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On December 14, 2012

Painting your house–What you need to know

Although restoration work after a large hail storm often times involves a roofing contractor. Many roofing contractors will only address the roof, because it is fast to repair or replace. Depending on the size of the storm, you might also need to have a painting contractor, to complete the work. ASAP ROOFING is a General Contractor, and will gladly address both the roof and the paint.

Perhaps you have just had your roof restored by ASAP ROOFING, and now that you are enjoying the new look of your house, you notice that the exterior paint could also use an update.

You may be considering painting you home yourself, vs. having a professional painting company do the work. Either which way you go, there are a few things you will need to know.

First let’s take a look at some common painting mistakes:


Blistering happens when the paint either dries too quickly (such as when the substrate is too hot, or on a very hot day), or traps moisture under the paint (this happens if the substrate is damp or if moisture from the house escapes through the walls).

The easiest way to prevent blistering is too properly sand the substrate, and make sure that the house has adequate ventilation. However, for most homeowners, sanding can be challenging without a professional grade sander and industrial size ladders. In addition to this, many homeowners may not know exactly what is adequate ventilation to prevent blistering. This is where the years of experience of a professional painter come in handy, as having painted many houses, he will likely have a very solid idea of what sort of ventilation is needed.

Alligatoring or Cracking:

Alligatoring and cracking both occur when a paint surface takes on a cracked appearance usually due to applying of a second coat of paint when the first coat is not fully dry, but can also occur if to different types of paint are used on the same surface (such as mixing oil-based and latex paint).

To prevent cracking, a homeowner will obviously need to use the same type of paint, but also ensure that the first coat is fully dry before applying a second coat.


Efflorescence is the result of moisture deposits in the form of salts bubbling through the home’s construction and appearing on the paint surface. This can happen when a paint surface is poorly prepared, or a large amount of moisture is able to penetrate through the walls of the home (such as when there is a moisture leak in the basement that travels up the walls of the house, or if the masonry construction of the home was not completely dry before the paint was applied). Typically, efflorescence will cause paint to chip and crack around the salt deposit areas.

Prevention of efflorescence is all about moisture management and often involves first checking for any moisture leaks, caulking the areas, and ensuring that the paint surface is completely dry before applying paint.

By reviewing the common painting mistakes above, you can avoid any mishaps that will keep your house from looking as good as it can, and in doing so, boost the overall value and preserve the life of your home. But, you can also call ASAP ROOFING for a painting estimate, and find out all why ASAP ROOFING’s customers also rave about their  painting work.

After a large hail storm, most homeowners don’t want to have to shop for separate roofing contractors and painting contractors. ASAP ROOFING provides general contractors services so you don’t have to worry about coordinating a big job.

Written by Nick Dorotik


Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.


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  • By kirk  3 Comments 

    Posted by admin on
    • Dec 19 2012
    Posted by Dan Mestas on
    • Dec 20 2012
    my house will built in 1962... do i need worry about lead paint?
      Posted by admin on
      • Dec 20 2012
      Yes...Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the U.S. today. Most homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint. Some homes built as recently as 1978 may also contain lead paint.

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