Aspects to Consider Before Having Your Home Exterior Painted in the Springtime

Aspects to Consider Before Having Your Home Exterior Painted in the Springtime

Exterior latex paint is the toughest, most durable, protective finish that’s achieved when the weather isn’t too cold or hot, which is why professional painters recommend the spring as the best time of year to paint a home’s exterior. Here are more great reasons why it’s ideal to have your home’s exterior painting this coming spring.

The Exterior of Your Home is Stressed

A home’s exterior paint can eventually become stressed out. No, it’s not like the anxiety humans experience like when they’re concerned with the overload of work at the job, automotive problems, or kids’ grades. Instead, exterior paint is abused by various natural elements and weather conditions.

Moisture can cause exterior paint mayhem. High humidity, rain, frost, ice, and snow all have some type of negative effect on the paint. In all forms, moisture causes paint to soften and swell, which causes peeling, flaking, blistering, and cracking. Excessive moisture also aids in mildew growth.

The sun causes exterior paint to eventually fade because of the diminished protection that the paint provides, which is caused by paint erosion. Ultraviolet rays of light break down the binder in the exterior paint. Once the binder has deteriorated, pigments are released in a powder or chalk form and is washed away when rain comes.

Repairs are Needed

Most homeowners are unaware of the little things that aren’t right on the home’s exterior until it’s time to repaint. Preparation work is administered to reveal any areas that need to be prepared. If the exterior paint has reached its maximum life expectancy, it’s taking a risk to postpone a new exterior paint job. Rotting wood does not take long before becoming exposed and there is other issues that will be discovered. It’s normally more expensive to buy replacements rather than repairing them. Home repairs shouldn’t be ignored for too long.

Add Curb Appeal to the Home

In order to increase curb appeal, the best call of action is to contact a professional painter to paint the home’s exterior. Potential home buyers often decide on whether they want to step inside for a look based on the home’s exterior appeal. It’s logical to say that when a house’s exterior has a dingy paint job, missing trim, or peeling paint, people will feel the interior isn’t worth a view. This is the main reason why most potential buyers drive by homes rather than going inside.

There are other things that can be done to improve a home’s curb appeal but none compare to the effectiveness of a new exterior paint job. A study has revealed that neutral colors like brown, blue, tan, white, and gray are very popular paint colors for homes. Bolder, vibrant colors can be used as an accent, like on window shutters or the home’s front door.

It’s Just Time for a New Exterior Paint Job

Exterior paint does have an expiration date. The amount of time before needing a new exterior paint job is based on the quality of the paint that is used. When using a higher quality of exterior paint, it can prolong the time before needing a new paint job. Quality of work is also a big factor of paint life expectancy.

Contact the experts at Imhoff Painting in Denver, Colorado to schedule a springtime home exterior paint job by calling 303-650-0933.

How to Paint a Garage Door

How to Paint a Garage Door

The first question to be answered when planning to paint your garage door is this: wood or metal? This is crucial information, as it will guide the process from preparation through painting to the final clean-up. To get started, you will need a few items. They will be similar to either type of door, though there will be one or two things on the supply list that are different.

Take as much time as is needed to make sure that the surface of the door is clean and dry. For a wooden door on which the paint is cracked and peeling, you will need a wire brush and a scraper to get the surface as smooth as possible. If the door is aluminum you will need a firm scrubbing brush. This same type of brush can be used on wood after the scraping and wire brush step.

Protect Your Driveway

Make sure you have a drop cloth placed to protect your concrete or asphalt driveway from paint drops and spills. This will also help during clean-up, as it will catch paint chips during the preparation stage. For the wooden door, you will probably use a latex paint and primer, which makes for easier cleaning. For the metal door, you will probably use oil-based primer and paint, though you could also use an acrylic exterior paint. You should also have solvent or turpentine on hand for cleaning up after painting a metal door.

Before you paint a wooden door, be sure to make any repairs. In addition, you should caulk the cracks and edges to make sure you have a good surface for painting. This is a good time to go back and check for rough edges and places that still need to be scraped or wire-brushed (for wood) or cleaned and scrubbed (for metal). You may also want to use a commercial cleaner made specifically for the exterior surfaces of homes or other buildings.

A finished paint job is only as good as the surface it clings to. If there are rough surfaces, peeling paint, or other imperfections, your new paint will come off much more quickly. That’s why it is important to invest plenty of time in the scrubbing and wire-brush steps.

