October 13, 2021
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in improving the look of your home. If the paint is beginning to chip off or the vibrant color is simply starting to fade, you may want to consider an exterior painting. It can transform your property into one that’ll leave heads turning! Whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional painting crew, prepping your house to paint is critical for long-lasting results. Read along to learn more about the importance of exterior prep work.
Why Does Outside Prep Work Matter?
It’s easy to think that house painting is a simple process, but that’s not the case at all. Before you can start an exterior painting project, your house requires preparation to ensure the area you’re working on is level and smooth. By ensuring your canvas is in ideal condition, you can prevent serious problems from occurring down the line. Neglecting or rushing tasks like filling in nail holes, scraping away old paint, and checking for decayed or cracked wood can lead to complications within just a few years.
How to Prep for Exterior Painting
Prepping your house to paint requires several things. Let’s take a closer look at two of the most essential steps in the process.
Check Drip Edges
Drip edge flashing is one of the most critical pieces of your home. It’s often placed along windows and doors, keeping water off the roof, and directing it either into a gutter or onto the ground. While most new homes should have it already, older homes may only have caulk keeping the elements out of the home. If water is leaking into your home through your windows or doors, any paint in that area might show it. Make sure you check for discoloration, peeling, or blistering paint as it needs to be repaired before painting can begin.
Sand and Power Wash
To remove the old paint off of your home, it will need to be sanded off. It’s a daunting task that can be quite a chore. Luckily, house-painting professionals are well-prepared to take it on for you! They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to make sure your home is properly sanded. Since chalk deposits build up on the paint, power washing is also recommended. You must make sure the outside of your home is clean and smooth before you can begin exterior painting. Otherwise, the new paint can trap dirt and pollutants underneath.
If you want long-lasting and high-quality results, you must take the time to prep the outside of your home. With a professional painting crew, you can simply sit back, relax, and watch your house turn into the one you’ve always envisioned!
About Platinum Painting of Flower Mound
At Platinum Painting of Flower Mound, we always go the extra mile to ensure homeowners are completely satisfied with their results. We’re fully dedicated to meeting each customer’s needs and goals. For a free in-home estimate on a painting project, visit our website or call (214) 304-7133.
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