Painting the exterior of your home is probably one of the last things on your mind. For most homeowners, it’s not until the appearance of their home starts to degrade before they think about painting it. The exterior of your home is the largest surface area on your building, it should go without saying it makes a big difference in appearance. With that said, here are 3 powerful reasons you should consider painting the exterior of your Massachusetts home.
#1. If Your Home Was Built Before 1978
If you have an older home with paint that is peeling, bubbled, or blistered then it has obviously got to go. But if your home was built before 1978 (and hasn’t been repainted) then there is a strong possibility your paint contains lead. If the paint contains lead then you’ll need to take extra precautions when preparing to paint your home. The toxic dust created from sanding lead based paints is harmful to you, your family and the environment in general. If you have any doubts you can have paint chips sampled by a reputable lab and even some home improvement stores offer this service as well.
Because of the scope of the job removing lead based paint it’s always recommended you deal with a professional exterior painting contractor. They have the equipment and training to remove the lead based paint from your home and refresh it with modern, safer, more environmentally friendly choices.
#2. Take Advantage Of More Modern Materials/Technology
If you’ve just moved into a brand new home then this might not be an issue for you. However, if you live in a home that hasn’t been repainted in a 7+ years then you might benefit from newer more modern paint. Paint Technology has come a long way in the last 5 years, not to mention 10, 15 even 20 years. There is a wider variety of colors and color trends to make your home look more attractive. There are also more textures so your exterior paint can add more flair to your home. Modern paints are also more durable and they are almost all friendlier on the environment. A newer paint applied by a professional will last you 15-20 years before you’ll need to consider repainting again.
#3. Protect Your Investment
Many homeowners forget the exterior paint on their home wasn’t just made to look good. It’s really to protect the exterior building materials of your home from the elements. UV light, wind, water, salt spray (if you live near the ocean), dirt, algae and other foreign contaminents all take a toll on the materials siding your home. High quality paint helps protect your investment. That’s why it’s always advisable not to buy cheap paint for the exterior of your home. You can certainly get away with a lesser quality paint on the inside of your home, but not the outside. Imagine having to reside your entire home for $25,000 because the low quality (but cheap) exterior paint you chose allowed the wood siding to rot?
Painting the exterior of your Massachusetts home isn’t a small job, but it’s an important one if your home needs it done. We’re not suggesting if your home is 10+ years old you should phone us immediately. What we are suggesting is that you use your best judgement when looking at your home, and examining the exterior paint. It’s usually quite obvious when a house is ready to be painted and if you know yours is then give us a call today.