We all know that it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts when it comes to your home. While we invest a considerable amount of time and effort (and money to boot) in renovating and improving the interior, the exterior is equally important. Checking off your exterior maintenance tasks is essential every winter and summer.
One of our favorite (read: lower cost, high value) exterior maintenance upgrades is a fresh coat of paint. Painting the exterior of your home offers numerous benefits beyond simple aesthetics. It’s a practical way to protect your investment AND increase the value of your property.
If it’s been awhile since you last painted but you’re unsure about a refresh, check out these unexpected benefits of painting your home!
1. Protect against the elements: Paint is not just about looks! It also serves as a protective shield for your home against the harsh outdoor elements.
Rain, snow, UV rays, wind, and fluctuating temperatures can all take a toll on your home‘s exterior materials. By applying a high-quality exterior paint, you create a barrier that helps prevent moisture from seeping into your walls, minimizes the risk of rot, and shields your home from harmful UV rays that could fade or damage the surfaces.
Regularly painting the exterior can be a proactive way to extend the life of your siding and protect your investment.
2. Addresses potential damage: In addition to solving problems, working to repaint your home will help you identify larger issues to your home’s exterior that you might not have already noticed. Inspecting your home while painting may reveal an array of small flaws ranging from mold, mildew, and water stains to rotting wood caused by weakened paint.
The good news is that once these bruises are found, they are not very difficult to repair. Additionally, a solid paint job from painting experts can prevent these damages from reappearing.
3. Increase home value: When it comes to real estate, a fresh, well-maintained exterior can significantly increase the value of your home. If you’re considering selling your property in the future, painting the exterior is a cost-effective way to make your home stand out. Potential buyers are more likely to be drawn to a property that looks fresh and well-cared-for.
Compared to other home improvement projects, exterior painting offers an excellent return on investment. It’s relatively affordable, visually impactful, and provides protection. A fresh coat of paint can quickly transform your home without breaking the bank.
4. Gotta love a refresh: A new coat of paint can breathe life into a tired facade, making it look clean, vibrant, and inviting. Whether you’re planning to sell or not, a refreshed exterior can work wonders. And FYI, you can assume that any home built before 1978 has exterior paint that contains some lead. Something to consider!
Pro tip: Prime time for exterior painting (with the help of professional painters – safety first!) is late spring through early summer, and then again in early fall. Weather extremes (too cold, too humid, or too hot) can result in adhesion issues and cracking.
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