There are still about 8 weeks of winter ahead of us, but believe it or not, now is already the time to start planning your spring painting projects. The good news is that if properly applied, top-quality exterior paint should last for up to 15 to 20 years. If you have been noticing signs of wear or have been wanting to increase curb appeal now is the time to have us stop by for an assessment and free estimate.
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A couple of color tips to consider in your planning is that while color is often tied to geographic region and housing style, bold, saturated tones are currently most popular with homeowners and buyers. As a general rule, exterior colors are softer, more muted versions of colors used inside homes. When helping our customers select an exterior palette for their home, we also generally recommend using the natural color scheme of their neighborhood as a guide as well.
If it has been a few years since your home was last painted, there have been some advancements in technology as well, including new dirt and fade resistant paints on the market, such as BEHR MARQUEE, that create a tough, non-stick surface for protection against dirt and also feature UV protection for longer-lasting color, even under severe weather conditions. Using paints with these types of technology provide a longer lifecycle for the property, resulting in cost savings for the owner.
While weather and dirt/fade resistance are important factors to consider when selecting paint for exterior paint projects, it’s also important to consider flow and leveling, adhesion, penetration, gloss and color retention.
Oil-based paints: Oil-based paints have better flow and leveling, adhesion and penetration than water-based paints. When painting surfaces that were previously painted with enamels, use oil-based products to penetrate existing film to form a lock bond.
Water-based paints: Water-based paints are easier to use, have better gloss and color retention and are more resistant to sunlight and fading, but don’t adhere as well as oil-based products over slick, glossy surfaces and require more extensive surface preparation, such as light sanding and a full primer coat.
Have questions or in need of painting for your home? Give us a call.