Common Painting Problems

Mildew & Mold | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Mildew is a slippery, slimy and unattractive fungus that thrives on many household surfaces, including your painted siding.  Warm, wet and humid environments with lots of moisture make an excellent breeding ground for this unsightly foe.  Fortunately, although it’s very unattractive, mildew is not a source of wood decay like other problems.  However,

Fading Paint | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Fading or chalking is another problem in Michigan. Although it seems like our long and cloudy winters never end!  Our sunny days do blast your home with UV rays breaking down the resin in the paint. Resin is the primary component in paint that protects the home. Pigment gives it the color. When

Nail Holes & Nail Head Stains| Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Moisture can sit in nail holes around the house and do damage to your siding. You'll see areas where there are nail holes beginning to swell due to moisture getting into those areas. If you only paint over these, there will still be a small pocket for water to sit. We recommend caulking

Extractive Staining| Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Extractive staining occurs when moisture inside the redwood and cedar siding dissolves and then natural chemicals (extractives) release.  They will mostly be dark in color and the moisture will seep into the paint and infiltrate into the paint film.  When the water is then dried a stain will form.  Location and elimination of these

Cracking Paint | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Cracking is one of the most common paint problems in Michigan. Some builders use inexpensive and low quality caulking when painting your house. As the temperatures change, your house expands and contracts. As this happens over and over again, the caulking doesn't hold up and begins to break down and crack leaving

Blistering Paint | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Blistering, sometimes occurs first before the peeling.  Like peeling, when moisture is trapped in the siding, it’s eventually drawn out by the sun’s heat and pushes the paint to the surface.  It’s very important to locate an eliminate the source or sources of the moisture to correct the problem and not to

Flaking Paint | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Common Painting Problems|

Flacking occurs when the swelling and shrinking of siding occurs due moisture behind the siding is absorbed and then evaporates. Brittle paint cracks and fails under the slow strain and eventually will pull away from the woods surface.  It’s imperative to locate and eliminate the sources of the moisture.  If an untrained eye doesn’t

Peeling Paint | Common Painting Problems

By |2017-06-20T20:08:51-04:00June 30th, 2015|Common Painting Problems|

Trim: It's very common for areas on the trim to begin peeling. Most trim that's peeling is real wood, such as 1x2's used on fascia, door trim, garage trim, or railings. In addition to any real wood on the house, any areas where moisture or snow accumulates. These areas take a lot of damage from