fall home projects

A Fresh Facade for Fall 

Exterior home projects you should think about now

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If you’re like most people, you always have a home project either on deck or in the works. But when summer turns to fall, the focus is usually on the exterior of our homes because we want to be sure things are squared away before the weather turns. These types of exterior projects fall into to three basic categories: 1)  painting, 2) carpentry, and 3) power washing.

 

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You may have heard that fall is not an ideal time to paint the exterior of your home, since the temperatures can flucuate so much from day to night. But fall can be a great time to paint outside. There are excellent products (such as Sherwin-Williams Resilience®) that allow you to paint down to 35° F – and even the threat of rain or dew will not slow down or delay the job because it is specially formulated to resist moisture. With these advances, the painting season can be extended for a month or more.

 

That being said, there are a few guidelines to follow to help ensure the success of a fall exterior painting project:
  • Make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before painting
  • Prime fall painting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Start painting on the sunny side of the house first
  • Understand that the time between coats of paint may be longer – lower temps mean slower drying times

Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown exterior painting project, you can still give your home a face lift by doing some touch up work. Applying a fresh coat of paint to just the trim will still make a big difference in your your home looks.

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Painting is only part of what we do. Stewart Painting offers complete carpentry services, and our fully licensed professionals and can handle just about anything from remodeling a bathroom to refinishing a basement. Exterior work that can be done this time of year might include:
  • Exterior trim & rot repairs
  • Shingles & siding replacement
  • Replacing or installing new clapboards or rake boards (the edge of a gable roof that gives it a finished look)
  • Inspecting the caulking and seals arounf windows to make sure they are weather-tight
Fall is also a great time to work on your deck. We do deck and handrail repair and replacement, either with wood or Azek engineered decking.

3. Power Washing

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Power washing, before and after!

There’s nothing more satisfying that watching that built up dirt, mold and mildew get washed away! A professional power wash is a key step in preparing your home for exterior paint, but it’s also great for cleaning natural wood siding. A deep water clean will dramatically improve the visual appeal of your home, simultaneously preventing the growth of new mold and mildew. It even removes those unsightly balck streaks from asphalt roofs.

We use an environmentally-safe combination of bleach & Jomax. A low pressure wash is usually used to clean your home’s exterior; a high pressure wash is used when removing peeling paint and heavy growth of dirt and mildew which is commonly found on roofs and decks.

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In addition to your house, our professional, experienced wash crew can clean:

  • Roof, both asphalt & cedar
  • Deck
  • Dock
  • Swimming pool
  • Concrete pool & patio area
  • Concrete garage floor
  • Boat
  • Awning
  • Patio furniture

Need another great reason to get a power wash from Stewart Painting? We will once again be giving $10 to the Cape & Islands United Way for EVERY power wash we do in 2016!

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