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Quick Guide to Exterior Painting Maintenance

As the seasons change, it’s essential to pay attention to the maintenance needs of your home’s exterior paint. Living in Minnesota means experiencing diverse weather conditions throughout the year, from freezing winters to humid summers. To help you protect and preserve your exterior paint, we’ve put together this quick guide to exterior painting maintenance specifically tailored for the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Inspect Regularly

Start by inspecting your home’s exterior paint at least once a year, ideally during the spring or fall. Look for signs of peeling, cracking, blistering, or fading. Pay close attention to areas exposed to direct sunlight, as they tend to deteriorate faster. Identifying issues early allows for timely repairs, preventing further damage and costly repairs.

Clean It Up

Minnesota’s changing seasons bring dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris that can accumulate on your home’s exterior surfaces. Regular cleaning helps maintain the paint’s appearance and longevity. Use a gentle solution of water and mild soap to clean the surfaces, and avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that can damage the paint. Consider power washing for a thorough clean, but use it cautiously, as excessive pressure can strip the paint.

Address Mold and Mildew

The humidity and moisture in Minnesota can create a favorable environment for mold and mildew growth. These not only affect the appearance but can also damage the paint. If you spot any signs of mold or mildew, promptly address the issue. Ensure proper ventilation to prevent future growth.

Touch-Up as Needed

Over time, your exterior paint may experience minor wear and tear, such as scratches, scuffs, or small areas of peeling. Keep a small stash of your original paint for touch-ups. This proactive approach can extend the life of your paint job and maintain a uniform appearance.

Protect Against Winter

Minnesota winters can be harsh, with freezing temperatures and snow accumulation. Protect your exterior paint by taking a few precautions. Before winter arrives, inspect the caulking around windows, doors, and other joints, and repair any gaps or cracks. Clear snow and ice from surfaces gently to prevent damage.

Professional Maintenance:

While some maintenance tasks can be handled by homeowners, it’s always beneficial to enlist the expertise of professional painting contractors for regular maintenance. At Headwaters Painting, we have the knowledge, tools, and experience to conduct thorough inspections, identify potential issues, and provide comprehensive solutions. Professional maintenance can save you time, ensure optimal protection, and help preserve the beauty of your home’s exterior. Connect with the team at Headwaters for a free estimate.

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