6 Tips to Make Your House Look Better than Your Neighbor’s

exterior house paintingBesides the obvious reason of your house looking better than your neighbor’s, exterior house painting has many benefits. If done correctly, it can also prevent rain or dew from leaking underneath the surface, causing damage to the foundation. The extensive preparation work will allow for you to see anything that needs to be repaired before the damage hurts your home significantly. A new coat of paint can also give your house an immediate facelift and bring more value to your home. It’s a very time-consuming and labor intensive project, but with a few tips, it’ll be easier to tackle.


#1  Have a Clean Surface

We’ve all heard that preparation is the key to success, and there is nothing different when it comes to painting a house. Paint will not stick to dirty surfaces and will peel off if it’s not applied on a clean and dry surface.

Powerwashing your exterior is the most effective way to remove dirt and debris, and also be sure to take time to get rid of any mold or mildew that has built up over the years. The next step is to scrape away the paint that has peeled away or bubbled. If you have a lot of areas where the paint has peeled, it could be a sign of moisture that has been let inside. You can use a standard paint scraper or an electric one if there are a lot of problem areas.


#2  Sand and Prime

After your house has been cleaned and the old paint is gone, you’ll need to sand down where you scraped in order to make a smooth surface for painting. The next thing is to apply a latex primer. The latex will form a barrier and protect your home from moisture that could cause problems down the line.


#3  Patch-Up Work

Be sure to apply caulking to areas such as gutters and windows to make sure that there are no gaps for water to get inside and cause damage. Also, be sure to cover windows and other parts of your home before beginning your painting excursion.


#4  Buy Weather-Proof Paint

This is one of the most important things that you can do for your home. The foundation in your home stretches and bends depending on the weather, which causes cracks and other damage due if it is exposed to the elements. Buying paint that is waterproof and has an elastomeric membrane will act as a barrier to protect the foundation from the sun, wind, rain or other elements. Paint with these qualities is very thick and is made to be applied in layers, and the layers act as the barrier.


#5  Choosing the Right Color

It’s significantly easier to choose a color if you like the color it was before and you just want to give your home a bit of a makeover. However, if you want a complete change, it’s a bit more difficult.

If you want a dark color, you must realize that they fade a lot faster than lighter colors do. They also absorb more heat, which makes a significant difference if you live in a place that has a frequently warm climate. In addition, more primer must be applied if you want to switch from a dark color to a light color. This can get quite expensive, but it is completely feasible.

If you want a bright color like blue or even yellow, it’s best to choose a color that’s muted. Bright colors will look overwhelming in large quantities, and they will be prone to fading faster in the sun than lighter colors.

Home improvement stores now have computer software that make it easier for you to see what colors will look like on your home, and you can also purchase small samples to test so you can see them in person.


#6  The Painting Process

When painting, it is important for you to start from the top down. This prevents paint from dripping and from accidental removal of the paint, such as if your arm rubs against the paint.

The best time to paint is when the temperature is in the 70s or 80s so that the paint does not overheat or freezes. Also, follow the shade when you paint. This is so that you don’t apply too much or too little paint depending upon where the sun hits it. Speaking of sun, paint should never be in direct sunlight.

The last tip for the process is to keep a wet edge. This means to overlap the areas that have most recently been painting. Doing this will give you even coats with no streaks.


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About Keith Daniel

Keith Daniel is the author of "The 20 Year Paint Job" and has been a professional painter for over 25 years. He paints over 500 homes per year and maintains a A+ BBB business rating because of Keith attention to detail and desire to never have an unsatisfied client. Call Keith today at (407) 448-4932 to get advice on painting your home.