Your home is exposed to the elements on a constant basis, which wears away at the painted surfaces that normally are meant to protect and repel water. Once these surfaces begin to peel and flake off, you need to properly prepare and paint to extend the life of your home's exterior. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you successfully paint the outside of your home.
Prepare For the Work
Before you can start slapping paint onto your home's exterior, there are several tasks you need to do to make sure your work is successful. First, consider the weather during the time you plan to paint your home exterior. You cannot paint in wet rainy weather, so make sure there is no rain forecast in the weather or for a few days after you plan to be finished. Also, look at the temperatures outside and make sure they are going to be warm so the paint can dry. Most exterior paint will need to be applied when the temperature is above freezing and should remain above freezing while it dries, so plan this accordingly. You may want to only paint during the spring or summer to make sure you have warm temperatures.
In addition to the weather, prepare your home's exterior areas for painting. When you plan to use a roller, sprayer, or paintbrush on your home exterior, this can flip off small drops of paint that you don't want falling onto areas below. For example, you don't want the paint to accidentally get onto your wood deck below or the concrete patio. And if you have any outdoor tools, bikes, outdoor grills, or vehicles, they should be protected and put out of the way so they don't get painted on.
Place tarps and paint covers over surfaces that are fixed in your yard. Then, the items you can move, remove them from the painting work area and into a protected area well away from the painting. You may not think that paint flecks will get upon a nearby deck swing, for example, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Evaluate Your Home Exterior
Preparation for your painting process is one of the more important elements, so be sure you check your home's exterior for its condition and for it to be paint-ready. Flaking and peeling paint on your home's siding and trim should be scraped off, which you can do with sanding paper or a paint scraper.
Also, look out for any wood that is rotting and decaying. You should replace any wood damage with new wood, otherwise, your paint layer will quickly fail as the underlying wood disintegrates. Wood can experience decay around window flashing and door frame molding, so be sure you check these areas thoroughly to eliminate the possibility of wood damage. Contact a service in your area for a quote on exterior painting.
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