Painting Your Home? What The Preparation Process Entails

Over time, the paint on the outside of your home will suffer wear and tear that causes it to fade, flake, bubble, and otherwise deteriorate. That's why it's important to repaint your home's exterior periodically. If you've been thinking about calling a local painting contractor to repaint your home, you should understand what to expect from the process. In fact, there's a lot of work that goes into exterior painting before the paint is ever opened. Here's a look at some of the things that you should know about how your painting contractors will prepare your home for paint.

It Starts With A Thorough Cleaning 

The first stage of the process is to clean the exterior walls. A pressure washer is the best tool for this. The pressure-washing process removes dirt, debris, and loose, flaky paint from the exterior walls. This is an important step because all of these things can interfere with the new paint adhering to the walls, which may leave you with bubbling and flaking paint shortly after your new paint job is finished. If you want to be sure that your paint lasts for as long as possible, make sure that the preparation stage includes a thorough pressure washing.

It Includes An Overall Conditional Assessment

Once the walls are clean and free of debris, the painting contractors will need to do a complete assessment of the exterior condition of your home. This step identifies any areas where your siding, window trim, and other elements have been affected by pest infestations, weather damage, and rot. Any issues like this need to be addressed right away because they can interfere with the new coat of paint and can leave your home vulnerable to further damage, too. Repair any damaged areas before the new paint is applied.

It Concludes With a Primer Application

After ensuring that the exterior is clean and free of damage, the painting contractors will then create the foundation for your new paint. That means applying primer. Usually, they tape off any trim and other components to protect against overspray or runs, and then they apply primer to the walls. This produces a consistent, even foundation for your new paint.

These are the core steps for preparing your home for exterior paint. Talk with a local painting contractor to see if there's anything else you can expect when you're ready to paint your home. They can help you spot any unique concerns or considerations for your house.

To learn more about exterior home painting, speak to a contractor.