How often should I paint the exterior of my home or building?
Re-painting a home or building will be determined upon the reason and condition the paint is in at the time of consideration; Does it just it look bad? Are you getting any leaks or water penetration. Do you want a color change? The longevity of a paint job depends on a number of factors:
What is the white chalk-like film in some areas of my block/stucco home?
That is most likely what is known as “effloressence”. Effloressence is often caused by a high P.H. count on the substrate prior to painting.
We just had a heavy wind-driven rain storm and water got in my house through the stucco, what can I do?
Sometimes, even if a paint job looks good on the surface, there can be small hairline & settlement cracks that are not visible to the human eye. Typical paint does little to seal these cracks, so therefore rain can be driven into the block which wicks the water into the house. There are waterproofing and moisture proofing products available to apply to the exterior of your home/building which are very resilient, have a high build and are very flexible. When your building settles or hairline cracks occur, these special coatings have the ability to stretch so the crack doesn’t penetrate the surface.
My home has aluminum facia & soffit that are stained and rusted, can they be painted?
Yes, it is recommended to prime the facia & soffit and apply an exterior paint that is 100% acrylic and has a satin, or eggshell finish.