The exterior of your home plays an important role. While it does affect how your home looks, the exterior also affects the home's value. Therefore, your exterior should be appealing and in good condition if you want your home to make a great first impression while you also protect and enhance its value. Thankfully, updating your home's exterior with new paint can help. Here are a few tricks to paint your home's exterior properly and efficiently.
Don't Skimp On Prep
A lot of homeowners want to get the job done as fast as possible. Unfortunately, rushing through the prep part of the painting job can lead to overwhelming problems, such as time constraints and costly repainting in the future.
Prepping the surfaces involves a few steps, including cleaning all siding to ensure the paint adheres evenly to the siding. Also, make sure to inspect for signs of damage. If you see siding that is warped or rotting, it should be replaced immediately. Paint may cover up signs of damage, but it will not repair the actual damage.
Another part of prepping is to protect other areas of your home and exterior that will not be painted. For example, cover shrubs and other plants with plastic sheeting to ensure cleaning and painting chemicals do not harm your landscape. Use painter's tape to cover trim and windows, too.
Prime With Sense
Primer can be beneficial as well if you want to update your home's exterior with ease. Of course, you do not need to apply primer to every surface that you will be painting, so make sure to prime with a bit of sense. In most cases, you will only need to prime the areas of the home's exterior that have never been painted before. Also, if you are painting a light color over a darker color, you'll need a coat of primer.
Consider The Colors
As was mentioned briefly in the last section, the color you choose for your home's exterior can affect how effective or how efficient the painting project will be. For the best results, repaint your home's siding in the same color. A fresh coat of paint, even if it is the same color, will make your home look cleaner and more appealing without you having to worry about endless coasts of primer and paint to ensure the new color is even.
If you do want to make a change, go darker with your color. If your current siding is white, consider a darker eggshell, or if your siding is grey, consider a charcoal or darker blue color for your new exterior. Talk to an exterior painting contractor to get more ideas.