I have a couple of questions about gap sealing and touching up the paint on some recently replaced and painted weatherboards.
Earlier this year I posted about my weatherboards being in a pretty bad condition - see here. After taking all advice on board and obtaining a few quotes for different cladding replacement/repair options, I opted to have the damaged boards replaced with new timber boards and then have the house repainted. All up around half of the original boards needed replacing. The stops were also replaced.
I'm fairly happy with how the final job looks from afar, however on closer inspection I have noticed some areas which I'm concerned may lead to future weather damage.
My main areas of concern are:
- Does the gap between the weatherboard stops and the brickwork need to be filled with something like Selleys No More Gaps Exterior and Weatherboard? Will rain get in here potentially leading to water damage in my walls if this is not filled?
- There is no gap sealing where the boards butt up to the window frames, leaving the unpainted ends of the boards potentially exposed. I questioned the painter about this at the time and he said it was normal to not seal around the windows to allow for air circulation. Will this not lead to the ends of the boards slowly being damaged by moisture, even though they are partially protected by being behind the window frames?
- The painter did not paint behind the downpipes and so the only coating these parts of the boards have is the transport primer. Would it be best for me to remove the downpipes and paint this section of the boards? Are the boards at risk of weather damage if this is not painted?
- The paint job was carried out about 4-5 months ago and I now notice some of the boards have moved/dropped slightly. I assume this is due to the normal movement of the house and settling of the new boards? I also assume it would be wise for me to paint these exposed sections?
Many thanks for reading and I will appreciate any and all advice.