If you have just recently moved into a much older home, then there is chance that it may have lead based paint on the exterior. Lead based paint was declared obsolete by law in 1978, after it was discovered that the presence of lead in paint can result in very serious health conditions. Based on how much paint a person has been exposed to, there may be many different health risks involved that they will have to face someday. Below are some important tips to consider when looking into updating the exterior paint of your older home.
Avoid and Prevent Paint Cracking Problems
With older homes, the cracking of paint can be a common issue at hand, usually caused by having multiple layers of paint. Sections of the paint on the exterior appear as a flat spider web, ruining the aesthetic appearance of the home, even if it was decently painted. You can try an older method to prevent this issue while repainting your home by using a good oil based paint, and use it as the primer. The natural properties of oil based paints give you the ability to properly seal the substrate once again. Oil based paints are regarded as hard, while water based paints are considered to be more soft.
Draw From Historical References
You can gather inspiration when deciding on exterior colors through historical references. There are particular colors often tied to certain home designs for each time period or style. If your home’s architecture is associated to some specific period of time or movement, then it is a good idea to do some research about the type of colors that were generally used to that specific style. You should also analyze the shape and size of your home, as lighter colors such as whites and yellows can make your home look larger. Additionally, properties that are looking to reverse that effect may be achieved by utilizing more of the darker colors.
Use Colors Suitable For the Climate
You should also take the climate in which your home is located into account while repainting it, as well. In more temperate regions, lighter colors such as whites and beiges are more frequently used. These colors reflect more sunlight, keeping them much cooler in the summer months. In contrast, darker colors hold and absorb more heat, which are suitable to apply to homes in areas that have a much colder climate.
Use Modern Motifs
You can make your older home look more modern and up-to-date with some modern motifs applied to the outside walls. Go for a paint that matches the entire home, which is also in compliance with local regulations. Oftentimes, smaller municipalities or homeowner associations will set specific rules for the types of colors that can be used on a house in a community or neighborhood.
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