3 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your Home’s Exterior

choosing the right paint color for the outside of your home

Tips for Choosing the Right Colors for Your Home Exterior Paint Job

Choosing the right color for your home exterior paint job should not be made without careful thought and consideration.  You will have to live with the colors you choose for your exterior paint job for a long time. In most houses, the average life span of exterior paints lasts for eight years or more dependent on the type of paint used and the color chosen.

Choosing one color is something that would be very difficult for homeowners to compromise on especially when it comes to painting the outside of your home.  This is why when it comes to choosing the color for your home’s exterior you need to practice due diligence and place lots of thought into the decision.

Take Note of the Feel and Look of Your Neighborhood

As far as the color is concerned, you need to take into consideration the color scheme of your neighborhood. Choose one color that will compliment the outside of your home as well as your neighborhood. Dark and bright colors are more likely to fade quicker.  With that consideration, bright paint colors are known to be more cheerful and will definitely make your house more appealing and easier to look at.  On the other hand, dark colors will make it so that the wear and tear of winter doesn’t show as much on the exterior of your home.

Even if you’ve become comfortable with the color of your home’s exterior, choosing new colors could be an exciting and refreshing change.  A new paint job can have a positive emotional impact on you and your family.

Look for contrasting or coordinating colors for your trim. The contrasting or coordinating color can also be added to your home’s porches, garage, shutters and even exterior doors.  This will give your home more depth.

Make Note of the Details of the Exterior of Your Home

Walk around your home’s exterior and make note of the different features of the outside of your home. Try to take a look at the stone, roof, brick, mortar of your home. This is where you can start choosing the right color for your home’s exterior paint job.

Exterior Paint Considerations for your homeThe color that you’re going to choose is primarily dictated by the colors which are already present in your home’s exterior. This is often overlooked by homeowners. Don’t make the same mistake that many homeowners make when choosing colors for the exterior of your home. Homeowners see another house that looks good with a certain color and think it will look good on their own home.  The best thing you can do to beautify the exterior of your home is to choose colors that compliment the already existing mood and color scheme.

Don’t Rely on One Paint Chip Test

The same as your home’s interior paint, exterior paint color shades may differ from the paint chip you bring home from the paint store. Since painting the exterior of your home is a much bigger undertaking than painting a bedroom it is best to hire a professional home painter to go over all the color options with.

Most hardware stores carry swatches of colors in different shades and they may look good in the store but it’s important to consider your home’s surroundings, what it looks like during different seasons, and what your neighborhood looks like.   These are all things a professional home paint contractor can walk you through when it comes time to choose the right color.

The color is not the only consideration.  You are also going to need to determine what kind of prep work is involved based on the existing paint and material on the exterior of your home, and what paint is best for your home.

These are just a few pointers when it comes to choosing the right color of paint for the exterior of your home.  It’s always best to consult an expert home painter before making the final decision.  There are many things to consider when selecting the color and type of paint as well as materials for prepping your home.  The right paint decision will have your house looking spectacular for years to come.

Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home, Madison Ct

Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home! Many people think that the best time to paint the exterior of your home is summer or spring, but really the fall months are very ideal for house painting!  In the summer months it can get very humid which causes paint to dry longer, especially if it’s oil which takes a lot longer. We are house painters in Guilford Ct and used to the many different temperature swings in the New England area. First painting your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase the value of your home!

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When you paint your home in the fall you still have plenty of good weather to take advantage of! Sometimes its easier to do this valuable project in the fall due to the fact that things seem to be a little calmer around the home.  When you have a house painter on the premesis he usually will have a house painting crew with him.  When a good house painter from a reputable house painting company sets up the shop on your property, it can take up a little space.  If you decide to paint the exterior of your home in the fall, the kids are back in school and not around the house during the day, this makes it easier on the kids and family when house painters are working. In the fall, the weather is less humid which helps with drying time, and now with all the new high quality paints being able to sustain colder temperatures its a matter of researching the paint brand for the specifications and seeing the temp range.  Mostly it’s a good idea to stay above 40 Degrees in outside temp but you can go a little colder and do great.  There are a few things to watch for, the house painter you hire will want to make sure that the house surface is dry from any dew in the morning, this might mean a little later start, between 9:00-9:30 or a little later depending on where you live instead of the usual 7:30-8:00 am start, this gives more valuable time for drying.   After the paint or stain is applied in temperature’s at 40 degrees or above it is important that the temperature stay at 40 degrees or above for the next 3 hours so that the drying process is good.  Also, at night it’s important that the temperature does not drop below freezing the first night because curing paint can still have some moisture in it and it can crystallize in sub-freezing temperatures at night.  Please know that you won’t be aware of a problem until spring or summer months if this does happen because moisture can stay trapped under the wood, and in the warmer temps find it’s way out, which means bubbling paint!  So, if your house painter adhere’s to these guidelines,  you can have a fantastic paint job in the fall months! Sometimes you can get a little better value if you wait until the fall, a house painter is very busy in the warmer months and may be looking to fill a few gaps in the fall schedule and you can get a better deal!  We are house painters / painting contractors in Guilford Ct and we also serve the Madison Ct, Old Saybrook Ct, Westbrook Ct, Branford Ct areas and are happy to visit your home for a free professional evaluation or if you are not near us, please feel free to call us with any questions, we are so happy to help you! I hope this blog Best Time to Paint Your Home, Madison Ct is helpful!  Also please feel free to contact us with any questions! Dave & Kathy Moffitt

