exterior paint failures

Exterior Residential Paint Failures

What causes exterior residential paint failures?

The exterior of your home is exposed to sun, temperature changes, wind, and rain.  A good paint job should help protect the exterior of your home from the elements.  If the surface of your home is not properly prepared, a bad paint job can work with the elements to damage the exterior of your home.


Here are a few different types of exteriors and potential problems that can occur if the surface is not properly prepared:
  1. Wood – The exterior of your home may be constructed of either a natural wood, or a man-made wood product.  If your exterior wood surface is not properly prepared, it causes the wood to be exposed to moisture.  Moisture is one of the most popular causes of exterior paint failures.  Moisture can cause exterior paint to blister, crack, flake, and peel.  It can also cause mildew and exterior wood to warp.  Proper surface preparation helps to protect the exterior wood surface from the elements and helps the paint to properly adhere to the wood, giving your home a beautiful paint job!
  2. Masonry – An exterior masonry structure can be made of concrete, brick, or stucco.  All masonry must be clean and dry prior to painting.  As with many other substrates, water is a major cause of masonry paint failures.  When exposed to the elements, water can cause the paint to lift off the surface.  It is important to know the type of masonry surface, if the masonry surface has been properly aged prior to painting, and if any measures have been taken to protect the masonry surface from water.

If you have any questions about exterior residential painting, give HCG Contractor a call.  Our crew is always available to help!


Wallcovering / Wallpaper Repairs

Wallcovering / Wallpaper Repairs:

Do you have a wallcovering or wallpaper that you absolutely love, but is in need or repair?  If you have extra rolls of your existing wallcovering / wallpaper, HCG Contractor may be able to help!  Our crew is available to look at the damage to your wallcovering / wallpaper and provide you with options.

Prior to scheduling an appointment, here are a few questions that will help HCG Contractor to help better serve you:
  1. What is the age of your existing wallcovering / wallpaper?
  2. Was the wallcovering or wallpaper installed when your home was under construction?
  3. How many rolls of extra wallcovering / wallpaper do you have?  (Please have on site when we arrive)
  4. If you do not have any extra wallcovering / wallpaper, would you like to remove the existing wallcovering and replace it with a similar pattern?  Would you like to remove the existing wallcovering and paint the existing areas?
Here is a list of common wallcovering / wallpaper issues that we may be able to repair:
  • Scratches, gouges, scrapes, punctures, or holes – If you have enough replacement wallcovering or wallpaper with the exact pattern match that needs repair, this can many times be an easy fix.  The biggest challenge may be the age of the wallcovering.  Also, were the walls were properly prepared during the wallcovering installation process?  If the existing wallcovering is well aged, the new patch will stand out and make the surrounding wallcovering look dull or dirty.
  • Peeling seams – Usually, this is another simple repair that can be completed without any extra wallcovering needed.  Again, the biggest challenge is how the existing wallcovering was installed and is the walls were properly prepared prior to installation
  • Previous wallcovering repair has shrunk – This should be an easy repair if there is enough wallcovering of the existing pattern.
  • Bubbles in the wallcovering – This is a repair that can usually be completed without any additional wallcovering.  The difficulty of the repair depends on how the walls were prepared prior to installation.  Also, the problem may be due to a wallcovering issue.
  • Shrunken seams – This repair is sometimes tricky and may require removal and replacement of the existing shrunken areas.

If you have any questions about your existing wallcovering or wallpaper, give HCG Contractor a call.  Our crew is always available to help!


If you are looking for a replacement pattern or a match for your existing wallcovering, here is one of the sites we recommend: