House Painting Tips for Vermont Homeowners

May 18, 2010

The Seasons wreak havoc on a home’s exterior, especially in Vermont.  Our winters can be long and hard.

In fact, on average, Americans spend over $4.8 billion annually on maintenance services.

Spring is the ideal time for homeowners to schedule the repainting of their homes. The exterior of your home is the first impression you give the outside world and a good paint job is critical to your home’s appearance and longevity.

Following are some tips on painting the exterior of your home, with a few ideas tossed ion to make your (or our) job easier.

• First, thoroughly evaluate the condition of your house. Look for bare metal, wood, or masonry surfaces. This will be evidenced by worn paint, and you need a new coat.  Or, it’s possible that you have other problems such as moisture, that a professional painter can assess for you.

• Second, use a cleaning solution to remove dirt on siding. Scrub it well and rinse thoroughly.

• If you’re going to repaint your house, make sure it’s prepared well. Some loose paint is obvious, some is hard to find by just looking at it.  It pays to be thorough.

• Don’t scrimp here – buy the best paint possible for the exterior of a house! A high quality paint will withstand the harsh elements better than a cheaper brand.  In the long run, it may actually save you money. The same goes for brushes and rollers.

• If it’s a bright day, try to paint the shaded areas first. Painting in the sun can cause the paint to dry too fast and blister.  (That’s not typically something we have to worry about here in Vermont.  Heh Heh!)

• When painting, brush first, then roll, and finally, paint the trim last.

We hope this helps!  If it seems daunting, it doesn’t have to be.  Call Purple and Sage for a free estimate!

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