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How to Keep Your Porch’s Charm While Adding Modern Paint Colors

How to Keep Your Porch’s Charm While Adding Modern Paint Colors

Your porch has a unique character and charm, and you want to preserve that. But over time, constant wear and tear from use and exposure to the elements diminishes the natural beauty and appeal of your porch.

Luckily, there are lots of creative ways to restore porches while maintaining their unique look and feel. Hopefully, these recommendations from the professional house painters at Trico Painting will help you plan porch painting projects with confidence.

Keep Your Porch Clean and Well-Maintained

Grime, dirt, mold, and mildew can accumulate on your porch. Depending on the weather and temperature fluctuations, algae and fungi can grow on exterior surfaces, too. Porch preservation starts with regular cleaning and maintenance. We recommend reapplying porch stain every 2-3 years. As part of that process, your porch should be thoroughly pressure washed.

If you can't remember the last time you've had your porch pressure washed, painted, and stained, it's time to put it on your to-do list.

Pressure washing uses highly-pressurized water (and cleaning solutions as needed) to safely blast away grime and contaminants from your porch without harming or degrading the wood finish. It's a great first step to see how your porch is holding up before making significant changes or improvements to its appearance.

Protect Wood from Rotting and Decay

If your wood porch isn't strong, even the most beautiful paint and stain won't last long. If there are unusual mushroom-like growths on your porch, or if you notice a damp, musty smell every time you're outside, your porch wood is rotting.

It's important to address wood rot immediately with the help of a professional to prevent wood rot from spreading and to minimize your exposure to mold, mildew, and other irritants that could impact your health or irritate your allergies.

Add Pops of Unique Color or Finish

Once porches are cleaned, and rotted wood removed and replaced, it's time to upgrade your porch's look. And you can do that without making it unrecognizable. One idea our customers have loved is porch ceiling painting. Painting porch ceilings is a great way to add a unique pop of contrasting color or finish, while keeping much of your porch's original appearance.

You can choose a lighter or darker stain for more richness and dimension. Or, you could add a colorful paint to bring a sense of lightness, brightness, and fun into your outdoor space. Painters can recommend colors for you if you're ready to try something new, taking into account complementary colors, color contrasts, and the role natural lighting plays in highlighting paint colors.

Keep It Natural

Natural wood staining is one of our favorite ways to beautify and protect an already charming porch. Stains are translucent, so you can still see the grain and details in the wood while protecting it from moisture, dirt, and normal wear and tear. If you have a wood stain you already love, we can match it when re-staining and staining newly replaced wood. If you're ready to change things up, we can recommend a stain based on the wood your porch is built from, so it looks beautiful, charming, and inviting for years to come.

Refresh the Surrounding Exterior

If you've already planned to paint exterior doors, windows, trim, or any other area, your porch, and outdoor recreation areas will benefit from it. Exterior painting improves the look of your entire property, and can help you get inspired for more improvements and painting projects. By the same token, starting with porch painting or staining is a great way to think creatively about what other areas of your home exterior you'd like to update.

Whatever you'd like to tackle, Trico Painting can help you do it. We have experience painting porches, including ceilings, trim, fixtures, railings, and stairs. Before we get out the brushes and rollers, we'll work with you to choose timeless colors that appeal to modern sensibilities without dating your space, or to match the existing stain you love.

We pressure wash as part of all our exterior painting services, so your porch starts out clean and free of debris. We'll make sure it's as structurally sound and strong as possible before painting, and plan painting, staining, and drying, so you get the best possible results. If you're ready for a more beautiful, inviting porch, contact Trico Painting for your porch staining or painting estimate today.