With the rise in popularity of so many do-it-yourself websites and home improvement stores, many homeowners feel like they can take on any task. While this may be true in some cases, it doesn’t work so well in others, and the outcome may be less spectacular than expected.
Exterior Painting Pro’s
Painting the exterior of a house is nothing like painting an interior wall.
There are many factors to contend with, involving both safety and aesthetics. Since the exterior of your house is viewed by everyone living in and driving through your neighborhood, you want it to be painted properly. A sloppy paint job will result in uneven application, poor wear patterns and possibly even freshly painted sections that will begin to peel as they dry. Not to mention the drips that get everywhere. Exterior paint can sometimes be tricky to control, and you may end up with drips of paint on the shrubs and flowering plants surrounding your house, more drops on your concrete, and possibly even some on the outside of your windows.
Plus there are the dangers involved with applying the paint, as well as the many ways in which the surface should be prepped before the first coat of primer is even out of the paint can. For starters, look at how high up the exterior walls of your house go. There is no way to reaching them yourself, unless you have a ladder. You will also need help, since it isn’t safe to be on a ladder alone, plus someone will have to hand you tools like extra brushes and more paint as you go. Windows will need to be covered, and, if your house is extremely tall, a steel grid-like structure will have to be assembled to make it even safer to reach the upper portions of the outer walls. It is very easy to make a mistake and end up breaking an arm, a leg or even worse.
Proper Prep Work is Crucial
The prep work that has to go into the surface of the exterior of your house can be exhausting, and requires an attention to detail. Sections of the existing paint will need to be removed, required repairs to the outside boards or siding will need to be completed, and the entire surface will have to be thoroughly cleaned. And, after all of this is done, you may still end up applying the paint wrong and having it not come out the way you wanted it to.
When it comes to exterior painting, it’s best to leave the work to professionals and save yourself the headache of trying to do it on your own.