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How Often Should You Repaint Your House?

A house painting project can be tedious and time-consuming, but it’s a good investment that can increase your home’s appearance and integrity. Paint is your home’s first defense against the elements, exterior and interior, and the first impression for visitors and potential buyers. Modern paints last anywhere between 5 to 10 years. Many factors can affect your house painting jobs, cause luster loss, and decrease longevity.

Here’s a professional house painter guide into how often you should repaint your house’s interior and exterior to keep up the good appearance.

Interior House Painting

When it comes to interior house painting, knowing when to paint and repaint your walls makes all the difference for the appearance of your home. While painting your house on a whim is not a bad thing, there are clear signs that indicate when you should definitely apply a new coat of paint on your walls. When you see these signs in your home, it’s time to pick up the phone and call a professional house painter, like Paint Denver.

  • Living Room & Dining Room
    Paint in these rooms tends to last longer despite how often they are used. Repainting these rooms a different color would mean a total revamping of the décor as well. The general rule of thumb for living and dining rooms is to repaint them every 5 to 7 years.
  • Kitchen & Bathroom
    The kitchen and the bathroom require a little more TLC since the walls get a bit more action with food splatters, messy fingers, and moisture. These factors require that kitchens and bathrooms are painted more often. Professional house painters use the most durable, gloss paints on these walls to ensure the paint lasts as long as possible. You will likely begin to notice some wear and tear within 3 to 4 years, signaling for a fresh coat of paint.
  • Bedrooms
    If you don’t have kids, you’ll find the paint in your bedroom can last a long time. Kids’ bedrooms require a little more upkeep since they are used for sleep and play. Repaint your kids’ bedrooms every 2 to 3 years.
  • Hallways
    Hallways are use the most often. Painting these should help cover up dents, scuff marks and other signs of wear and tear. Paint your hallways every 2 to 3 years to keep them looking like new.
  • Interior Trim
    When you’re painting your house interior, don’t forget about your trim! Paint baseboards, doors, window trim, cabinets, and other decorative wood details every 2 to 4 years.

Exterior Painting

Since every home is different, there is no set time as to when you should repaint your exterior. Most professional house painters say that you’ll need to paint every 5 to 10 years, depending on factors such as where you live, the climate and weather, and the previous exterior house painting job. The surface of your exterior will also make the timing a bit different. Here is the suggested time frame of when you should hire a professional house painter to paint your exterior based on the surface type.

  • Wood Siding
    Every 3 to7 years, or stain it every 4 years
  • Aluminum Siding
    Usually every 5 years
  • Stucco
    Typically lasts 5 to 6 years
  • New Types of Materials
    Cement fiberboard and new types of materials usually need to be touched up less often. You should retouch them every 10 to 15 years.
  • Brick
    You only need to clean brick occasionally, if it’s not painted. If it’s painted, the paint can last 15-20 years.

 

Once you’re ready to update your exterior painting or interior home painting, there are a few steps you should take in order to make sure this new paint job lasts for as long as possible. You’ll need to fill in any holes and cracks with caulk and treat mold and rotted wood. Hiring a professional house painting contractor, like Paint Denver, takes care of all the prep work and will get your home looking like new and staying that way for as long as possible. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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Is Spring the Best Time for Exterior House Painting?

So, you’ve decided your house needs a bit of an exterior paint revamp – now the question is when to do it. While you may think certain seasons are better than others to get your home’s exterior painted, we’re going to give you some facts about why springtime exterior house painting is the best option.

Temperatures Matter

While it may seem obvious to some, drastic temperatures are not ideal conditions for exterior house painting. The paint used on the exterior of homes performs best when applied in mild temperatures that don’t fluctuate much. If the paint is applied when it is too hot outside (usually above 85 degrees) it will dry too quickly and may cause brush strokes and paint clumps to be visible. Extreme high temperatures may also cause the paint to have a lower quality seal, resulting in a less long-lasting paint job.

On the other hand, winter temperatures can hinder the painting of your home’s exterior due to the latex paint’s water-based quality, which will freeze at the same temperature water does. Even if it’s not quite freezing, the paint can develop a strange consistency and become stringy and clumpy. Additionally, wintertime moisture from snow can damage the structure of your home’s exterior paint, so it’s best to wait until the season passes to fix the damage that has been done.

All Eyes on You

No one will be able to admire your house’s beautiful new exterior paint job when it’s covered in snow, so waiting until friends and family will be able to appreciate it is usually best. If you time everything right, getting your home painted early in the season will allow you to plant shrubs and a garden around your home without the worry of ruining your new paint job.

Spring is also a popular time for home sales, and by getting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior, you can increase your home’s value and selling price! And in Denver’s hot housing market, any leg up on the competition is a win.

Is your home ready for a refresh? Schedule your exterior house painting job early and enjoy your great looking exterior all year long! For more information, visit our website or call us at (303) 800-7575.

 

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The Best Paint Colors To Sell A Home

They loved the house … until they walked into the “orange” room. From that point forward it became the “orange” house – and the house they wouldn’t buy because of the awful color.

The Best Paint Colors To Sell A HomeWe all hear stories of the house that sat on the market too long because of the pain color. It happens. But just like home staging is an ever-growing trend in real estate, so is staging with paint color.

Paint color should soothe a potential buyer, making them focus in on the house itself – not the color. With a little thought – and a little paint – you can soon have potential buyers loving your home for what it has to offer. Here are a few basic rules.

