Exterior Painting

Many factors can contribute to that.
  1. The quality of the paint used is of the utmost importance.
  2. The amount of nearby trees and shrubbery and whether or not you have an automatic sprinkler system that keeps the house or nearby greenery constantly damp or moist..
  3. Window unit air conditioners are a major source of rotted window sills and peeling paint around the window frames and siding below.

There are too many factors to take into consideration here, and each home can be different. However a good quality job done by a professional crew under normal conditions should last anywhere from 5-8 years. Call us and we will be happy to evaluate your particular situation and offer you a more precise answer.

You should certainly protect your deck from unnecessary moisture intrusion and the harmful effects of the sun's ultra-violet rays. Use of a penetrating stain, containing water repellant ingredients in most cases will protect your deck best. You may also consider using a clear water repellant, but this will need more frequent maintenance. The pigment in the stain will absorb the ultra-violet rays from the sun and protect the wood fibers from degradation. In most cases a stain will need maintenance every 2-4 years while the clear sealers require maintenance every 1-2 years.

Prior to finishing the deck it is important to wash the deck thoroughly to remove dead wood fibers, dirt, and any mildew spores. It is important to note that inactive mildew spores can be present and not be visible, but still should be treated.

One final note, if you plan on cleaning your deck with a pressure washer take caution not to use excessive pressure or spray at an improper angle. Improper use can severely damage your deck and cost you much more than you saved by undertaking the project yourself. Take the worry out of this type of project and hire the professional contractor.

Yes, absolutely. While it is understood that people are cautious and confused about the logic in doing so there is no reason to hesitate. These products are often sold with the understanding that they are maintenance free. Nothing is further from the truth. These products do require regular maintenance that is more often than not never performed because the homeowner believes that they require no maintenance. Washing periodically is needed to remove dirt and oxidation just like your automobile and when this is not done, repainting or replacement will eventually be needed. Obviously repainting is by far the most feasible alternative. So with that said, how do you paint it ? and how long will it last ? Read the article on " Repainting Aluminum And Vinyl Siding " in our library.
Tough question! Like our bodies no two houses are perfectly alike. There are many factors that will contribute to the life of a paint job. (Daily sun exposures, amount of shrubbery, moisture presence, soffit and gable venting, etc.) But as a general rule a new paint job in our climate should last anywhere from 6-8 years. But this is a general rule. There are just too many differing factors to list here.