If the outside of your house is looking a little drab, it’s time for an update. Exterior painting can brighten up the appearance of your home and give your guests a better first impression. But before you get started on your next big project, there are a few exterior home painting do’s and don’ts you should know about.
Hire a professional.
While anyone handy with a brush and roller can tackle a smaller job, exterior painting should be left to the experts. It’s a much more complicated and physically demanding task than many homeowners expect. Avoid the sweat, prep work, climbing, and calculations by hiring a reputable painting contractor.
Check on the weather.
Bad weather can easily ruin your progress. When it’s raining, humid, or extremely windy, exterior painting should be put on hold. Watch the weather report daily and stay in touch with your contractor to potentially reschedule or shift plans.
Choose colors carefully.
While sticking with your previous color is certainly an option, why waste the opportunity to try something new? Choosing the right paint color could greatly enhance the appearance of your home. Consider warm yellows and reds for a welcoming look or cool blues and greens to give off a tranquil air. Skip particularly loud and bright shades so you won’t stick out too much from your neighbors.
Overuse dark shades.
Dark colors can bring an elegant feeling to your home. Be aware, however, that there tends to be a limit on that effect. If too much of your exterior painting is dark, your house will look bleak and gloomy. You can combat this by adding a contrasting shade into the mix. For example, crisp white accents will bring just the right amount of brightness to a rich plum paint job.
Dump out paint.
Ending up with extra paint isn’t uncommon. Since you can’t always use it, it may be tempting to just dump remaining buckets out in the backyard. Never do this, because any kind of paint can be hazardous to the environment. Your local waste disposal service will have information on how to properly get rid of leftover paint.
You need a top quality contractor to take care of your exterior painting project, and CET Painting of Westchester County, NY, will get the job done right. Their team takes pride in their extensive knowledge, experience, and precise work. They’re fully licensed and accredited by the Better Business Bureau®. Call (914) 615-1415 today for a free estimate or color consultation. Learn more about their exterior painting services online.