Angie's List: Exterior Painting

By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email
By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email

Thursday, June 21, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's summertime and you know what that means ... tackling home projects. One of the most popular ones is exterior painting.

The tell-tale sign you need a paint job is when the paint is peeling. Fresh paint will not only add curb appeal to your home but also protect it from the elements.

When you go to pick out paint, make sure you pick standard outdoor paint for flat surfaces and elastomeric for textured surfaces like brick and stucco. Keep in mind that areas around high moisture may require mold resistant paint that contains fungicide, but the most important thing to remember is prepping before you paint.

"A lot of homeowners tend to tackle painting on their own, but keep in mind the most common mistakes made is not properly prepping before you paint. And lot of times consumers underestimate the true work involved in prepping properly -- scrapping and getting the surface clean is really important to a lasting paint job. Also, keep in mind if you have a two-story house and you don't have the proper ladders, it can be dangerous, too," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

When you're picking a color, consider your landscaping. Maybe try to work in the colors from shrubbery and flowers with the color of the home. Just remember the color you choose will be there for years, so take plenty of time to make your decision.

If you don't want to paint your home yourself, you still have options. Make sure to get at least three estimates, make sure the painter is insured and check whether he or she is certified to deal with lead-based paint, especially if your home was built before 1978.


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