Best Exterior Home Painting Services for Southern Homes
Even if you love living in the southern U.S., there’s no denying that it comes with its climate-related caveats. The warmer average temperatures year-round are a perk for those who can’t stand long, cold winters, but the high relative humidity levels, rampant pests, harsh sun, and more are often unpleasant -- worse yet, they pose a threat to your home exterior’s appearance and integrity. If you live in or near Nashville, TN, the good news is that this region generally experiences more moderate weather than many of its counterparts (of course, the occasional tornado or flash flood are known to occur around here). Still, no matter what a particular season or year has in store, it pays to prepare your southern home for the worst. As such, when it comes time to paint your home’s outdoor surfaces, you don’t want to skimp on any of the details.
Let’s go over some of the best exterior home painting services (and related options) to invest in for southern homes like yours.
No matter where you live, cleaning your home’s exterior surface about twice a year (six months apart) is key for maintaining its curb appeal and preventing mold and mildew from taking over. Indeed, pressure washing is a prerequisite for exterior painting. Southern homes may require this periodic pressure washing even more frequently due to the various environmental threats found in the region. Every season brings its own brand of dirt and grime, and your siding is bound to collect its fair share of this debris between cleanings. As a general rule, the best times to pressure wash your home exterior are right after winter and right before fall. Of course, investing in a good washing after every season will only further protect and enhance your home. Whether you have the budget and capacity to wash your home once a year, twice a year, or more, it’s a good idea to hire professionals to tackle this job, as they’ll bring the proper equipment and experience to get the job done right.
Proper Surface Preparation
Cleaning your home is one of many essential tasks to complete in preparation for a fresh coat of exterior paint. Not only must you clear your exterior surfaces from dirt and grime -- you must also look for ways to protect them from specific threats in your area, such as moisture, pests, and harsh ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Professional painters offer various surface preparation solutions with these hazards in mind. For instance, Tennessee’s carpenter bee problem can in part be dealt with by mixing in products like Bug Juice with primer or paint prior to application. In most cases, this solution repels these pests from burrowing into your home’s painted wooden surfaces. Other additives and paint products are specially formulated to keep water at bay or reflect sunlight. Investing in these pre-painting solutions will help ensure the success, beauty, and longevity of your home’s exterior paint job.
Exterior Repairs and Improvements
Thorough surface prep goes beyond cleaning and using preventative products. Before exterior painting begins, surfaces should be carefully examined for different types of damage, such as holes, cracks, loose fasteners, rot, and so on. Painting over these problems without first repairing them will only mask the underlying issues, prolonging and worsening their effects. Whether your exterior trim could use fresh caulking, your siding’s old paint job is chipping away, or your deck requires fresh deck stain, it’s more than worth it to handle these repairs before painting.
Gutter Cleaning and Roof Repair
While seemingly unrelated to exterior painting, your home’s roofing and gutters play a major role in determining what happens to your house exterior and its paint job. Not only can a leaky roof lead to interior problems -- dislodged shingles and other issues can cause moisture to pool on top of your home and trickle down its exterior surfaces. Likewise, clogged gutters prevent water from properly flushing away from your home’s siding and foundation. When enough moisture accumulates, it can take a serious toll on your exterior paint job and the underlying surfaces it’s protecting. As part of your surface preparation efforts, inspect, clean, and repair your gutters and roof. Your home and its paint job will thank you for handling this important maintenance.
Local Color Consultations
One of the most challenging aspects of any residential paint job is deciding which colors to incorporate. Navigating your personal preferences is difficult enough -- on top of that, you must also consider how different color choices will affect your property’s value (some colors have broader appeal than others, after all). Additionally, different colors have wider implications than your home’s aesthetic. Lighter exterior house paint, for instance, will keep your home cooler by reflecting more light back into the sky, while darker colors will absorb heat and light. Some colors might even keep certain pests at bay. In other words, exterior color selection is a matter of both fashion and function. If you’re not sure whether to follow your heart or current trends (or some combination of the two), painting professionals can help. A detailed color consultation will go over your personal preferences and goals while also exploring local color trends and practical differences between color choices. Figuring all this out early on will allow you to approach your exterior home painting project with more confidence and efficiency.
Prevent Your Home Exterior from Going South
There’s a lot to do before the paintbrush even hits the siding of your southern abode, but for good reason. With so many environmental threats out there, your home deserves proper cleaning, preparation, and color consideration prior to painting. Indeed, the most successful exterior home painting jobs involve far more than painting alone -- at Nash Painting, our experts understand this, which is why we offer all the services mentioned here and more for our clients across Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN.
To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!