Now that summer is almost here, many Carolina homeowners are thinking about painting their houses. If you’ve never done an exterior painting project on your own before, though, it can be tough to figure out which exterior paint is the best choice for the job. There are dozens of options on the market, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed when you start shopping.
As you read this guide, you’ll find some helpful tips that will make it easier for you to select the right exterior paint product for your do-it-yourself outdoor painting job. Remember, if you ever have questions, the employees at your local home improvement store can help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of various paint brands. Don’t hesitate to ask them for help!
Consider your climate
Although the various regions of North Carolina and South Carolina have some similarities regarding climate, such as humid summers, there are also many differences depending on where exactly you reside. If, for instance, you live in the mountains of North Carolina, you experience significantly colder winters than those who reside on the South Carolina coast.
When you begin shopping for exterior paint, it’s important to take your area’s specific climate into consideration. You may need a special type of paint if longevity is a priority for you. If, for example, you live somewhere that chilly winter weather, you may want to invest in an outdoor paint that is rated for cold temperatures. Some styles are prone to cracking when the weather gets too far below freezing.
Buy the right primer
Primer plays a major role in how well your exterior paint job actually goes. Even if your home’s current paint color is light, it’s important to use a primer before you apply your new hue. Generally, it is smart to use the same paint and finish coat brand when you’re doing an exterior paint job. It’s also worth it to spend the extra money on the most high-quality primer you can buy. Using the least expensive products for outdoor painting is likely to mean you’ll have to paint more frequently, ultimately costing you more money over time.
Decide which type of paint
Latex paint and oil-based paints can both be used for exterior house painting. You do, however, need to think about the type of cladding you have on your home in order to make the best choice for your upcoming project. If your home is covered with vinyl siding, latex paint is the most durable choice. There are certain exterior paint products that are designed specifically for use on vinyl.
Wood siding can be painted with either a latex-based paint or an oil-based paint. The only downside to choosing oil is that moisture will not be able to escape from the wooden boards once the paint has been sealed. In very wet regions, this can be problematic. Woodhouse cladding can also be stained instead of paint if you are going for a rustic look with visible wood grain.
If your home has stucco or brick on the outside, elastomeric latex paint is the right choice. This is a specialized sort of thick latex paint that is designed to fully cover masonry. Elastomeric paint is more expensive than conventional exterior paints, so make sure you budget appropriately if this is the kind of paint you need for your home.
If you decide you don’t want to try a do-it-yourself paint job or if you have other exterior renovations in mind, give the Hatch Homes team a call. Our skilled crew can help you transform your Carolina property with a new roof, new windows, and other new features that will boost your curb appeal.