No exterior painting project should begin without a thorough examination of moisture levels. This is especially crucial when painting exterior wooden surfaces where paint failure has previously occurred. It is foolish to apply a finish to a substrate which contains excessive moisture, the single most common cause of paint failure.
The use of a moisture meter allows the identification of problem areas so that remedial action may be taken prior to the application of paint. Repairs, which may be as simple as the replacement of a leaky gutter or sill, will allow your FPE finish to perform effectively for its maximum life. Do not consider hiring an exterior painting contractor unless he owns a moisture meter. Ideally, exterior wood should indicate a reading of less than 12% moisture before painting.
We offer a choice of two moisture meters. These simple, battery-powered devices contain an easy-to-read gauge which indicates a safe or not-safe condition as well as the exact moisture level. These devices are operated by pushing two short probes into the wood to be tested. We highly recommend the purchase of one of these simple devices in order that you may test several areas of your home. This procedure can normally be accomplished in less than ten minutes!