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Three Tips For Choosing An Exterior Paint Color

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Finding an exterior color for your home isn’t the easiest to do, well not in comparison to indoor painting. There are lots of factors to think about and reasons as to why you’d want to paint the exterior of your home in the first place.

In this article, we’ll be looking at how and why you’d want to paint outside your home, the benefits and three tips for choosing your exterior paint color. So with that being said, let’s dive in!
Why use exterior paint?
Exterior painting can often be mainly to give your home a more visually appealing look, especially when it comes to introducing your home to guests and for passersby to see. It’s also important that you enjoy the space you’re in, both inside and outside the home. There are lots of reasons for using exterior paint that go beyond aesthetics, as some can benefit the overall health of the exterior walls and features.

 

Three tips for choosing exterior paint

So what are the best tips when it comes to choosing exterior paint?

1. Consider your neighbors

As much as you might want a bright neon color to make your home stand out, that might not always go down well with the other homeowners in your neighborhood. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, then there’s nothing stopping you, going with a more outrageous and perhaps slightly out of the box color.

The difficulty when it comes to picking colors is that it needs to blend in or at least look somewhat similar to that of other properties. If not, then not only does it cause an eyesore to your neighbors but it might not benefit your property when it comes to selling it, particularly if there are nearby properties on the market too.

If you’re considering a paint job, then seek advice from your neighbors and be honest with what you would like to do when it comes to the exterior of your home. Ultimately, the color you paint your home is down to you and you alone. However, if you want to keep on good speaking terms with your neighbors, then it might be good to factor in their concerns or feedback regarding the paint.

Simply giving them the heads up can make a difference, even if you’re intending to go for a bold color. At least it won’t come completely out of the blue when they wake up one morning to see you with your paint brush and covering the property in pink paint.

 

2. Highlight or bring back it’s history

There are a lot of properties out there that have been around for decades, if not hundreds of years. These types of properties can end up losing their history and aspects of their original features. Exterior paint can be a good way to bring these features back and in some cases, highlight them further.

If you’ve got an older property that has a variety of aged features, then consider using exterior paint to solely focus on making these areas stand out. This will be more effective than simply painting the entire exterior itself. It’ll help highlight original window sills to plaques that were typical in their placement back in the 1800s.

It might not necessarily be to everyone’s tastes, but if you’re keen to bring back some of the history to your property, then exterior paint can help with that. A word of advice though is to be cautious about painting on areas that might not take well to the paint you’re using. Always try a small patch test before moving onto a bigger section or area.

If there are any reservations that you have when it comes to painting on old materials or features, then try to get in touch with the relevant organizations and individuals that might be able to help you paint successfully. You want to try and cause as minimal damage or mistakes as possible when it comes to your home. Colorsnap is a great company to use if you’re looking for the right paints and for any expert advice when painting your home.

 

3. Remember the inside of your home

When painting or decorating your home in general, chances are, you want everything to flow pretty seamlessly throughout each space. The themes may be slightly different but certain colors and designs are going to have a similar appearance. The same goes for the outside of your home. If your home interiors are all monochrome, then it might be a little disjointed to have an exterior paint that’s green or red.

Try to partner up the inside of your home to the exterior so that it matches the expectations of those when coming inside of the property. However, that’s not something you have to stick by and you could do something completely different on the outside if you really wanted to. However, it’s always good to have a bit of consistency in order to provide both value and satisfaction.

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The benefits of using exterior paint

Exterior paint certainly has many benefits and if you’ve been considering exterior paint for your own home, then perhaps you need a bit more convincing before taking the plunge and getting out the brush. Here are some benefits of using exterior paint on your home, now that you have a few tips for choosing the exterior paint color.

1. The value of your home increases
One of the biggest benefits and why many choose to paint the exterior is that it adds a bit of value to your home. It can end up being more aesthetically pleasing and unique, which is what some buyers will be after when it comes to selling your home.

Even if you have no intentions of selling your home yet, it’s always a good idea to focus on adding value and investing into your property’s worth.

2. Helps protect it from weather conditions
Weather conditions will always play a part when it comes to both the appearance and stability of your home. If your property doesn’t have a good structure, then chances are, it could end up being subjected to damage of some kind. With exterior paint, one of the benefits to painting your home is that it will help protect it from the elements.

Weather like rain, sleet and snow can all impact the quality of the brick work or whatever materials your home is made out of. This is due to moisture but also other minerals that can be found in the more harsh weather conditions.

By protecting it with paint, you’re avoiding the more costly structural work that will likely be needed after a while.

3. Corrects any damage
Damage is one of the main reasons why paint is used to tackle the exterior. There’s not always much you can do when it comes to damage that’s perhaps on the surface or only is minimal in it’s depth. Painting the exterior of your home might do well in covering it up and making it look like new.

It’s all dependent on the color you go for and how close you’ll need to get before the damage becomes obvious. There are some great exterior paint types out there though that are worth trying.