Wait

After you have thoroughly cleaned and washed the door, give the surface plenty of time to dry. Generally, a couple of hours is not enough. If the door is in the sun it could be dry in 24 hours. Be patient, as any moisture trapped under the new paint will keep the paint from sticking. It will lift off with just a slight touch, in many cases.

Use a quality primer when painting any older surface. Some primers can be used on any surface, though you should talk to your supplier to make sure that you are getting the product you need for your particular door. Always allow the primer coat to dry thoroughly before applying finish paint. You should definitely wait 24 hours. If the door gets moisture or dirt on it after the primer coat, clean the surface carefully and let it dry again. Plan to put on two finish coats, with a 24-hour drying period between applications.

Doug’s Top 10 DIY painting “Do’s & Don’ts”

Doug’s Top 10 DIY painting “Do’s & Don’ts”

1. Not Allowing Enough Time – don’t do this.

This is #1 for a very good reason: WE ALL DO THIS! (including budding professionals). Also # 1 because it causes other mistakes, in fact it is the #1 cause for other mistakes! Not allowing enough time will directly result in any or all of items #2-10 happening to you. Avoiding this mistake means potentially avoiding all the others because you take the time to research your project and after doing so, you may rightly conclude that Saturday morning, before yoga (or golf, or whatever consumes your Saturday mornings), isn’t enough time to paint the powder bath. Now, if you start the Sunday before with surface prep, and do a little bit each – or every other – day, you may be able to apply a coat Saturday morning, before whatever. But don’t assume that getting ready to paint just means a stop at the Benjamin Moore store.

2. Practicing – do this.

#2 because we tend to prioritize household projects, which means when we want to paint the living room – because company is coming – there isn’t time to practice painting in the basement or the spare bedroom closet. Before tackling a high-visibility project, practice on a low visibility project, or two…make your mistakes there. The unique thing about painting (compared to other tradecraft) is that we’ve all done it; think about that – nearly every adult human in this country has painted something – in their life. This makes it uniquely different than any other trade: plumbing, electric, framing, concrete, roofing, cabinetry, flooring, HVAC, etc. What this means is that it is within our reach. Where this causes problems is that not all paint projects are within our grasp, so we bite off a big project and it goes sideways. Practice your technique.

3. Using Cheap Tools & Materials – don’t do this.

#3 because without experience, we are inclined to believe that the $10/gallon paint/primer combo is fine, and saves us $40-50/gallon. If this were true, then we’d see painting professionals, dressed in whites, lined up in big-box stores to get the coupon paint every morning. We don’t see this because there is a difference in performance with high quality paint – just like anything else in life, there are trade-offs to saving money. Remember your first car? How much does it resemble your current car? Steering wheel, door, heater, key…if your first car was anything like mine, that’s about it. Buy the best paint, it will take less time to achieve the result you want, and you can spend that time doing other things. Using Cheap tools – don’t do this. Good tools work better, they leave a better finish, and if you wash them correctly they will last you a lifetime. This includes tape, by the way – buy the best tape – it will save you time in clean-up, and touch-up.

4. Insufficient prep – don’t do this.

Not all jobs require the same surface prep: sometimes you need to prime, sometimes you don’t. Some surfaces require sanding before refinishing, some do not. You may need to clean first, maybe not. There are too many aspects of prep to properly call out each instance, the point is to do a little research. Stop by the paint store some day after work, when they’re not quite as busy. Or call them on the phone, but be sensitive to timing if you call – they’re sometimes very busy and may need to phone you back if they’re helping someone at the counter. One easy way to research is online – numerous resources are available if you just type in your question. But double check, don’t just take one source’ word for it. I remember listening to a DIY radio program a few years ago and a caller asked the host if she needed to prime her bedroom walls before painting, without even asking her any questions about conditions he replied “yes, a couple coats of Kilz should do it”. I wanted to cry, the poor lady probably took a week to paint the bedroom and lost a few square feet in the process because she put so much material on the wall!

