Decorative paint finishes for your home can really make a difference in terms of how you feel about your home. When you are painting the outside of your house, it is important to think about what kind of decorative finish you want. A lot of people think that they need to paint their house with a flat white finish because that will keep it from fading.
TIP: Do not use a flat white paint finish on the outside of your house. Flat white paint does not reflect light and the sun will cause your house to fade over time.
You can go with a semi-gloss finish instead. It will still be easy to clean and keep your house looking great. If you have any trees near your house, you may want to choose a semigloss paint finish since it will help prevent leaf stains and other things from being on the surface of your walls.
TIP: If you live in an area with lots of wind, you may want to use a satin finish instead of a semi gloss or gloss finish. The satin finish is less prone to chipping and does not create as much surface tension as the other options do. Just make sure that no one will be able to see it from far away because it is less reflective than the other types
In order to make the right decision, you have to know what your options are.
Your exterior walls have several layers of paint to choose from. The most common types of paint finishes for the outside of houses are:
Siding Paint or Exterior Wall Paint – used for covering wood, masonry, concrete and stucco surfaces. Paints designed for siding are hard-coat paints that are applied with a brush or roller. On masonry surfaces, exterior wall paints can be either acrylic or alkyd based. Acrylic exterior paints creates a harder finish than alkyd paints. Alkyd paints chips more easily and has less shine than acrylic paints.
Stain – usually used on cedar siding. Stains provide a uniform color to the surface after penetrating deeply into the wood grain creating a protective barrier against moisture and mold growth. In order to achieve uniform color, stain is applied over previously stained woodwork that has completely dried. Stain should be re-applied every three to five years in areas where there is high exposure to water and sun.
Clear Coat – sometimes referred to as liquid paint or varnish is used after painting cedar shingles and shakes. Clear coat creates a shiny surface that protects the paint
“I’ve never been one to make quick, snap judgments about anything,” says Mimi. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
That’s how she approaches home decorating. And why she chooses Sherwin-Williams paint. Available in a wide range of colors and finishes, Sherwin-Williams has the look, durability and performance that Mimi loves. “Sherwin-Williams is a brand I trust,” she says. “They make great paint for my home.”
When Mimi’s not busy painting her house, she loves spending time with her husband and two children. She also teaches art to local children in her spare time.
“Everything I do reflects who I am,” says Mimi. “And that includes my home.”
The last thing any of us want is for our home to look like a hospital, or worse yet, a prison. Really that’s the last thing you want. I don’t mind having the outside of my house painted in an ugly color, but it doesn’t have to be ugly.
I know some people who decide on a theme for their exterior paint job and then choose colors to go with it. If they were decorating their living room they might do that. But they are painting the outside of their house and that complicates things.
This is what I see when I wander around rural England: red brick houses with white trim, black trim, or no trim and sometimes blue shutters or doors. I’ve never been anywhere where every house was different from every other one on every other street and all the same as every other house on its own street. And this is just the traditional part of rural England; there are neighborhoods where everyone has his own unique paint theme.
Tired of the blandness of your neighborhood? Maybe you should consider something different, a little more daring even than those British houses.
It is important to consider the color of your home’s exterior. It will enhance the curb appeal and value of your home. You have probably heard that white walls are desirable in order to reflect sunlight and keep your house cool. However, they can appear stark and not friendly.
A quality painting contractor will be able to recommend colors that will make your house stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. They will also be able to do a perfect job for you. The process of painting can be daunting for anyone, but with some helpful tips it can also be exciting and rewarding.
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Over time, the splatter-paint effect will be less noticeable. That’s because it’s a relatively coarse material, with lots of tiny holes that are visible only up close. But it can be a great way to add texture to a paint job.
Troweled-on texture: You can also add texture by spraying on multiple coats of paint and then troweling on the paint. Just be sure not to overdo it. If you’re using this technique to cover an existing coat of paint, spray on just one or two light coats first and then apply the trowel finish over those. It’s easy to go too thick at first and need two or three more coats before the troweled texture is even noticeable.
The effect is pretty subtle, but it can look really cool if you use a coarse-grained texture and don’t cover too much area.
The more expensive the paint, the better it is. This is simply not true. Even the fanciest paint won’t cover a bad surface. If your siding is rotten, no amount of money spent on paint will hide it.
In fact, a good exterior paint job usually needs to be done over old paint. If your home has had lousy paint jobs over and over again, you may need to do as much or more scraping and sanding than you do painting. A fresh coat of cheap paint will look better than an old coat of expensive paint.
The secret to a great looking house is in the prep work. That’s what’s going to make the biggest difference: how your house looks before anyone gets out a brush.