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Choosing The Right Exterior Colors For Your Home

Choosing The Right Exterior Colors For Your Home

Painting the exterior of your home can completely change the look and feel of your house—for better or for worse. A great paint job can add thousands of dollars of value, but a poor color choice can diminish property values not only for your home, but for the rest of the neighborhood. Before you jump into painting the exterior of your house, consider the following tips.

 Exterior Home Painting Tips & Tricks

  • Consider your neighbors: Unlike the inside of your home, the outside paint colors impact your neighbors. Don’t pick a color that stands out too much! Doing this will decrease property values for all houses in the area. You should pick a color scheme that blends in with the surrounding homes. Feel free to express yourself with the exact color choice, but try and stay close to the neighborhood palette.
  • Take landscaping into account: This is especially important in the Columbus, Ohio area. We experience all four seasons. You should pick colors that work for all the seasons. If you live in a wooded area, a dark green color might look great during the winter, but during the summer, your house is bound to blend into the surroundings. Neutral colors are usually a safe bet for year-round compatibility.
  • Accent unique features of your house: Are the windows on your home particularly unique? Make sure to highlight them in a different color than the rest of the house. The goal is to draw attention to the cool features that make your house different from the others. You want to avoid highlighting things like gutters.
  • Study other homes: What better way to get ideas for what colors to choose than by driving around and looking at other homes? You might find a color scheme you love, but would’ve never thought of. Or you might discover the paint you were about to use isn’t as great as you thought. Remember, it is especially important to look at other homes in your neighborhood.
  • Be bold for the door: Choose a color that makes your front door stand out without being obnoxious. If you choose a neutral tan for the base paint of the exterior, a dark purple or green can properly accent the doorway and draw attention to it.  The front door is the perfect place experiment with color.  It is a natural focal point, and it is also simple and inexpensive to change.
  • Analyze what can’t be changed: More than likely, things like the roof shingles can’t be changed. Use features like these to pick a color that works for the exterior of your home. If your roof has specks of gray or tan in it, one of those colors could work on your house.
  • Pay attention to the sun: If your home is the recipient of a lot of direct sunlight, be careful of choosing colors that are too light. The sun is notorious for diminishing the effects of light colors.

One of the most important tips we can offer for exterior home painting is to hire a professional! This is a large project that can take several days to accomplish. It has to be done at the right time of year for maximum effects. Trying to accomplish this job on your own is likely to lead to mistakes—mistakes you’ll need to hire a professional to fix.

Prim Painting provides exterior home painting services for the Columbus, Ohio are. Contact us for a quote today!

The Pros and Cons of Painting Bricks for Your Home

The Pros and Cons of Painting Bricks for Your Home

Brick is an elegant building material. Some of the nicest houses in the world are made from bricks. Over time, however, you might grow tired of the appearance of your home. Fortunately, you can always paint the bricks for an entirely new look.

Exterior - Brick Before and After

Before jumping into this project, consider some of the pros and cons. It’s not as simple as getting out a paint brush and paint!

Pros of Painting Bricks

  • Improved home appearance: Painting the bricks can take your home from dated to modern and cool with a few (thousand) strokes of the brush. The curb appeal of your house can be significantly improved in a few days.
  • Protection: Bricks are porous. When you paint them, you close the pores and protect the bricks from the elements. However, you’ll then have to maintain the paint in order to keep the bricks protected.
  • Maintenance: As mentioned above, you’ll have to maintain the paint. However, keeping paint looking great is much easier than working with the bricks alone.
  • Cleaning: If the paint is sealed properly, it’s easier to clean painted bricks than non-painted bricks. Bricks on their own are notoriously hard to clean, in large part because of their porous nature.

