Home Decor Tips

Painting Your Home Exterior

If you have wood siding on your home you are aware that you are going to have to paint it about every 5 years. The paint on your home can only last so long before it is going to start to peel and chip. Painting the exterior of your home can be overwhelming, but if you do it right, it is an easy project that is going to feel very rewarding.

Where to Start

Before you go out and buy the paint, you need to determine how many square footage your home is. If you know the area of your home, the people at the paint store will be able to help you determine how much paint it is going to take in order to cover the exterior of your home. You also need to decide which color you are going to paint your home before you go to the store. Standing in front of an entire wall of paint chips is going to be overwhelming, I promise. You need to have an idea of what color you are looking to paint before you get to the store. You don’t have to have the exact shade chosen, but you do need to have a vision.

Spraying Vs. Rolling

Most people who have painted the exterior of a home before would probably suggest that the spray the paint rather than apply it with a roller. When you spray the paint you can cover a much larger area of the home in a much less amount of time. You do however need to be sure that you have a steady hand so you do not make a mess and have runs all over your home.

What to Look For

Painting your home gives you a great opportunity to inspect the outside of your home. Over the years, it is likely that your home is going to need to have small updates made to it. Wood siding is hardie, but there are times when small areas may need to be replaced due to water damage. Visiting with a Wilmington pest control company, I learned that you termites target wet wood. You should check for any areas where the wood on your home is becoming wet often. If there are areas where you can tell the rain gutters are leaking you should have it fixed so you can avoid any further problems. Painting your home really do provide you the opportunity to check every small space of siding on your home for damage.

Sealing the Cracks

While you are painting, you may want to keep a caulk gun on hand. If you find space in your wood siding that have small gaps, fill them in with caulk. The caulk will keep the water from getting inside of your siding and causing it to bend and twist.

Once the paint is finished, you are going to have a home that looks and feels brand new. There is no doubt that there is a feeling of self accomplishment when you put in the work to paint your home. You will appreciate the fresh look everytime you pull into your driveway.