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Canadian homeowners spend up to 3 percent of their property’s total value on maintenance and repairs annually. Ignoring the problems a home has will only lead to them getting worse over time. The best way for a homeowner to find out about what their residence needs is by inspecting.

During these inspections, you need to pay close attention to the condition of the exterior paint. There will come a time when you have to get this paint replaced due to age and wear. Once you have new exterior paint applied, investing time and energy in maintaining it is vital.

The last thing you want is for your home to lose curb appeal due to a lack of maintenance. This is why keeping your exterior paint in good shape is vital.

The following are some of the things you need to do to keep your home’s exterior paint in pristine shape.

  1. Exterior Paint Needs to be Washed

Most homeowners fail to realize how much of a pounding their paint takes from Mother Nature. Every time the window blows dirt into the air around your home, it will usually land on the exterior paint. This means that over time, the paint will start to look dirty and dingy.

While you can wash the dirt off by hand, this will take lots of time and energy. The best way to reduce the time it takes to get this job done is by renting a power washer. If you are unsure about how to adjust the settings on the power washer, working with professionals is a must.

If the pressure is set too high, it may lead to the paint getting blown off. This is why hiring professionals to do this job is a good idea. They will be able to scrub the outside of the home with soap and water before power washing it to ensure it gets as clean as possible.

  1. Touching Up Your Paint is a Good Idea

As previously mentioned, inspecting the outside of your home on a regular basis is important. While looking at your exterior paint, make note of any chips or scratches that are present. The longer you allow these problems to linger, the worse they will inevitably get.

Once the professionals are done painting your home, you need to find out what color was used. Getting a gallon of this paint to keep in the garage is a good idea. By doing this, you can easily touch up these imperfections.

With a paintbrush or a small roller cover, you should have no problem getting these spots covered with paint. Most homeowners take great pride in doing their own improvement projects. Not only will this touching up beautify your home, it can also give you a sense of accomplishment.

  1. Keep Your Landscaping in Check

A variety of different elements are included in your exterior home design. One of the first things a person will notice about your home is the condition of the landscaping around the residence. Allowing your shrubs and trees to grow too high can create lots of problems.

Most homeowners fail to realize that out of control landscaping elements near their residence can damage their exterior paint. If the branches of the shrubs and trees are always rubbing against the paint, it will cause scratches to develop. Also, wet branches coming in contact with the side of the home can lead to the development of mold and mildew.

Instead of dealing with these problems, you need to focus on keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed. If you don’t have the energy or time to do this work, hiring landscaping professionals is important. The money paid to these professionals will be worth it considering the results they can produce.

  1. Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts

The outside of your home has a number of different parts. The gutters mounted on your roof help to keep water from puddling on the roof and at the foundation of a home. Over time, these gutters will start to get filled with leaves and other debris.

If the gutters are allowed to overflow, the water can cause damage to your exterior paint. Instead of dealing with this problem, getting your gutters cleaned professionally on a regular basis is vital.

With this professional cleaning, you can keep your roof, your foundation and your exterior paint in good shape. Consulting with gutter professionals is the best way to figure out how often this cleaning should be performed.

  1. Caulking and Sealing

Keeping the doors and windows around your home sealed and functional is important. If the seals around these windows and doors wear out, it can lead to your paint getting damaged. When water gets behind the fascia boards on your home, it can cause them to rot.

Hiring professionals to caulk and seal the outside of your residence is a great way to avoid this type of damage for good. If you are like most homeowners, you don’t have the experience to do this work. Instead of making mistakes that will only lead to more problems, you need to work with experienced professionals.

Professional Painters Can Help You Out

Getting new exterior paint and maintaining it is much easier when hiring a professional. A professional painter will have a team of employees they can use to get this work done in a hurry.

Are you looking for a reputable and experienced painter to hire? If so, contact us to find out more about the services we offer.

Is the outside of your home looking old and tired? Or are you tired of the color? Are you getting ready to sell your home?

There are many reasons you might want to repaint. And there are good reasons for selling in 2019. Keeping resale value in mind, some colors are better than others.

A nice coat of paint rejuvenates your home’s exterior. If you’re painting soon, take a look at these top trends in exterior paint colors for your home in 2019.

You Can’t Please Everyone

You can’t please everyone, but there are some colors that most people find easy on the eyes. Remember when everyone wanted a red front door? That’s out of style now, along with the bright-yellow accents!

If you’re repainting for yourself or to sell, neutral colors are easygoing and never go out of style. Neutrals pair well with colorful home decor accents that are easy to change when you tire of them.

Don’t worry, neutral doesn’t mean boring. And keep in mind that color affects mood in different ways.

That being said, take a look at these great exterior paint color trends and pick one that works for you.

  1. White on White

From the popular farmhouse trend to a Mediterranean beach house, white is on point. And don’t be fooled, there’s more than one white. Painting your house white is tricky because there are so many whites from which to choose.

There are cool whites with blue or grey undertones. There are also warm whites with a hint of brown or cream. Some whites with brown undertones look the tiniest bit pink.

A white house sporting white trim offers a clean look that’s gorgeous. if you’re looking for something more striking, use white with a bold dark color for the trim.

If you opt for white, use one with a low light reflective value (LRV) for your home’s exterior. It won’t reflect the surrounding colors of the landscape or your neighbors’ homes.

  1. Dark and Dramatic

Looking for something a little more dramatic for your home’s exterior? Almost no matter the type of home, it’ll look great with a bold dark color. Whether your house is mid-century modern, contemporary, or craftsman, a dark color looks great.

