Randy Wilson hears it all the time. Someone calls and says the outside of their house needs a new paint job because one or more sections have discolored or lost their luster.
When he gets out there, though, he sees the real problem.
“Usually, when they start thinking about painting, they see some kind of problem with the paint, but it’s really the roof or the gutters, some kind of leak or something’s rotted,” says Wilson, a professional painter in Chattanooga. “When we go out and look at them ourselves, we check all those things and, if it’s gutters or carpentry work, that’s something we do because it’s something we run into on almost every job.”
Without fixing the underlying problem — be it bad wood or a clogged downspout — painting won’t help; it’ll just go back to looking bad within a few months or years.
The warm weather coming ’round has many folks walking around the outside of their home and thinking, “Hmmm, could use a little sprucing up.” But professional painters in the area say there are a few things homeowners need to consider before hiring someone to do the job or do it themselves — and choosing the colors isn’t the only consideration.
“Paint is only as good as what you put it on top of,” says Felix Cordova, who co-owns Brand Painting Co. in Dalton, Ga. Not only do you need to make sure your shoddy paint isn’t a product of termites, wet wood or mildew, he says, you also must get your house clean of debris and dirt before you put drop one of paint on it. If you don’t, that new paint’s flaking off a lot more quickly than it should.
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