There are a lot of ongoing maintenance tasks that occupy most homeowners. Your annual checklist probably consists of items like cleaning gutters, flushing the water heater, and having the HVAC components serviced. And then there are more frequent tasks like mowing and weeding to contend with. But there are also areas of maintenance that rarely occur, and painting the exterior of your home falls under this category. While your exterior paint will likely hold up for several years, eventually there will come a time when you need to think about repainting your house. And if you haven’t done it before, you might not know quite where to begin. So here are just a few factors you’ll want to consider in the process.
- Color. Choosing the right paint color (or colors) for your home is not as simple as it might sound. For one thing, you need to think about how it will affect the neighborhood, especially if you are part of a homeowners association. In this case, your color choices could be limited to specific shades allowed by your HOA, and you need to make sure you adhere to such restrictions or risk facing fines. Of course, if there is no HOA to consider, you can choose any hue you prefer. But keep in mind that bright colors could create an eyesore for your neighbors – after all, they’re the ones that have to look at it. And down the line, neutral shades are more likely to appeal to buyers. So if you want to add some color to your home exterior, consider a neutral overall shade with pops of color on the window and door frames, the doors themselves, the trim, the shutters, the railings, and so on.
- Quantity. The next thing you need to think about is the amount of paint you’ll need to complete your job, and the cost could affect the type of paint you ultimately elect to buy. You’re going to need to take measurements of exterior surfaces, from which a paint expert can tell you exactly how many gallons you’ll need for coverage. It’s also a good idea to get about 10-20% extra. It’s always better to overestimate a little so you don’t run out midway through the job. And excess can be stored and used down the road for touchups.
- Application method. There are a couple of ways to apply paint to the exterior of your home. Most people feel comfortable with rollers and brushes, but you could also rent an airbrushing machine to make quick work of large expanses. However, the type and amount of paint required for these methods could differ, so knowing what you prefer going in could save you from getting the wrong paint.
- Housing materials. Most exterior paint is rated to be applied to any exterior surface. But before you make your purchase, talk to the experts at the paint store and let them know whether you’re working with wood, aluminum siding, stucco, or any other surface. They should be able to recommend the paint products that will best meet your needs when it comes to painting your home.
- Eco-friendliness. Many homeowners these days are looking to do their part to promote a clean, green environment through the home goods they purchase, and paint is no exception. If you want to remain eco-friendly throughout the painting process, think about buying low- or no-VOC products that won’t pollute the air. And if you’re not sure where to look, ask the pros. Companies like Annapolis Paint Designs are expanding their services to cater to dedicated greenies looking to reduce their impact on the environment even as they undergo home improvements.