Painting

The paint on your siding and trim is your property’s first line of defense against the elements.

  • When paint fails, exposed wood is easily degraded by water damage and ultraviolet rays.
  • The interval between painting cycles is greatly affected by weather. For a well-built wooden property in New England — where external paint takes a real beating from ultraviolet rays, freezing and thawing cycles and moisture — that interval is typically between six and eight years.
  • A number of factors reduce paint longevity. Paint applied to low-quality shingles or clapboards will not last as long as paint applied to high-quality wooden siding. And paint on improperly installed and flashed siding and trim has been known to fail within just two or three years.
  • Signs you may be wasting money on ineffective maintenance painting:
    • New coats of paint start to peel within five years.
    • The interval between painting cycles keeps getting shorter
    • You are replacing more failed siding and trim before every paint job

I was impressed with SPS’s management, their desire to discuss what they can do and what they should not do, and their ability to get things done.

Arborwood

Burlington, Mass.

Failing paint may be a sign that you need to upgrade your building envelope.
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