Any realtor will confirm that a fresh coat of paint will improve your home’s curb appeal. But keeping your house’s exterior properly painted goes well beyond appearances.
Your home is your investment and you want it to maintain its value. A great way to do that is to keep its outside sharp and fresh. According to Consumer Reports a quality painting the exterior of a house can increase the overall value of the property 2-5%. With this kind of return, it’s worth having your home painted by a professional.
Quality exterior paint works as an added layer of protection from the elements, helping to keep your home safe from weather damage, insects, and dust. The paint can even prevent exterior wood from rotting. A quality exterior paint job now can help you avoid larger repairs costs in the futur
What if your house went from white to sage green or pineapple yellow? Painting can create a whole new look without extensive remodeling. Paint can produce a quick rejuvenation for pennies compared to remodeling.
Getting up close and personal with your home’s exterior will help you identify larger issues that may have gone unnoticed. Preparing to repaint your home can reveal mold and algae, damage from water, insects, trees, and dry rot. A pro painter will alert you to the problems and how to remedy them. Be sure to work with a recommended carpenter (and arborist or exterminator) who can make the repair and keep you on schedule. Once the house is repaired, a new paint job can prevent these damages from reoccurring.
Whether it’s too dark, too light, or a color you really dislike, mental health professionals agree that colors can have a subtle yet profound effect on how you feel. When you look at your house, does it bring you joy? Changing the colors and details of your home’s exterior can literally bring a smile to your face.
Regardless of why you are painting the exterior of your home, it’s a big job. The best results come when the surfaces are properly prepared and repaired. A professional quality result takes knowledge skills, special tools, LOTS of paint, and a team of painters about 5 full days. “Weekend Warrior” mode will take you several weekends, many trips to the hardware store, possible sunburn, or injury, and less than the desired result.
You’ve spent all that time picking out the color of your room, so make sure it was time well spent by doing a great paint job. Here are a few tips from the pros that will guarantee great results.
Approach your project like a chef that prepares his cooking station with ingredients, utensils, and pans. Inventory your painting supplies so you make ONE trip to the hardware store.
Spend the time to wash, repair and sand the walls and trim. Carefully sand or scrape flaking and peeling paint. Give yourself time between patching and sanding to let the patch properly harden. Use a damp rag or microcloth to remove the dust from the final sanding.
If you’re splurging on great paint, don’t pinch pennies on the application. Premium paints are worth it because you get better coverage, smoother finish and greater durability. Use the right finish for the application – high gloss for trims, semi-gloss or satin for high traffic areas, eggshell and flat for low traffic and high light areas. Good brushes and roller covers give excellent coverage, saving you time and paint. Make sure the “nap” of fuzziness of your roller matches the texture of your wall (more texture = fuzzier roller). Choose the “name brand “ painter’s tape to effectively seal out drips and blurs.
Cover anything you don’t want painted or dusty. Remove outlet and switch covers and hardware. It will give you a smoother line and make painting faster. Cover floors, furniture, and hardware from dust from sanding and paint. Small plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs.
Use a primer to fill in patches and pores in the paint to create an even, solid base that takes paint well.
With an easy-flowing premium paint and a good roller cover, the roller should do most of the work. An extension pole will let you reach the maximum amount of area with the least effort - and without straining your back.
Pros paint from top to bottom. Cut your edges at the ceiling using a brush and use your roller to apply paint from the top downward, so any drips or spatters are painted over as you work your way down the wall. When the wall is done, trim the bottom edge.
Keep enough paint on the brush or roller to cover so you’re not dry brushing. Once an area starts to dry, leave it alone to avoid marks and color streaks.
Getting inspired to paint, making your board on Pinterest, and shopping for paint swatches and supplies is the fun part. Painting your interior isn’t hard, but it does require some discipline to prepare your space properly, and a little effort to get the job done right.
We do single rooms, whole houses, apartment complexes… If you’ve got walls, TCB Painting of CT has paint, and we’ll take the pain out of your painting project. Give us a call at (203) 288-8203.