Colors gaining in popularity are dark greens, dark blues, and charcoals. Pair these dark colors with white trim.

Stormy Gray has a blue undertone for a unique and dramatic look. Looking for a beach or coastal feel? Try Stormy Gray. Pair it with white trim details.

  1. The Famous Greige

Greige is taking over and for good reason. Greige is the marriage of gray and beige. Homeowners and buyers love greige. Beige infuses warm undertones while gray offers soft neutral tones.

The two colors together make greige. And it’s the perfect color for exterior as well as interior paint jobs.

  1. Safe Taupe

Taupe is a good exterior color for playing it safe if you’re selling soon. Tony Taupe from Sherwin-Williams (SW 7038) is a great neutral exterior color. It’s also one of the most popular, and it’s coming up big in 2019.

  1. A Classic – Desert Beige

This strong neutral tone pairs well with bold contrasting trim colors. The trim is a visual outline for your home’s exterior. This classic beige isn’t boring and pairs well with white gutters, corner strips, and soffits.

  1. Got the Blues?

Do you love blue? You’re not alone!

Many homeowners and buyers opt for blue. Deep bold blues make for great accent colors. Or do the entire exterior in a bold blue hue. If you choose a dark or bright blue, pair it with cool light trim colors.

Be bold with Peacock Blue and you’ll stand out from your neighbors!

Blue is another color that gives a coastal feel like Cape Cod in the summer. Try any sea-blue watery hue for a charming exterior. Ready to set your home apart? Try Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year: Oceanside.

  1. Almost Blue

You’re not ready for blue, but you want a nautical feel? Try a deep blue-gray exterior. You’ll get the nautical, coastal vibe without committing to full blue.

Pair with white trim for a neutral look. Not sure what white to look for? Your painting contractor can help. Speaking of contractors, make sure you hire a good one!

  1. Unexpected Red

As 2019 comes into full bloom, there are also some unexpected color trends. Here’s a trend you may not be sold on when it comes time to sell, but if you’re looking for something different, try a smoky red exterior.

A bright and cheerful lighthouse red is a traditional color, but it’s also fresh. It’s the perfect pairing for bright white trim. Paint the garage doors and soffits white as well.

  1. Nature-Inspired Exterior Colors

No doubt 2019 decor takes lots of its inspiration from nature. If you’re looking for a retreat-like space, consider a moss green like Spanish Moss from Valspar. This woodsy green has brownish tones reminiscent of tree bark.

Looking for a more neutral green? Try Benjamin Moore’s Cypress Green. It’s a gray-green amalgamation that’s neutral without being boring. Try it with black or dark-gray shutters and trim.

  1. Pale Yellow

Yellow is making a comeback. This cheerful hue says “happy!” But beware of going too bright. A nice toned-down pale shade is your best bet if you’re selling anytime soon.

Yellow looks great on a traditional craftsman or old Victorian. Pair it with a white porch and trim. Add gray details for a sophisticated look.

Exterior Paint Colors for 2019

There are so many great exterior paint colors for 2019. There’s something for everyone’s taste. If you’re painting your home with no plans for selling, go for whatever trend suits you best.

If you’re painting with selling in mind, stick to one of the more neutral trends. Neutral may seem boring, but it’s tried and true when it comes to selling your home.

Whether you’re going for a coastal blue or a lighthouse red, a fresh coat of exterior paint makes your home look great.

Are you ready for a new coat of exterior paint? Call us. We’re here to help!

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5 Reasons why you should always hire a Professional Painter

#1 Finished Product

Painting anything requires training in all sorts of disciplines. Many people do not think of what encompasses an entire painting job in their homes.

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Painting is a skill set that requires chemical handling/storage, ladder safety, skim coating, sanding, caulking, understanding the difference between paints and quality then ultimately having that steady hand. Also, don’t forget the tools you need.

When you hire a professional painter you are guaranteed a quality and professional finish, something you may not be able to achieve on your own. You all know what I am talking about there! The infamous ceiling hit!

#2 Preparation

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The above ceiling hit could have easily been avoided by taking the time to properly prep the wall and ceiling. There is a lot to consider when prepping your home for paint, including having to research the paint to use, the tools needed and the time to complete it all. You may think that by buying the most expensive paint and tools it will ensure you a quality DIY job, but it all comes down to the application when using those products as well.

Professionals are not only efficient at the prep portion but will, again, guarantee the end product as well as ensuring the work is completed when its needed. Meaning you get that valuable #freetime you deserve.

#3 Perceived Value

So it is going to cost you less to paint it yourself, right?

That is not always the case. When you have completed DIY painting, it can come back to haunt you when selling your home or when you go to complete other renovations or DIY projects in your home.

Hiring a professional the first time means that its done right from the beginning and you’d be surprised about how reasonable hiring a pro is!

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We have already outlined how much prep and time is required for painting your own home. Do you really have that time?

Hiring a professional lets you get that time back and also gets that honey-do-list off your plate! You have bigger things to worry about, let a pro handle it for you. Plus, a pro will complete the job far more efficiently than the DIY route.

 

 #5 So now what…..

Whats the plan with the left over paint? Did you buy drop cloths for your DIY project, if so, where do they go now? Where do you dispose of the paint? How far is that drive and what does the municipality charge to do it? What other clean up is there to do now?

Is there touch ups to do after? Now you will have to pull all this stuff out again to do those.

A professional painter will take care off all of that so you don’t have to. They warranty and guarantee their work. This means there is no added pressure on you. You can either leave those spots you missed and get ribbed by your friends and family or just let your Professional Painter get it done right the first time.

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