Exterior House Painting - Adds Colour and Protects Your Investment

Painting the exterior of your home is a major investment so you want to get it right. Obviously the outside of your home is the first thing people see, so it makes a first impression. Don't believe what people say, looks are everything.

Not only does exterior paint give your home a facelift and accentuate or hide features it also protects it from the elements. Exterior paint these days has come a long way and has all sorts of fungicides and UV protectors in it to withstand the harsh onslaught of constant heat from the sun. Exterior paint also has to stand up to other weather conditions such as heavy rain, storms, cold and winds.

If you invest wisely in good quality paint and choose the right colours you can't go wrong. The only other thing to remember is the preparation to the walls before painting. It's so important to get this part right because a paint job is only as good as the preparation. All old paint has to scraped off properly and all walls sanded and sealed before thinking of applying any new coats. If this isn't done it will be obvious and your new paint job simply won't last.

Even though the quality of paint these days has improved, the colour of the paint will still affect its performance. Dark colours absorb more heat and light than light colours so they are prone to fading more quickly than lighter colours. If you choose to use dark colours it's best to use them on trims and architectural details because they will need touching up regularly.

All homes can be painted not just timber ones. Even if you have an outdated brick home it can be bagged which is a form of cement rendering that can then be painted. So whether your house is timber, hardiplank, fibro or brick it can all be painted. Don't forget the roof, it can also be painted. Tiles or zincalume look great once painted and often do need to be done after the rest of the house has had a facelift.

Putting the finishing touches on the trims of the house pulls everything together and creates the final product.

Even if it's a new home your painting, make sure you know what paint is being used and insist on a good quality one. It might as well be done right from the start so you can have peace of mind that it will last for years to come.

Painting the exterior of a house is a huge undertaking and whilst anyone could probably do it there are a few things to consider.

You must understand each step and what has to be done for preparation.

You must have all the necessary tools, calking guns, brushes, rollers and spray guns. Most projects will require ladders usually extension ladders and some may even need scaffolding at the very least painters planks.

Exterior painting is more demanding than interior painting and usually is more expensive. You must be physically fit as it is quite challenging work
You need to be fit and capable of performing hard work. If this doesn't bother you then take your time and go for it.

On the other hand if it all seems too much then getting a Washington DC professional painter in will definitely save you time. A professional painter will have all the necessary equipment and be able to inspect the whole job thoroughly giving you a quote and expected time frame.


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