I hate external woodwork which needs to be re-painted frequently, and my
main home in the midlands is largely maintenance-free in this respect.
But I also own a flat in a converted Georgian house in the New Forest -
have lots of external woodwork.
The current practice is to re-paint it every five years - but it was
last done only 3 years ago, and lots of paint is already pealing off -
particularly on the window-cills.
Anyone have a view as to how long a re-paint had *ought*
to last, and
whether or not a life of only 3 years is a sign of shoddy workmanship?
It seems to me that one problem with old buildings is that if the
woodwork is only slightly unsound - and contains any moisture at all -
that moisture will fund its way out, and force the paint off. Although
any obviously rotten timber was replaced when it was last painted, paint
was almost certainly applied on a number of *slightly*
Anyone else faced with similar problems and, if so, have you found a
solution? Before you say "replace all the woodwork with uPVC" I should
perhaps point out that it's a Grade II listed building - so that ain't
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