It will be a larger expense at first, but in the long run it will be cheaper because the second coat price should be 30% less than the overall job since you will be eliminating the power washing and prepping phase for the second coat.  You will also save on the material cost since paint typically goes up 3 to 7% per year.  Your home is a large investment and you should take proper care to protect it from the elements.  In Raleigh, NC, we have cold, dry winters followed by hot, humid summers which cause a lot of movement on your house. That is why it is so very important to maintain a well prepped house with a solid paint job on it.  It is wise to have your house washed and inspected every couple of years by a professional painting contractor, much like going to the dentist.  None of us like going or paying that dentist’s bill, but it’s cheaper to catch that cavity early than to wait and pay for a root canal later.