Maintenance usually begins after the first year the paint project
is completed. Maintenance is not terribly pain-staking if it is
kept up with, providing homeowners have not cut corners. However,
it is necessary to ensure the longevity of any paint project. If
maintenance is neglected, the homeowner will pay for it in the
end. Be sure to do annual inspections. Check for weathered areas,
chalking, cracks, loose paint, nail stains, dirt, mildew, etc.
Surfaces expand and contract as temperatures change from season to
season, causing minor defects such as cracks in caulking. Keep up
with repairs. Something that was not rotten this year might be
rotten next year, which no one could have anticipated. Older homes
with excessive coats of paint will require more attention unless
the paint problems are repaired properly. There is no such thing
as maintenance free.