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When you’re looking to change the appearance of your house, painting the exterior will make it instantly stand out in the neighborhood. If you’re looking to sell your home, painting is the fastest way to raise the value of your home.
Exterior painting is a difficult project. When not using an experienced house painter, you may run into some issues. EcoGen Exteriors painting services have you covered with our ability to provide a quality paint job and give you access to support and expert painters.
When you are ready to paint your house, often the first step is to choose your field and trim paint colors. There are many things to consider when choosing the color for the exterior of your home.
Architecture – You may have a Modern, Victorian-style, or a traditional colonial home. They are all different in architectural styles with different accents, trim and design. Depending on how your home is built, colors can bring attention to specific details that will give it more life.
Your landscaping will influence which paint colors will look best on the exterior. For example, if your house has a lot of shade, then you may want to consider lighter colors, if you wish to blend into the trees and the surroundings, then you may want darker colors. It’s important to think about how your home’s exterior paint will complement its environment.
It is important to remember that your roof, driveway, fence, gravel, and mulch will not change colors when you paint. Consider how paint colors will accent these features of your home.
A lot goes into painting the exterior of a house. Most often it’s guaranteed that it will take longer than a weekend. If you are not prepared to handle the hurdles ahead, then consider hiring EcoGen professionals. The following are things that need to be prepped prior to painting.
- Wash: The exterior of your home will need to be washed. We use a pressure washer to do this. Always start at the top so that all of the dirt, spider webs, and bee hives wash down and off the exterior.
- Scrape: It’s important to scrape and get rid of any loose paint from the siding and trim. This requires having drop cloths below so the paint chips don’t fall into the landscaping.
- Sand: Sanding may be a necessary step to smooth the surfaces and allow the paint to adhere better.
- Patch: If there are any areas that need repair, or replacement, they’ll need to be fixed before painting begins.
- Prime: Surfaces will need to be primed. Manufacturers indicate how many coats are needed if not using a paint that has primer mixed in.
- Caulk: Seal all cracks, trim edges, nails, and corners to keep moisture out.
- Paint: The main body of the house is painted first.
- Trim: Finally the trim is painted and the cleanup can begin.
Ask yourself whether you should DIY or hire a professional. Do I have all of the necessary equipment? Do I want to take the risk of climbing up and down the ladder? How much of my time will it take? How great of a job can I do? Only if the answer is yes to all of these questions, should you consider a DIY exterior whole house paint.