Painting the exterior of a home is a large undertaking. Home exteriors present many challenges, including design, construction material, and climate and sun exposure. Many homeowners may wish to attempt the project themselves, but exterior painting requires the skill of Exterior Painting Services.
Keller, TX Exterior Painting Services Process
Choosing Colors- When choosing colors there are many things to take into consideration. How will the color coordinate with ornamental landscaping in the yard or with the houses in the neighborhood? Are there any special architectural features of the house you wish to highlight or any flaw you wish to cover? Remember, whatever color is chosen it will have to be lived with for several years.
Choosing Paint- It is important not only to select a good quality exterior paint, but also to consider the surface. For surfaces like siding or wood a standard outdoor paint will work fine, but for a textured surface, like stucco, an elastomeric paint is a better option. Elastomeric paint has more elasticity to stretch over small gaps and crevices for smoother painting. An oil-based paint will provide durability against elements like wind and rain, but it wears down under direct sunlight. If the exterior of the home gets a lot of direct sun, a latex paint is a much better option.
Preparation- Properly preparing a home exterior is where most amateur home painters fail and shorten the life span of the paint. First, the surface should be sanded to remove any paint bubble or bulges. After the initial sanding any peeling paint must be thoroughly scraped. Once scrapped then any bare spot that meets paint must be sanded smooth. After sanding, power wash the entire surface to remove dirt and oil, or the paint will not properly adhere. After the surface has dried, repair any damaged spots, including filling any cracks in the wood. Cover exposed wood with primer, exposed nails with metal primer, and caulk around all edges and trim. Tape off the windows, and cover air conditioners or landscaping near the painting area with drop cloths.
Painting- If using several cans of the same color paint, mix them together in a large bucket to ensure a uniform color. Whether choosing a brush, roller or spray gun to paint, start at the top to prevent streaks and dripping. Using a spray gun will dramatically increase painting speed, but using a paint gun requires skill or it will lead to uneven coverage and dripping.
Hiring Exterior Painting Contractors
Although some may consider hiring an exterior painter an added expense it is important to understand the time and money using a contractor can save.
Equipment- Most homeowners do not own the proper equipment, such as extension ladders, scaffolding, pressure washers, or spray guns, to properly paint the exterior of a house. Renting or buying the equipment dramatically increases the cost of a homeowner painting themselves. Also, if someone is not used to working with the equipment or on ladders, it can be very dangerous.
Time and Preparation- Preparing a house for painting is a long multi-step process that can take several days. Most homeowners do not have the time or patience to properly prepare their house. If the surface is not properly prepared it will drastically reduce the life of the paint causing it to crack and peel in just a few years, doubling the time and cost by having to redo the job. Professional painting on the other hand can last for up to 10 years, depending on the climate and weather.
Keller, TX Exterior Painting Services and Refurbishment Initiative
Their is a revitalization of neighborhood homes that is ongoing in Keller, TX today. As the city grows and more people from east and west move to the Arlington area the home values will increase. Tarrant Paint & Stain is committed to helping refurbish Keller’s neighborhoods through quality exterior painting services.