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Ask An Expert: Must I Repaint?
Posted by Meg B
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Growers and Nomads has hundreds of experts at our disposal. Ask us anything to do with home improvement, no matter how arcane. We'll track down an answer.

Q: If the exterior of your house is dirty, must you repaint? What are the options to brighten up your exterior paint job? —Adrienne

A: We turned to the house exterior experts at CertaPro Painters with this, and they told us, "We'd love to take on a paint job for Adrienne, but we'd never recommend work on a home that may not be necessary. It sounds as if she may simply need to give her house a good wash. But have her drop us a line if she wants us to come by for free and assess her needs."

That's nice of you, CertaPro. Meanwhile, I called our friends at Handyman Connection...they would be the ones with their own power scrubbers at the ready.

"Power scrubbers attach to a garden hose and shoot out high-pressure jets of water," our handyman told us. "They're certainly the fastest way to go. But we wouldn't power wash all homes." Our Handyman explained that you shouldn't power wash stucco or use high pressure on some kinds of wood (it could scar your exterior with unsightly marks that will show through your sealer). "For sensitive wood siding, we'd use low-pressure pumps or even hand scrub."

Our handyman advised us to trust a professional with a home cleaning. "We know how to treat the gambit of surfaces, including every type of vinyl, aluminum, wood, stucco or brick. We also know which cleaning agent to use. If you pick the wrong one, you can potentially cause damage to the surface of your house. We'll even do an entirely 'green clean' at your request."

While you've got a handyman out there on a ladder, you may also want to have your windows, deck(s), roof and gutters cleaned.

And send us "before and after" pictures...we may showcase your house beautification in its own Growers and Nomads feature!


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