Thinking of repainting your house exterior? Hold your horses. There are a few things you should keep in mind before you begin painting. Below are some of the things you should consider while repainting your house exterior:
Choosing quality over price
Thinking of saving a couple of bucks by going for the cheaper brand of paint? It might sound like an attractive option, but it might prove to be more expensive in the long run. Expensive paints have more pigmentation than cheaper brands, which will give you a better coverage and a long lasting, more protective coat. So, dishing out a little more at once will ensure you repaint your house fewer times over the years.
Prepping your surface
Paint and uneven surfaces don’t go well together. So, if there are cracks or peels on your previous coat of paint, make sure the cracks and peels are fixed before you start repainting. Typically, peels are scraped off using a paint scraper or a wire brush and then the surface is sanded. You can avoid this step if your previous paint job is intact. You may need to do some caulking. Also, be sure to remove old caulk and re-caulk where it has been removed and follow that with the putty around the windows. And lastly use a primer or a sealer on bare wood, all repaired surfaces, and chalky or uneven surfaces. In case the previous coat of paint on your house is really old, then scrape off the paint with care, particularly if you think it might contain lead. A helpful tip is to cover any place where paint might drip (like your mailbox, garden etc.) to avoid damages from dripping paint.
Tracking weather reports
Before you decide to start repainting your home, you should check the weather forecast before you schedule your paint days. Avoid painting in days which are too sunny or too windy, as it might cause the paint to dry too fast and can prevent the paint from forming a protective layer. High winds might also cause dust and dirt particles to stick to your surface. Also avoid rain and humidity, as paint will not adhere to surfaces which are not dry. Another thing you should keep in mind, particularly if you’re using latex paint, is that the temperature must not be below 50 degrees F.
Picking the right color
Apart from revamping your house exterior, one of the main reasons to repaint your house might be because you just don’t like the color. Unlike fashion trends, which keep changing every season, paint color trends last for a few years, so you might want to consider that while searching for your perfect color. Also, it might be a good idea to go around in your locality to draw and learn from the houses around you. Most importantly, you should find a balance between your color preferences and colors that compliment the architecture of your house.
With these suggestions in mind, you can choose an exterior color that you will relish for the years to come. If you’re still a little apprehensive then consult a professional to help you get started!