It’s Spring!, the time of year when people are beginning outside projects on their homes. Oh, how we love a beautiful bed of new flowers! It’s the perfect time of year to upgrade your grill and outdoor entertainment space in preparation for all the planned cookouts. Did you know it is the ideal time of year to paint the exterior of your home? It’s not too hot or too cold which is not only essential to the painter but to your home’s exterior surfaces. Painting the exterior of your home provides aesthetic and functional benefits.
Reasons to Paint Your Home Exterior
Better Curb Appeal
According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers today consider a home’s curb appeal as one of the six most important criteria when deciding to purchase a home. Having an appealing exterior entices the potential buyers to want to take a look inside. If the exterior is poorly kept then the buyers might take one glance and keep on driving. Have you ever heard of the phrase about judging a book by its cover? Even if you are not looking to sell your home, curb appeal is important to a lot of people because it adds a sense of pride. Having a fresh coat of paint on the exterior is giving your house the look it deserves, plus it will leave a lasting impression on your neighbors. Some of the most popular exterior paint colors are neutrals such as white, gray, and tan. Bold colors are welcomed as accents, such as your front door and window shutters.
Protection Against Weathering
The paint on your house protects and shields the siding from nature’s ailments; wind, rain, snow, and sun can be tough on the exterior of your home. It can increase the lifespan of your siding. Moisture can cause the exposed siding to expand and soften leading to further paint cracking, flaking, and peeling. A new coat of exterior paint will prevent moisture from seeping into your home which inhibits the growth of mold and mildew that lead to rot. There is nothing that can be done about rotten wood except for being replaced. Replacing wood can be expensive especially when it comes to the structure of your home. Therefore, covering up blemishes before they have time to progress is extremely important. Additionally, the sun can cause paint to fade and weaken the integrity of the paint. Not only will a fresh coat of exterior paint brighten the appearance of your home, it also adds protection from the sun.
Help Prevent Insect Infestation
Termites have the capability of demolishing a wood home. It is imperative to receive regular home inspections for termites and there are additional measures that you can take to protect your home from these pests. Adding exterior paint covers up cracks that they use as access points and can stop an infestation from occurring. An additional option for prevention is to apply a layer of borate-based wood preservative before painting.
An exterior paint job is one of the cheapest renovations you can do to your home. It has a considerable return on investment because the increase in the value of the home is greater than the cost to have the home professionally painted.
Exterior home painting is a budget-friendly springtime renovation. Having your home exterior regularly painted keeps it looking beautiful and gives it a strong defense against weather and insects. It improves the appeal, function, and value of your home.