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Exterior Painting Tips for Summer

A good paint to use in the hotter regions will keep the severe and extreme weather on the outside but also allows the surface to breathe. If paint retains moisture it can damage the surfaces it is covering as well as create an environment which is conducive to the growth of mold or mildew. One option is to purchase special paints which have a professional grade mildewcide additive which will inhibit the growth of mildew. In general, premium quality exterior latex paints are more resistant to mildew than alkyd based paints. Choosing a 100% acrylic latex paint instead of a vinyl acrylic paint will help provide resistance to the growth of mold and mildew.

Overexposure to the Elements and Sun

One of the harshest elements that warmer climates can provide as far as exterior paint goes is sunlight. UV rays can cause paint to fade or chalk. Latex paint will help resist the effects of extreme sunlight. Oil-based paints are not as resistant. Another problem is exterior painting that is done on wooden surfaces. When wood is exposed to elements such as moist or wet conditions it will expand and contract. This can cause many paints to flake or crack. It is essential to use a breathable latex paint which will allow moisture to escape without damaging the wood it is protecting. Latex paint has a little bit of elasticity which allows it to contract and expand even after it has cured. It will not blister or crack like other paint types will.

Another factor that can wreak havoc on an exterior painting project is drastic temperature changes. Many regions in the heart of the nation have extreme temperatures sometimes in a matter of a few hours. These drastic changes can also cause wood and siding to contract and expand. Using an acrylic latex paint will help the home deal with the harshness of seasonal changes. It is the best type of exterior paint to use in areas where there are active freeze – thaw cycles.

Prepare the Surface

Bubbling, cracking, peeling or mildew can many times be totally avoided by properly preparing the surface before doing any exterior painting. This step is always extremely important for any painting project, otherwise your paint application won’t stick or can fail in other ways down the road. Once the surface is properly prepared, applying the paint that is appropriate for the climate will help protect the exterior portions of the home. Good paints will help keep severe and extreme weather from affecting the outside of the house.

Color Choices for the Exterior

Now that you know about the methods to maintain your exterior paint condition, what color will you decide on for the best sidewalk appeal? Choosing paint colors can feel overwhelming, but here are some more tips about how to pick for your exterior home painting project.

Much of the choice will depend on a homeowner’s personal taste as well as the home itself. The home’s size, style, and what it was constructed from will largely influence what paint colors will work best. Also take into consideration the type and color of the roof.

According to many homeowners, standard white is still among one of the most popular paint colors used for exterior residential painting in Staten Island. It is a very versatile color and trim color choices are simply unlimited. Trim and other architectural design elements can be accented using bright color choices. Using white paint for exterior painting in New Jersey can help the house look larger and lighter, which is a nice touch for shady areas.

Light vs. Dark

For the homeowner who desires to give their home a more modern look it is important to choose from among the many light, neutral colors. This includes shades of tan, cream, gray, beige and clay. With these color options trim is typically painted white. However a tasteful choice can also be to paint the exterior portions of the home with a light hue and then use a darker shade of the same color to accent the trim or other fixtures. For example, painting a home light gray gives a homeowner many options for other exterior painting projects. Trim may be painted white and then doors can be painted a deep blue-gray color for the perfect accent.

In general it is not advisable to use darker colors for painting the exterior portions of the home, but this is not always true. Darker colors can make an older home appear more charming and fit in to an established neighborhood. Older homes can usually handle some of the medium to darker shades of gray, blue, brown or tan. Homes which have been built from brick or stone look great with a dark colored trim like dark red, blue or deep green.

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