Are you trying to improve your home’s curb appeal? Painting the exterior of your home is one way to do it! A beautifully painted home can have all of your neighbors and all who pass by staring with envy. However, a home that is painted poorly now only worsen curb appeal, but also puts your house at risk for rot and premature failure. To keep this from happening, be sure to avoid these common mistakes when painting the exterior a home.
Not Enough Time Prepping
The preparation stage for any project is the most important step. It might be tempting to rush directly into painting the exterior of your house, but if you don’t adequately prep it to be painted, it can be a catastrophe. To get the best results, these things should be done during the prep stage:
- Scrape off all loose paint chips
- Sand the surface
- Thoroughly clean the surface that’s going to be painted
- Repair all of the areas that are rotten or deteriorating
- Caulk any open seams
After doing these things, then your house is ready to be painted.
Not Using Primer
Primer is the equivalent to the foundation of a home. Without a good foundation, there is no home. Don’t skip out on using a primer when painting the exterior of your home. It will ensure that your hard work will last as well as:
- Fill pores
- Improve paint adhesion
- Even out rough surfaces
Using the Wrong Paint
There’s a difference between interior paint and exterior paint. Exterior paint is made to withstand the various elements while interior paint is not. Sometimes DIY painters choose the wrong type of paint for the exterior of their home and it begins to peel off prematurely. A high-quality acrylic latex paint is the best option for the outside of your home.
Not Hiring a Professional
It may be tempting to paint the outside of your home on your own to save money, but oftentimes the results don’t meet your expectations and you end up spending more to have it fixed. Don’t waste valuable time and money. Have your home painted by a professional exterior painter.