If you live in a neighborhood where no homeowners association dictates how your exterior painting should look through their bylaws, rules, and regulations, you are lucky. You have the freedom in painting the outside of your home.
Here are a few tips to choosing the colors:
Look around your house. There are unalterable elements. Roof shingles, tiles, stonework, and pathways typically remain the same unless renovation is on the way. These serve as a basis for selecting colors for exterior paint. Consider some traces of color between them. Professional painters suggest you choose from colors which complement with these elements.
What is the style of your house? Modern or Victorian, the color scheme must be appropriate to the style. Burnt orange color is not fit for a Victorian style unless you are going for a bright and exciting look. If you aren't sure about the color, ask professional painters for advice on exterior paint.
Visualize the way it will look. If your neighborhood sits amid lush greeneries and vegetation, you can use lighter colors to make your house standout.
Choose at least three different shades. The color scheme for exterior painting has at least three parts:
-The dominant color.
-Accent colors ideal for doors, shutters.
-Trim color, which is used for the edges, railings, window and door jambs.
Go to a professional and seek advice. Architects and professional painters can help you pick the perfect pallet.
When is the right time to plan on an exterior painting job? Consider mother nature first. Plan to do the job in a dry season, there will be less rain and lower humidity.
Choose the right quality of paint. Choose from among the different brands in the market. Never mind about the price if you get the best quality of paint. Remember this is exterior painting and will be subjected to the harshness of nature.
Replace broken, rotten trimmings and sidings. It's needless to paint rotten trimmings and sidings and is recommended to have them replaced first.
Clean the surface. See to it that you sand and wash the surface well. Create a smooth feel.
You may hire a professional house painter to do the rest. Remember this is exterior painting and it is best to leave it to experts to finish the job.
You must see to it that they use the best quality materials. Ensure that they purchase top quality brushes, nap roller covers, roller screen and other painting tools.
Using professional advice choose the right type of paints. For exterior paints, basically, there are two kinds. Water based latex and oil based alkyd. The former dries up quickly. It effortlessly cleans up using soap and just water. The perfect latex paints contain 100% acrylic resins.
Professional painters prefer alkyd paints due to their durability. It is resistant to stain and flows smoothly as well. It also dries very slowly. Due to paint thinners, the smell can tend to be a little harsh, so wear a mask.