paint problems - chalking

Paint Problems – Chalking

What is chalking?

Chalking is when a fine, white powder begins to form on the exterior paint surface.   This is often caused by weathering and may seem as if the exterior paint color is fading.  Some chalk is normal, but heavy chalk may be a sign of problems.

What can cause Paint to chalk?
  • oil-based paint will usually chalk more than latex paint
  • using a low quality paint that is heavily pigmented
  • siding that has been coated in a factory
  • using an interior paint on an exterior surface
  • improper preparation of a porous surface
  • applying a thin, watery coating
  • not applying enough paint to adequately coat the surface
How do you repair chalking paint?
  • pressure wash and clean the surface
  • allow to thoroughly dry
  • clean and brick area of chalk

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Exterior Home Checklist

As the seasons change, so does the climate and temperatures.  These changes can cause major issues for already existing problems with the exterior of your home.  What can you do to protect and repair your home exterior issues?  Use the changing seasons as a reminder to complete your quarterly exterior home checklist:

  • entrance areas – check all railings and hand rails to make sure they are secure and sturdy.  check all stairs, steps, and walkways to make there are no loose boards, bricks, or stones
  • windows and doors – check to make sure seals, caulking, and weatherstripping are in good shape.  Check for holes or gaps
  • foundation – clear away any leaves or debris, check for cracks
  • exterior – check sides of home for cracks or damage, check any shaded areas for home for mold or growing vegetation
  • gutters – clean out gutters and downspouts, make sure gutters and downspouts are not broken or dented and working properly
  • roof areas – check vents for animal and insect nests, make sure ridge cap and shingles are not loose or missing, check for damaged shingles
  • chimney areas – make sure chimney is cleaned out and free of nests, check for cracks and loose bricks, check flashing and cap stones

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

As the seasons start to change, you need to prepare your home for the changes in the temperatures and elements.  For the exterior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • If you have antennas or satellite dish equipment on the roof or exterior of your home, check to make sure they are securely attached to the surface.  Check any mounting straps, screws, or bolts.
  • If you have a chimney, check for cracks or loose bricks and mortar.  Inspect the surrounding flashing to make sure it is secure.
  • Since fall is the time for falling leaves, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and secure.
  • Check any trees that are close to your house.  Make sure they are healthy and trim any limbs that could fall on your home.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure all weatherstripping and seals are in place.  Replace any wood trim or molding that is weathered or rotten.
  • Remove any leaves and brush from the exterior foundation of your home.  Keep the foundation areas clean to help prevent standing water and keep rotting debris away from your home that may attract bugs.
  • Turn off and drain any outside faucets.
  • Close any exterior foundation vents

For the interior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries
  • Check the interior sides of all doors and windows to make sure all seals are intact.
  • Test your heat to make sure it works properly.
  • Inspect and clean out the interior of your fireplace.

If you have any questions or need help with your fall home maintenance checklist, give us a call!  HCG Contractor 1-800-PAINTING is happy to perform a free fall home maintenance inspection to make sure your home is ready for the fall temperatures and elements!

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