Painting the exterior of your home is a good way to freshen the curb appeal of your property and add a layer of protection to your home. There are three important steps involved. The first is choosing the colors for your home, the next is prepping the walls, and last is applying the paint. An exterior painting contractor makes each of these steps easy since they'll do most of the work. Here's what to expect.
Choosing The Paint
The painter will probably encourage you to choose high-quality paint since it covers old paint better and lasts longer. Besides that, the painter may help you choose the colors for your home based on current trends. If you are going to sell your home in the next few years, you'll want a color that is attractive to buyers. However, you're free to choose the color you want, and you may want to try a virtual app that lets you try different colors on your home as a test. If you want the same color you have now, the painter can match it for you.
The Prep Work
Preparing the walls for the paint is often the most difficult part of painting a home. This may require pressure washing, scraping off old paint, or even sanding. The surface should be clean and smooth so the new paint adheres well. The painter may want you to clear a path around your home by getting lawn ornaments and planters out of the way and trimming back bushes so the crew has plenty of room to work.
Applying The Paint
Paint might be applied to your home with brushes, rollers, or sprayers. A painting contractor may use a paint sprayer since it makes the work go much faster. If so, it may be necessary to cover your plants and anything else nearby so it doesn't get splattered with paint. The paint has to be applied under the right conditions, so if the weather is too cold or rainy, the work will be delayed. Painting usually starts at the top and works its way to the bottom. Depending on the type of windows you have, they may be painted as well, so your entire house looks clean and fresh when the painter is done.
Painting the exterior of your home is a fairly quick process, especially if a sprayer is used. However, the job from starting the prep work to the finish of painting could span several days since prep work often takes a long time when the old paint is in bad shape or if there are several areas that need filled or caulked.