An exterior paint job just has to happen from time to time. Depending on where you live, the type and quality of the materials used, and of course, mother-nature, it might be 5-15 years based on the variables.
If you’re about to embark on this project, we recommend that you choose the highest quality paint that your budget allows as the paint will ultimately protect your home from the elements. A paint that resists mould and mildew, is durable and long-lasting, and resists fading will be the best bang for your buck. We are also on the ‘eco-boat’ and highly recommend that you read labels, and try to choose low-VOC paints and stains, our contractors recommend Cloverdale Paint.
To DIY or not to DIY? The second thing that makes a paint job last is the quality of the application. We all love Pinterest, Houzz, and all those great shows on HGTV that tell us ‘We can do it!” And we believe you can too, however, consider the following before rolling up your sleeves:
- The preparation alone is a huge job. Scraping and sanding in some of those hard to reach spots can be a challenge if you don’t have the right tools. That said, if you’ve got some time, some muscle, and perhaps a few teenagers, then go for it! Prep that house for painting!
A trip to the hardware store might be in order for you to cost out all of the materials that you may not have. Sprayers, scrapers, scaffolding, rollers, brushes, ladders, those white paper suits, are all things that a professional painting crew will already have. However, you may find that your local hardware store rents sprayers and other equipment, so be sure to pop into the rental section while you are there.
Timelines. Do you have all summer, or do you want the job done in a specific timeframe? A crew will work within a specific timeline, letting you enjoy the paint-job all summer long. But if you are looking for a lengthy project and some tan lines, then we say just do it!
Now over to the fun part; choosing a colour! Think about the following as you embark on the colour choice.
What are the elements of your home that maybe you can’t (or don’t want to) witch up with paint. Your driveway, shingles, perhaps a great stained wood door need to all play into the colour you choose. What’s your landscaping like? Do you have perennial flowers in a certain colour that you’d like to compliment, or do you have an abundance of stone features? These elements will be part of your colour scheme as well.
Are you getting ready to sell the home? If yes, then it’s a great idea to not get too stuck on your own personal desire for a lime green house. Look around for some great examples on your street or in your neighbourhood and choose a colour that allows you home to fit in, but not necessarily match. If this is your absolute, forever house, well then inject a little more of your personality (without offending the neighbours of course).
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Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®