Exterior Colors

In many cases, exterior paint colors are dictated by what the homeowners association will allow. If you don’t have an HOA that controls house color, spend some time walking around your neighborhood before you decide on a paint color. In general, paint colors should stick with earth tones – tones that match the surrounding areas. Find a home close in size and style that you like and match your paint choices with theirs. You should also take into account the roof color, stonework, bricks and other elements of the home as you are choosing paint colors. In some cases, you can look to your landscaping as well, especially if you have retaining walls or landscaping stone that is clearly visible from the street view.

Living Room Colors

One of the largest and most used rooms in your home are the living areas. The key to great living room colors is to combine neutrality and warmth. Warm colors will provide character and personality, without the dull and boring that comes with standard white. Remember, most potential buyers want a move-in ready home as much as possible. Yes, they know they can paint, but why do it if they really don’t have to. The “perfect” paint will allow them to tick one more box in your favor. Good neutral colors feature creamy whites, muted beiges and light gray tones. You can also incorporate current trends into your styles – muted shades of blues and greens are always trending, and make great complements to just about any décor.

Kitchen Colors

Kitchens by nature are bright and cheery. Most buyers want open and bright when it comes to kitchen design. After all, this is where the family gathers every day for homework, talking, sharing and cooking. How do you put the finishing touches on a great meal if you can’t see what you’re working on? Light colors help add brightness – try yellow, light olive, or warm beiges.

Bedroom Colors

Bedrooms are designed for relaxation. Because they aren’t areas typically accessible to guests – minus the guest bedroom – mild and less trendy colors are acceptable. Keep things mild and soft – eggshell white, beige, light grays, light yellows and light greens are always a good choice.

Bathroom Colors

Bathrooms are relatively small spaces – bold colors can darken the space, giving it an even smaller appearance. And because potential home buyers value space, keeping things large and airy is always important. In the bathroom, stay away from dark colors – deep hues in reds, browns, yellows or blues will make a wall close in on anyone who enters. Instead, stick with warm whites, and accents with color décor instead.

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Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For Trim

One of the biggest changes you can make to a room in your home is to change the colors of the walls. But adding color to the walls isn’t the only way to make big changes; look at your room’s trim as well.

Interior trim gives a room balance, definition and proportion. It can highlight points of interest. It can set the tone and character of your room.

Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For TrimTrim includes many different features of your room: door and window casings, baseboards, wainscoting and paneling, pillars and mantles, crown moudling, picture moulding and chair rails all can be impacted with color. Think of your trim as you would a picture frame – it simply defines, outlines and highlights the beauty of what is inside.

Trim can be purely definitional and act as a way to define where one room ends and another begins. Trim provides strong lines around the baseboards, door or window casings, breaking up a room to clearly define the wall space. These lines announce the transition between wall and feature, merely blending together to define the space.

Trim can also enhance the beauty of the room, standing out in its own right. Today you’ll find things like wainscoting and crown moulding, doing as much for the aesthetic appeal as the color of the walls and the décor you place in the room itself.

With trim, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting its final look. In many cases it depends on the style and period of the the home itself, as much as it has to do with a clients personality and tastes. Typically you wouldn’t use a heavy Victorian stained trim in a modern ranch home, just like you wouldn’t use minimalist techniques in a turn of the century historic two story.

Trims typically come in one of three forms:

Wood – pine, poplar and basswood are all common types, each made from single layers perfect for accepting stain or paint.

Medium density fiberboard (MDF) – moulding that is paint grade and less expensive than wood. Its smooth and easy to work with, having more resistance to dings and dents, the perfect choice in high traffic areas.

High density polyurethane – a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to wood, comes in many patterns and provides great resistance to severe chances in temperature or humidity.

Once installed, let your imagination run free.

For a classic look, keep your trim lighter in color, usually off white or white in color. A beautiful white will truly accent a dark jewel toned wall, giving a crisp clean look in any room in your home.

Or for a new trend, select a darker color for your trim. Dark trim gives a room more depth and can effectively frame views when used around window casings. While dark paints may be the perfect choice, you can also choose dark stains, increasing the hue even into the black shades. Black provides perfect color coordination especially in historic or period homes.

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Colorado Style: Choosing Paint Colors 2013

You’ve decided to remodel your home. Whether you are hiring a renovator that will knock down walls and give you a new room top to bottom, or are simply investing in new furniture and new décor, one of the most “colorful” changes to your home will be your paint color choice.

Colorado Style: Choosing Paint Colors 2013When you visit the paint chip aisle at your local hardware store, its hard to imagine there is an “in” color for 2013. You’ll see shades of color in every palate imaginable. But does that mean any shade will do?

Color is usually chosen by season and by shade. Head into any home décor store and you’ll quickly find the “in” color as it finds its way into just about everything. From sheets and towels, to furniture and knickknacks, the chosen color will speak to you in a variety of ways.

And while its easy to change out a new pair of sheets, changing color on your walls is a bit more difficult. Yet color is a key component of any room design. You want to do it right. You want to choose wall color that makes it easy to decorate. And you want something totally livable with your Colorado lifestyle in mind. How do you accomplish all of that with a paint color?

For 2013, interior paint colors are more natural and elegant. You’ll find pale coastal blues with cream accents. You’ll find grey tones with navy blue accents. And you’ll find accents with golds and browns just about everywhere.

What’s “in” this year may change slightly for next year. What does that mean for you? It simply means choosing a shade you can live with now and in the future; one that will never go out of style, yet pops just the right amount of color into your home to say “livable” – whatever that means to you.

Never overwhelm. Always transform.

A pale coastal blue hue may be the perfect color for your family room. Then pop the color by finding the right patterned couch and accent pillows in navy blue or gold. Play up the details with color.

Just one example on turning your Colorado home into a feeling of class and style.

Want even more ideas? Let get started by talking about color today. You’ll be surprised at how much a simple coat of paint can do to transform your home.

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