5 Things You Must Know When Painting Your Home’s Exterior

5 Things You Must Know When Painting Your Home’s Exterior
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    A good coat of paint can revitalize your house and make it look like new. Here are some important things to consider when preparing to update your home’s paintjob.

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Dimensions

One of the most common mistakes made when painting the exterior of the house is under or overestimating the amount of paint or labor time needed. Take the down the dimensions of each exterior wall and the windows and doors in each wall. You can input the values into a paint calculator, or consult with a home improvement specialist to find out how much paint you’ll need and how long you should expect the project to take.

Some materials, like stucco and natural stone, are more absorbent than wood exterior. Be sure to factor in the material your house is made of when making your calculations. You will likely need more paint to cover the exterior of a stucco or brick house than a wood one.

Preparation

Paint adheres best to a clean, smooth surface. Not all houses will require sanding before you paint, but most will need a good washing. A power washer is a great option for this step as washing exterior walls by hand is inefficient and takes a lot of time. If you do decide to use a power washer, be sure to wear protective eyewear.

Weather

Autumn is the recommended time of year to paint in most climates. Because paint needs plenty of time to dry and cure, it is essential that you plan your painting project while the weather is fair and sunny. Rain can destroy an uncured coat of paint. You may also want to avoid painting while your area is experiencing higher temperatures. The paint should be fine at higher temperatures, but working in direct sunlight for hours can be dangerous and may require taking more breaks than you would otherwise, which can lengthen the time of your project.

Cost

In many cases, it is actually cheaper to have your home’s exterior painted for you. This prevents common errors from defacing your home and allows you to observe the process, stress-free. Many painting companies provide needed jobs to students and blue-collar workers. In addition, these companies almost always provide a satisfaction guarantee so that you can be sure your house is getting exactly what it needs.

Use a cost calculator to see if it’s a better deal for you to have your house painted or do the project yourself. Be sure to separate cost of paint from the cost of labor.

Materials

It can be tempting to pick your paint, brushes, rollers, and paint trays based solely on price. Don’t fall for it! Using cheap painting supplies can leave your exterior with lumps, air bubbles, or streaks which will require re-sanding and another coat of paint. Cheaper outdoor paint often does not survive normal weathering and may need a touchup much sooner than a higher quality paint. The upkeep that results from using low quality paint and tools could easily end up costing you more than the price of decent house paint.

Paying attention to these factors can help ensure that your home’s new coat of paint not only looks great, but also doesn’t leave a big dent in your budget.

Author Bio
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Consult Student Works Painting for your next home painting project.

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