Does your home’s exterior appearance look worn out and sad? Some homeowners don’t do renovations because it can be expensive. To give your home a fresh and updated look, you can consider painting your home’s exterior. Exterior painting gives your home an opportunity to look more aesthetically pleasing. Nature can be rough on your home’s exterior surface but a coat of exterior paint is like adding a layer of protection to your home from outside elements.
Painting your home’s exterior is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal but you need to know that the entire paint job is not easy. It should be done correctly in order to get excellent results. Here are four things to do before an exterior painting project should start:
- Determine how much paint you need
The last thing that you would want in your painting project is running out of paint in the middle of your work. Determine which part of your exterior you would like to be repainted. Then decide which colors you would like on the sidings and trim. This will help you determine the right amount of paint needed for your project.
- Wash the exterior of your home
Painting a dirty exterior is just a waste of time and paint since the paint will not stick on a dirty surface. The best way to remove mold and mildew that is stuck to your sidings is through the use of pressure wash. It will not just remove the dirt but it will also clean up the old peeling paint making your wall all ready for the new paint. Be sure to wash the exterior from top to bottom.
- Repair exterior damage
Once you have cleaned your exterior, you will notice that any surface flaws are more visible. Before you start painting your exterior, make sure to deal with the damages on your exterior first so that it will not catch attention later on. Make sure to fill in all the cracks and holes in the walls, fix broken shutter hinges, and re-caulk or reseal your doors and windows.
- Apply a primer coat
Applying a primer is a must in every painting project. The main purpose of a primer is to provide a consistent base for the topcoats of paint later. It also seals or hides stains on your wall so that it won’t appear on your finishing coat. Painting your exterior without a primer may use more topcoats since the paint may soak in your wall which will require more coats.
Get these things done and you can ensure a quality exterior painting project.