Q:  How long will my paint job last?

A: Generally speaking, 6-10 years before a full repaint, with a couple of touch-ups in between. It's  difficult to answer precisely because of the variable exposure to the elements plus the wood history.  The sunny side and areas that were more weathered won't last as long while the overhangs look great.


Q:  Should we pressure wash the house between paint jobs?

A:  The house can be rinsed of pollen and dust, but chemicals should not be used until the mildewcides in the paint have ceased to work and mildew is growing on the paint.  If good paint was used and not thinned, mildew should not show up for around 5 years.


Q: Why can't I keep paint on my house?

A:  The average job is of sub-par quality.  Most construction workers aren't trained or supervised.  Most learn by accident.    There are nearly as many different types of paint jobs as contractors.  The person that gets the job can't tell you all that's wrong.  It's either covered up or there's extra charges at the end.


Q:  Why does wood seems to continue to rot, even though the property is maintained?

A.  It's the wood.  Todays 'new growth wood' is not hard like the wood that was taken from the old trees, of which there are no more of.  This new wood is unstable and pithy, which means it moves a lot. Caulk joints then break and it rots quickly.  It is better to replace these areas with composite or PVC.


Q:  What is the best way to choose a contractor?

A.  I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard that someone came highly recommended and it turned out unpleasantly.  Most times, you appreciate a paint job or not after a period of time has passed.
Find someone you have a good feeling about trusting and deal with that person; he'll be there for you.


Q:   How can I tell if the painter is doing a good job?

 A:  It's the prep.  On most jobs where with exposed wood, a lot of weathering has taken place.  If there is a spot that's peeling, then the area around that spot is also loose and needs to be scraped and sanded to a 'bright' finish.  That's to say, a good percentage of the job time should be spent in the preparation.


Q:  What are some other signs of professionalism?

 A:  Besides the usual, look for the white uniform, a neat job site (scrapings should not be left behind the bushes), a steady work pace all day (men should not be frantically running around) and a general friendliness.  It's not just another customer and another day; it should be a pleasant experience.