House Painting Tips and Ideas

The curb appeal of any house is greatly affected by the way the house is painted – both the quality of the paint job, and the paint colors selected play a part in the first impression produced. That’s why house painting is one of the major tasks that cannot be neglected when it comes to taking care of a house, especially if you are trying to sell it.

House painting lets you not only improve the appearance of a house, but also extend the life of its surfaces by several years with regular maintenance and some quick repairs. The primary purpose of painting the exterior of a house is to apply one or two coats of protection to the walls as a way of shielding the wood from the elements. In most cases, this is all that’s needed when it comes to exterior house maintenance. When painting the interior of a home, the job of a paint is to withstand the daily wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas. However, with a little bit of creativity this plain maintenance exercise can be turned into an interior decorating project.
Every home has to be repainted on a regular basis – every 5 years for exterior painting, and every 7 years for the interior – that’s how long the paint usually lasts. Of course, you also have to take into account the quality of the paint used, the quality and amount of surface preparation, and the location of the house (shore houses have to be repainted more often, for example). It is important to choose the right colors and finishes, as well. For example, very light colors are often impractical and get soiled fast. Flat paint finishes are also more porous and absorbent than satin finishes. With such a large variety of colours and textures available these days, the effects you can create with good house painting ideas are endless. Sometimes (especially if the house has always been painted white), adding even just a dash of color (as an accent), will result in a complete makeover. A dull house can be made vibrant in no time at all.

The main stages of painting the exterior of a house are power washing and preparing the surfaces to accept a new coat of paint (sanding, scraping, priming), deciding on the right type of paint and color to use, and applying the paint. The best time to paint is in late spring or early fall on a dry day that is not too sunny. Temperatures below 40 degrees F and direct hot sun can ruin paint jobs. Inspect your house and the working conditions thoroughly before you paint, and take corrective action to prevent paint failure causes.