Exterior House Painting Advice

Painting and Decorating

When you look at the outside of your property, you’ll see brickwork, windows and doors. You may see render, cladding or other decorative features, but the majority of homes have brickwork, windows and doors.

This can be a blank canvas, allowing you to change the look and feel of your home. It’s a fantastic opportunity to give your house a new lease of life and transform the home you live in, without any costly renovation bills. Giving the place a lick of paint can transform the look and feel of your property, and can come with a range of benefits.

This article is designed to run through the benefits of painting the exterior of your house and to give lots of useful information if you are looking to undertake this project. For a full list of headings, see below.

Benefits of Painting the Exterior of Your House

When it comes to painting the exterior of your house, there’s a lot of different benefits that come as a result of this. We’ve broken down some of the main benefits that you can expect to experience when painting the outside of your house below.

It might be that you’ve moved into a new house and have a different taste to the previous owners or that your house is just looking a bit tired and needs a freshen up with a lick of paint. By painting your house, it can completely change the appearance of it and make it look like new again. It might be that you are wanting to completely change the aesthetic of it and go for a whole new look. On the other hand, just giving it a touch up of paint can really brighten it up and make it look fresh again. The exterior of your home is something that everyone sees when passing by, so you want to make sure it’s looking fresh and new.

Painting also gives the house an increased value. By simply just painting the exterior and making the house look different, can increase the house value. This also helps in the future when it comes to selling it. If you have kept on top of the painting and looked after the house, it will help you sell it in the future. One of the first things people will notice is the appearance of the house and I’m sure you can agree that you’d rather a new, fresh looking house than a tired and old looking one.

As well as making it look nice and appealing, it also helps to protect your home against damage. The paint acts as a protective shield over the house and can protect it from things such as rain damage, insect infestations and moisture getting into your home. The right paint can help act as a protective layer from nature. It also helps to reduce moisture getting in and mould developing in your home. It’s definitely worth that lick of paint if it helps to protect your home from things like this.

Speaking of insects, paint actually helps to stop an infestation. When painting your house, you will see along the way if any damage has been caused by this and if so, you can then quickly get it sorted before it becomes a bigger problem. The paint also helps to stop insects infesting there so actually helps in the long term to reduce any damage caused by them.

Paint can help to increase the lifespan of the material of the walls. Whatever it is that you’re painting over, it helps to protect that material from damage, so helps to save you money and make it last longer. You may also find that there are a few little problems with the existing material such as blemishes and these can be covered up and protected by the paint. As if acts as protection, it helps the material of the walls to last longer and effectively save you money in the long run.

Another benefit is that painting is one of the cheapest methods of transforming your house. Many other methods can be used to change the appearance of your house but painting is one of the easiest and cheapest methods to use.

These are just a few of the benefits when it comes to painting the exterior of your house. It makes it look like new, protects your house and isn’t expensive. When you think about these benefits and how cost-effective it can be, why wouldn’t you consider doing it?

Tools and Equipment

We’re now going to look into the different types of tools and equipment you need to do the best job when it comes to painting. This is something that you can do yourself, however, you might find it best to hire a professional to do it for you. Although the tools and equipment aren’t expensive and can be reused, it might be quite a hard job to complete by yourself.

Firstly, we need to make sure that you have the correct equipment for yourself. Make sure you have some painting clothes on that you don’t mind getting ruined or you could even try wearing decorating overalls to protect your clothes. You might also want to think about wearing protective shoes to protect any paint damage and in case you were to drop anything on them, it protects yourself from getting hurt. Mask and goggles may also be useful as the fumes can be quite a lot when painting. By wearing these, it helps to protect any damage to yourself and your health when breathing them in. The goggles are also used as protection to your eyes when painting to make sure no little splats of paint can get into your eye and irritate it.

