How to Protect the Exterior of Your Home


Protecting and maintaining your exterior


The Wright Way Painters & Decorators - Exterior Painting

Every now and then it is good practice to walk around the outside of your home, checking for any signs of deterioration. We recommend every few months to make sure you keep on top of any areas that may be starting to become weathered.

Do you have cracks appearing in the corners of your windows?
Are there sections of your wall where your paint work is beginning to flake off ?
Are there any soft areas in the timber?

These are all signs of deterioration on the outside of your home, below we will list a few ways you can remedy these issues before they become costly.

Cracks beginning to appear?
We recommend raking out any cracks with a scraper and applying a flexible, exterior caulk to the crack preventing any water being able to penetrate the crack and causing damp issues such as wood rot and mold, unlike ordinary filler exterior caulk is flexible meaning it will flex with movement.

Paint work flaking away?
Once you have determined the area that needs work, begin by sanding the area to remove the flaky paint, we recommend using a power sander. After sanding, the surface will be smooth and ready to paint with a good quality exterior primer. It is important that you prime the surface to protect from the elements in the future.

Soft areas of timber?
Soft areas of timber are a sure sign that the timber is beginning to decay and rot, it is important to address wet or dry rot in the early stages to avoid it festering and destroying the timber completely.

We always recommend removing any decaying timber and applying a treatment to stabilize and harden the surrounding timber.

Now you have got this far, it is time to apply your exterior filler to the area you raked out. If your budget allows, it is a good idea to use the repair care range as it is a lot stronger than conventional fillers and it will not split or crack.

If your on a tight schedule or budget then apply a two-pack filler to the area, building it up in layers depending on the depth of the repair.

Great, you have completed the repair, now all you need to do is paint the area with an exterior weather-shield system and it will look as good as new!

Need any advice with your particular project? 
Then send us an email, we would be happy to help

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