Top 3 Things to Consider When Painting Your House Exterior

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Are you thinking about painting your home’s exterior?

Many Americans are using this time to improve their homes environment inside and out. By many reports, companies that sell patio furniture and home goods are doing a booming business right now.

Construction crews are swamped with more work than they can take. Televisions, pools, trampolines, and swings are sold out in stores everywhere because there are relatively few places to go and things to do.

Now that summer is in full swing; maybe you are looking at your home exterior and making plans for how to make it better than it is now. Or maybe the paint job is peeling and ready to be redone.

In any case, painting your house is a big job. It’s a job you don’t want to have to do again any time soon because it looks terrible or was poorly done.

Let’s take a look at some of the most important aspects of painting your home exterior.

Painting a House is a Lot of Work

Almost anyone will say they feel confident in their ability to paint. It doesn’t look that hard, and slapping some paint on a wall isn’t very hard at all.

However, you would be surprised by how many amateur painters do a terrible job on even one room because they failed to prepare or think about details.

Home exterior painting is even more crucial to get right because paint is still expensive. A bad paint job will peel and have to be repeated in a couple of years.

You need the right tools – ladders, scaffolding, tarps – and you have to do the proper prep work. Old paint must be painstakingly scraped until you can’t scrape off any more chips, and then sanded to make a smooth surface for the new color.

Prepping is hard, tedious work, and it takes a long time. If you fail to properly prep the surface, you might as well throw your money down the toilet because the new paint won’t last.

For these reasons, we always recommend hiring professionals. Yes, it’s more expensive, however, pros know how to do the job right, and they have the right tools.

If you plan to do it yourself, be prepared for it to take a long time and to be dangerous and difficult.

The Right Paint is Essential

Do you know how many types of paint there are, and which areas of your house need what kind of paint? It’s more than just indoor paint versus outdoor paint.

Standard outdoor paint might work well on siding or wood without any texture. However, there are climate factors to consider.

Does your home get pounded by sunlight? Or do you have high winds and many storms? Are there vast temperature changes in your region?

Here in Michigan, it varies by the year and by how your house is situated. Right now, we are in the middle of a scorching and dry summer, but we have almost all of the other factors.

How do you pick a paint that will stand up to your house’s individual needs?

Oil-based paint

Not all exterior paint has to be oil-based anymore. It is much more challenging to work with, stinky, and hard to remove where unwanted.

Oil-based paint stands up to rain, wind, and temperature changes. However, it tends to be more easily degraded by sunlight. The main thing about oil-based or alkyd paint is that it creates a lovely, hard, and durable high-gloss finish that latex paint can’t fully match. It sheds chalky layers as it ages.

Latex paint

If your house is in the sun almost all the time, latex paint may be a better option, as it is more durable in the sun. Sunnier climates also tend to be very dry, which is more suitable for latex paint, as it’s water-soluble.

Make sure you buy paint that has acrylic resin rather than a high vinyl content. Acrylic resin is much more durable for outdoor use than vinyl.

Mold resistant paint

For areas of your house that will remain in close contact with water, like the skirting, use mold-resistant paint. It is an outdoor paint with fungicide added.

Elastomeric paint

For textured surfaces like stucco or brick, you need paint that is made to stretch a bit more between small hills and valleys. This paint will go on smoothly and make the finished product look smoother.

Flame-resistant paint

Do you live in an area prone to wildfires? It might save your life to use paint that can resist flames rather than combusting.

Colors and Techniques Are Everything

Do you know how to use color and shade to make the most of your house or hide its flaws? Do you know how to avoid making those awkward gutters or slightly off-kilter windows an eyesore?

Most people know what colors they like. However, it doesn’t mean they are going to be able to translate that into the best possible update to their homes.

If you do all that work and go to that expense, it should be an improvement.

Here are some ideas and tips:

  • Drive around your area and look for a home of a similar size and style, whose paint job you like. Take note of what the owners did.
  • Look at the roof, the brickwork, and anything else about the house that won’t change. Make sure what you choose is going to enhance and not detract.
  • Take your surroundings into consideration. Many trees will make your home appear darker, so a lighter color might be appropriate.
  • Lighter tones generally enhance details or point out flaws while darker colors minimize. You can use this to your house’s advantage if you know how.

Bringing it Home

Hiring a painting contractor for your home exterior gives you the advantage of their experience, tools, and safety equipment.

Some contractors also have virtual makeover software resources to help you picture your new colors. Many of them will have a good eye for what your house needs to shine after painting so many of them.

Whatever your question about your home exterior, if you live in Southeast Michigan, give us a call any time. We’re honored to help.

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