Deciding to paint the exterior of your home can have a positive impact on your homes curb appeal, and overall value. The right color choice can keep you falling in love with the appearance of your home over and over again, making the neighbors become green with envy. When deciding to paint the exterior of your home, considers these following tips to experience the very best outcome.
Paint choice- The type or brand of paint that you decided to use is important for several different reasons. For one, the quality of paint should be of the highest importance. It needs to be able to withstand the elements of sun, wind, heat, rain, snow, and time. You want an exterior paint that won’t chip, fade or peel under the pressures of weather and sun. Choose a paint that has been thoroughly tested, and has a good reputation for quality.
Color- Depending upon which color you want to paint the exterior of your home, it can really help you to plan better accordingly. Do you want to change the color drastically? Or would you like to just give your home a more updated, vibrant look? If you are changing the paint color, then it is important to make sure that it is properly primed, to ensure the final outcome of what has been intended.
Update the trim- When painting the exterior of your home, it’s a good idea to paint and update any trim, window shutters, or doors frames, as well. If you neglect to update these things, then the final product of the exterior may not be what was initially intended. The comparison of the trim against the rest of the exterior will draw attention in a negative way. For best results, paint the entire exterior.
Method- When painting the larger portions of the exterior, apply broad strokes by painting the bigger sections first, then proceed to the bottom of the sidings or slabs. Start at the top of the home, and work your way down to the bottom. This will keep the paint job looking cleaner, and limit any trouble spots of dripping, or damages to the wet paint. Do this one side at a time. After every side of the home has been completed, move on to painting the trims. Just like the sides, it is best to begin from the top, and work your way downwards. If possible, remove any doors, trims, and shutters to allow for easier painting. Let them thoroughly dry before reattaching.
Safety- Safety is incredibly important when it comes to painting your home. There is an inherit danger when needing to paint from a ladder, a stand, or from the higher parts of the roof of your home. Safely secure a waist belt to a stationary point of the home in case of slips or falls while painting from up high. Another safety measure would be to paint with a partner, to ensure that the ladder being used is secure.
Masks- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is also important to prevent toxic paint chemicals and fumes from entering your lungs, causing you feel sick or become dizzy. Be sure to also take breaks regularly, and stay hydrated throughout the process.
Know when to hire professional help- One of the best decisions you can make when deciding to change or improve the exterior of your home, is to consider hiring a professional painting company to do it for you. Between the preparations needed prior to painting, the actual painting itself, and the final clean-up, it could mean several days or even weeks for you to complete. Professional painters are able to systematically work together to ensure a longer lasting quality paint job, in much a quicker and more timely efficient manner.
If you would like more information about painting the exterior of your home or business, or to schedule a consultation with one of our painting professionals, please feel free to contact us today at: (801) 436-5110.