TIPS FOR PAINTING YOUR HOME'S EXTERIOR

Posted by DB Wilson on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 2:11pm.

If you’re looking to sell your home, or are in the process of remodeling, a fresh coat of exterior paint can go a long way. However, with so many different products available, repainting can be a confusing—and exhausting—task to take on.  Repainting your house can add instant curb appeal, making a home appear upgraded and well cared for. Picking the right type of paint for your home is vital—the wrong choice can be disastrous and end up creating more work for you. However, if you know what to look for, the process can be hassle free.

The first step to repainting your house is preparation. You can be armed with the best paint possible, but if you don’t properly prepare, the outcome can be horrible.  Scraping and sanding the loose paint off your home before power washing or bleach washing the entire exterior surface. Don’t forget to wear gloves and protective clothing.

The second step to making sure your home-painting process runs smoothly is starting with a high-quality 100 percent acrylic latex paint. Acrylic latex paint is durable and versatile, which makes it a good fit for wood, siding and masonry. Plus, it has UV protection which discourages fading and peeling. If your home’s exterior is made of wood, use a primer first to ensure that your paint adheres to your home with the best grip possible. Acrylic latex paint is ideal for wood because wood tends to change over time, which means it needs a paint with a high level of elasticity that will expand and contract along with it as the weather changes.

If your house has aluminum or vinyl siding, no primer is needed. However, if you have a glossy siding, use a latex bonding primer for best results. Latex is extremely breathable, which means it allows moisture to pass through, dries quickly and requires no chemical solvents. This makes your painting job much easier.

On masonry, such as concrete or stucco, latex paint is superior because it prevents chalking and fading. Do-it-yourself exterior painting has been extremely popular lately. Arming yourself—and your home—with the right type of paint will make the process easier, and ensure a great final product that will give your home an extra edge and enable a faster sale.

For more information on updating your home’s exterior, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc., 303-449-7000 or 1-800-825-7000.

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in both National Real Estate & Relocation and Real Trends magazines. Regionally, for the 4th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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