Exterior paint is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. That’s an especially big deal here in Westchester and Fairfield Counties where we face long, wet winters and hot summers. Make sure your paint is done right, maximizing the value and curb appeal!
Ready for a fresh coat of paint? Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved, key considerations, and a few common questions we hear from local homeowners like you.
How To Properly Paint Your Home’s Exterior
- Plan your paint project carefully. When we estimate an exterior paint job, we take photos, ask key questions, and factor in the age, type, square footage, and condition of your surfaces. We also look for wood rot, cracked stucco, and other issues that need to be repaired before any exterior painting begins. These early steps are critical!
- Consider the type of paint you need. Different types of paint are ideal for different surfaces. Research matters, and can save you from frustration, paint failure, and wasted resources.
- Prep the environment. Notice we didn’t just say “prep the surfaces?” A professional painter knows how important it is to consider the environment as a whole, including covering landscaping, masking surrounding surfaces, and shielding against any overspray.
- Prep the surfaces. Come armed with caulking, wood filler, scrapers, and your pressure washer. A deep clean is important, then (once things have dried) making repairs, applying fresh caulking, and scraping loose paint. Depending on the type of siding you have, sanding is important too. The whole goal is to create a smooth surface, receptive profile, and healthy substrate for the primer and paint to grip onto. If you have rotten wood, make sure you invest in carpentry repairs too, otherwise you’re building on a crumbling foundation (take a look here to read more about what can cause exterior paint failure).
- Prime. Sometimes a full prime is needed, but more often than not your project will only call for spot priming. This means applying a coat of primer over any bare wood or repairs.
- Paint! Ready to kick off the painting process? Now you’ll need drop cloths, a paint sprayer, paint scrapers, paint brushes, and all the product you need for the job.
Do You Need To Powerwash Before Exterior Painting?
Yes! We’ve included it as part of our standard procedure, allowing us to efficiently remove surface pollutants like dirt, mold, and mildew. A clean surface translates to better (and longer-lasting!) paint adhesion.
How Long Should Exterior Paint Last?
This is a tough question, and depends on a whole lost of factors: the age of your home and siding, direct sunlight, rain, weather exposure… All impact the longevity of your exterior paint. In general, however, a good exterior paint job should last 6-10 years, and sometimes longer.
Have More Exterior House Painting Questions?
Contact us at A.G. Williams Painting Company! We’ve been painting homes throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties since 1908, and know how to do it right.