EXTERIOR PAINT

exterior paint

EXTERIOR PAINT

Since painting the outside of your home adds a quick face lift to your home, it also improves curb appeal, and adds value to your home.  Furthermore, new paint prevents termite damage, and protects against harsh sun, water intrusion, and extreme change in temps. Also, new paint prevents mold and mildew damage, and extends the life of your siding.  Another tip is that when repainting the outside of your home, the prep work will reveal any damaged siding that can be repaired prior to painting. So the process of painting the outside of your home has several steps. Hence, these steps include: clean all surfaces, fix cracks, caulk wood, and replace damaged siding. Finally, prime the surface to seal it, choose a paint color and finish, paint the home, and clean up.

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COLOR

Paint color themes for houses differ regionally and by personality. However, some of the most popular paint colors include: forest green, sable brown, wheat, and lighthouse red. Also, more popular colors include: cypress green, white, and light blue. Finally, some more popular colors include: yellow, blue gray, gray, taupe, putty and off white.

FINISH

So the type of paint finish you choose, depends on the type of item being painted. Hence, exterior doors, gutters or trim are typically painted in a semi or high -gloss. Also, outside walls and siding are usually painted in flat, satin, or semi-gloss finish. While wood siding is painted in a flat or satin finish.  In addition, masonry or block is painted satin or semi-gloss. Finally, aluminum, vinyl or fiber cement siding is usually painted in a satin finish.

SCHEMES

First of all, when deciding what type of color combo to paint the outside of your home, start with the color of the siding.  As a result, you can then match your trim and accents (front door, shutters, porch, awning, and chimney), to the siding.  Another tip is that for most houses, the trim should be a lighter shade than the siding color.  Furthermore, do some research to try and find the classic color combinations of the style of your home. Hence, if your home has a distinctive style such as: beach, Mediterranean, craftsman, Victorian, desert southwest; it may already have a classic color scheme,   Finally, take a cue from your neighbors house, and pick colors that harmonize with, but don’t mimic, their home colors.