In our last blog, we offered the initial considerations for exterior painting or staining. In this blog, we're going to review some of the details following the initial steps.
Paint does not replace other sealers.
While it might seem self-explanatory, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to sand, fill, and caulk wood surfaces properly before applying paint. Then comes the repair of damaged stucco. Painters ensure that the investment lasts by taking the necessary steps to have wood exteriors in their best condition before beginning to paint.
To understand the type of damage to exteriors of homes over time, pay particular attention to the south and west sides of houses with old paint jobs. In the northern hemisphere, paint and stain suffer more on those sides because of the hotter angle of the sun. That is what each paint job must be able to endure over the long-term.
Even with the time spent in cleaning and preparing an exterior pre-paint, there is the joy to be had in seeing the job done right.
Protect flower beds and other foliage and structures prior to the process
For those who are fans of their flowerbeds, it's essential to protect lawns and plants around the house. Even more so now that spraying is a modern technique in painting, it is vital to take precautions for nearby lawn and plants. No matter what type of paint used, plants aren't going to like it. Bearing in mind all those feet on the ground from painters, there might be a little lawn upkeep to do once the painting is complete.
But, if this is an excuse to spruce up some landscaping after the painters leave, a newly-groomed lawn will make the fresh paint job look even better.
Brainstorming exterior paint ideas can be exciting.
Even if in the end the old colors are only refreshed, this is an opportunity to think about change. It can be fun to spend some time in the yard, holding color-cards up to "see" the options. Even if the modification is merely limited to changing the trim, this small detail can refresh a house's look entirely.
When it comes to flat or exterior paint, acrylic or oil, there are different advantages to consider. Acrylic dries faster, while oil dries with fewer lines. The contractor will have a recommendation based on the type of wood and time of year—even temperatures and humidity make a big difference in getting the job done.
Choosing paint starts by confirming what kind is already on the house. When switching between paint types, there might have to be a primer applied first to get anything to stick.
Homeowners can feel a sense of pride seeing the job completed.
Inevitably, a house will need a new paint job at some point. And, really, outside of spending the money, it doesn't have to be intimidating or stressful. By stripping the exterior completely down to check for rot, then to sand and fill, owners can have the satisfaction that the job has been done right, and their home looks all the better for it.
If the time has come to paint, and owners are looking forward to seeing it done, there is little reason to wait. Give us a call, and let us make your house look like new again!
Premier Painting and Coating provides stellar service and excellent work for all residential and commercial exterior painting, interior painting cabinet painting, texture work and popcorn ceiling removal in the Tampa Bay area. For a free consultation, call us at 727-351-8113 today!