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Residential Design Trends: Painting the Exterior of Your Home

Homeowners may choose to have their homes painted for various reasons, usually because it really needs it. And even if it doesn't need it so badly, it's the perfect way to enhance the look of your home, raise the value of it, and make it last longer. Even if you have a professional painter taking on the job, it still helps for you to know what's going on. Check out what happens during the exterior home painting process.

Paint Options

Of course you'll need to know what your paint options are, meaning the different types of exterior paints that you have to choose from. The two basic types are oil-based alkyd and water-based latex. They both have their advantages and their disadvantages, and professional painters will probably prefer one over the other.

Prepping

Next, the surface of your home will need prepping. In order for the paint to properly adhere, the surface cannot have any dirt, grime, mildew, or residue of any kind on it. You can do this by either using a power washer or scrubbing by hand. If any of the old paint is chipping or blistering, make sure to scrape it and sand it down first.

Tools

You're probably wondering if you'll need a brush or a roller. For the quickest and most effective way to apply the paint, you'll actually need both. You will need the brush for the narrow surfaces, and the roller for the wider ones.

Technique

Always take it from the top when you begin painting and work your way down. Apply paint to the bottom edge of the siding before the broad surfaces. Try to avoid lap marks by painting from one wet surface to another. And if you can, start on the shady side of the house first.

Contact us today at Ascent Builders, Inc. to learn more about the exterior home painting process and how we can help!