There are many reasons you might decide it’s time to paint or repaint the exterior of a home. Perhaps it’s overdue and exterior paint has faded or is chipping. Maybe a fresh paint job is needed to refresh and improve the exterior appearance for better curb appeal before the home listed for sale. There could be mold, stains or other damage to the home’s exterior that needs to be addressed and sealed with quality paint to protect from the elements.
Whatever the reason, once the decision has been made to paint a home’s exterior, there are important details to know about the process, equipment, the time it takes, expense, and quality of the paint job.
#1… Trust a Professional
Hiring professional painters to tackle exterior painting is very important. Painting a home’s exterior is no easy task for the average homeowner to undertake themselves. It can be a challenge to decide what type of paint to use and what colors will result in the best appearance for the home but a professional has the experience to guide you through these decisions. Most individuals do not have the correct tools, gear, safety knowledge, or painting experience to do a quality job. Avoid the hassle and expense of making amateur mistakes by trusting a highly-rated, trustworthy, professional painting service to get the job done. They will also save you time and complete the job within budget so you will be satisfied once the exterior house painting is completed. Professional painting companies also offer warranties on their work to set your mind at ease about quality and longevity. Get a free quote and you may be surprised to learn that having a professional painting crew complete the job is less expensive that you think!
#2… Clean the Exterior of the House
It is imperative to clean the exterior of the house before painting. No exceptions! Power washing the home’s exterior will remove built-up debris that has collected or mildew that has formed over time. Power washing is labor-intensive and requires a knowledgeable operator to avoid damage to wood, siding, and windows during the process. Another consideration is protecting plants and other items around the house outside from being flooded or damaged by debris. Cleaning the home’s exterior before painting will ensure that the paint will adhere well and look good for years to come.
#3… Repair & Prepare
There are several things to look for on the exterior of the home that may need to be repaired prior to painting and it’s important to do all the prep work for the best results. If there’s paint that is chipped or peeling, it has to be scraped off and done so safely taking into account the potential for lead-based paint on older homes. Look for areas that need to be sanded and smoothed because any bumps or blemishes that are painted over will show and potentially cause future problems. Look for any rotted wood, cracks, or holes that need to be filled. Attend to any caulking that may need to be done. Cover any plants, lights, doors, windows, outdoor fixtures, and/or tape off areas as necessary. While it may not be required to prime the entire house, a professional painter knows what to look for and will be able to identify the spots that need it.
#4… Time to Paint!
When it is time to paint the house, there are factors that need to be considered including weather, temperature, shade, and process. You can’t just jump into painting the exterior of a house without thought so here are some things to consider. What tools are needed and are they all available? What safety equipment is required? Where does the painting start and end? How many coats are required? How long does it take to dry? It will be more efficient and cost-effective for a professional to determine what is needed in the painting process for the specific exterior house painting project. Leave it to a professional painting company to take care of the painting.
A messy job site is a hazard for families and the environment. Cleaning up after the exterior of the home is painted is as important as doing the proper prep work. A professional painting crew will leave the home better than they found it and with a beautiful new paint job.
Don’t neglect the exterior needs of your home. Maintaining the paint job can improve appearance, address maintenance issues, and potentially increase the value of your home. While you’re at it, consider sprucing up other exterior spaces on the home’s property like the deck, patio area, porch, windows, and fence with a fresh paint job too!