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Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Q: I want to change the color of my home this year when I have it painted. What mistakes should I know about as I make my final selection?

A: Start by looking at your home at different times of the day. Is your home in broad sunlight all day long, or is it primarily in the shade due to large trees? Sunlight and shade will give you different color hues – shade will make your color appear darker.Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Also take a look at other homes in your community. While you probably don’t want to look like a row of cookie cutter houses, you don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb either. If your neighborhood is filled with earth toned homes, you won’t go wrong by following with an earth toned theme.

You should also watch what elements of your home you will be accenting with color, and what color you choose. If your home has unattractive elements, such as large downspouts or unevenly spaced windows, making them light and airy and stand out from the more subdued paint choice of the rest of the home will always put the focus where you don’t want it to be.

Q: Is there anything you can do to eliminate the surprise of choosing the wrong color? How can you gain confidence before its painted?

A: Always begin with the items of your home that won’t change. Brick or stone are difficult to change. Likewise your roof may still have a decade or more of life to it. Use these as your base and grow your color scheme from there. If they have brown hues, stick with the browns. If its gray; stick with the grays.

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Also concentrate on the yearly affects of weather on your home. Does your home take in a large amount of sunshine, which means fading is a strong possibility? Then a lighter color would hold its color better, and wouldn’t show that worn and washed out look quite as quickly.

Q: Are there any rules of thumb about color?

A: Typically whites and light colors will make your home look larger. Darker colors will make a home look smaller but more substantial.

If you have a porch, a white or light color will make your front area more approachable.

If you’re worried about color, safe is always a sound decision. Two tints from the same color strip a few shades apart will always work well together. Then paint your home in one shade, the trim in the other. You can work in either direction and still have a clean, crisp look and feel.

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What Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Looking for a change in the color to liven things up a bit? Making that final selection can be a tough choice. You want something new; something that pops and says “modern”. Yet you don’t want the neighbors to all stare and point either. How do you find the perfect color?

Start with the stone or brickWhat Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

The stone or brick on your home is static; it can’t be changed without a lot of work. So it’s the perfect place to start. Build your exterior paint scheme around the base colors that are already in existence. If your stone is gray, build everything around gray undertones. If its brown, stick with the browns and beiges.

Stay safe

In some cases, the thought of too much color may leave you stressed and concerned. If that’s the case, stick with the basics. A light shade of a neutral color is always a great choice, and will never tire over time. Then accent it as a part of your color scheme. White around the window trim and other details will keep things fresh and clean and help reflect light indoors. Shutters and other add ons can be painted a dark color to blend with the roof or stone to give it just a bit of offset.

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Use the color wheel

The color wheel is designed to show you what colors match. Opposites always work well – for instance red and green are opposites and always work together. However, a bright red and green home would definitely have the neighbors talking. If you’re matching it gray brick or stone, adding gray to both colors will also bring down the tone and give you a soothing look and feel.

Earth colors

The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements every day. So why not let it blend in with the elements as well. Choosing earth tones – paint colors that resemble what you’ll find in nature – can help your home look more natural tool. Think greens – the shades of the pine trees. Think blues – a slate blue from a late evening sky. Then trip it with white for a crisp and calm finish.

Stay with tradition

Do you live in an old house? Why not stick with tradition and play up the Victorian feel? Paint schemes with several colors that can play up the detail in the architectural features will add to the overall beauty of your home.

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Exterior Painting Safety Tips

Painting the exterior of your home can be fun and exciting. Change can be a good thing, especially if you’re completely changing the color and the looks of your home. Yet painting can also be a very dangerous task if you don’t follow general safety rules.

1. Know your spaceExterior Painting Safety Tips

Many people love to jump right into a project without thinking about what’s down the road. But with just a bit of planning ahead of time, you can avoid many situations. Are there power lines close by? Is the landscaping going to be in the way? Will loose gravel or dirt impact your movement?

2. Your ladder should always have a 3 to 1 ratio

When you place a ladder against the side of your home, it should be placed 1 foot away from your home for every 3 feet it rises. It doesn’t need to be an exact science, but the closer you are to this ratio, the safer you will be.

3. Stick with the 3 point rule

If you’re on the ladder, keep 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times – both feet and one hand. If you straddle between the house and ladder, for instance, you put yourself at far greater risk for slipping and falling.

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4. Fiberglass ladders for safety

If you still live in an area with external power wires, it may be wise to invest in a fiberglass ladder instead of a metal one. This will prevent electrocution in case you accidentally touch it while on the ladder.

5. If you are in risky situations, have a second person nearby

A second set of eyes can help watch out for what you’re doing and for what’s happening around you.

6. Be extremely careful on the roof

The roof of your home can be an extremely dangerous place, especially when wet. If there is any water, stay off until completely dry. And if you’ll be spending any time on the roof, it may be worth investing in a fall arrest system that will slow you down if you fall.

