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Is it time to repaint your house?

Ensure the colour you repaint your house is not an eye sore for the neighbourhood.

Your home should be repainted every five to 10 years, however there are other signs, according to Jack’s Paint, that your home may need a new lick of paint:

  • Walk around the exterior of your home and if you can see that some of the paint is flaking or peeling, it’s a good indicator that it is time to paint. In addition, you may even be able to see that your paint looks lacklustre.
  • If your exterior paint appears to have a whitish cast to it this is a sign of chalking. Rub your finger across the paint, and if you are left with a white residue on your finger then this is a clear sign that your paint is beginning to break down and is ready for a new coat.
  • If you feel that the colour of your home is old and out of date, then it’s time to bring out those paintbrushes. After all, what could be lovelier than a completely new colour? It will make your home look amazing and will up its value (provided the colour you choose is not totally ‘out there’ – ed).

The process

When about to repaint, you need to consider a few things: do you live in a complex or neighbourhood with rules regarding the colours you can use (some neighbourhood rules will disallow bright orange, for example). Speak to your local homeowners’ association to find out which colour palettes you should stick to.

When choosing a new exterior paint colour, pop down to your local paint store and speak to an expert. Ask them for enough paint from each colour so that you can see what it looks like on your actual wall. Find a section of your exterior wall that you can use as a colour swatch patch. Try to stick to four or five colour options. Bear in mind that cooler colours from the lighter palettes will work best, such as earth tones or blues and greys. Deeper greys and blues can be better at hiding dirt whilst lighter colours will look fresh and beautiful.

Paint a stripe of each colour on your exterior and leave to dry for a few days before making your final decision. If you don’t know where to begin, drive around your neighbourhood to see what works and what doesn’t.

Once you have decided on the colour, you can begin the priming and painting process. Ensure that you are using the best exterior paint  for your home based on the climate that you live in. Consider the summer and winter temperatures, as well as humidity levels of your region when choosing the paint.

It’s always best to bring in experts to paint your house, especially as they will know how to prep, paint and seal the new coat of paint.

 

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