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Should You Replace the Wood on the Exterior of Your House Before Painting?

The exterior of your home is a key element of good curb appeal. Neighbors, guests and potential buyers judge a home based on its outside appearance.

Sometimes, however, the wood on the exterior of your house isn’t up to par with how you want your home to be presented. Age and weather both cause deterioration in the quality of your home’s wood exterior.

If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll need to determine if wood replacement is the best solution.

When to Replace Your Home’s Exterior Wood

Many homeowners are tempted to just paint over any inconsistencies on the wood exterior of their home with the thought that it won’t be noticed once painted. That’s not true.

Any rotten or cracked wood can expose your home to many problems including insect infestation, water damage and air quality issues.

Depending on the extent and the size of rot or damage to your exterior wood surface, you’ll want to replace the surface with new wood before any new paint is applied.

Removing Damaged Sections of Wood

First, you’ll want to cut out the section of wood that’s damaged or rotting. Be careful to cut only the section of wood that needs to be replaced. Also, be sure to cut only the wood section of the siding and not anything under the wood.

Once the wood section is cut, remove any nails that may hold that section down and then remove the wood piece. You’ll also want to clean out any debris and smooth any inconsistencies around the damaged section of wood so the new piece will fit right in the space.

After you’ve removed the damaged or rotted wood, you’ll want to measure and cut your new patch to fit the area that you cut out.

Prepping and Installing New Wood Patch

Before you apply the new patch of wood to the exterior of your home, you’ll want to prime all sides of it to ensure the wood has a protective layer that prevents rotting and splipreppingtting.  

You should also apply high quality acrylic latex caulk to the back of the patch. It’s important to make sure the wood patch fits slightly smaller than the actual size of the hole to allow expansion during warmer months. Using latex caulk will fill the gaps between your wood patch and the other surrounding wood panels and is flexible to accommodate expansion and shrinkage of the wood patch.

You’ll also want to nail your wood patch into the foundation or studs to ensure the patch of wood does not move once you’ve caulked and it’s in place. To make sure the surface between your wood patch and the surrounding wood is smooth, caulk in between and then sand to accomplish a smooth surface all across the area.

Once you’ve identified damage, removed the damage and replaced it with a fresh wood patch, you’re now ready for an exterior paint job.

J Stevens Painting provides high quality exterior house painting from the first brush stroke to the last. We’re also happy to assess and replace any damaged sections of wood on the exterior of your house before we paint.

To find out more about what J. Stevens Painting can do for you, contact us at 770-365-6889.


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