Repainting Your Home’s Exterior

Keeping up with the exterior of your home is one of the biggest maintenance burdens that comes along with all the joys and pains of home ownership. If your house has more than one side of wood siding, painted brick or stucco, exterior painting is a tiring, time-consuming job. Heck, even if it’s just trim and windows, it’s a big job! At Green Remodeling, we have the resources, skills and experience to finish this job quickly and make your home beautiful again! When to Repaint There are many reasons to repaint a home. Over time, repainting becomes necessary as paint weathers away. The typically time between exterior paint jobs is 5 to 10 years. Then again, you may want to repaint your home even before the paint starts to expire either because you’ve had a change of heart about the color you choose or because you want to boost your curb appeal before selling. The most common reason homeowners repaint is obvious: they’ve simply had the same old color for a long time and feel ready for a change. Often, by the time they’ve decided to go for it, the paint itself is starting to fail and is becoming a maintenance issue. Finished siding will begin to fade and flake after a certain period of time that depends entirely upon the quality of the outdoor paint used. When inspecting your home’s paint job, what you’re really looking for is peeling, cracking and discoloration. You may want to rub the tips of your fingers across some painted surface – do they come away chalky? This is the result of paint breaking down. The areas you should pay particular attention to when determining if you need to paint are: door seals and window castings, lower sections of siding, edges of porch floors, eaves, railings and any shady areas. While you’re at it you may also want to check out how your home’s caulking is holding up at any wood-to-wood connections. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, we’d be happy to help you perform a thorough inspection on your home’s exterior. Painting to Sell Even if the old paint on your house is holding up just fine, if your home is on the market, repainting is one of the most inexpensive and most impactful remodeling options available to you. Because it’s so much less expensive than, say, kitchen remodeling, it’s sure to provide you with excellent return on investment. After all, some pressure washing and a fresh coat of paint can greatly increase its curb appeal which gets more potential buyers in the door in the first place. Think you’re ready for an estimate? Want some more exterior painting ideas? Give us a call! And remember, we don’t just paint. If you get done repainting and decide that your home’s interior could use a little facelift too, you can bet we’re ready to make it happen.