A good tip is to also protect what is around you. Remove any furniture, cars and other things you don’t want to spill paint on. that might be in the area that you are painting to help protect these from paint damage. For things that can’t be moved such as plants and bushes, you can use a protective cover or sheet to put over them. This will then protect them from any possible paint damage.

One of the most obvious pieces of equipment when it comes to painting your exterior is a ladder. You will possibly be painting in high up places so make sure you have a safe ladder that reaches high enough up to those places. This is also good for accuracy as you can get closer to any parts that require you to be more accurate when painting.

Before painting, you will need to prepare the wall so you may need tools to pull nails out the wall, scrape off any existing and peeling paint and use a filler to fill in any holes and cracks in the wall. Multipurpose tools are available for things like this but they can also all be bought separately.

Another preparation tool that can be really useful is a pressure washer to wash down the wall before painting. This is important as it removes any dirt and debris that might be on the wall already and make it clean, ready for painting over.

Now, time for the actual painting and of course, you need paint! There are many different varieties and colours of exterior house paint that you can find in shops and online. It may be useful to do some research beforehand to see what the best paints are that are durable and long-lasting. As painting is quite a big job to do, you want to make sure you use the best possible paint first time that will last longer and help to protect your house. There are also many different colours so whether you’re wanting to make your house stand out or keep it neutral but fresh, you’ll be able to find the right paint to suit your needs.

You will also need rollers and brushes for painting the exterior. These are good to use for all the little parts of the wall that require more accuracy such as going around the door or windows. It is useful to have a variety of different sizes and angles so you can cover all areas of the wall. There’s nothing worse than painting the whole wall and having a little bit missed out because you didn’t have a brush small enough for that area.

As well as these painting tools that are good for smaller areas, a paint sprayer is very useful for the bigger areas of the wall. This makes the job a lot quicker and easier as all you need to do is add your paint and spray it onto the wall. It’s as simple as that! This will save a lot of time as most of the wall can be sprayed and then the smaller areas can be painted with a brush or roller.

These are just some of the tools and equipment that are needed when it comes to painting. Although it isn’t all necessary, it is good to have it all in case you do need to use it.

Preparation

When it comes to preparation, make sure you have prepared yourself. Wear any protective equipment that you think you might need to protect yourself and your health from any harm. You then need to remove anything around the area you are painting and cover any plants and bushes to help protect them in case any paint damage is caused.

Like any painting, it is important to always prepare the wall properly beforehand to get the best finish at the end. By preparing it correctly as well, you can ensure there is no damage already existing on the wall and if so, you can get this fixed sooner rather than later. You can remove things such as nails that are no longer needed and fill in any cracks and holes with filler. It’s important to seal the cracks in to prevent them from becoming bigger and causing damage in the future. Any existing peeling paint, debris and dirt can be removed as well to make sure the wall is clean before applying the paint. Any uneven areas can be sanded down to make it more even as well. Remember to always look for any problems when preparing the wall to get them fixed sooner.

These are the basics of preparing yourself and the walls, ready for painting.

Painting

Once you’ve prepared the walls, you can now get started with the painting. Start with smaller and more accurate areas such as around doors and windows. This can be done using a roller or brush to more accuracy. It’ easier to get these parts done first so then you can easily paint around them after. The rest of the wall will be easy to do with a paint sprayer or large roller that covers a wide range of area to help save you time. For the places higher up, you may find that you need a ladder to help reach all areas and to be more accurate. You want to make sure that when painting, you do it all properly and don’t leave any bits missed out for it to look brand new again.

Finishing Touches

In terms of finishing off the painting, there isn’t too much to do. If you’re happy with how it looks and feel that it doesn’t need any more layers of paint then you can pack your stuff away. Make sure to clean anything that has been used and put it away so it can be used again in the future. If there is any paint left over, always keep this as well as this can be reused again and you might be there certain parts of the wall that need a little touch up now and then. All furniture and sheets can be removed and the garden returned to normal.

That’s the basics complete for the steps of decorating the exterior of your house, it’s fairly quick, easy and simple to do!

