exterior painting

6 Steps to Prepare Your Woodlands, Texas Home for Exterior Painting

Exterior painting is a major project that involves various phases and a great deal of labor and logistics to go along with. Home painting is more than just changing the color of your exterior, it requires planning, from budgeting and finding a professional painter, to choosing the colors and overseeing the whole process.

Proper planning minimizes frustration, maximizes efficiency and increase the longevity of your paint job. Preparation is the biggest part of any painting project. Whether you’re painting your own home or hiring a professional painter, follow these planning steps and your painting project will be much smoother.

1. Get a number of estimates
If you’re hiring a professional painter for your home in the Woodlands, Texas, which we highly recommend, you should consider getting 2-3 estimates. Contact reputable local painters and request for an estimate. During this meeting, you will get a chance to know the painter up close and personal and can ask any questions such as the preparation process involved and the best colors to use.

While painters are unable to work on your exteriors during winter, they schedule exterior painting at any time of the year. Once you’ve received the estimates, pick a painter that offers the best value for your money, and not just the cheapest on the list.

2. Prepare for the Weather
When painting the exteriors, the weather is the biggest obstacle and living in the Woodlands doesn’t make it any easier. But thankfully, we don’t receive the worst of weather extremities. You need to plan your painting project when the weather is above 40 degrees. Generally, the weather should be warm enough, day and night to allow the paint to dry properly. Proper drying prevents the paint from peeling or bubbling in the future.

3. Research on the colors
Choosing the color for your home’s exterior can be quite overwhelming. The color you choose for your exterior is entirely based on your preference, but of course, you want to factor in the current color trends, the overall color trends in your neighborhood and your HOA guidelines.

If you’re unable to make up your mind, we’re more than happy to help. We offer a free color consultation with every signed contract. Our color consultant will help you pick the right color for your painting project and will give you additional advice on other design decisions.

4. Wash the exterior
Before painting your exterior, make sure the surface is free of debris, dirt, and dust. Wash the exterior of your house from the top to the bottom, all around. Renting a pressure-washer is affordable for even the budget-minded and will save untold hours of time and effort compared to hand washing.

Plain, clean water is good enough to get your job done. Consider using cleaning additives only if your exterior has severe stains or molds. To ensure the paint adheres to the surface properly, allow the washed exterior to dry completely before painting. Even if you’re hiring a professional painter, offering to wash your exterior might help offset some of the cost of labor.

5. Trim nearby plants and trees
Trim or landscape any bushes, plants or trees that are in close contact to your home. This allows enough space for the painting crew to work around your house without having to fight thorns and branches. This also prevents foliage and plants from hitting the wet paint once your paint job is completed. Painting contractors will always have covering material to place on the surrounding shrubbery so that paint cannot drop on it during painting.

6. Have a chat with the lead painter
Most painting contractors send out painting crews with a crew leader. The crew leader is the main contact during the project and can help with questions and concerns, and also estimate additional work orders. Be in touch with the crew leader and have them walk you through the project on completion to make sure that everything is to your satisfaction.

Final thoughts

Exterior painting is one of the best transformations you can do to your house. It’s important to invest time and effort to do the job right, ensuring that all the necessary preparations are properly done. The biggest part of exterior painting is preparation, and a well-prepared painting project will always give the best results. If you need any help with repainting your exterior in the Woodlands, Texas, we would love for you to give us a call today for a free estimate.