Tips for Exterior House Painting
by Liz Wood
Description: Things to keep in mind when preparing to paint the outside of your house.
Is the exterior of your house starting to look old and worn
down? It may be time to paint the exterior of your house.
Unfortunately exterior painting happens to be one of the more
expensive and time consuming home improvement projects. And
generally homeowners have to endure an exterior painting job
every 6-8 years, depending on the house and siding. Before you
begin this daunting project, make sure to plan accordingly and
make all necessary preparations.
Every home improvement project requires some planning. In fact,
the planning and preparation process is one of the most
important steps. One of the very first things you should do
when having the exterior of your home painted is to determine
if there is any prep work that needs to be done prior to
painting. This is when you should be repairing any rotted
siding, window sills, hand railing, or window and door trim. If
you donít want to make the repairs yourself then your paint
company should be able to provide a quote that includes
replacing your siding and trim. However, it may be necessary to
call up your siding professional if your project involves
replacing a significant amount of siding.
Second, you should take the time to decide if you want to
change the color of your house. Doing so can give your home a
totally new and updated appearance. However, you want to make
sure that the colors you choose fit into your neighborhood and
compliment the colors that your home already has. For instance,
you donít want to paint your house hot pink when all of the
surrounding houses are light pastels. Making your home stick
out like that can make it a less desirable home if it were put
on the market. Also, itís important to pick a color that
blends well with your plants, landscaping, foundation, and
driveway. Keep in mind, changing the color of your house is
often more expensive because more coats are required to cover
the old color.
Third, decide on the technique that will be used to paint your
house; hand brushed or sprayed. Most paint companies would
prefer to have it sprayed because it is faster and easier.
However, certain homes would benefit greatly from having the
home hand painted. Such homes would include those that are
older, those with wood siding, and homes that havenít been
painted in a very long time. Painting by hand provides a
thicker coat. It also penetrates deeper into the wood and
crevasses which gives your siding protection from water
penetration. Keep in mind; due to the fact that hand brushing
is more time consuming you should expect to pay more for the
Lastly, you will want to carefully select a reputable paint
company to do your exterior work. I suggest that you shop
around and get a least three different price quotes because
there are a lot of price variations for large exterior jobs.
However, price shouldnít be the only deciding factor. The
quality of the company is also very important because if the
job is done poorly then it will need to be redone faster then
you know which will end up being more expensive. So donít just
choose a painter because they are inexpensive. Ask your friends
and family for a reference before you even begin searching for a
company. If someone you trust had a good experience with a
company then the chances of you enjoying their work is higher.
To learn more about painting your house, and
for a free quote on house painters, visit
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