Aug 22, 2019
How often should I repaint the exterior of my home?
This is a question we get asked a lot, and the answer is, it depends, on 2 basic things:
- Your homes location
- The materials used
Some homes could need to repaint the exterior in as little as every 4 to 6 years to keep it looking good. Others homes can go as much as 15 years before any repainting work needs to be done.
How often you need to repaint the exterior of your home depends on a few variables: where you live, the type of materials your house is made with, and the quality of the materials used for the project.
Here in West Michigan, we can get temperature extremes - brutally cold winters, and hot humid stretches in the summer. These can do a number on not just your exterior paint, but whatever is underneath it on the side of your home. Especially if your home is in the open, the sun's ultraviolet rays cause the chemical compounds in paint to degrade. This is especially true if you prefer dark paints, which will appear to lighten more quickly than white or light colors in the sun. The weather can also cause paint harden, blister, crack, and mildew can form as well in damp and shady locations.
Older paints, in particular oil-based paints, can also degrade much faster than todays much improved paints, like acrylic latex paints. They come in glossy, semi-gloss, and satin finishes, with great choices for any home exterior.
Also whatever your home is using for siding, is a big factor. Todays siding choices help paints last longer, while older materials tend to require more paint upkeep.
If you are interested in a free quote for your home exterior paint job here in the Grand Rapids area, give us a call at (616) 682-6944
May 20, 2019
Secrets of Pro Painters
aka what you didn't know before that DIY paint disaster...
We live in a DIY age, where with the help of a few Youtube videos, we can all be brain surgeons... When it comes to painting a house, whether it is the interior or exterior, sometimes you can do it yourself, but sometimes, you should probably leave it to the pros...
Some of the most common mistakes we run into:
- Not moving everything out of the room
- Some of the bigger items, like couches and beds can sometimes be worked around if they are properly covered and moved away from the surfaces to be painted. But everything else must go! Especially if any sanding will be involved, as the dust can get into everything
- Not preparing the surfaces properly
- You have to find, and then fix, cracks and dents. A new paint surface, especially if you use any glossy paints, will highlight those imperfections you missed...
- Sanding the old surface. Sometimes you need to "scratch" the old surface, to give the new paint something to bond to. If you just paint over an old surface, you risk the new paint just peeling off easily. Know when and how this must be done.
- Wash the surface to be painted. If you did sand, you can't apply the new paint to the dust you just created...
- Properly caulk and seal cracks. again, these will really show up after the new paint job, if not taken care of properly
- Use the right primers and paints. Every surface is different, and interior paints and exterior paints are different as well. Make sure you use the right paint for the right environment. And that "bargain" paint you saw on sale... might not be a good choice long term. Use quality paint.
- Use the right equipment. Good brushes, good rollers, good ladders. This is not a good time to skimp on the equipment you use
And it goes without saying, but practice and repetition go a long way to making a paint job look good. Some people are naturals, and do a great job of painting. Other people, should probably just leave it to us!