Home Owners: Repair Peeling On Cedar Siding

Peeling on cedar siding probably due to either poor paint application or a moisture behind the siding this unsightly peeling and cracking will have to be scraped, sanded, primed and repainted.
Peeling on cedar siding probably due to either poor paint application or a moisture behind the siding this unsightly peeling and cracking will have to be scraped, sanded, primed and repainted.

What You Need To Know To Repair Peeling On Cedar Siding

Peeling and flaking paint on a home’s cedar siding not only makes the home look poorly kept, but it exposes the exterior to further damage and unplanned costly repairs. The best solution is to have professionals do the job right, however, as a homeowner, you may want to try fixing the damage yourself.  Here we’ll tell you just how you can do that.

Why does peeling happen?

Stain can peel off in sheets because of many reasons, including poor adhesion caused by slapdash prep, choosing the wrong paint, painting in low degree weather, painting on wet wood or skipping the cleaning process. In particular, the bad prep can be from a dirty, poorly prepared surface or because moisture migrated through the wood from behind the siding.

Moisture Problems

Sometimes moisture can, and will, seep in between the home and the siding, which can be the cause of the peeling or blistering of the paint in first place.

Solving your outside moisture problem is not so easy because it can be tough to know where the moisture is actually coming from. You can check the gutters, leaders and roof for any ways in which water may have had a path to drain its way underneath the siding.  Some possibilities are:

  • Missing or damaged flashing
  • A leaking or damaged area of the roof
  • Water vapor from inside the house due to inadequate ventilation
  • Hanging or damaged gutters

These problems need to be fixed as soon as possible to keep your house from damaging the entire structure. You can check the severity of the situation yourself with the above fix list or hire someone to do it.

Spotting Other Trouble Areas

Attempting to clean the siding yourself can prove to be a big project. As soon as spring rolls around, we suggest getting outside and doing a walk around your home to spot any trouble areas. First, you will need to look for vulnerable spots that include:

  • Exposed horizontal surfaces
  • Joints
  • Wood close to the ground
  • Soffits

What are Soffits? Soffits are the “underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a balcony, or overhanging eaves.

Repair the Peeling Siding

Once you’ve spotted those vulnerable spots or already peeling areas, here are a few basic steps you can take to clean and “fix” any problem siding peeling.

  1. Scrape off all the peeling bits
  2. Sand the remaining paint to a feather edge with 60-grit paper
  3. Kill the mildew on the old paint with a mix of diluted bleach and dish soap
  4. Rinse thoroughly by using a hose or even a power-washer on low setting
  5. When the bare wood is dry, sand off the decayed layer with 80-grit paper, taking care not to dish the siding.

Big Mistake : Clean That Surface!

One of the biggest mistakes we see homeowners and other painting companies make is by either hurrying the process or just poor cleaning which can ultimately create the same peeling issue again in the future!

Make sure to wipe the surfaces twice with denatured alcohol and clean rags.  Then, follow that with a brushed-on coat of oil-based primer. Wait about an hour, then brush on the top coat of 100 percent acrylic paint.

Keep Watch & Save Your Home

You will need to watch the exterior of your home over the course of the year and especially in the spring-time. If you have had work or paid someone the prior year to fix and the paint still peels, then moisture migration is the likely culprit.

Just remember, a well-done exterior paint job from professionals looks good and protects a home from the elements. With the right preparation, products and technique, the paint job will last the homeowner many years. Once you (or someone else) repairs these issues, however, you shouldn’t need to address any of these issues for at least another decade.


Winterize Your Home on a Budget

With an average home electric and gas bill reaching $350, $450, and more last year in winter, it’s not surprising many people are searching for low-cost, easy to do home improvements to help save them some money this year!

Do you remember Bob Villa? Well he came up with “11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget” that any home owner can surely use and we think is right on.

Below we have listed them, but be sure to view the complete slide show here.

(1)   Clean Your Gutters

You’ve heard it before, but we can’t stress this enough. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free.

(2) Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater hindering the unit’s efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. Cost: 100% free!

(3) Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are everyone’s favorite summer budget-saver. But they can help out in the winter as well! Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they’re going counterclockwise, they won’t be as effective. Cost: free if you have a fan.

(4) Replace Filters

Regularly changing the filters your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet. Cost: a new filter runs about $10.

(5) Window Insulation Film

It may not be the most fashionable tip, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows. Cost: $20 to $35 per kit.

(6) Draft Guards

Draft guards can help save heat from escaping under the door. Cost: $10 to $15. (If you don’t want to shell out for a draft guard, a rolled towel placed at the bottom of an exterior door will also do the trick.)

(7) Weather strip Tape

Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs, so make sure your windows and doors are sealed tight with weather-stripping. Simple, easy, and smart. Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

(8) Fiberglass Insulation

For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units.  Make sure your attic floor is insulated, too. Just remember to be careful and wear gloves! Cost: around $25 per roll.

(9) Programmable Thermostat

The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home’s temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you’re not at home.

(10) Just Caulk It

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. Cost: $20 for a basic caulk gun and $5 to $10 for a tube of caulk.

(11) Chimney Balloon

Your chimney is a huge source of heat loss come wintertime. If not in active use, plug it up with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat in. Cost: $55.