Painting Tips for Your Home’s Exterior
April 22, 2010
Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important home maintenance projects that can be done simply due to the fact that the paint and caulking on your home is all that stands between your house and the weather.
If you are planning on painting your home’s exterior, be warned that it is probably the most difficult and physically demanding home maintenance project you can do. It takes a lot of time, patience and good old fashioned hard work, but if done correctly, you will get the best value for your money because hiring a professional painter is quite expensive.
Following some good exterior house painting tips and using the best quality materials can add years of life to the outside of your home before needing to be done again. Also, using good quality painting products will result in lower maintenance and fewer repair bills in the future.
An exterior paint job requires that you evaluate the condition of your home’s surfaces to see what is needed to produce the best results. A key aspect of this evaluation process is to choose the best primer to use because the primer is just as important as the paint.
Once the preparation is completed, you need to select the best paint. What paint you use depends upon the type of surface is on your home’s exterior, so it is a good idea to speak to the professionals in the paint store you choose to purchase your paint from. You will be told which type of paint to use and then given some choices. Avoid buying the cheapest paint because frankly, it will not do a good job of adequately protecting your home from inclement weather.
You can either brush, roll or spray the paint on your house. If you have a single level home, brushing and rolling are often the best choice. A paint sprayer is well suited to multi-storied homes but you will be required to have a bit of skill and experience to spray the paint on your home. The method you choose will also depend upon the type of paint chosen. Regardless of what method you choose to use, be sure to use professional grade tools so that you achieve the best results.
The most rewarding aspect of exterior painting is putting the finishing touches on the trim as this is what pulls the whole house together and makes it look finished and new. Most typically, brushing the paint on the trim is the best method although you can use a roller on the bigger areas as a way to speed up the process.
If you are considering painting the exterior of your home as a DIY project, them make sure you follow some good saftey advice. One of the key items will be the use of a good ladder. Keep in mind the fact that you will have to be on a ladder a lot, so be sure to use a high quality extension ladder that is certified to be safe. If you have any doubts about any of the steps involved then it may be best that you hire a professional house painter to do the job for you.