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5 Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

While choosing a new paint color for the living room and kitchen is hard enough, choosing a new home exterior paint color can almost feel like a marriage proposal––a long-term commitment. So take some of the weight off your shoulders, here are 5 crucial tips:

  1. Before you go crazy with the palette samples, forget about your own house for a second. Take a moment to consider the houses that neighbor you so that your colors don’t stick out like a sore thumb.
  2. Unless you’re completely redoing your entire property, consider what won’t be changed (roof shingles, driveway, sidewalk) and how that meshes with your color of choice. In that same vein, consider how to accent the unique architecture of your home, especially the windows.
  3. Seasonal change will affect the look of your exterior paint, so consider the trees on your property and what colors appear throughout the year, like blossoms in the spring and changing leaves in the fall.
  4. Choose specific spots on the exterior, then use those spots to compare color samples at different times throughout a single day. This will give you a better feel of how daylight and weather fluctuation will influence the feel of your exterior paint.
  5. White and light colors are always safe. But why not live a little for once . . .

Keep in mind, nobody’s got a better eye than a professional, so feel free to contact us with any of your exterior painting questions!

How Long Will My Exterior Paint Job Last?

Whether your latest exterior paint job was yesterday, or 10 years ago, it’s good to know that job’s average life expectancy. A host of factors determine when it will be time again to bust the paintbrushes out:

  • type and quality of paint
  • weather impact and local climate
  • your house’s building materials
  • pre-paint preparation like pressure washing, caulking, sanding, patching, and, if needed, paint priming

Not interested in hours and hours of online searches for painting tips and advice? Let some professionals handle it. Give us a call.

Should I Use Oil or Latex Paint?

When choosing between oil or latex paint, ask yourself (1) is convenience or durability most important to me, and (2) what surface am I painting. Check out the chart below to see which paint suits your project best.

 Oil  Latex
 Pros
  • more durable
  • smoother application
  • one coat goes a long way
  • ideal for trim, since trim takes more abuse than walls or ceilings
  • dries more quickly
  • ideal for walls and ceilings
  • cleans away easily with soap and water
 Cons
  • dries slower
  • heavy fumes
  • clean with turpentine or paint thinner
  • more likely to crack over time
  • less durable
 Surfaces to use on
  • windows
  • doors
  • trim
  • metal
  • plaster & drywall
  • siding (wood, fiber cement, aluminum)
  • stucco
  • porch floors

There are also many other factors that can determine which paint is best for a project. If that’s not a can of worms you want to untangle, give us a call!

Pressure Washing Vs. Power Washing

Though pressure washing and power washing have come to be used interchangeably, there are a few significant differences between the two:

HEAT. While both methods require pressurized streams of water for cleaning, only power washing uses hot temperatures to aid with removal.

PRESSURE. Ironically, power washing uses a stronger force than that of pressure washing. Because of this, pressure washing is appropriate for a wider array of cleaning projects, while power washing should be saved for tougher jobs with tougher materials.

APPLICATION. Since a pressure washer provides a greater range of pressure settings without heat, it should be used to clean surfaces like vinyl siding and wood siding, stucco, roofs, decks, and gutters. Sturdier surfaces like brick and concrete are better suited for power washing.

And we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to pressurized cleaning services. Temperature variances and chemical agents are also vital to getting the job done right. Sound like a headache? Give us a call and we’ll handle it for you.

5 Reasons You Need Exterior House Painting This Spring

Spring is here, and it’s time again to kick off exterior house painting season! April may seem early to some, but the timeframe is only so wide before colder and more unpredictable weather returns. That also means there’s a limited number of projects that can be completed between now and the end of autumn. And those spaces are quickly being filled. But, most of all, exterior house painting, especially in the springtime, is a wise long-term investment. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1.  Your paint might be near the end of its life expectancy, which can cause an expensive domino effect (See 2 & 3). Waiting another year might not be a gamble you want to make.
  2. Repeated exposure to winter weather causes warping, mold, and mildew. Maintaining quality exterior paint jobs not only keeps your house looking nice—it’s also a preventative measure.
  3. If your house’s exterior paint isn’t properly maintained, your siding may begin to rot. That means you’ll end up paying replacement costs on top of a new paint job.
  4. Since spring is also landscaping season, it’s best to get your painting done first, otherwise all that meticulously-spread mulch or stone, not to mention those ornamental bushes, might get trampled by the painters.
  5. Painting in moderate weather, with less extreme temperature fluctuations, you’re likely to get a much longer-lasting paint job.