Since the exterior of your home can be viewed by anyone who passes by your home, you need to make sure it looks great, since it’s basically a statement of who you are. Therefore, when it’s time to make a big change or just spruce it up, it’s recommended that you prepare for this project properly. There are many things you should keep in mind when you want to consider painting your house’s wooden siding and that is why below we’re going to take a better look at how it can be done properly.
The right color for your house siding painting
When it comes to choosing the right color for your siding, it’s recommended that you’ll take a good look at the environment surrounding your property. For instance, a very good way to choose the right color for your siding is to move the color chips or just check a simple board that was painted in several colors. The good news is that in some cases, the color board can be quite large and this means that you may be able to walk with it to the curb and get a better perspective.
See the options by keeping these things in mind:
- The degree of sunlight your home receives and the climate conditions in your area are certainly going to affect the colors you’re planning on using. Also, darker colors generally absorb more heat.
- The intensity of the color you should choose is definitely influenced by the size of your home. For instance, using a bold color on the siding of a big house on a small property begs for attention.
- The building materials used for your home and overall property are going to directly influence the kind of color you should choose. For example if you have brick walls, then it’s a good idea that you consider choosing a color that’s going to look amazing in the same view. Your property’s architectural style is yet again another factor that can influence the color you should choose for it.In general, it’s recommended that you go for a color that is based on your house’s style. On the other hand, if your property is a landmark, then don’t be surprised to find out that local and national historical societies are going to limit the choice of colors you can consider. But it doesn’t mean that if you don’t have a historical house that you won’t like colors from a few hundred years ago for instance. Make sure to get in touch with an expert though to get professional advice on the right one you should go for.
- Surrounding greenery, but also stone borders are definitely going to influence the color you should choose for your home.
- Lastly, if you’re out of ideas, check the colors other homes in your neighborhood are painted in. Try to use similar shades, since this is going to unify the community.
The right paint finish
If you like satin and flat finishes, then you need to know that most of the times they are going to be used for big areas where imperfections have to be masked and also for main body colors. On the other hand, you could also go for semi-gloss and satin finishes for doors and windows, especially for sashes or ledges since they are the ones that generally have a tendency of collecting dirt.
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- At this point it’s very important that you’ll have a clear idea about what your primer and paint needs are and the amount of money they’re going to cost. Using a paint calculator, you can easily find out exactly how much money you should save for this part of the project. Remember that if you want to buy more than one can of paint color, you should combine them together prior to starting painting. This way, the color is going to have the same color consistency throughout the project.
- Unless you’re an experienced painter, it’s recommended that you try and estimate the amount of time it’s going to take you to complete this project. If you’re painting your home for the first time, double your estimated completion time.
- Get proper equipment for this project to make sure you are protected from any types of risks.
Ask yourself these questions:
Is a lift or a scaffold required?
Do you have a ladder that can be extended to your required height and is the ladder safe to use?
What’s the tallest point of your siding?
- In terms of the clothes you should use, make sure they are clothes you don’t really care about. Old shoes, ripped jeans and T-shirts are a good choice.
Mind the weather
You’d be surprised just how fast your painting schedule can be messed up by the weather. What this means is that both the air temperature and surface temperature (including humidity) are going to directly affect evaporation and how fast you’ll finish the job.
To ensure the painting process won’t be affected by the weather, check the weather forecast prior to starting work on it and go for a type of paint that can dry fast.
When it comes to the primer, it usually dries a lot faster compared to paint, yet the same humidity and temperature concerns need to be followed for all external paint coatings, regardless if they’re latex or oil based.
For the best results, seventy two hours with no rain after the paint has been applied should guarantee great results. To avoid extra problems, at least twenty four hours are required, since the coating is still going to be sensitive to water within the first day after application.
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Prior to beginning work on the project, fix and prep the areas that you want to paint:
- Holes and cracks need to be properly filled. On external painting projects, you can use paintable caulk, but don’t use it too much. Caulk is mostly recommended for sealing the spaces between the siding and window frames and it’s not a good idea to use it for repairing big holes.
- Prior to applying more paint on the exterior, there are quite a few common problems that need to be dealt with. Check around your house for any rotting or soft wood, epically around doors and windows. If you find some, then replace it with new wood before you start painting it.
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