Spring Time Exterior Painting and Powerwashing Hints – What does my home need for Spring?

Finally, we can all come out of hibernation and start enjoying Mother Nature outside again.  Spring is finally here!  After firing up the barbecue and planting some fresh flowers around the home, you may notice some weathered areas around the painted surfaces on the exterior of your home.

Here are some hints that it could be time to paint and avoid future costly wood and siding repairs.

Peeling Paint

You may see small amounts of chipping and peeling of paint on your trim or siding. Usually about the size of a dime, this peeling paint will expose the wood underneath. This is a sign your top coat of paint isn’t protecting the wood from rain, wind, and sun. Paint protects your wood the same way that skin protects your body.  It must be intact and secure around the entire home.

When you run your fingers along your painted surfaces, do you see a chalk like substance stick to your finger tips?  This is called chalking.

If touching your house leaves a lot of chalky paint residue on your hands this is a sign the paint is breaking down. (Oxidizing)  It may be time to repaint; new paint will never leave a lot of film on your hand.


Mildew will look like little grey spores and/or dark spots on the paint. Mildew is a sign that your slick, glossy paint surface needs refreshed; it allows spores to grow in the nooks and crannies of the paint skin.

Often, honest and established painters will let you know if a simple and cost efficient power washing is enough mildew maintenance for that particular year. Mildew can easily be removed with a professional pressure wash, although sometimes it will require a new coat of paint to keep your home protected.  A good quality paint will have a mildewcide as part of the formula, which will prevent future growth.


Caulking failure can cause current and future issues with your home’s exterior and interior including:

  • Loss of energy efficiency from the inside of your home to the outside.
  • Weather, like rain and wind, can enter your home where caulk has failed.
  • Insects and critters can enter where caulking failure occurred.
  • Moisture can get behind the wood and paint, which leads to peeling of paint, rotting of wood and mildew growth on the surface and inside the home.

Caulking is also important cosmetically; if it is done properly, your homes gaps and joints will look seamless with your paint color.  It will make the exterior of your home tight and secure. The look will be more complete and your home will instantly benefit from a thorough caulking application.

Final Advice

The hints outlined above are a good guideline to use when determining what type of painting work your home may need heading into our beloved Spring Seasons.  Some of Sharper Impressions Painting customer’s most popular Spring projects are listed here:

  • An exterior paint job with new, modern colors
  • Cleaning and sealing of decks and/or fences to liven the wood and bead up water
  • A power wash/pressure wash to eliminate mildew and dirt from your home’s exterior

A good painting contractor will provide an honest and detailed quote for what painting and preparation your home may or may not need.  Painting quotes should be free, quick, and fun.

Established painting contractors should never ask for a deposit, until the work is done and you are satisfied. Enjoy this Spring Season!

GEOFF SHARP is the Founder of Sharper Impressions Painting
RESOURCES:  Before and after pictures of all the work mentioned above at:  www.sharperimpressionspainting.com