Painting the exterior of a house in Massachusetts involves a lot of work and making some good choices. One decision will be to determine when and what to paint on the exterior. And then you will need to decide whether to do it yourself or hire a local painting contractor.
Our South Shore Painters at Professional Home Painting, Inc. want to help you get the best results. The best advice we can give you is that exterior painting is not just about choosing the right color. There is much more involved.
Determining How Much Of The Exterior Needs Painting
One of the first things to consider is that the entire exterior may not need to be painted. It is not at all uncommon for just the trim to need painting. We often find that to be true after we have pressure-washed the exterior.
Exterior trim is usually the first to fade and decay because it actually helps to protect the rest of the siding from the weather. The trim will need to be painted and properly sealed to avoid damage to the rest of the exterior.
Trim should not be spray painted but brushed or roll-painted instead. After painting the trim, the rest of the house will need to be painted within a few years. If you don’t keep up with the trim painting when it’s time, it will mean that the entire exterior needs paint much sooner.
While just painting the trim sounds good, consider saving some costs by repainting the entire exterior with a better quality paint. With quality paint and proper prep-work, the entire exterior surface will last much longer. You don’t want to do this again in just a few short years.
Prepping Surface Before Exterior Painting
It’s highly important to clean the exterior of your house before painting. Grime, stains, and dirt can keep the paint from adhering correctly. Our team also offers quality power washing.
Also, many homes need new caulking before painting the exterior. If this important sealant has pulled away from the cracks it should be sealing, moisture and insects can get in. Caulking is one of the most important surface preps prior to painting.
Old paint may need to be scraped before painting. Since the exterior is exposed directly to the weather, this is a common surface prep. If the peeling paint isn’t removed first and other steps taken, the new paint job won’t look good and it won’t last. Your best option is to ensure that the painting contractor strips it away first.
Quality Paint Products Last Longer
Additionally, a good quality primer should be used before painting the exterior. This is always, not just sometimes as is common with interior painting. Use UV resistant paint and primer with a good long warranty for the best results.