Beginning the Decision to Paint Your Home’s Exterior
You’ve probably been thinking of re-painting your home’s exterior for awhile, but you just haven’t figured out how to start the project. You know it would make your house look better. The old chipped paint and drab, sun faded color just doesn’t do its beauty any justice. The problem is, you aren’t quite sure what you want to do. Do you want to keep the current color? Or go in a new direction? What contractor will you get to do it? What type of paint will you use? Will you go with paint at all, or a more protective exterior coating system? What kind of warranty should you get? Painting your home’s exterior is a big project and there is a lot to consider.
First is the color. You want to make sure the colors you choose will accentuate the finer architectural points of your home while hiding any flaws it may have. Basically, you want the color that puts your home’s best face forward. When it comes to getting the ball rolling and choosing color, here are some suggestions:
1. First off, you may want to consider the colors of the houses in your neighborhood. While you certainly want to be original, it is also a good idea not to stray too far from the color “theme” of your neighborhood. You have to pick colors that will complement the rest of the houses nearby with the goal of having your own statement without being too much of a contrast.
2. Next, examine the parts of your home that are going to remain the color they are. The most common area in this sample is the roof. You have to visualize which kind of color combination will look great with the given color of your roof. You must not copy the exact color of the roof, but instead, choose the kind of color that will be in harmony with it.
3. If you have an older home, you do not have to go overboard with paint. In this case, it will be better to stick with the house’s history and simply repaint it using the colors that it used to have. This helps preserve its roots and that could add value to the property as well. If you are having a hard time analyzing the original color, it is best that you hire a professional for the task. There are also color charts that are intended for this purpose, which you can refer.
When you’ve decided on the general color and theme, many more options lay ahead. However, this first step is an important one.