Everyone wants their home to be the envy of the Denver neigborhood. Popular Do it Yourself shows spend hours and hours as well as dollars working the landscaping and really trying to bring curb appeal to the property, but often the exterior of the home itself is overlooked. Painting your Denver home is an integral part of having that “pop” that sets your home apart. Not only is it essential to the looks of your home, but exterior paint serves as a barrier between the elements and your investment. That’s why painting deserves special attention!
Painting the exterior of your Denver home improves the overall appearance of your property and extends the life of your homes exterior surfaces by many years. One coat of paint is all that is needed on your home if you’re not changing the color, it is not peeling or chalking and the substrate is in good condition. Even the slightest change in color will require at least two coats for optimal coverage. Two coats of paint are always preferred and sometimes necessary. Many premium paints require two coats for their warranty to be in effect.
A trained eye can spot when the exterior of your home needs a new paint job. If the paint is starting to rub off on your hand when you rub the surface it is time to paint! Putting this off can mean more money later! When exterior paint begins to chalk, it is breaking down and no longer protecting the exterior of your home the way it should. Peeling paint means moisture is penetrating the surface. When paint is peeling, it allows moisture to come in contact with the underlying substrate and can damage the structure of your Denver home.
A good exterior paint job should last from five to ten years. This depends on many factors including the quality of the coating being applied, mil thickness of the paint, the substrate, and most importantly, how well the surface was prepared before the exterior paint was applied! Different colors can also play a pivotal role in how long the painting job is going to last. Lighter colors do not fade as quickly as darker ones. However proper preparation is by far the single most important part of any exterior painting project. A professional exterior painter will be able to explain exactly what is going to take place during the preparation process.
After the house has been scraped, sanded, caulked, pressure washed, primed and dried it is ready to receive the exterior paint. Keep in mind the quality of the paint. Premium exterior paint can leave you with a sense of sticker shock when comparing price per gallon. If you compare this price to the amount of labor involved to apply any coating, the pro’s outweigh the con’s and premium exterior paint is the way to go!
The substance of all this is that homeowners need to be informed. Do your research and check to make sure you are getting what you pay for. If you get three painting bids and the bottom line is drastically lower on one, throw it out! Make sure you are not comparing apples to oranges. Just because the least expensive painting contractor assures you he will do all the preparation needed, does not necessarily mean he will. The cheaper painting contractor has to do the same amount of work a more expensive painter has to do. So how come his price is so cheap? It is because they are not going to do a professional job. They will cut corners and finish quickly so they can make a profit. Most homeowners assume when hiring a professional, they will not have to check up on his work. Unfortunately this is not always the case and you should always check up on your painting contractor to ensure he is doing a quality job.
It is very important for you to feel comfortable with the exterior painting contractor you hire. A professional exterior painter will take the time to educate you and fully address all of your questions and concerns. You should not feel intimidated or embarrassed to ask even the simplest of questions. The unfortunate fact is cheap painting contractors almost always do cheap work and skips on quality materials. A professional painting contractor who takes satisfaction in their work will show up early, dress the part and work with pride.
It is essential to get the best exterior painting contractor for your Denver home painting project. Dowd Restoration is experienced in all phases of exterior painting. Give us a call today for a FREE estimate. 303-522-8730