When painting the exterior of your home with exterior latex paint, the most durable, toughest, most protective finish is achieved when the weather isn’t too hot nor too cold, which is why springtime is typically the best time of the year for exterior house painting. I will be listing 4 reasons to paint your home this spring.
Your Home’s Exterior is Stressed Out
In some way your exterior of your home gets stressed out. Exterior paint gets worn out by various weather conditions.
Moisture is a big part of the exterior of your home. Snow, Ice, Frost, Rain & High Humidity can all put a negative affect on the paint. Moisture makes paint swell & soften causing cracking & peeling. Moisture also develops mold.
Most people may not think of some of these things that will harm your exterior of your home. The sun can also cause damage. Causing the paint to fade & diminish the protection which the paint provides. What happens is that the ultraviolet rays of the sun can break down the exterior paint’s binder. As the binder deteriorates, pigment is released in the form of chalk or a powder which can wash away easily when it rains.
Dramatic temperature change in wood can cause surfaces to expand. Therefore, the movement can cause it to start cracking & flake off, if the paint on the surface isn’t very flexible.
Repair is Needed
Many homeowners are not aware of the many small things which are going wrong with their home’s exterior until they want to repaint it. The prep work that goes into an exterior paint job usually reveals the many areas in need of some major repairs. You may discover wood beginning to rot & there are many other problems you will run into that would be much more expensive to replace things than to repair them.
A clean surface is always a great place to start before applying more paint. Using a pressure washer to the exterior of your siding on your home is a great way to clean the surface of your home. Scraping away loose paint will be needed after power washing, places that the power washer did not reach. If the exterior paint on your home is close to the end of its life expectancy, you are taking chances by postponing the new paint job.
Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Are you sprucing up your home to increase curb appeal for potential buyers? Or just wanting the best-looking house down your neighborhood? The most effective action you can take is to paint your home’s exterior. Everything that goes along with painting the exterior of your home equates to ending up with the very best look you can put out there.
Even touching up the trim & shutters on your home can ultimately increase curb appeal & your home’s value.
People that are looking to buy a new home often decide whether they want to look inside of the home based on what the exterior of the home & its surroundings look like. There are many things you can do to boost your curb appeal, but none is typically as effective as an exterior paint job, especially when choosing colors with the most appeal. The most popular colors for homes are neutrals such as Gray, White, Tan & Brown; bold shades are welcoming, if they’re used as accents like shutters, doors, or trim.
Increase the value of your home
The best investments are those in which you invest a lot less than what you get back. Painting your home is one of those great investments. The increase in your home’s value is typically much greater the cost of getting it painted by a professional. It’s amazing what a simple coat of paint can do to bring freshness to a house, both inside & out. Painting does take time, effort & money though. So, here are some tips to get the best out of your painting job.
- Painting an entire exterior is labor-intensive, and professionals like Ford’s Quality Painting brings in a crew to get your job done efficiently. Whereas, if you DIY, expect a project to take multiple weeks to get finished.
- One of the most important pieces of exterior painting is the prep work. You will need to do a lot of scraping & sanding. Therefore, many homeowners decide it’s best to hire a professional like Ford’s Quality Painting to get the job done right and by doing this prep work will ensure many years of protection.
- Keep the color scheme simple. Neutrals are the best way to go when choosing exterior paint colors for your home. Be sure to use specially formulated exterior paint, not interior paint. Exterior paint is more expensive, and you will need more than you think, so calculate square footage before heading to the paint store.
- Don’t forget about doors & trim too. When repainting the exterior of your home and which the doors & trim before the new paint job looked good, now that the new paint is applied your trim or doors look a bit weathered or faded and old. The door is one place for a splash of color that many buyers love: Red, Yellow, Turquoise, or Dark Green are eye catching options for front doors.
It’s just that time when exterior paint has an expiration date. The amount of time between the need for your next paint job repair is partly the factor of the type of paint you use. When using better quality paint, you can wait longer before the next paint job. Another factor is the quality of work performed in painting the home. At Ford’s Quality Painting we stand behind our products and workmanship.
We typically use Sherwin Williams products on all our Commercial & Residential paint jobs, but we do what the customer prefers. If a customer wants to use Ford’s Quality Painting but isn’t a big fan of Sherwin Williams paint quality, we will use their preferred paint product. Because at Ford’s we stand behind our workmanship & meeting all customers wants & needs.