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When you are preparing to make updates to your home, you will most likely have a budget in mind. You may put set aside some of that money for the interior of the home, while the rest will be spent on the exterior. The best way to make sure that you remain on budget is by making sure to purchase the correct amount of the materials you need so there is no waste in the process.
A great way to update your home in a way that you will notice right away is by adding some paint or new siding. A lot of people automatically look to the inside of the home when making renovations, but you interact with the outside of your home just as much. In the summer months as you are sitting outside enjoying an ice-cold lemonade, you will want to know that your home looks its best.
Where to Start with Exterior Painting
The first thing that you will need to consider when painting the outside of your home is what type of paint will work best with your siding. Materials are everything when it comes to the painting process, so being sure that they are compatible with your home is crucial. Once you have found the perfect paint, you can rest assured that it will last, making your home improvement investment well worth the money spent.
Next, you need to be sure that you have the correct amount of paint so that you can finish the job without running out, and also without having too much left over. There is nothing worse than spending too much money on materials and not being able to return a specific paint color. In general, one gallon of paint will cover anywhere from 250-400 square feet of the exterior of your home.
Once you consider the size of your home as well as the coverage of the paint you have purchased, you should be able to determine how much paint you will need for your project.
Getting the House Ready
Before you begin painting, there are a couple of steps that you may want to take. First of all, you need to make sure that your siding or general exterior is washed properly so that the paint can be applied smoothly and will last for a long time. You will also want to make sure that the exterior surface is smooth and free of any blemishes so that the paint goes on smoothly.
Before the new paint is applied, you also need to be sure that there is no residual paint that could cause any issues during the process. After all of that, you may also want to put down some tarps to protect your plants and lawn from any paint that may fall from the siding during application. A properly prepped house will ensure that everything goes well and that you benefit from the perfect end result.
When it comes to the exterior of your home, a little paint goes a long way and will be something you can enjoy every season of the year.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.