Is it time to freshen up the exterior wall paint of your house, or do you need a touch-up to maintain the outdoor paint for the house?
An easy way to tell if it’s time to redo the exterior wall paint of your house is if you notice the paint has faded and is cracking, flaking, chipping away, or blistering.
Generally, painting the outside of your house every 5-10 years is recommended since our property's facade is subject to brutal heat and lots of moisture from the constant rains.
Whether you are toying with the idea of DIY painting, or hiring exterior house painters, here are some handy tips to help you plan ahead and know what to expect.
1) Preparation Is Key
Examining your home’s exterior paint condition is the first step to helping you determine the amount of work, time, and materials that will go into giving you a long-lasting weatherproof exterior.
Look for any damage that needs to be fixed like filling holes in the wall, or tending to warped paint from water damage.
As tempting as it may be to get right to the fun part of playing with colours, do remember that the new coat won't adhere to dirty or old paint that is chipping away.
Professionals use a pressure washer as a quick and easy way to clean the walls, while also getting rid of mould and mildew that might be lurking in the corners.
2) Replace The Rot
Wooden doors, door frames, and windowsills that are rotten need to be replaced immediately, and the damage can’t be hidden away with paint!
If you hear a hollow sound when you tap the wood, chances are you have a termite problem that needs to be looked into by professionals.
If you are replacing any wooden components, this is your chance to add a beautiful wood grain effect that matches your new exterior house paint.
3) Pick Your Paint
The house exterior colour you choose is one that is personal, and conveys your own personal sense of style.
White is popular, not only for the sense of serenity it brings, but also because it reflects light and therefore heat from the house, making your home feel cooler.
More important than the colour of the paint you use, is the type you choose. View and compare the range of exterior paints available from different brands to see what suits your needs.
Depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation, you will need to apply several coats of paint to your walls. Ensure you go for one that's weather resistant and have UV protection for long-lasting effects.
Check to see if it resists mould, dirt, stains, and is easy to clean. A good tip is to also look for quick-drying paint so you can cut down the drying time between coats to finish the job faster.
4) Tools Of The Trade
By this point, you should already have a list of tools you need to get from the hardware store (or borrow from neighbours, like a ladder or pressure washer) to prep your exterior walls and paint them.
Besides tools like a scraper, brushes, rollers, and the paint itself, do prepare some old towels, rags, or a dropsheet to avoid having to extensively clean up spills.
You can use large pieces of cloth to cover the floor, and newspaper to protect the doors and windows, including the frames. Newspaper or small pieces of cloth are also great for covering light fixtures and any other small ornaments.
For even smaller things like a light switch, use masking tape or painters tape to protect the edges, and be sure to remove the tape before the paint completely dries, or risk peeling the new coat right off!
If you have potted plants, remove them so they don’t get in the way when you’re manoeuvring the ladder and to protect them from paint splashes.
Plants that are in the ground can be protected with a dropsheet or cloth, but always remove them after you’re done for the day and between coats of paint.
5) It’s All In The Technique
"Where do I start painting?" Well, it’s a good idea to start painting from the top and slowly work your way down. This helps you control the streaks while also letting gravity do some of the work for you.
Avoiding drips is impossible but you can minimise the cleaning up, by making sure your paintbrush or roller isn’t drenched in paint.
You can also make cleanups a breeze by having a damp cloth handy to wipe any drips, spills, and splashes away immediately.
Keep in mind that good planning and preparation will help make this massive painting project easy to manage, fun for everyone, and will undoubtedly be an achievement you can be proud of!
6) Weather Patterns
The month of May is generally the best time to paint your house exterior because it is the hottest month of the year, with low average rainfall.
Avoid painting your house exterior in November as heavy rainfall and a lack of sunshine would mean more time needed for the paint to dry before the next coat is applied (if the paint doesn’t wash away in the downpour).
7) Not Too Loud, Please!
Back to the topic of choosing the colour of your exterior paint, make sure it looks appealing and not bright or ugly, like neon green walls which might stick out like a sore thumb in your neighbourhood!
Should you want to sell your home in the future, repainting it to look more appealing to potential homebuyers will definitely cost you time and money.
8) Be Courteous
Repainting your house is a task that will take a few days, depending on how many people are involved. Talk to your neighbours ahead of time and inform them of your plans, plus the scheduled time frame.
Offer to help move or cover their plants, walls, and garden furniture (if any of it is at risk!), and assure them that you’ll help clean up any mess.
Sounds like fun? If this seems like a task you're willing to take up and see through to completion, you will definitely be rewarded with a beautiful home while getting better acquainted with every part of your abode.
However, if you don’t feel safe scaling a ladder or just want faster results, it might be worth paying the professionals to come in to get the job done. That means skilled manpower armed with the right tools to beautifully prep and paint your home.