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Why Power wash your house, Westbrook Ct

dave's photoFor many of us, our home is our biggest financial investment!

So, doesn’t it make sense to protect that investment?
This blog, Why power wash your house,

Westbrook CT was created to give you the reasons why to power wash your home.

By power washing your house on a regular basis,

say every two years, you are removing dirt, mildew, algae, bird droppings and pollutants that are in the air

. All these things eat away at the stain and paint and end up causing wood damage.
By keeping your home clean you not only protect it, but it retains in beauty and curb appeal.

Maintenance is lower due to healthy wood, your paint and stain job will last longer.

Of course, when looking for a professional to power wash your home, make sure they have the following:
1. Licensed with the Department of Consumer Protection in your state.
2. Make sure they have workers compensation and liability insurances.
3. References upon your request.
Pay attention to how fast they get back to you for an estimate, and make sure they give you a detailed written estimate signed by both of you before work starts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me for free professional advice!
Dave Moffitt
Coastline Painters LLC
Office 203-458-2073
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How To Save Money On Interior Painting, Madison Ct

There are a lot of ways to save money when you are looking for a painting estimate.  “How To Save Money On Interior Painting, Madison Ct” is set up to give you a few tips.

There are several ways to accomplish this, for interior work the best time to call is in January, this is  when things get slower then other parts of the year, you can have the work booked for that month if the contractor has time, or you can ask to have it scheduled for Feb or March.

Another way is to have the estimate done in the summer or fall and ask to be put on the schedule in the winter months, you should get a discounted price because this is when things are slower and contractors are looking for work, ask for a winter discount for booking now.

We have been painting houses in Guilford Ct, painting houses in Madison Ct and done all kinds of house painting from New Haven Ct to Old Saybrook Ct.  If you need any advice about how to paint a house in Ct just call us, we are happy to help!

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Dave Mofftt  – Coastline Painters LLC  Office 203-458-2073 our email is:  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

How To Remove Wallpaper With Chomp, Madison Ct

People always dread when they know it’s time to take down wallpaper!  They are worried that it will not peel right off and will end up in little tiny strips and pieces!  Well, you don’t have to worry! That’s why we created this blog “How To Remove Wallpaper With Chomp, Madison Ct”  here is a video

We found a really great product that helps up when we need to do a wallpaper removal job!  The product is called “CHOMP” and it’s the best stuff we’ve ever worked with! all you need is a small garden sprayer and some

water and Chomp!  I like to mix equal parts water and Chomp.  Spray the mixture evenly over the wallpaper starting from the top and going down, just a light mist.  Make sure that you have drop cloths on the floor.  Allow the mixture to sit for about five minutes, then start at the top and pull a little corner and gently pull the wallpaper off the wall.  After all the paper is removed, there will most likely be a film of wallpaper paste, so I spray one more application of the Chomp on the wall and wipe if off with a big wet sponge.  This should leave your wall clean and smooth!  If you have some difficult spots or the paper is not coming off in large sheets, you can use a wall paper scoring tool first over the paper and then spray Chomp over the paper, let sit and remove.  If you have any questions or need some professional advice please call us!

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Dave Moffitt – Coastline Painters LLC  Ph. Office 203-458-2073  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

 

Free Painting Estimate, Westbrook Ct

Free!

This can be the most expensive word their is!  Why?  Because “Free” doesn’t always mean a good value! Sometimes this word is used as a gimmick to get your attention!  How qualified is the contractor showing up?

