Consider the following:
Is your landscaping getting the best of you?
Any trees or shrubbery that is against the house (any area that is
to be painted) will need to be trimmed back approximately 1 foot
so that enough space is allocated for painting. Not only
will this make it easier to gain access to these areas to paint,
but it will also keep the fresh paint from getting marred as the wind moves the plant.
Do you collect keepsakes?
Any items hung on exterior walls, such as pictures or fragile
items on small shelves, should be removed. Small
vibrations can cause these items to occasionally fall.
This is especially true when exterior siding or windows are
being repaired or replaced.
Will you need any siding replaced? When siding
replacement is performed, the estimates may not include hauling
waste unless specified. Most private trash removal
companies will haul this waste free of charge, if it is broken
down into pieces smaller than 4' x 4'. If professional waste
removal is required (other than your standard trash pickup) or
if you would like a dumpster on site, please inquire prior to
the work beginning. On large projects a dumpster will be
included as a line item in the estimate. You may use the dumpster as an
opportunity for any "spring cleaning" if desired.
What type of insulation is behind your exterior walls?
The original building contractor may have filled the exterior
walls with Styrofoam bead insulation from the ceiling after the
home was built. Scott's Painting & Staining has found this
to be true in about 3% of the homes serviced, depending on the
area. In these homes you may occasionally find small beads
of the white insulation around the edges of the walls, doors,
windows or fireplaces. A quick way to determine if the
outside wall has Styrofoam bead insulation is to remove a light,
phone, or electrical outlet face plate and inspect the
surrounding area for any small beads of insulation. If
siding is being replaced and your home has Styrofoam bead
insulation, some or all of it may be lost when the original
siding is removed. If this happens, Scott's Painting can
replace the Styrofoam insulation with either fiberglass
insulation or another type of insulating material per the
customer's request. This may result in additional charges.
Don't get caught off guard!
If additional work becomes necessary, it will be communicated to
the customer, along with pricing information, prior to the work
being performed. Generally, additional work may come about
as a result of siding or windows rotting. Rotted wood may
be hidden until scraping and painting preparation uncover
problem areas. Please see our
rotted siding/window replacement page for more
information about identifying any problem areas.
the Work is Finished:
Aren't those automatic sprinklers great?
Not if they are getting your house or siding wet everyday.
Check that your sprinkler heads are not spraying against the
house, especially on any
siding. Note that the sprinkler head may not spray the
house directly, but that the mist may drift with a light breeze.
siding used on many homes is very
susceptible to rotting if it gets wet by sprinkler heads day
after day. Sprinkler heads shoot water up and generally
there is a gap between where your wood siding will stop and your
foundation will begin. If possible, sprinkler heads should
be about one foot out from the house and should spray away from
the house. Any reputable sprinkler company can relocate
sprinkler heads or adjust their spray pattern. Keep in
mind that drip irrigation in flowerbeds along the side of the
house is the best solution, and also conserves water. Take
note if the builder placed
siding within 1 foot of the soil. Even daily moisture in
the soil can cause the wood to rot if it is too close to the