5. Clean your cover (break it in) – do this.

Roller covers will shed the first time they’re used – cheap covers will shed every time they’re used. You will notice this when the paint is dry and you swipe your hand across the wall, you’ll feel things in the dried paint; look closely and you’ll see little fibers from the roller cover. So, wash it thoroughly, spin it dry with a cover spinner (these tools also cut in half the time required to clean). Or better yet, clean it, then paint something you don’t care too much about (I don’t want to make any suggestions here…except maybe the utility room?). The point is, clean it and/or use it first, then wash it well – until the water runs clean – let it dry and it is now a broken in. If you’re stuck in #1 and you end up with roller fuzz on your walls, let the paint dry overnight, then pole-sand the walls, this should remove the fuzz, then apply another coat with the roller that is now well broken-in.

6. Shortcut #1: applying 1 heavy coat instead of 2 regular coats – don’t do this.

Paint is designed to be applied within a range of mil thicknesses. Follow the guidelines on the can, or on the website. Buy a mil-thickness gauge and use it. If the paint is too thick it won’t dry properly, may alligator, may delaminate, sag, run or curtain. Plus, the time you think you’re saving will be spent hand-wringing about why the paint isn’t drying.

7. Shortcut #2: applying 2 coats back to back – don’t do this.

Read and follow the instructions on the can, if it says recoat in 4 hours then that’s the best thing to do. You can accelerate this by using a fan (make sure your area is dust free before turning the fan onto your wet paint). If using primer, allow it to dry fully, according to instruction, before applying top coats.

8. Shortcut #3: roll 2 coats, cut in 1 – don’t do this.

This saves time yes, but results in “hat-banding”, you’ll wish you spent the time to cut in twice.

9. “block” your gallons together – do this.

If your project requires more than 1 gallon, buy a 5 gallon bucket and combine/mix your gallons in it first, the pour out your working material, cover the remainder. This avoids minute differences in mixing that sometimes occur at the paint store, and can cause problems later with the 2nd coat, or with touch up in the future.

10. Managing materials – do’s & don’ts.

Don’t use old paint, get new paint; if your touching up from a year ago, no problem, but if you have a 5 gallon bucket from when your home was built ten years ago and there’s a gallon or two, just bring that bucket in to your Ben Moore store and let them remake it, and manage the bucket too. Don’t throw away an empty gallon can if it’s the last one, save it because you won’t remember the color. Label the cans; location & date. Close it properly; put a rag over the can and gently hammer the lid around the edge so it is closed, this will preserve the material for touch ups. Don’t throw paint cans in the garbage, bring them to any paint store (at least in Colorado) and they’ll be properly recycled.

6 Tips To Assess The Price Of Your Paint Job

6 Tips To Assess The Price Of Your Paint Job

One thing that everyone wants during any project is to find a perfect balance of quality and price. The same thing applies to paint jobs as well. You surely don’t want to be paying a large sum of money for a lousy paint job and get ripped off. So, here are a few tips to assess the price of your paint job:

  1. Prep time: If you want your paint to last long, then you should have a smooth base which does not have any kind of spots and stains. One simple thing you should consider while hiring any contractors or painters is the time they allot as cleanup and prep time. This is something you might overlook as you go through the total amount estimate. To avoid cost leakages make sure you ask for a tentative breakdown allotted for labor hours and materials.
  2. Area of your space: One of the key factors in determining the total cost of your paint job is the surface area of the space you intend on painting. We all know that the price of painting your whole house will cost more than painting just a couple of rooms. So, avoid comparing apples and oranges and make sure you compare the price that you are paying based on the total area that you are going to paint.
  3. The paint: There are different brands of paint available in the market that are of different quality and price. It can be a tough choice, but, you can evaluate your paint based on quality and the price of the paint. If the quality seems reasonable for the price you are paying, then you got a good bargain but if it is not, then you are paying a lot more than what you actually should. Also, another thing you should consider is that some companies often boast that their premium paint are self-priming and that one coat of it will be enough. Others, purposefully don’t mention the number of coats required which can lead to your walls being chalky and you having to redo your entire your space from the start.
  4. Hidden costs: Some contractors will charge extra for things such as moving large furniture or to paint ceilings or modules which are taller than the standard height. Given that these things require extra effort for the contractors they need to make sure they have their costs covered. So, make sure you ask your contractor about all their costs to avoid unexpected expenses.  
  5. Materials: Before your paint job and after you decide on a contractor, ask them for a list of materials that is required for the paint job and the work that should be done on the that you intend on painting. By doing this, you will be aware of all the components involved in the paint job and will be equipped to estimate the price.   
  6. Environment: One thing that most people forget to consider while assessing costs is the weather conditions. If the weather is too hot or cold or the humidity in the air is too high, then you will have to take extra precautions to maintain the proper consistency and the drying time which might cost you. So, go ahead and discuss this with your contractor.

