Exterior Painting

How Often
If you live in a house long enough, you’re going to have to paint its exterior. While an occasional touch up is enough to keep your home well-maintained, after a while it’s going to need a fresh coat of paint. Most exterior paints are designed to last for up to 10 years. Although, the lifespan of paint will depend on the paint’s quality and environment.

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Picking the Right Paint
When it comes to paint, your first decision will be your paint’s type and color. Most homeowners start by tackling the toughest question first — picking out the right color. If you’re having a hard time deciding, take a look around your neighborhood and choose a color that blends in well. This is especially important if you’re thinking about selling your house in a few years.

Next, you need to choose what type of paint to use. Often, the paint you choose will depend on the type of material your paint is covering, as well as the type of paint previously used. Most pros recommend matching your new paint type to the type that’s already been applied. If you’re not sure what was used, go with an alkyd-based paint. As far as paint types are concerned, your first decision is whether you’re going with a water- or oil-based paint. What’s the difference? Water-based paints such as latex are durable, fast drying and easy to clean up. On the other hand, oil-based paints have longer drying times and are harder to clean up. But, many pros choose oil-based paints due to their durability.

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Hiring a Pro
Painting the exterior of your house is a big, labor-intensive job that requires a significant amount of prep work and the right tools. It’s a job that can quickly consume multiple weekends, especially if you own a multi-level house. It’s no surprise then that many homeowners choose to hire a pro to ensure the job is done right. And while hiring a pro is more expensive than doing the job yourself, by the time you factor in the cost of materials and the cost of your free time, you’ll likely find that hiring a pro is the smartest choice. Give us a call at (202) 660-3140 to get a free estimate on your painting project. We offer competitive pricing and superior service. When you’re ready to get started, trust Instanuity to get the job done right.