San Diego Exterior Painting Contractor Launches Tips for How to Maintain a Home’s Exterior Paint Finish

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Accent Painting Provides Simple Solutions That Will Keep the Exterior of a Home Looking New

"People spend $50,000 on a car and wash it every week; they spend 1 million dollars on a home and never wash it,” observes Paul Linden, owner of Accent Painting. The proper care and maintenance of a home will protect a homeowner’s investment. Washing the exterior of a home once a year can keep the outside of a home looking fresh and new.

“A professional home exterior paint job should last 8 to 10 years,” said Paul. Below are his easy tips in maintaining a home’s the exterior paint.

Paul recommends, “On a regular basis a homeowner should walk the property looking for dry-rot, cracks in the stucco, water penetration, rusting iron and chalking, (a fine powder residue that occurs on the surface of paint that can cause fading).” Noting potential problems can alert homeowners before a small problem becomes a dilemma.

Mold commonly grows in areas with little or no sun exposure. Airborne dirt can also turn into mold. If mildew and fungus is detected around the home, it deserves prompt attention. Paul suggests, “Washing surfaces vigorously with a solution of one tablespoon of detergent, one to two pints of liquid bleach and one gallon of water. The area should be rinsed thoroughly. Treat severely infected areas a second time after 1 to 2 weeks to further eliminate growth.” Wearing gloves and covering the immediate landscape is recommended.

In order to keep the outside of the home looking new, take a garden hose and rinse the house off once a year. “The volume of water is responsible for the cleaning. The small amount of chlorine found in tap water can help prevent mold growth as well,” said Paul. Despite the advice of many DIYers, do not pressure wash. “Pressure washing is reserved for painting preparation, 3,000 psi, (pounds per square inch) can damage the current paint job,” explains Paul.

Hard water can leave spots that are difficult to remove on the windows. Inquire of a window washer to come and spray the home clean before they get started on the windows.

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About Accent Painting

Licensed residential and commercial painting contractors since 1982, Accent Painting offers interior and exterior painting services, cabinet finishing, Venetian plastering, staining, stucco painting, smooth wall finishing, and wood rot restoration. Well-known for their honesty, integrity, and sincere concern for clients, Accent Painting is a BBB Accredited Business and received the 2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award. They operate in the northern half of San Diego County including Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, and Carlsbad.

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