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7 Key Considerations for Exterior House Painting

7 Key Considerations for Exterior House Painting 

Exterior House Painting

Have you noticed when you pull into your driveway, your house is looking a little aged? Maybe your paint color is fading, outdated, or even worse chipping away. Maybe it looks a little tired like it needs an update.

The exterior of your house is like the first impression people get of you and curb appeal matters. Are you wondering if it's time to increase your home's value and appearance with some exterior house painting?

Exterior house painting is not as simple as painting a room on the inside of your home. You want to make sure you are doing it right, so it lasts and it looks great for years to come.

Read on for the things to consider when painting the exterior of your house.

What to Consider for Exterior House Painting

1. Climate and When to Paint

You want to talk with your painter about the best paint choice for your climate conditions. Does your house get hot sun on it all through the day? Does your house have to withstand tough climate conditions like hurricanes or extremes temperatures?

The type of paint used to paint your exterior will vary based on these types of conditions.

You also want to consider when your house should be painted based on climate conditions. You want the paint to be applied under optimal conditions so the paint cures well and lasts as long as possible.

If the temperature is too extreme, hot or cold, paint won't dry evenly and will appear to have almost ripples in it. Likewise, you don't want to have your house painted if the surface is wet or it's raining. For this reason, spring and fall, when there isn't rain are great times to paint a house.

2. Consider Your Facade

Not all houses are the same. You need to consider your facade when thinking about paint for it. Do you have wood siding, aluminum siding, stucco, or brick?

First, you want a painter who knows how to handle doing exterior painting on this type of material. Be sure to ask your painter about how to approach this type of material. What prep work is unique for the surfaces that make up your home.

You also want to check into what type of paint should be used. Do you use a different type of paint if you are painting brick and stucco compared to aluminum siding?

3. Lead Worries

Many homes built before 1978 had paint on them that contained lead. If your house was built before 1978, you want to ensure you have hired a painter who knows how to handle and dispose of lead paint. There are strict guidelines for handling and disposing of lead paint.

You want to make sure you have a painter who is doing it correctly. Ask your potential painters about their experience with handling lead paint to avoid any unnecessary exposure issues.

While this might not seem like it's related to the actual painting of your house, it will happen before new paint can be applied.

4. Selecting Paint

When considering an exterior paint job, selecting the paint colors might be the most exciting part of the process, besides having it done, of course. Because having the exterior of your house painted is a big investment, you want to get the colors right.

You might consider driving around some area neighborhoods with homes like your own. Look at color schemes that stand out to you. Consider trim colors and front door colors too.

It also makes sense to consider what other colors are on your house or around it. Do you have any brick or stone on your house? Many landscaped homes have trees and shrubs that offer seasonal color. Consider how those colors will impact your choice.

Don't forget to look up and down. Consider your roofing materials and colors as well as other features of landscaping like brick or stone that might be important to coordinate with.

5. Hiring the Right Exterior Painter

Exterior painting is much more complicated than say painting a bedroom or your kitchen inside your home. It requires some unique prep work because your home has to face the elements.

This is one of those jobs that makes sense to hire a professional. As you look for a painter, consider their level of experience. Ask your neighbors in Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Lincoln, or El Dorado Hills for referrals to painters they have worked with successfully,

Read online reviews, although remember, don't eliminate a painter for one negative comment. Some people are just difficult to please.

Make sure you talk to your painter about their equipment. You also want to be sure they are insured to protect both them and you in case of an accident.

Then ask the painter to talk you through how they would approach your job. It will give you a good sense of how they work and what to expect.

6. Prep for Painting

Getting your house prepped for painting will likely take longer and involve more steps than the actual application of the paint.

You want to start by washing your house down to remove any dirt that would prevent the paint from holding well. It also helps to remove any mildew on surfaces. Often this step's done with a power washer. The power washer also helps to get rid of any loose old paint.

Any paint that is still loose or peeling needs to be scraped away. If there are trim boards that are rotting, those need to be replaced. Sand any areas of wood that are rough.

Then the painter will need to fill in holes and do caulking all around so the house is ready for paint.

7. Painting Time

Once all the steps of prep work are done, the house is ready for paint. Your painter will first go through and prime the surfaces with a coat of primer. This allows the surfaces to be ready for the regular paint so it doesn't just soak right into the wood.

Finally, the colors you selected are ready to be applied. If you have had the house properly prepped and primed, one to two coats will be likely needed to properly coat and protect the house for many years into the future.

Things to Consider for Exterior House Painting

Exterior house painting can really improve the look and feel of your house. Make sure you hire an experienced painter who will help you through the process, prep your house, and paint the exterior so it lasts for many years.

If you live in Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Lincoln, or El Dorado Hills and need a painter for your exterior, we can help.

Give us a call today to talk about your painting project. We can even arrange a virtual estimate for you.