As a residential or commercial property owner, choosing the right external paint for your property brings undeniable benefits you would love. According to experts, the best paint is always those you buy from accomplished paint sellers who know the ins and outs of different colors and their reactions to various weather conditions. Still, before buying, make sure you’ve purchased the best paint by asking to see their commercial portfolio.
Seeing your paint contractor’s commercial portfolio helps you select different colors based on your property aesthetics. It’s also vital in helping you make informed decisions before buying by reading the company’s previous customers’ reviews and testimonials. Moreover, some of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid when choosing your paint include:
Not Considering Weather Conditions
Usually, different paint works best for different seasons. Hot seasons usually contain extreme sun rays, negatively affecting your paint through peeling unless you buy colors designed to withstand hotness. Similarly, rain and cold seasons generally affect paint by reducing its ability to quickly dry, which usually leads to peeling off and swelling. As such, when choosing your color, be sure to check their guidelines, considering their reactions to different weather conditions.
Also, know that some exterior paint finishes hold better on specific weather conditions and vice versa. As such, be sure to read the paint instructions and guidelines to see if the weather is a factor in their application and more. Too much sun will deteriorate your exterior paint finishes, especially if you purchase paint with binders that can’t stand extreme hotness. When this happens, your finishes will break down and release powders that will be washed away when it rains, thus increasing the fading of the finish. Also, conditions like prolonged moisture adversely affect inferior paint by swelling and softening them, resulting in blistering, flaking, and cracking.
Not Knowing the Right Type of Paint for Your Needs
While you may have the same exterior project with a friend or relative, properties are like humans; they are not equally created. As such, think about researching the best exterior paint for your property based on usage and other factors. Based on the priority usage of your property, you’ll have to battle between buying oil-based or latex exterior paint. This is easy if you know the ins and outs of these types of paint. Also, if you’re repainting, the kind of paint you choose when you’re buying for a repainting project becomes essential. For instance, unless you want your property to be repainted often, you won’t mix an oil-based paint to a repainted surface with an old latex exterior paint.
Mixing the two won’t stick, and if it does, it will peel off easily, especially if your area has a constant change of weather conditions. As such, know the correct type of paint, what to mix and what not to mix, and also seek to purchase the best quality of what you’re fascinated about, considering each type has an original and a counterfeit version.
Settling for Paint Colors Based on Printed Samples and Not Actual Paint Samples
In today’s world, you can easily fall prey to online samples of anything you’re looking for, including your property exterior paint. Looking at printed models of a magazine and online properties isn’t bad but be sure to watch out for edited samples that’d allure you to take something far from reality.
To know that the sample you choose is accurate and translated to your property designs, look to see if the covering materials are authentic and recommendations and reviews from previous selectors. Moreover, know that different materials like wood absorb paint based on various factors, thus the need to know even if the sample is genuine, you’ll still need to consider the materials used if they match your property features. Still, be sure you are not color blind to avoid picking colors that’d not fit your existing interior, which can affect your property aesthetics. To ensure the sample you chose is the right choice you’re interested in, get a sample space and try out the paint. Wait until the finish dries up to see if the results are what you’re anticipating for your final project.
Not Preparing the Surface to Be Painted
Before painting your exteriors, things like dust, dirt, and peels of existing paint must be removed. This is to avoid giving the walls a less polished or neat look and texture. Also, preparing the surface helps you reduce the number of paint coats to apply, considering a rough surface will need more coats than a smooth one.