Cons of Painting Bricks

  • Can’t paint all bricks: Take a look at the condition of the bricks you want to paint. If they’re falling apart or otherwise deteriorating, painting isn’t an option. It won’t stop the deterioration process, and the paint will crumble away with the bricks.
  • Extensive prep work: Painting drywall might be a one-day project, but painting bricks requires strict preparation. First, you’ll have to clean the bricks. This can be as simple as power washing, but often requires power washing in conjunction with a specially-formulated cleaning chemical mix. After this washing, the bricks have to completely dry or the paint will bubble and crack. If you have any bricks that are falling apart, they’ll need to be replaced.
  • Skill-level: This isn’t the kind of project a rookie DIY guy can do. Paint will drip in the crevices and on the mortar, which has to be closely monitored. Any paint bubbles need to be taken care of quickly. If you do the job and aren’t prepared to do it, those results will show.
  • Permanence: Once you paint bricks, there is no going back. The process of removing paint from bricks is laborious and almost impossible because the paint will be absorbed into the bricks; even if you got the surface paint off, some paint would continue to emerge over time. You can change the color of the paint, but painting will lose the natural-brick look forever.
  • Upkeep: Painting bricks requires the same upkeep as other painted surfaces.  Once you have painted them, plan to repaint every 7-10 years or as the paint fades from weather exposure.

Prim Painting offers exterior painting services for the Columbus, Ohio area. Contact us today at 614-620-1950 or fill out our contact form to learn more!

Benefits of Pressure Washing Your Home or Office

Benefits of Pressure Washing Your Home or Office

As the weather continues to turn to Spring, it’s time to think about how you can clean up some of the damage fallen leaves and Winter caused to the exterior surfaces of your house. One cost-effective service to get the outside of your home looking great again is pressure washing. Prim Painting is pleased to offer pressure washing services for the Columbus, Ohio area.

Unfamiliar with pressure washing or just haven’t done it in a while? Almost any surface can be thoroughly cleaned.  We wash houses, patios, driveways, walkways, fences, retaining walls, anything with dirt, mold, mildew, or algae buildup.  There are many benefits associated with pressure washing.

Pressure Washing Benefits for the Home

  • Improve curb appeal: This goes hand-in-hand with pressure washing increasing the value of your home. Any home that is appealing to passers-by will have more value.
  • Preventative maintenance: Sure, pressure washing cleans the exterior of your home. But it also handles routine maintenance. A clean house is a house that avoids rot, decay and mold. Making a small investment in pressure washing today can save you thousands of dollars in repair bills in the future.  Pressure washing also removes insects that have made a home on the exterior of your house.
  • Protect your family: Pressure washing prevents mold, mildew & algae from growing. These substances can cause people to fall ill, even if the substance is only on the outside of the home.
  • Ease of use: You could climb a ladder and scrub hard-to-reach places by hand. Unfortunately, this is both ineffective and impractical. For example, if you have a two-story house, climbing a ladder that tall is dangerous. And washing by hand is less effective than blasting away grime with water.
  • Use of chemicals: Using the right mixture of soap and detergents is the key to cleaning surfaces without damaging them with high pressure.  Improper use of these mixtures can cause damage to vegetation.  Let the pros take care of these important details!
  • Cost-effective: Pressure washing is both cost-effective in terms of dollars and time. For a reasonable fee, you can professionally power wash your home while you take care of other duties. You could rent a pressure washer, but be careful! They are extremely dangerous when not used properly because the water pressure is so high. Plus, your time is better spent doing whatever makes happy!

Pressure washing isn’t just for homes. Commercial buildings and offices also need regular exterior maintenance to make sure they look their best.

Pressure Washing Benefits for the Office

  • Attract new customers and keep old ones: It’s no secret people like nice things. If your building looks run-down or unappealing, you’re much less likely to attract and keep customers.
  • Prevent repairs: Pressure washing can prevent the need for large maintenance projects for your office in the same way it can accomplish that for your home.

Prim Painting offers pressure washing services for the Columbus, Ohio area. Please contact us for more information about our pressure washing offerings.

 

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