Why Painting your Home’s Exterior Should Include a Thorough Cleaning
Your home gets a great new look when a new coat of paint is applied. It’s important to clean the exterior before painting, but there are other aspects of the exterior which also need routine attention and cleaning. Preparing for an exterior paint job is the perfect time to address all of the cleaning needs of your home.
Exterior Painting Prep – The Walls
The walls need to be cleaned, for paint to adhere properly. It’s easier to allow our professionals to help you take care of cleaning because a lot can be required, including working with toxic cleaning supplies.
Exterior cleaning should remove chalky residue, dust, mold, grime, and mildew. Mildew is a particular challenge because it’s a fungus which thrives on moisture. A house that has a recurring mildew problem should be given special attention, such as an annual power washing and the application of mildewcide solution as needed, which is usually every two to three years.
When your home has heavy stains or mildew, the solutions needed to clean them require wearing protective gear such as heavy neoprene gloves, a respirator, and splash-proof goggles; this is just one of many reasons to leave the task to professionals.
Even the power washing itself is tricky because, if done incorrectly, the exterior surface can be damaged.
Your home’s roof can begin to look an unsightly mess, when it becomes stained as a result of a buildup of mold, debris, dirt, moss, and algae.
Besides detracting from your home’s appearance, organisms on your roof can cause damage. Algae can shorten the life of your roof by feeding on different components of the roof shingles. The buildup of dirt and moss can also attract insects which may work themselves into your home.
Not only will a thorough roof cleaning prevent many problems that could be very costly, it makes your house look like new, as well.
Maintenance of gutters is very important because when they aren’t maintained, your home could be damaged. The downspouts need to flow correctly, in order to prevent costly roof damage as well as gutter damage. Homeowners sometimes neglect their gutters and later find that animals and insects such as ants, bees, and squirrels have created nests in either the gutters or downspouts. Animals can clog gutters that are otherwise clean.
Gutters are important because if the gutter system doesn’t work, rain will have to go somewhere, and it could cause rot damage. If there are dry leaves in the gutters and you use your chimney, a floating ember could land on the leaves and start a fire.
It’s good to clean gutters in early spring to make sure that no blockage occurred during winter. But it’s also important to clean the gutters just before freezing weather arrives, since frozen debris in the gutters can cause damage in a variety of ways.
Exterior window cleaning is a service that goes well with an exterior paint job, to complete the overall new look. Many exterior windows are very difficult to access, which is just another reason to allow professionals to clean them when you get your home’s exterior painted.
Between the fresh new paint and a thorough cleaning, your home is going to absolutely look like new. Allow our professionals to help you with every aspect of the exterior painting process.
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