Refreshing up your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint can make a huge difference in curb appeal and the overall pride you feel.
It’s a big task to take on, but one with a great reward at the end. Before you jump in, make sure you are prepared by taking these steps first.
Plan According to the Seasons
When you are ready to paint your home, planning is key. Since the paint has to dry outside, moisture is not your friend.
This is why it’s important to know your region’s climate. The ideal conditions to repaint are during a dry season.
You don’t want to risk heavy rains, high humidity, or snow. Paint will not stick to wet surfaces and moisture will not allow it to dry well.
In the end, you risk what should be a beautiful home being covered in a terrible paint job.
Inspect Siding for Signs of Rot
No matter how hard you try, the paint will not stick to the rotting siding. So, before you start your project, the home’s siding needs to be inspected.
Anything showing signs of rot needs to be replaced before you can begin. The good news is, the experts at Monon Construction Group can take care of both for you.
They will perform an inspection and alert you of any siding that needs to be replaced.
Before painting your home, they will replace any damaged or rotting siding, then give your home the beautiful paint job you are looking for.
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Choose a Quality Product
Paint options come in a wide range of prices. However, you will find you get what you pay for.
While some selections may leave you with an initial sticker shock, don’t assume all paint is created equal. A high-quality paint usually comes at a quality price.
But you will reap both short-term and long-term benefits. Most high-priced paints require fewer coats to get the job done (which means you don’t have to buy as many buckets), and the paint job will last longer.
In the end, you can prolong the time to repaint your house by several years.
Consult Your HOA When Choosing Your Colors
If you live in a neighborhood with HOA regulations, it’s very likely there are specific standards for your home’s exterior color.
Few HOAs require you to choose specific colors but ask homeowners to stay within certain color pallets. So, before you get your heart set on your favorite color combination, check in with your HOA.
They will inform you of any color restrictions, then you can select your home’s exterior colors based on what they give you.
Once you make your choice, they may require you to submit your selection for approval before starting your painting project.
If you don’t follow these steps, you may be subject to fines and be required to have your house repainted.
Prep the Area
To make painting easier, make sure nothing is touching the house. Trees and bushes should be trimmed so they don’t scratch the paint, leaving marks that need to be fixed.
Remove water hoses, toys, and other clutter so they don’t get splattered with paint. Anything that can’t be removed, such as A/C units and landscaping, should be protected with tarps.
You’ll also need a plan to secure pets. Our animal friends can be naturally curious or some experience anxiety during a big project.
Keep them away from the action as much as possible to make sure the painting day goes smoothly.
Before you commit to your paint color, request samples so you can see them in action.
Colors can take on a distinct look in the sunlight and evening hours. Working with an expert painting team will ensure you choose the best options and the job is done right the first time.