When a mechanic or a heart surgeon does excellent work, you can't tell just by looking. Instead, you have to wait for the results to prove themselves over time. With a chef or a barber, on the other hand, the quality is immediately apparent. Which is the case with exterior painting companies? Can you judge a Sterling house painter's quality by the immediate results, or do you need to wait for the long-term outcome? The answer is, Both!
If a Sterling painting company does their job well, you can see the quality right away in the beauty of the finished results. However, the other test of their craftsmanship is in the longevity of the paint job, which takes multiple years to manifest itself.
Short-term Results in Exterior Painting: What to Look For
One key aspect of exterior painting is the surface preparation; house painting must begin with a clean, sound surface. As you look at the finished paint job, can you see signs of wood deterioration that were simply painted over? Was there any dirt or debris on the surface that is now trapped under a layer of paint? These are signs of sloppy exterior painting.
On the other hand, quality workmanship shows up when your Sterling home has smooth, clean surfaces with solid materials underneath.
Another aspect of excellent exterior painting is straight lines at all the edges, and uniform color coverage. This shows that the painting was done with proper methods, quality paints, and sufficient coats of exterior paint.
The end result of a great exterior painting project is that your Sterling home looks fantastic, both from far away and upon closer inspection!
Long-term Exterior House Painting Results
Evaluating the true value of your exterior painting project will usually take 5 to 7 years here in the Washington, D.C. region. That is the typical length of time that an exterior paint job should last, if it is done well.
When the exterior house painter does proper surface preparation, uses quality paints, applies primer where necessary, and provides enough layers of paint, the results should look just as good half a decade later! Signs of aging paint include cracking, fading, peeling, bubbling and chalking. The first of these signs may start to appear somewhere after 5 years (though in some cases, it may take up to 10). As soon as any signs of paint failure begin to appear, it is time for new paint, before those symptoms become serious.
Williams Professional Painting
If your Sterling home needs new paint, whether it is just one wall, a bit of trim, or the whole home exterior, Williams Professional Paint is ready to help! Our expert craftsmen are thoroughly trained, making sure they deliver unbeatable quality every time.
Beyond exterior painting, we also offer kitchen cabinet painting, carpentry, interior painting, and a whole lot more! To get your free estimate, please call our office or use our online contact form (below). We are excited to meet you!