After living in your home for several years its exterior appearance can become worn, faded, and peeling, so it will need to maintenance to restore it its beautiful appearance. Here are some tips to help you prepare to paint your home interior, exterior, and any deck surrounding your home for a full restoration.
Prepare Your House
One of the most important parts to painting your home interior or exterior, whether you do it yourself or you hire a professional painter, is the preparation for the job. This needs to include washing the surfaces to remove build-up or residues of any kind. On the interior of your home this will come in the form of greasy fingerprints, dust, food splatters and cooking oils, especially in the kitchen. On the outside of your home this can include bug and bird droppings, tree sap, pollen, dirt, and rust or oxidation from weather.
A pressure washer is a great tool for preparing your home exterior (and your deck) because you can use it to apply a cleaner appropriate for your home's exterior material to remove different residues. For example, if you are painting aluminum siding, the siding can collect a powdery oxidation that you should remove before painting with a paint appropriate for aluminum siding.
Don't Forget Your Deck
When you paint your home exterior, it is a good idea to not forget about your deck. Your decking material has sat outside in the wind and weather just as long as your home's exterior, and will need to be treated with a new coating of paint or wood protector. When the wood of your deck is exposed to the sun's UV radiation, it begins to quickly break down and damage the wood, causing it to decay more quickly and fade to an unattractive appearance.
If you are painting your own deck, remove the old layer of paint that has begun to peel off. Use a sander or a paint scraper to remove the loosened paint. You can also use a pressure washer with a high-pressure tip that will remove the paint easily. Take care with a pressure washer because the pressurized water flow can gouge the wood if you spray it in the same area for too long. Swipe the spray from side to side to get an even flow of pressure as you clean the wood.
By hiring a professional painting crew, such as Kendys Painting Inc, you don't have to worry about applying the paint unevenly onto your home exterior or deck. They will use protective coverings for your home's exterior windows, trim, railings, and other fixtures so paint does not over-spray onto these areas. They will also clean the surfaces and remove any peeling paint prior to painting your home and deck.
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