4. Gives your home an update
Sometimes a much-needed update is needed for some homes. Whilst other homes might be vintage in their appearance and beautiful to look at, some properties can age badly, particularly if the job of building the property wasn’t done as high standard as we see in today’s building trade for the most part.

Having a bit of an update is often needed and can really give your home a fresh face and appearance overall.

5. Makes your home stand out
Unless you’re wanting to make a bold statement and paint it a unique color, then that might be taking ‘stand out’ to a new level. However, any paint job on the outside of your home, whatever the color, is likely going to be a great addition to your home’s appearance and more importantly, it’s going to stand out. Colorsnap has a great variety of paints that are all worthy of helping a property stand out from the rest of the properties on the street.

Why not be the best looking property in your area? It’s not only good for your home’s value but it will likely make you feel good too!

6. Improves air quality indoors
With exterior paint, it can help to provide a lot more in the way of sealant for the home and that way, you can benefit from a better indoor air quality. This is important, especially with older buildings that might not be so healthy.

When choosing exterior paint colors, think about what you want and what will suit best for your property in particular. Everyone’s choice will be different and regardless of what your neighbors think, it’s you who owns the property and therefore, you should do what makes you happy. It’s only paint at the end of the day and it can always be changed.

Sherwin-Williams’ VinylSafe® Paint Line Opens up New Choices for Homeowners with Vinyl Siding

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There’s an old saying in home exteriors: “Wood is good, but vinyl is final.” That may be true enough, but that doesn’t mean the color of your vinyl siding has to be forever. Sherwin-Williams’ new VinylSafe® exterior paint line has opened up a new world for those who’ve grown tired of their home’s manmade cladding and want to change things up with a bright, new coat of color.

Before this innovative product came along, vinyl siding could be painted, but with strict limitations and dubious results. For one, the new color had to be lighter than the existing color. And what if the siding was already white? In that case, there were no options. But VinylSafe paint is specially formulated to perform on vinyl siding, offering smooth, bright color without causing the substrate to buckle or warp in any way.

Sherwin-Williams makes this innovative paint in a palette of 100 colors – even a few dark selections. It’s available throughout their product line, including the latex formulas Emerald®, Duration®, Resilience®, and SuperPaint® , and their SnapDry™ Door & Trim Paint.

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Is Vinyl Really Final? The Drawbacks to PVC Siding

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“Vinyl is final,” the saying goes. But is that a good thing – or a bad thing?

When fans of vinyl use this adage, they mean to say that polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in a home’s exterior calls for little to no maintenance. The truth is it’s not that simple. Whereas it doesn’t need to be painted, it does need to be cleaned – more frequently, actually, than you would be sanding and re-painting wood siding. This is just one factor to consider if you’re thinking of going with vinyl instead of painting your house.

Installation is crucial, too. If vinyl siding is installed poorly, or if it ends up cracking, moisture can collect under it (whereas wood can “breathe”) and rot the wood and framing behind it while you are oblivious to the hidden damage. Mold is also a very real danger here. And don’t think that house-wrap will help prevent moisture damage: this layer gets nailed through, inviting water in. If you’re thinking of opting for siding installations, then you’ll be wanting it to be done professionally using companies like James Hardie Siding installation or another comparable service provider. This is to ensure the installation of every exterior component is done correctly for the best results and a long-lasting finish to your exterior.

One thing that surely seems final about vinyl siding is the color. You’d better like the hue you choose, because you’ll be looking at it for a long time until the day comes that you have to tear it all off or consider painting the vinyl with a trusted product like VinylSafe from Sherwin Williams. With a painted wood-sided house, though, you can change your exterior house colors as you see fit, and the cost will be considerably less than tearing down and replacing vinyl siding. There are far more options for outside house paint colors than there are for vinyl siding colors – in fact, the choices with paint are limitless since custom colors can be mixed. This reminds us of another saying: If it’s not moving, you can paint it. For sure, some people do paint their vinyl siding, but the results never last long. It’s clear to see: vinyl really shouldn’t be your first choice when it comes to your siding. You could consider something like a James Hardie siding replacement instead if your vinyl is showing signs of age or damage. This way you’ll have a more robust, long-lasting, fiber cement material protecting the exterior of your home as well as the luxury of having it in your choice of colors and styles.

Let’s Talk About the Disadvantages of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is not just used for siding and exterior trim. It’s also become a very popular material choice for fences and accessories (planters, window boxes, posts, etc.). No matter how it’s used, exterior vinyl has quite a few disadvantages, including the following:

It fades. We’ve all seen a vinyl-sided house that’s long past its prime. While some vinyl siding can look vibrant when it’s new, years of strong sun beating on it can really take its toll, resulting in unsightly outer wall discoloration. The same goes for those vinyl fences that start out looking unnaturally bright but turn gray within a few years that then end up making the property owner start looking at wood fences or other options to have longer-lasting aesthetically pleasing fences.

