The Do’s and Don’t of Exterior House Paint.

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Exterior House Painting: Do’s and Don’t.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Exterior House Paint Colors

 
Ready to give your home a fresh new look? See how to dial up curb appeal with fresh color combinations. Use these simple tips to transform your home’s exterior with paint.
 
Eye-catching exterior color schemes boost curb appeal. Taking your home from blah to Instagram-worthy. Use color to emphasize special architectural features. Complement the surrounding landscape, or make a style statement. Switching up your home exterior can be a big commitment.
 

Don’t: Ignore Color Potential

 
There’s nothing wrong with classic neutrals. But, a hint of color might be the thing you need to take your home exterior from average to showstopping.
 
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Do: Play with Texture

 
A mix of flat and shiny finishes adds visual interest to a home. Providing contrast even if the base colors are in the same family. It’s best to use matte finishes on the walls of your home. Gloss finishes are to make decorative elements such as millwork stand out. Light reflects off high-sheen paint and draws the eye to architectural elements.
 

Do: Use Repetition

 
Repeat colors on a home’s exterior for a cohesive look. Light gray walls, with dark gray trim. For a touch of spark, add a colorful front door. Reds, blues and and even black can add contrast.
 

Do: Trust Nature’s Color Combinations

 
Your landscape can give you a lot of clues about what will look good on your home. Whether it’s the rich shades of green in summer or the red, brown, and golden shades of autumn. Mother Nature knows a thing or two about coordinating colors.
 

Don’t: Try to match color for color.

 
Too much coordination will make your house look featureless and boring. To avoid this, pick a color for your front door that will contrast with your main siding color. Yet ties back into another element.
 

Do: Use Dark Colors with Purpose

 
Too much dark paint can weigh down the front of your house and make it look gloomy. Here’s the trick for achieving balance. Paint about two-thirds of the exterior in a dark hue and one-third in a lighter tone. A deep brown with lots of white accents keeps things light. While still providing plenty of contrast.

 

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Don’t: Underestimate Wood Finishes

 
Wood stains come in a huge range of options and can warm up or cool down other exterior colors.
 
 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Front Door Colors

 
Ready for a front door refresh but not sure where to start? Look to these expert color tips and discover the perfect hue for your home.
 
Your front door color shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s the first thing people see when they walk into your home. It should serve as a welcoming beacon to greet guests. You can paint your front door anything you’d like. But a few tips will help your door stand out or blend in, suit a design style or bend the rules, depending on your vision. If you live in an older home, repainting a worn front door is an inexpensive refreshing. Yet scores you major curb appeal points.
 

DO: Stick with the Classics.

 
Use a neutral hue such as brown, black, or gray for a look that will withstand the test of time. Even deep reds and navy blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals. If your style changes or you alter your home’s exterior later, neutral hues will adapt with you. