It doesnâ€™t take long after one of the neighbors springs for a new exterior paint job that everybody else can soon be seen
standing out in front of their homes with paint brochures and color
swatches. Why? The answer is simple. A good exterior paint job
transforms the appearance of your residence. Itâ€™s like getting a new
home almost overnight.
Why Is Home Painting So Important?
House painting is important for many reasons. Obviously, a good paint
job beautifies and adds character and personality to your home. Just
for that reason itâ€™s important to take sufficient time planning which
colors, shades, and paint styles you want to decorate your home with.
But paint also serves as one of your homeâ€™s primary lines of defense
against weather, insects, and other damage, so itâ€™s an important aspect
of home maintenance to keep up on as well.
When to Paint
There isnâ€™t any set timeline when you should plan to repaint your home.
It varies depending on climate, the quality of paint that was
previously applied, how thoroughly your home was prepped beforehand,
and whether you hired a good painter. A poor paint job can last as
little as three years before it needs attention, and a good one can
last for upwards of 20. The most important determining factor is the
condition of the homeâ€™s current coat. Is the paint chipped, cracked,
flaking, or peeling anywhere? Are there areas of exposed wood or is
there sign of water damage to either your siding or the paint itself?
Finally, how does your home look? If you see any of the signs mentioned
above, a new paint job is probably in order, but even if you donâ€™t, you
might still be ready for a change.
Which Color to Choose
Once youâ€™ve decided on a house painting project, youâ€™ll need to choose
your color. Thereâ€™s no set rule here to guide you. The wide variety of
colors to choose from, and the combinations that are available when it
comes to trim, doors, and other extras, make this choice mostly a
personal one. One of the best ways to get pointed in the right
direction is to drive around your town and neighborhood looking for
homes that catch your eye. Try to figure out what it is about them that
turned your head. Maybe they did something you didnâ€™t like (i.e. stay
away from that color, style, look, etc.), maybe the color combinations
really speak to you (a light body with dark trim or vice versa), and
maybe itâ€™s just how they accented certain parts of the house that you
like. Make note of all these things so that you can keep them in mind
as you get your own house painting project underway.
Testing, Testing 1-2-3
Another good rule of thumb is to test out colors on your home before
you start. Once youâ€™ve noted what others have done and have visited a
paint supply retailer to get some more ideas, test out a few potential
colors on a non-descript part of your home just to make sure itâ€™s what
you expect. Colors that look fantastic on a tiny brochure can strike
you a lot differently when theyâ€™re covering an area of a couple square
feet. Try out a few options so you can compare them, and give yourself
a few days to mull over your impressions. Taking this advice can save
you the dilemma of what to do with those 20-gallon buckets of â€œGreen
Mythâ€ that you quickly realized looked more like split pea soup once
you started slopping it on.