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Paint and Your Heritage Home by Deanna Freer

It may be that time of year where you are starting to ponder the thought of painting, or repainting, your house. Or maybe, you have decided to take off the stucco and refurbish the original wood siding. Whatever you do, keep in mind that paint begins to wear thin and chip from exposure to the elements. There are a variety of causes for this and many remedies. If your house exhibits any of the following problems, solve it prior to repainting. In the end, it will save you time and money.

There are six main paint problems found on wood siding. These include, but are not limited to, chalking, peeling, blisters, checking, cracking and flaking. All of these problems are caused by elements like moisture, heat and ultra violet radiation. Some of the causes may also be due to poor preparation of the surface prior to painting. Whenever you decide to paint a surface, keep in mind the following: eliminate sources of moisture - to the best of your ability; let wood dry completely; remove as much of the loose paint as possible; prime the bare wood and then apply the paint. Also remember to start with a clean surface, not to paint in direct sunlight and make sure the bottom coat is completely dry before you add the top coat.

Paint quality has also a lot to do with the life of the paint. Cheap paint is going to require the added expense of repainting much sooner than if you had used a higher quality of paint. If you want your project to last, it is important to put the time and consideration into the quality of the paint. You'll be glad you did.

To help you in the selection of which colours to use, the City of Revelstoke is pleased to inform heritage homeowners that the Sign & Facade Design Program has been broadened to include houses listed in the Heritage Inventory. Funds are provided to hire a registered Heritage Consultant to provide assistance in the selection of schematic colour samples. This will help in creating a more visually attractive house and add to Revelstoke's rich architectural heritage.

by Deanna Freer