If your home's exterior is showing signs of wear, then you might need to paint it this spring. A fresh coat of paint not only makes a house more attractive but also can help protect it from damage.
As the weekend approaches, don't think of excuses to avoid this chore. Instead, think about these five reasons to paint your home.
Wood rot is an expensive problem that you want to avoid. Luckily, all you have to do is apply a fresh coat of paint every few years. Paint is the most effective way to prevent moisture from getting inside wood. By blocking the moisture, you make rot nearly impossible.
Even if you have painted within the last year, it's still a good idea to look for signs of flaking. If the paint doesn't create a protective barrier, then the wood can get wet.
Painting your home will also give you a chance to inspect every inch of the exterior. Damage often occurs during the winter months, when heavy snow, ice, and cold temperatures can cause problems.
While you paint your house, keep an eye open for broken gutters, rotten wood, and other types of damage. The earlier you spot these problems, the less money it will cost to fix them.
Painting your home's exterior a light color can lower your energy bills by reflecting sunlight and keeping the interior cooler. When sunlight strikes a dark color, a lot of its energy gets absorbed. That energy turns into heat that can make your house uncomfortable. It's the same reason why you don't want to wear a black shirt on a hot, sunny day.
Several studies confirm that painting your house a light color lowers cooling costs. You can save even more by choosing a light-colored roofing material, but that's a much bigger project than just repainting your house over the weekend.
A fresh coat of paint is one of fastest, most affordable ways to make your home more attractive. Whether you just want the house to look nicer or you're trying to increase its value before calling a real estate agent, spending a weekend outside is a great way to reach your goal.
If you don't have enough time to repaint the whole exterior, then focus on decorative features like the front door and window trim. You can always hire a contractor to do the bulk of the work.
Spring is the best time of year to paint the outside of your house. In winter, it's too cold. In summer, it's too hot. During fall, you have to worry about dead leaves getting stuck to wet paint.
If you want to paint your house, then you should do it during spring, when the temperatures are cool enough to stay comfortable in the sun but warm enough that you don't need to wear a burdensome coat.
With these five reasons to paint your home this weekend, you'd better get the supplies you need to finish the project before Sunday night.
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