7. Traction is everything.

Never try work outside your home in anything but good, sturdy shoes. Flip flops can be dangerous anywhere except the beach. Ladder can easily break your toes if one falls on them. And sturdy support can keep you well balanced as you climb around.

8. Never paint in a storm

Colorado is famous for afternoon storms. When you see the clouds build and hear the first boom in the sky, its time to take cover. Ladders conduct electricity, which means you increase your chances of being struck if you are near one during a storm. If you see lightening, take cover.

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Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Here in Colorado, we only have a few months where painting the exterior of your home is possible. As we near the months that are best for painting, there are a few tips to make the process run smooth.

The most difficult step when painting the exterior of your home doesn’t involve the paintbrush, instead it involved the paint scraping tools. In the painting world, most outside walls have a process called substrate. This involves the adhesion of the paint to the surface below. The reason paint fails to adhere properly is because the surface isn’t prepped correctly. Its dirty, wet, or the paint from before is loose and cracked. Making sure your painting surface is clean, dry and free from grease, oils or old flaking paint will give your primer and your paint a good surface in which to bond.Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior of your home over an improperly prepared surface is like building a home on a poorly constructed foundation; its possible, but the potential problems add up quickly and can turn into very damaging and costly mistakes.

Prep work involves both scraping and power washing. Which means the potential for damage around your home is also a probability. So that nothing gets damaged in the process, make sure everything around your home is covered and turned off.

· Turn off power to air conditioner condensing units.

· Tun off gas to grills, outdoor kitchens, and gas firepits.

· Use canvas drop cloths to cover exterior appliances and landscaping. Plastic will not allow your plants to breathe, and can do extensive damage in a relatively short period of time.

· For tall trees and bushes close to the home, you may wish to tie a cord around them and pull branches away from your home. Stake it to the ground to prevent it from damaging the paint before it adheres to the surface. You may also wish to have your landscaping trimmed before the paint job.

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Also remove anything affixed to the home: mailboxes, decorations, light fixtures, etc.

Power washing is a powerful step to remove loose paint and clean your home’s surface. But in the hands of an inexperienced person, it can cause extensive damage. High pressured water can etch wood, brick or blast mortar from joints; it can soak the wall extensively so that it required additional dry time; it can also weaken surrounding areas that were in good shape before the process. Make sure you know what you’re doing if you are going to use this step.

Before the paint is applied, its important that the surface is in good shape for bonding. All surfaces should be thoroughly scraped, sanded and rubbed clean. Cracks, holes or gouges should be filled with a good epoxy wood filler and allowed to dry. All surfaces that wont be painted – windows, doors, etc – should be properly covered and taped off. Wood in bad shape should be replaced. Areas with mold or mildew should be thoroughly cleaned. Caulk should be used to fill any gaps between windows, doors, between siding, molding columns, etc.

Only then is your house ready to paint.

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Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

What’s the most common cause of peeling paint on the exterior of your home? You guessed it, its water.

Water vapor accumulates beneath the paint and/or primer. It begins to separate the coating from the surface, which eventually leads to cracking paint. The more it cracks, the more water seeps in, which causes bigger cracks. And soon you’ll start to notice peeling paint coming off your home in chunks, telling you something isn’t right.Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

When a house is painted here in Colorado, it undergoes a variety of weather changes, all throughout the year. It can be cool and damp in the morning, hot and dry in the afternoon. It can be subjected to sprinkler systems or the afternoon rain shower. Summer turns to winter and your home must deal with freezing weather, snow buildup, even ice in nooks and cracks.

If a house is painted without the proper priming and prep work, problems can start literally at the time of painting. A great painter knows that prep work is the most important part of the painting process. A top quality caulk applied skillfully will prevent water from seeping in for many years to come. If a problem is noticeable at the time of painting, a thorough clean up and prepping needs to be performed before paint is applied.

Special attention should also be placed on the most vulnerable areas of a home. The undersides of a roof’s overhang, or soffits, are vulnerable to leaks from flashing and gutters. The fascia boards, or trim boards mounted on exposed rafter ends, also are a weak point. Make sure they are properly installed and properly protected before paint is applied.

While water is one of the biggest reasons for peeling paint, it isn’t the only one.

Many homes are made to have the “Colorado” look and feel. Meaning they were built with a natural wood, stained to reflect a mountain home. Some types of woods – cedar for instance – is extremely porous and is likely to crack if painted. Staining is the only approach to this type of wood to fully protect it from the elements.

Its also important to know what type of paint you are using. Interior paint isn’t meant for cold conditions. If you use it on the outside, cracking may be the least of your troubles as we hit our subzero temperatures in the winter months. Also, mixing oil based paint with latex paints are a recipe for disaster. Oil based paints must be treated with a primer before latex paints are applied over it. Oil paint is more rigid than latex paints. Latex will actually stretch during normal weather conditions, and because of how oil based paints adhere to the wood, the two will fight each other, causing cracks in the surface.

Whatever the cause, the moment you notice peeling paint, its time to get it fixed and have a fresh coat of exterior paint applied in its place. Give us a call today for a quote.

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