Exterior Painting Dos and Don’ts
Painting is the cost effective easiest way to raise re-sale value of your home and protect your home as well. Painting exterior of your home adds a wow factor and with regular maintenance you can keep your house beautiful inside outside. A fresh coat of paint will also protect your walls from weather damage. Before you paint your house, here are some dos and don’ts to ensure professional result.
Do hire professional home painting contractor
Unless you are avid do-it-yourself type and have extensive knowledge about painting tips and tricks, do consider hiring a painting contractor for the job. Exterior house painting is a complicated and physically demanding job with lot of ladder climbing and hard work involved. Even for group of professional it takes a week or so to paint the whole house, and when you are doing yourself it takes a lot of time. And if you don’t want to sweat it out without cutting corners, better hire a pro.
Don’t cut corners on prep work
When you are painting, you have different works like protecting your flower plants, decks and paved areas with drop cloth, scraping off blisters or cracked paint, sanding, caulking exterior surfaces. Remove dirt and grimes using power washers. Once you are done with this you can apply primer to the surfaces. Primer is essential for bare wood, repainting over bright or dark colors to prevent paint bleeding or applying latex over existing oil paint.
Do invest in right paint type
Choose a paint that is specific for the different surfaces you are painting –brickwork, wood and metals, making sure you get the right consistency of your paint for the surface intended. Use a paint that is specifically for exterior walls. Exterior paints also dry quicker and resist mould and mildew better than alternative paints. Latex is a good choice because of it is UV resistant and won’t fade as alkyd paints. Water based latex paints dry faster than oil based paints and are easier to cleanup.
Do check up local weather
Painting on bad weather days will be unfavorable to your painting project. Your walls will need to be dry before painting, and there will need to be sufficient time for your paint to dry before it rains. Exterior paint is usually rainproof within an hour but if it rains too soon your paint can run onto the ground.
Do invest in right tools and equipment
Make sure you have everything you need before you start to prevent any frustrating delays like paint brush and rollers, drop cloths and cans of paint, sturdy ladder. For a latex paint, a good quality synthetic brush is essential for trim, shutters and other areas that needs cutting in. Never use a paint sprayer unless you’re experienced in using them. Always use protection gear for eyes, skin and to inhibit breathing paint fumes. Make sure you have many absorbent rags for clean up and spills. A secure ladder is essential for exterior painting.
Don’t choose cheaper economy paints
Premium paints last much longer than the cheaper variety and ensure a smoother and more professional outcome. Select a semi-gloss for most of the exterior and easier-to-clean high-gloss for trim, doors and shutters. Make sure that the color you choose to paint your home is classy, stylish and doesn’t mismatch with the type of materials your house is made of.
Choose accent colors to add charm and character in your home, as well as different shades of the same color to add accents and affects, which will really help to make your home feel more like a home and not just a house. And don’t forget that you can also use color to emphasize your entryway. Avoid drawing attention to drab features like gutters, air conditioning units.
Don’t ignore the neighbors
Your choice of paint colors for your home depicts your personality but don’t choose exotic colors or color schemes straying too far from your neighboring homes. Choose colors that blend harmoniously with neighborhood for the most elegant look while remaining true to your sense of personality and taste.
Don’t ignore the landscaping
Your landscape also plays a deciding impact on increasing your home’s curb appeal so choose color scheme that harmonize your home and landscape. A green painted house would get lost on a heavily wooded lot, while a bright color might appear too brash where landscaping is sparse.
Don’t get lazy and try to over reach to paint a larger area instead of moving the ladder. Not only is it dangerous to do so, but it will also result in a poor and patchy paint job with a streaky finish. Don’t start on your paint job unless you have set aside the proper time to complete it.
The outlook of your home impacts how you and your personality is perceived by the onlookers. If you are going for Do-It-Yourself for your home exterior paint first get the quote about how much cost it will be to paint your home. As preparation is the key in a paint job, when you are finalizing cost, take into account of sanding, repainting, sealing and removal of mold and other damages costs as well. house painting is hard work and time consuming so don’t rush to finish.