Comparison With Other Methods

As well as painting, there are many other methods to change the appearance of your house. Some may last longer and look nicer but can cost more, so it’s what’s best suits your needs as to what is the right renovation method for you.

Our first method is acrylic render which is a common method used on the outside of your house. The small fibres give it a durable finish to prevent it from cracking. Silicone can also be used with it to give it a longer life and keep it clean. Due to the nature of it, it will last longer and protects the wall from cracks and airline damages. With this method, you have a choice to have it textured or smooth so it’s up to you how you want it to look and what kind of aesthetic you’re going for. So this method is good for protecting your house from damage such as fungus and helps prevents cracks. The downside to this method is that you don’t have as much variety of colours, meaning you aren’t changing the appearance of the house that much. You may also have to get someone in to complete the work as it isn’t something you would usually do yourself.

Cement render is another method where cement is mixed on-site and about 3-4 layers are applied. With this technique, you can use different tools such as sponges and brushes to create a different look and aesthetic. This render helps the durability of the walls as it protects them from the exposure of elements. This render can be used with paint over the top, making it much stronger durable. To change the look of the house and brighten it up, you would need to paint over the top of the render to achieve this. With both methods together, it can add up to cost a lot of money when painting has the same benefits by itself anyway.

Another method is cladding that not only changes the appearance but provides thermal insulation. This is durable and resistant to water damage which makes it long-lasting. This tends to be much lower maintenance when compared to other methods as well as it all needs is a wash with water every so often to keep it clean and fresh. Like other methods, it does have it’s protection from nature which makes the wall live longer. The downside to this method is that you would need to hire someone to do it for you and it can cost a lot to get it done.

If you’re looking for something cheap, easy and that you can do yourself then the best option is to go for painting. As we’ve seen most methods come with the same benefits and they all need looking after and maintained in their way. However, with the other methods, these are something that you wouldn’t be able to do yourself and would require hiring someone to do it for. With these costs on top, it can cost a lot of money when compared with buying paint and doing it yourself.

Summary

In this article, we have given you some of the best benefits of painting your house. From completely transforming the appearance to make it look like new, to protecting your house from damage. Some great benefits come with it and make it worth-while. We have also spoken about some of the tools and equipment you will need to make it as easy as possible for yourself and to also make sure yourself and your garden are protected. It’s so important to always makes sure you protect yourself and the things around you to avoid any damage and further costs. 

We then discussed the steps of painting the exterior of your house. From the key preparation stage that is so important in making sure the finished result is perfect and to also check for any damage and problem that there may be on the wall. It’s important to remember that if you do come across any damaged areas to make sure these are fixed or looked at as soon as possible, the longer you leave them, the more damage it will cause. By doing this during the preparation you can make sure the wall is safe and also help yourself to save money. The painting and finishing off the wall is quite easy and simple to do once you have the correct tools. 

Something to remember when decorating is to make sure you do the best job possible first time. There’s nothing worse than looking back and seeing spots you’ve missed or that weren’t painted very well and having to redo them, it’s much easier to do a great job the first time and be precise with it.

Then to finish off, we have looked at other methods of how to change the appearance of your house. There are many great methods and they all have benefits that come with them that help to protect your house. Depending on what your main aim is, depends on what type of method you would need. If you weren’t so bothered about the appearance of the house but just wanted some extra protection than a render option might be best. 

However, if you are wanting protection, added value and to make your house look like new again, then painting is the best option. Not only is it cheap to do but it comes with many great benefits, the main one being that it can completely change the look of your house. So if you’re wanting to go bold and make your house stand out, or go for something plain but fresh and bright, painting is a perfect choice. As well as this, you gain extra protection against the walls of your house which is just like other methods.

Hopefully, this article has given you a better insight as to why painting is such a good method when it comes to the exterior transformation of your house and you find our tips and advice useful. Enjoy your painting! 

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