Exterior Painting Toronto
As we all know, first impressions are very important for the good and bad. They have the ability to make or break a business deal and to create long-lasting relationships.
The same way as first impressions are important to your personality and presence, the same goes for your house as well. No matter how colorful, nice or comfortable it may be on the inside, if parts of your exterior are broken, scratched or if your paint is chipping, that first impression can substantially lower the value of your home.
As the housing prices in Toronto increased by 63% from 2013 to 2018, having a bad-looking exterior can take you down up to a few thousand dollars on your home value.
Often times we cost too much attention at painting the inside of our homes, as sometimes it seems more reachable or sensible, but the outside of our homes needs that attention much more as it is always exposed to the elements, changes in weather, ultraviolet light, etc. All of these factors can take a toll on the layers of paint outside, causing them to stain, bleach, chip, etc.
- Take great caution to weather
Weather is one of the most important factors to keep in mind regarding the timing that you choose to paint. If it’s too hot or too cold it can cause your painting to be of lower quality and duration. Especially the winter in Toronto can get to -20°C, it can ruin the new paint quite easily. Rain and moisture are very important as well as they can easily ruin your hard work of painting your home. Moisture is especially damaging when it comes to wooden surfaces because when it dries out after painting it will form bubbles and make the surface uneven and easily broken in places where it completely detaches from the surface. Many painting professionals even refuse to work during times with a high chance of rain or where the moisture in wood is higher than 10%.
You also need to make sure to work in the shade, as it’s simpler for you to tell the painted surfaces and to give a more levelled paint. A good practice is to work around the house following the shade as you finish the walls.
- Make sure to do a thorough cleaning of the surface beforehand.
Cleaning the exterior of your home by hand can be one of the most tedious tasks to complete, taking too much of your time and effort, making painting a headache even for the most patient of people. Instead of that, you also have the option to use a power washer, but you need to be very careful, as it can damage the wooden siding where it’s applied to if it is used incorrectly.
- Scrape and grind broken surfaces so that they don’t come back later
After cleaning you need to make sure that your painting is even, so you will need to scrape away any chipping paint and sand the entire surface, so that any flaking, blistering, bubbling is removed and the surface is perfectly flat. Sanding the surface also makes the new paint stick better to the old one and increases the longevity of the paint job.
- Patch and fill any holes or uneven surfaces
Make sure to fill out any surface that might have been damaged in the past. It is also a good idea that you seal any openings with caulk, and that you replace the old caulk on your windows.
- Seal windows and other surfaces that shall not get painted.
The last step before you start working the brush is sealing everything where paint shouldn’t be getting into. Use painter’s masking tape and plastic sheeting to cover even any tight surfaces and not leave anything to chance, however certain you might be that you won’t let the paint get there.
- Apply primer where wood is exposed
Wherever the wooden surface is exposed you will need to put at least one layer of primer for better results, however, you should hesitate the temptation to put primer on the entire surface that’s not exposed as well as it would increase the complexity and yield not-better results.
- Time to start painting
Whether you choose spraying, rolling or brushing (depending on the surface), It is generally a good idea to choose a color that is the same or darker than the previous one. Not doing so makes it difficult for you to evaluate areas where you’re finished painting and the areas that need more. You should also start painting from top to bottom, that way any dripping paint is resolved along the way making your painting more even. Also make sure that you don’t switch the painting direction along the way as it can cause for light to reflect differently on the 2 directions and make for an obviously choppy paint.
Painting your house can be a calming experience for many, and a headache for many others. There are many tools and products that you will need, and finishing the whole house will take too much of your time. Painting by yourself can often times be more expensive than hiring a professional painter since any small mistake that you do adds up to the cost.
In order to get a more steady result we would suggest that you hire one of our professionals at jxfpaintingservice.ca. Call our 24/7 customer service for a free evaluation at 647-265-5554