The original owners still live in the home and have done exemplary work maintaining the property; however it looks just like every other house in this covenant-controlled community. And since contractors aren’t known for using the best quality products, it’s due for a paint job.
Since the brick was never sealed during construction (it rarely is and should ALWAYS be done to protect it from weather) we applied a coat of clear brick seal after we finished caulking the house up.
We and the customers had decided to paint the soffet light (most painters like to make it match the body of the house and trim only the facia), so the next step was to mask the entire soffet line and spray it and the facia at the same time. It makes for MUCH cleaner lines than trying to hand-paint upside down.
True enough – we used 4 1/2 cases of caulk – that’s around 2700 FEET and nearly 44 POUNDS of caulk. The good news is the house is now much more sealed up than even when it was new.
We used the accent color to tie in the front door to the rest of the house; plus bring out some of its cosmetic architechture.
This will be the first paint job since the house was new, so we’ll be taking extra care to seal up all the customary spots that aren’t sealed during construction (and there are quite a few – we expect to use four to five CASES of caulking) so the new paint will last longer than the old paint; which is starting to show signs of failure after only a few years.