Exterior Motives

Exterior Painting
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DIY Exterior Painting

This is the golden age of do-it-yourself projects. Whether it’s to save a buck or just because you saw it done on YouTube (and it looked easy), there are tons of resources allowing the average person to complete renovations on their own.

A side effect of so many resources is that many DIY projects appear much simpler than they actually are. None more so than exterior painting.

Painting is the most cost-effective solution for enhancing curb appeal and maintaining resale value. In addition exterior painting is also a necessary step in protecting your home. Paint and caulking are the first line of defense against the elements. And yet they tend to get overlooked, which can lead to extremely expensive repairs. Professionals with experience in home exteriors can typically pinpoint areas where the integrity of the building may be compromised and help you address the issue. There’s a lot more involved, however, than you may realize.

Master the Painting Prep

Before even getting to the painting stage, you first have to do your due diligence with the prep work. A beautiful, clean paint finish is the direct result of diligent scraping, sanding, washing and hole-filling. This prep work can be quite laborious depending on your home’s exterior surface area – especially if you’ve never done it before!

Determine how much time you’re willing to spend on the project – most people decide that it’s worthwhile hiring a professional and enjoying their free time instead. This also avoids the tendency to rush through the prep work, which undermines the entire paint job.

Before rushing out to buy paint, determine exactly how much of your own time and labour you’re willing to invest. If you do decide to hire a professional, don’t forget to research your contractor to get the best value for this type of project.

If you’d like us to check out your home and provide a free painting quote, just send us a message. Well be in touch right away!