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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Different Kinds of Home Exterior Earthquake Repair

Earthquakes can quickly turn a beautiful home into a much less appealing sight. But the damage to a home’s exterior does not have to be devastating for it to look much worse than it actually is. Fortunately, there are affordable solutions for different kinds of homes that have sustained their share of earthquake damage.

Timber Homes

Many timber homes made of weatherboard have done a good job of withstanding recent earthquakes in New Zealand. The most common damage to weatherboard homes was hairline cracks, which calls for a relatively easy external repair that requires filling those gaps. This type of problem can also affect older homes that did not sustain any earthquake damage. Modern homes that are made of linear board also experience similar types of problems during earthquakes. 

Brick Homes

The damage done to a brick home following an earthquake are rather apparent as there are gaps between the bricks instead of having them flush against one another. The repair process is not too complex as it requires the raking out of the old bricks and replacing the damaged ones. A specialized plastering system is also applied. The same process is also used on homes that are fronted with stone or cement.

Plaster Clad Homes

It is not uncommon for homes made of plaster clad to sustain earthquake damage. The damage usually presents itself in surface cracks. The severity of that damage is determined by the width and depth of those cracks. Plaster clad home repair is not problematic as long as those cracks are not too severe. The cracks are covered with a flexible elastomeric paint and then covered with an exterior paint. Some cracks that are more severe in nature and need to be re-plastered.

Hardie Board Homes

Hardie Board is a fiber cement home siding that has been known to sustain a fair amount of damage during earthquakes. Even aftershocks have been known to damage homes that are made of Hardie board. Replacing this type of exterior requires replacement boards as well as caulking and then it is capped off with repainting. It is important to always use a caulk that is paintable. Something many home repair amateurs tend to overlook.

IEX External Plaster & Construction is ready to attend all of your home exterior earthquake repair in Upper Riccarton and the neighboring communities. We specialize in turning damaged homes into beautiful with durable external painting and plastering finish. After an earthquake has done its damage, contact IEX.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Maintenance Tips to Follow After House Painting

House painting is best left in the hands of the professionals as an experienced team of painters Christchurch NZ can completely recreate the exterior of your home. But once the paint has dried, it is up to homeowners to maintain their new exterior. Here are some helpful hints on how to take care of the ongoing issues that could affect the outside of your home.

Eliminating Dirt

Both chalk and dirt can accumulate on a home over the course of time. This is a result of wind blowing both dust and dirt onto the outside of a home. Paint also has a tendency to release a substance that resembles chalk. This will bring about the need for an occasional cleaning in which the use of a mild detergent is recommended. Power washers can also be used to eliminate the buildup up dirt.

Removing Mold

Both mold and mildew can form on the exterior of homes, particularly in areas that get a limited amount of sunlight. Dampness can also accelerate the growth of mold. While this issue may look unsightly, there is a relatively easy fix. Creating a mixture that is ¾ water and ¼ bleach will do the trick. Brush or spray this mixture onto the parts of a home’s exterior that are affected by mold. It will begin to kill the mold and, in some cases, it may take a few coats before the mold completely fades.

Fighting Efflorescence

Efflorescence is a type of salt deposit that can form on porous surfaces such as external plaster but, more typically found on masonry. However, a few factors must be present for this problem to arise including excessive moisture seeping through the stone. When this happens to a building's exterior it can create problems in the form of powdery blemishes. The first step would be to locate the problem area and remove the powder with a wire brush. There are also primers that are designed to specifically protect against this kind of problem. Apply that primer as needed.

Knowing Which Areas to Address

Cheaper paints will show earlier signs of wear before higher quality paints. No paint lasts forever, although certain areas of a home’s exterior may be more problematic than others. That is why it is important to make a note of the paint is chalking, chipping or peeling. An extra coat or two of new paint for added protection on those areas could extend the life of a paint job.

IEX Plaster & Construction can take care of all your house painting needs in Christchurch and the surrounding areas. Our team of professionals specializes in interior and exterior house painting and plastering on all types of buildings in Upper Riccarton and the neighboring communities.