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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Several things should be taken into consideration before
painting the exterior of your home. You need to carefully analyze
the areas that need to be painted, figure out how much paint and
what kind of paint will be needed, consider the type of materials
that make up the exterior of your home and the condition they are
in, and lastly make sure your home is ready for a professional
painter to perform the job.
Prior to painting the exterior of your home, you should take the
time to walk around your house and write down everything that needs
to be done. You may find that certain repairs need to be made or
that certain materials require special attention. Perhaps the
caulking on your house is peeling and particular areas are being
invested by mildew. These are areas that need your attention before
you begin to paint.
Make sure you know what type of materials make up your home's
exterior. Generally the exterior of a home will be made from wood,
stucco, aluminum siding, vinyl siding, metal, or brick. Often times,
your exterior will consist of more than just one of these materials.
Before painting, take note of the condition of these materials and
make any necessary repairs.
Once you have made repairs and analyzed everything that needs to be
done, you should begin by power washing your home. Cleaning the
house with a power wash will ensure good adhesion for the new paint
and remove and loose materials and old paint. During this time, it
is also a good idea to apply a prime coat to any raw wood areas.
Last but not least, you will need to purchase the right kind of
paint and the proper amount of paint. Manufacturers realize that oil
based paints don't work as well as they once did, and technologies
have developed new latex paints to make up for what oil based paints
lack. Low-sheen or semi-gloss enamels are popular these days because
they are easier to keep clean. Keep in mind; paint will cover
between 200-350 square feet per gallon.
When painting the exterior of your home, it is extremely important
to take into consideration the environment which surrounds you.
Consider trees, shrubs, and the color schemes of your neighbor's
homes. Everything surrounding your home will have an affect on how
well your color scheme works for you.
Also, don't forget to consider the fixed colors of your home such as
the roof, stonework and brick. You want to choose a color that
enhances theses fixed elements. Also, take into consideration the
architecture of your home when picking out colors.