It gets brittle. Vinyl is more prone to expand and contract in extreme temperatures, and over time this leaves it brittle. New England painting professionals can tell you that wood with exterior paint, on the other hand, can last virtually forever in our climate if it gets simple regular maintenance.

It stains. Most vinyl will permanently stain from the build-up of dirt, mildew, or algae. Unlike paint, it is hard to get clean once this staining sets in. You can try pressure-washing it, but if there are cracks or other openings, such as ill-fitting seams, you’re just going to force water behind the siding and cause a whole lot of havoc.

It looks unnatural. Remember that unnaturally bright-white PVC fence? Well, there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood. Whether it’s painted a fresh, beautiful color or it’s stained or left to weather with the grain showing through, it provides warmth and appeal that no manmade product ever could.

There’s a wide range of quality. That applies to the material itself and the installation – and once it’s on your house, it’s too late. Whereas Azek is a name-brand, high-quality type of blown cellular PVC that is warranted and backed by a manufacturer with a sound reputation, common vinyl siding comes in a wide range of pricing – and, of course, quality.

It’s bad for the environment. Vinyl is made from petroleum, and its production creates greenhouse gases and carcinogenic by-products. Then, when the time comes to scrap it, it sits in landfills and doesn’t decompose (only about 1% of vinyl siding gets recycled); in fact, it’s very likely that it will be burned, sending toxic chemicals into the air. And, we don’t like to think about house fires, but if a sided building burns, the chemical vapors that are produced are noxious – or even deadly. Remember: vinyl siding started out as crude oil, and that stuff is quite combustible.

It could hurt your home’s resale value. Not everyone wants “low maintenance,” especially when there’s an aesthetic tradeoff. Quite frankly, vinyl looks cheap compared to real wood, and more home buyers than not will see that as a negative, especially in areas with historic or upscale homes. Imagine a lovely Victorian with its intricate gingerbread trim hidden under a plain sheath of white vinyl. It’s enough to make a historic home painter cry.

It’s inferior to wood as an insulator. The R-value of natural wood is higher than that of vinyl siding, meaning that it’ll do a better job helping you maintain your home’s interior temperature in both cold and hot weather.

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    Spring Has Sprung! It’s Time for Fresh, New Paint!

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    Get your home or business exterior painted in April or May for the best results.

    The days are long and the sun is strong: it’s finally spring in New England. We’re all enjoying warm weather, opening our windows, and feeling more energetic. Many of us are using that extra energy to get some spring cleaning and yardwork done, to beautify our surroundings after the not-so-pretty months of winter. And there’s no better way to refresh your home’s or business’s exterior than with a fresh coat of paint.

    Those who know painting know that this is the best time of year for recoating exteriors, because the temperature is just right for proper drying. When the paint gets to dry and cure under these ideal conditions, the results will be optimal, giving your building many years of fantastic curb appeal. So, don’t miss out: schedule your project today to get the best results for your home or business exterior.

    Our crews at Arch Painting are working hard this spring, and we’re ready to help you with all of your interior and exterior painting needs. We also pressure wash exterior walls and desks, and we apply stain as well. To get your free, no-obligation estimate, just call 1-844-ARCH-PAINTING (844-272-4724) or fill out a contact form today. We’d love to help you bring your vision to life!

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      Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2019 Has Been Revealed – And it’s Colorful!

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      Color is coming back! According to Sherwin-Williams’ 2019 Colormix Forecast, the clean, minimalist design trends of recent years are being replaced with a blend of warm tones, bright accents, and earthy textures. With colors inspired by the beauty of the world beyond our screens – everything from forest mushrooms to the rings of Saturn – the new Colormix Forecast paints 2019 as an exciting year for design. Read More

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      Colorful Paint Upgrades to Make this Spring

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      Adding color to your home doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or difficult. Give the interior of your house a colorful update or add some extra curb appeal this spring with these easy residential painting ideas from Arch Painting. Brightening up the exterior is usually a little more difficult though. Whilst some people might prefer to paint the outside of their home, others may opt for siding. Siding can enhance the exterior of the property, whilst also protecting it from the weather. To get some siding added to your home, it might be worth contacting a professional James Hardie installation company to see if they can suggest some of the best siding for your home. Whether you choose to paint your home or add some siding, it’s likely that it will increase the value of the home either way. Additionally, we’ve gathered seven small house painting projects that can give your home a major refresh with minimal hassle. Read More

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      How to Choose the Best Painting Company

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      The holiday weekend is over. You’ve been working hard outside for months preparing for this specific weekend. The mulch is down; the lawn has been mowed (probably three or four times now); the patio furniture is out; and this weekend was the first of many great gatherings. Summer has “unofficially” begun.

      Well, because you’ve been so busy getting your yard in shape, you may have forgotten to take a good look at the outside of your house. When was the last time you had it painted? If you can’t remember or if it’s been over five years, it’s time to get an estimate. But, how do you start the process? How do you choose the best painting contractor for the job? Read More

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