When considering painting the exterior of your home, there is more to consider than just the color you want. Here are some tips and exterior house painting ideas.
#1 Regulations in Your Area
Some historic areas are putting restrictions on the colors that you can use to paint the exterior of your home. Make sure that you look into this before you choose your color.
#2 What Condition Your Current Paint is in If your current paint just isn’t your style, a simple cleaning and light scraping may be just what you need before you repaint. However, if your current paint is flaking heavily, you may have to pressure wash and sand the entire exterior before applying the new paint. This takes a little time, but in the end, it is worth the effort to stand back and look at your beautiful home.
#3 Older Paint
If you have an older house and are not sure how long ago it was painted, you may need to have the paint tested. Many older houses have lead paint exteriors. This must be removed by a professional under special conditions. This should be done whether you planned to paint or not. Lead paint is very toxic, it has to be removed in accordance with government regulations to ensure that it does not get into the ground water.
#4 Exterior House Painting Ideas
Painting your house can be a lot of work, but it well worth it, both financially and for your own satisfaction. Choose a color that is appealing, yet neutral. You want your house to look great, but you don’t want it to stand out like a sore thumb.
Make sure the existing paint is clean before adding the new paint. This will ensure that the new paint will adhere to it. Painting over flaking or dirty paint will cause your paint to look jagged and rough. This will not be appealing to you, or potential buyers later.
For your shutters or trim, choose a complementary color. Color charts are organized with complementary colors. If you chose the third color down on a five color sample for your base color, choose the third color down on another color sample. This will ensure that your colors complement each other, and that one does not steal the show.
Choose a color that complements your neighbors houses. This will ensure that property values in the area stay level and that your house suits the neighborhood.
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