4-Step Homeowner Process To Successful Interior And
Exterior House Painting Projects
Is the exterior of your house starting to look
old and worn down? It may be time to paint the exterior
of your house. Unfortunately exterior painting happens
to be one of the more expensive and time consuming home
improvement projects. And generally homeowners have
to endure an exterior painting job every 6-8 years,
depending on the house and siding. Before you begin
this daunting project, make sure to plan accordingly
and make all necessary preparations.
Step 1 – Plan The Painting Project
Every home improvement project requires some planning.
In fact, the planning and preparation process is one
of the most important steps. One of the very first things
you should do when having the exterior of your home
painted is to determine if there is any prep work that
needs to be done prior to painting. This is when you
should be repairing any rotted siding, window sills,
hand railing, or window and door trim. If you don’t
want to make the repairs yourself then your paint company
should be able to provide a quote that includes replacing
your siding and trim. However, it may be necessary to
call up your siding professional if your project involves
replacing a significant amount of siding.
2 – Decide on Painting Options
Second, you should take the time to decide if you want
to change the color of your house. Doing so can give
your home a totally new and updated appearance. However,
you want to make sure that the colors you choose fit
into your neighborhood and compliment the colors that
your home already has. For instance, you don’t
want to paint your house hot pink when all of the surrounding
houses are light pastels. Making your home stick out
like that can make it a less desirable home if it were
put on the market. Also, it’s important to pick
a color that blends well with your plants, landscaping,
foundation, and driveway. Keep in mind, changing the
color of your house is often more expensive because
more coats are required to cover the old color.
3 – Consider House Painting Techniques
Third, decide on the technique that will be used to
paint your house; hand brushed or sprayed. Most painting
companies would prefer to have it sprayed because it
is faster and easier. However, certain homes would benefit
greatly from having the home hand painted. Such homes
would include those that are older, those with wood
siding, and homes that haven’t been painted in
a very long time. Painting by hand provides a thicker
coat. It also penetrates deeper into the wood and crevasses
which gives your siding protection from water penetration.
Keep in mind; due to the fact that hand brushing is
more time consuming you should expect to pay more for
Painting Co. will assist you in
choosing the right painting process for your interior
and exterior painting needs.
4 – Choose A Home Painting Professional
you will want to carefully select a reputable painting
company to do your exterior work. I suggest that you
shop around and get a least three different price quotes
because there are a lot of price variations for large
exterior jobs. However, price shouldn’t be the
only deciding factor. The quality of the company is
also very important because if the job is done poorly
then it will need to be redone faster then you know
which will end up being more expensive. So don’t
just choose a painter because they are inexpensive.
Ask your friends and family for a reference before you
even begin searching for a company. If someone you trust
had a good experience with a company then the chances
of you enjoying their work is higher.
A.L. Painting Co. is happy
to provide a list of both interior and exterior painting
projects and feedback from the satisfied homeowners.