Shedding water or soaking it up? Tightly fitting parts and smooth burnished surfaces defend your historic house from the weather. Keeping wind, water and sun in check is critical because these are the agents of destruction. When the paint film cracks, moisture penetrates the wood, causing the paint to peel, and letting in more moisture. The added moisture then causes the wood to swell, opening up a joint where more water can enter. As a result, the skin of your historic house becomes loose and porous.
Finally, cracks, open joints, and peeling paint permit rain water to go inside, where the agents of destruction quietly continue their work. With smooth, burnished exterior skin, your house will be able to succesfully defend itself. Photo:ŠJohn Leeke.