Are you planning on painting your house soon? You should definitely have a read of this article first! A new paint job can really do wonders for your home’s look and feel. An interior paint job can bring new life into each room of the house, and an exterior job can improve your street appeal and even add value to your home.
Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor paint job (or both), there are a few things to think about before jumping in and doing it yourself.
Timing is key:
Obviously, you can’t completely predict the weather, but the weather can have a huge impact on how your paint job turns out. When painting you want to pick a time that has low humidity, is unlikely to rain and isn’t too hot or too cold. Doing it on a good day can prevent your exterior paint job from blistering, flaking and peeling. If the weather on the day is too cold the paint will take too long to dry, and vice versa on a hot day. These factors can cause your paint job to have a variety of different problems.
Choosing your paint:
You will want to pick the right paint for the job, whether it is acrylic or oil based will depend on a few factors. Acrylic paints are easier to work with, but many acrylic paints aren’t as durable as oil-based ones. If you’re choosing acrylic for the exterior of your home, make sure to choose the right paint that is specifically for exterior painting. Oil-based paints will usually last longer, however, they are a little bit trickier to work with and can take longer to dry.
The sheen of your paint makes a really big difference, and not just to the look of your home. You’ll choose between matte/flat paint and glossy/satin paint. The higher the sheen, the easier your walls will be to clean. However glossy paint can highlight imperfections like uneven drywall and dents. While imperfections aren’t as pronounced under matte paint, matte painted walls are much more difficult to clean. For roofs, use dedicated roof paint that is designed to last in all harsh environments.
Whichever paint you decide to use, it should be of top quality to ensure it looks great and is durable. Also ensure all your surfaces have been washed or high pressure cleaned before applying and paint or undercoat.
We always recommend getting professional help, for the most part, painting your house is a big investment and it will be a long lasting job. Make sure you do it right / get it done right.