Home Under Construction

It is possible to take steps during the construction phase of a home that may help insure a long lasting paint job.
If wood siding is to be use, buy your lumber from a dealer that caries properly seasoned, ready to prime siding.

Back-priming is sometimes recommended as a means to prevent dry seasoned wood from absorbing excess moisture. Back-priming is simple applying a coat of primer or stain to the backside of the siding prior to installation. To take it a step further butt ends of clapboards and edges of T111 can be primed after they are cut to size during the installation process. The idea is to seal moisture out of the clapboards. Back priming may help to prevent future problems mainly pealing paint and it will also help to reduce the amount of expansion and contraction of the wood that causes paint to check. A moisture resistant exterior primer or stain is recommended for back-priming.

Wood shingles that are to be stained are often dipped. This process is basically done by dipping the shingles one by one into a bucket of stain, to virtually cover most of the entire shingle, Then tossing the shingles loosely into a pile or hanging them on a line with clothespins to dry. Of course shingles that have not been seasoned or still contain a lot of moisture should not be dipped. If anyone is going to dip shingles, they should keep a watch that the shingles do not warp too much during the drying phase, they should probably not be placed in direct sun to dry for that reason.

Be sure all exterior nails or screws to be used are corrosion resistant to prevent staining of the siding.

Home Design is also an important factor involved to produce a long lasting paint job. Vapor barriers and ventilation systems are used to control the accumulation of moisture. Even when a paint job is done properly, a home with a moisture problem will quite likely need to be painted more often than it should be, due to pealing paint.