The next time you paint or repaint your space, keep this tips in mind to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Most Popular House Exterior Color Choices

Most Popular House Exterior Color Choices

If you are thinking of painting your house’s exterior, the first thing you should keep in mind is maintaining an aesthetically pleasing color scheme. Painting all parts of your exterior (rims, doors, walls etc.) the same color would look boring and unappealing, but you want to make sure that the different colors you choose match each other.

To make your life easier here are some of the most popular house exterior color choices categorized based on the vibe you want your house to give off:

Classic

If you want your house to have a classic feel, then bold colors might not be the way to go. These days, the most popular exterior paint colors for this category are White Putty, Taupe and Olive Green. The exterior colors follow a neutral paint scheme and are not very eye-catching. It makes the house a perfect match for a colorful landscape, or a decorated patio.

Sea Green as your siding color with white accents can also give your home a classic exterior.

Modern Chic

One thing you’ll see in many modern homes is a bold hue in their exterior. This bold hue may not be present in all parts of the exterior portion of the home, but even when it is just present in the trim or in the accent – it makes a statement.

A blue-gray color palette with a white trim is “in” with modern homes. Slate Gray + White + Deep Turquoise and Cream + Deep Blue + Beige are two color combinations that can give your home an elegant, sophisticated look.

“In” with Nature

Paint colors popular in this category too have neutral shades closely revolving around Green and Blue. You might want to look into purchasing Restless Sea, Twinkling Lights, and Nature’s Gift by Behr.

Beach-y

This type of exterior calls for bright, and warm colors. The main colors in trend are Cheerful Yellow, Cinnamon and Pure White. You can couple these colors with white accents which will give a very crisp and clean look.

But, if you aren’t really sure about the kind of vibe to give off and are really just looking for trendy exterior colors, below is a list with a few color options that might help you out.

For Siding:

  • Neutral Beige
  • Gray-Blues
  • Brick Brown

For Trim:

  • White, Creams
  • Light Grays

For Accents:

  • Blues
  • Brown
  • Purple

Maybe you’re not in the mood to play it safe. Maybe you’re looking for an exterior transformation for your home. Maybe you’re just overwhelmed by all the options and choices. If you’re overwhelmed by all this or if you’re just in the mood for some professional direction, then you can always book a color consultation!

Top Reasons Why You Should Repaint Your House Exterior

Top Reasons Why You Should Repaint Your House Exterior

Painting the exterior of your home may not seem like a fun way to spend a weekend, but there are a few very good reasons to repaint your exterior if it hasn’t been done in a while. 

Increase Market Value of Your Home

The most effective investments are those in which the amount you invest is a lot less than what you get in return. Repainting your exterior walls is one such effective investment. The cost of a professional paint job is typically overshadowed by the prospective increase in market value of your home. By maintaining the exterior of your house, you are looking at potential returns of up to 7%.

 

Protect Your Home

A study from Harvard University recently drew attention to the importance of exterior paint in the protection and upkeep of homes. Look at it this way, an exterior coat of paint is like the protective skin on your body. It protects the house from the weather, insects, and dust. Without it, the wood on the exterior of your home could begin to fail due to over exposure to natural forces. A good coat of paint will protect these areas from damaging effects of weather and will hold up under normal wear and tear. Taking the time and effort to protect your home from nature’s forces can avoid expensive repairs.

Reveals Areas of Repair

What happens if you do not repaint the exterior part of your house in time? It does not get the protection it requires. Most homeowners are unaware of the many minute things which are wrong with exterior until they take time to repaint it. The preparation work that goes into an exterior paint job will most likely reveal the various flaws that require attention. The great thing here is that under most circumstances, a new paint job will fix the minor flaws you come across.

Improve Curb Appeal

How do you make your house that house that everybody who passed it wished they lived in it? Just give the exterior a fresh new look. It goes a long way in reflecting the owner of the house and more than often, potential buyers will give initial consideration to how the house looks from the outside rather than what it looks like on the inside. It’s therefor only fair to assume if the house looks drab from the outside and has peeling paint, the interior is not worth viewing.

Step outside and look at your house’s exterior condition. You now have 4 top reasons to convince you into giving it a fresh new coat.  

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