Do we give “free” painting estimates?  No!  We give free professional evaluations of your home to see what it needs!  Not to split hairs, but there is a difference.  When we show up, we walk your home with you, we check the condition of your surfaces that you want painted, we check for rotted wood, moisture spots and much much more.  Check out our video with Dave:

Within a day you can expect a detailed estimate/professional evaluation for your home!  We then call to see if you have any questions about the estimate and go over it with you!  Be careful what you pay for, just because somthing is free in the estimate does not always mean a good thing!  You want quality and professional advice and expertise when it comes to your biggest investment!

If you would like to talk with us please call!  You can reach us at the numbers below or email us at coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

Thank you!

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How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 1, Madison Ct

It’s one thing to sort through estimates and find the price that fits your budget, but an important factor to getting a great painting job is in the prep work! This is why I created this article “How Great Painting Gets Done, Madison Ct. I  understand that price is important but what good is it to go by price alone if you don’t get a high quality paint job?  It’s like that old saying “Buy for price, buy twice”!  But, you don’t have to worry about that!

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Here are a few things to look for in an estimate:

-Make sure they are licensed with the state of Ct

-Make sure they have a lead license

In the estimate, make sure that they detail all the prep work that will get done, like, replace rotted wood.  Scrape and sand. Use a high quality primer, make sure a high quality paint product like Benjamin Moore is used.  Proper putty and caulking should be done.

There should be a clean looking crew that shows up on time and is neat and conscientious.

Without good prep work nothing else matters, it won’t look like a high quality job.

Please feel free to call us at Coastline Painters LLC at 203-458-2073 with any questions, we are happy to talk with you.  I can also come out and give you a free professional home evaluation!

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How To Prepare A House For Painting, Guilford Ct

The most important part of a paint/stain job is the prep work!  This is a quick blog about how to do this, and I have a link to my video talking about it also.

The first thing you do is power wash the house to remove dirt, mildew, loose paint.  You can rent a power washer for a day and use a eco-friendly solution, just check your local paint store for products to choose from.

Next you want to scrape and sand the siding and trim.  Take your time doing this and be thorough.  After this, you can apply one full coat of high quality primer or you can spot prime in the areas that need it.

Caulk any gaps and holes.

The last thing is to get a high quality product like Benjamin Moore paints and stains and carefully apply two coats.

Here is the link to my video:

I hope this helped, if you need any further advice or help please feel free to call us at (203) 458-2073.  We can also come out and give you a professional evaluation and estimate for your painting needs!dave's photo

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Anyone Can Be A Painter, But Not A Professional Painter, Branford Ct

Everyone tries their hand at painting at some point in their life.  The difference between a homeowner painting a room and a professional painter is experience.  This is why I created this article Anyone Can Be A Painter, But Not A Professional Painter, Branford Ct.  Experience is the difference between an “ok” job and a fantastic job!

Your home is one of the biggest, if not biggest financial investment you make in your lifetime. It’s important that you take good care of it.  It takes years to perfect a professional painting job!  One of the biggest concerns is lead.  Homes built before 1978 most likely have lead.  You need to go to lead classes to learn the safest way to remove and dispose of lead in a home to prevent people from getting sick and hurting our enviroment.

It takes years to learn the most efficient and proper way to prep walls, trim, doors to make sure you get the best outcome.  The way you cut in a room matters, the kind of products you use.

All of this takes time and education.  You truly get what you pay for!

For some guidelines on how to hire the right house painting professional and what to look for, give us a call, we are happy to help you!  There are lots of house painters out there, but they are not all the same!

I hope this article Anyone Can Be A Painter But Not A Pro Painter, Branford Ct was helpful!

Please feel free to call us for any professional advice or a estimate for your home!

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How To Fix Streaking Wall Paint In Bathroom, Madison Ct

Having streaks on your walls in wet places like your bathroom walls, perhaps the kitchen walls is a common problem!  But the good news is it can easily fixed!  What really makes the difference here is the products you use!

Benjamin Moore has a line for this exact issue called “Aura Bath & Spa Waterborne Interior Paint” It is a really high quality product that helps eliminate the streaks you get from moisture, helps protect against mildew, stains wash off easily and it’s excellent when you need to touch up!

This really is a must when painting in areas that are exposed to moisture!  Please feel free to call us for tips on this product or if you have any questions!  We are happy to help!dave's photo

I hope this article “How To Fix Streaking Wall Paint In Bathroom, Madison Ct ” was helpful!http://youtu.be/QXHjcSlKwVw

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