New England’s climate is in a word, “problematic”, particularly as it relates to the damage that it inevitably causes to the painted surfaces of our homes. Excessive moisture from melting snow, ice dams, clogged gutters and poor ventilation, as well as extreme temperature fluctuation and exposure to the sun’s UV rays, all contribute to paint failure on our homes’ siding and trim.
Before an exterior painting project can get off the ground, problem solving and the correct diagnosis of paint related problems are therefore considerations to be taken very seriously in order to prevent their reoccurrence and to guarantee our work.
By regularly inspecting their homes and taking a proactive stance to “nip problems in the bud”, homeowners can forego the expense of a much larger project down the road and maintain their homes with a freshly painted appearance. When it comes to preserving our homes’ exteriors in New England’s climate of extremes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Investing in a professional paint job with Renaissance and having us maintain them thereafter will keep your homes looking great for years to come and save you money in the long run!
Among the most common problems causing paint failure in New England is moisture. Current technology makes the diagnosis of moisture content easy, but it remains extremely difficult to pin point the source of the moisture affecting the paint film and inevitably the substrate below. At Renaissance we concern ourselves first and foremost with diagnosing the source of the moisture related problem. Before proceeding with any painting project, we design solutions to remedy the moisture problem that might include amplifying water drainage systems from roofs, soffit and ridge vents, or rheostats and attic fans. The correct diagnosis of paint related problems, be they related to moisture, thickness of the paint film, or adhesion of one paint film to another, is the research component of a good paint job, and one that we take very seriously in order to guarantee our product.
- Washing of house with solution of biodegradable detergent, bleach and hypo-chlorinator to eliminate mold, mildew and other surface contaminants
- Cleaning of gutters as necessary
- Removing any peeling paint film and feather sanding of the remaining film’s edgesadjacent to exposed substrate and stripping paint when necessary
- Stabilizing remaining paint film and substrate with a 100% acrylic binding primer
- Application of paint both conventionally with brush and roller and with airless sprayers if the surface and structure allow. We use only the best paints and materials that are compatible with both the existing paint film and exposed substrate. These include Benjamin Moore, Cabot, and Sikkens