Originally Posted by Giddygogal
Thank you for your reply. That is not what I was expecting to hear. I have not checked the joints for flashing yet. However, the joints were sealed and painted when we bought the house.
Our goal was a repaint before the end of the summer, on a 7 year old house, because the house looks dull and the gaps are quite noticeable now.
It seems that because the gaps where filled, we are already requiring a possible repaint, which is what we were preparing to do.
1. If the house has flashing and as such, repainting is not required, is there anything else we can do to make the dull paint and trim look fresher? How long should we wait before repainting the hardiplank siding?
There are a lot of people that have caulked siding joints across the country. Though this is "against the rule" - sort of speak, you could leave it alone and it won't be detrimental to the integrity of your home.
It is an estimation only that exterior paint should look "new" up to about 8 years. If you use a higher quality paint, it should last longer and keep its fresh look longer.
Lastly, pressure washing is really your last resort to clean off those debris that makes your siding "dull".
Given the age of the house, you should begin searching for a quality painter on your area. And getting the professionals to walk you around the house will educate you as the home owner.
Hope all this helps.