What You Can Do to Prepare Your Exterior for a New Paint Job
The start of spring gets closer each and every day. If you’re like so many other property owners, you might already be thinking about the various renovations you plan on tackling once the warmer weather gets here. By winter’s end, your home’s or business’s exterior will likely be in need of some care -- at the very least, it will benefit from a thorough washing. Beyond cleaning, though, you might decide it’s time to invest in commercial or residential exterior painting this year. Indeed, if it’s been at least seven years since the last time you painted your place’s face, it’s probably due for an update. Before you purchase your materials or hire a local contractor, though, understand that there are plenty of prerequisite steps to take before painting begins -- that is, if you want to achieve the best possible results.
How to Prepare for an Exterior Paint Job
Schedule Your Services Strategically
First, develop your plan of attack. Exterior painting projects take time to complete, after all, and they can interfere with the daily goings on of these nearby if you decide to just wing it. In particular, if you’re hiring commercial painters to coat your business’s exterior, you want to make sure that they can meet your scheduling needs and won’t get in the way of your customers or your operations while they work -- this might mean finding a provider that can work weekends, overnight, or during a temporary shutdown. As for painting your home’s exterior, you’ll want your residential exterior painting services to respect your privacy and property as well. In short, figure out the optimal date(s) and times of day to have painting professionals coat your exterior and choose a provider that can comply.
Protect Your Landscape Properly
Exterior home painting can be just as messy as interior painting. Of course, the targets of said mess are different for exterior and interior projects. With exterior painting, paint and other products can easily land on whatever lies below, such as grass, bushes, walkways, driveways, patios, and so forth. To keep your property clean and protected, cover up these features with tarps and make sure they stay put with tape and weights. It might be a pain to wrap all of this stuff, but you’ll thank yourself down the line when it’s time to clean up.
Clean Your Exterior Surfaces
As previously mentioned, pressure washing and/or scrubbing your exterior after winter is always wise (twice per year is ideal). And if you need more motivation to tackle this task, note that doing so is an essential step prior to any exterior painting job. Pressure washing can do more than just blast away dirt, dust, and mold -- it can also help remove any old, loosening paint. As is the case with coating any surface, the application will go on smoother, stick better, and last longer if applied to a clean surface. By pressure washing your home or business and letting it dry completely, then, you’re establishing a more receptive and stable surface for the incoming paint job. Before you go ahead and rent/buy a pressure washer and start blasting away, understand that this cleaning method can damage your property and force water into the walls if you’re not careful. For the best results, you must use the proper detergent, nozzle, settings, and stand at the right distance. If you’re not familiar with this process, it’s best to hire professional pressure washing services. These experts will have the right equipment for the job and know how to use it based on the situation.
Get Rid of Remaining Loose Paint
There is still more to do after cleaning your business or house exterior to prepare it for a new paint job. While a pressure washer can remove plenty of debris and loose paint, there might be a few stubborn spots that deserve your attention. This remaining loose material can usually be scrubbed or scraped away and then sanded down. Carefully inspect every inch of your exterior to make sure all loosened remnants of the previous paint job have been removed.
Make All Necessary Repairs
As you’re conducting your exterior inspections and taking care of leftover loose paint, stay alert for areas that require repair. Some of the most common points of concern are cracks and holes in the siding, warped or rotting wood, and rusting metal. If you don’t have the equipment or expertise to solve every problem, write down whatever you find so you can share this information with your painting and/or repair contractor.
Caulk Your Trim
Now is the perfect time to re-caulk or reglaze the gaps on your home’s exterior, namely the trim surrounding your windows and doors. Indeed, sealing these gaps is crucial not only for maintaining your home’s outward appearance but also for protecting your interior from intrusion and drafts. A thorough caulking will also help reduce your energy bill by further insulating your home.
Choose Your Exterior House Paint Wisely
This final step can occur at any point, but we saved it for last because it’s so important. Recall that earlier we mentioned that exteriors should receive a fresh coat of paint about every seven years (give or take a couple depending on various factors) -- this means that you’ll have to deal with your property’s outward paint job for a long time. As such, it’s vital that you go with a color scheme you truly enjoy, as well as a paint product that will hold up for several years and remain beautiful. This decision can place a lot of pressure on property owners, which is why we recommend receiving a color consultation from a reliable painting/design service. Color experts will get to know your preferences and your property to help you make the best choice for your exterior.
Getting Excited for Exterior Painting?
Refreshing your exterior with a new paint job can transform your property and increase its curb appeal (and market value). Of course, these exciting outcomes are only achieved with proper planning and expert execution. If you need help getting your home ready for exterior painting and need a reliable partner to tackle the project itself, look no further than Nash Painting. For over 15 years, we’ve been doing it all for our clients in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN -- surface preparation, door refinishing, pressure washing, and, of course, exterior painting (not to mention all of our interior painting services, too). To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!