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Tuesday, January 31 2017

Maintaing Exterior Wood Elements

Wood can add an attractive and inexpensive touch to a building. Exterior wooden elements should be protected with a weather-proof stain or paint. But, even the most protected wood starts to weather as it ages. 

Some of the tell-tale signs of wood deterioration include:

  • Dry, exposed wood
  • Warping or cupping wood
  • Bubbling or flaking paint
  • Alligatoring paint- a pattern that resembles the rough skin of an alligator

The liquids in paint dry up, leaving only the solids. As the solids weather, they are unable to protect the wood on their own. The five year rule of thumb suggestes repainting exterior wood about every five years. Is it time to revamp your building's exterior?

Facilties and property managers know that repainting is an investment. You want to get a lot of life out of a repainting job. You also want to avoid rotting, damaged wood. 

Poor Surface Preparation

Poor surface preparation is the number one reason a paint job fails. Be sure to perform repainting in mild humidity and never under extreme temperatures. Properly prepare your wooden surfaces by sanding down old paint, repairing rotted areas, and pressure washing. Failure to clean the surface before a paint job often results in bubbling, blistering paint and an overall messy appearance.

Don't Skip the Last Vital Step

A professional pressure washing company understands how to work with the current state of your wood, while preparing it for repainting or staining. They may also catch issues with your wood that are easy to miss. Our experts at Sun Brite Services have over 20 years of experience helping clean up commercial properties in Atlanta. Can we provide you with a quote? Give us a call at (678) 498-7660.

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