Is Your Home Improperly Sealed? Check for These 5 Signs of Damage
Weather damage, exposure to temperature swings, and wear and tear from the passage of time can result in a house improperly sealed.
You may not immediately notice the issues that arise from incomplete sealing. But it’s important to check for signs of damage so you can stay proactive about protecting your home.
We most often notice signs that sealing has been compromised in a few key areas. If you see damage there, too, it’s time to hire a house painter to correct it and restore your most important investment.
How to Tell Your Home Isn't Properly Sealed
Discolored Interior Paint
If the paint on your home interior walls or ceilings has discolored spots or areas that seem to have a darker tint to the paint, you likely have moisture damage.
Moisture damages your home interior when exterior walls are not well sealed from wind, rain, and winter weather. Moisture can get in through the smallest cracks and damage your paint job over time.
Higher Energy Bills
A home properly sealed helps you keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But if air keeps escaping through cracks in your paint finish, your energy costs will be higher than usual.
Check your energy bills and usage each month. If you notice any spikes you didn’t expect, your home isn’t sealed as well as it used to be.
Cracked or Damaged Caulking
Caulking helps seal a paint job and prevents air and moisture from escaping through the exterior walls. If it’s been a while since your home siding was caulked and painted, it may be time to check your home exterior for signs the caulking needs a refresh.
If you notice cracks between siding panels, let your house painter know where you found the damage, and ask them to check the rest of your home exterior thoroughly.
Chipping Exterior Paint
As with your caulking, a compromised paint job means cracks, which are the result of a poorly sealed home.
Take a walk around your home and check for signs of cracking, chipping, or fading paint. Whatever you notice, put it on your list and discuss those issues with your painter.
Diminished Appearance of Doors and Windows
Your doors and windows are regularly opened to let air out and in. But when they’re closed, they should stay airtight. If you’ve noticed your trim around doors and windows is starting to look worn and weathered, your home may be vulnerable to air and moisture in many key areas.
If it’s been a few years since you’ve painted, and your paint job doesn’t look as good as it used to, there could be more than just aesthetics at stake. If you’ve noticed damage in any of the areas we covered, Anderson Painting can help repair it through professional painting maintenance.
Our surface preparation process ensures we know the condition of all surfaces before caulking, priming, and painting them so no damages get missed.
We use professional-grade paints that are highly durable, so your new paint will last. And we can repair and replace damaged trim and siding to strengthen those areas for years to come.
Stay warm this winter and cool next spring and summer. Call Anderson Painting for your home exterior painting estimate today and protect your walls, doors, windows, and more with a beautiful new paint job.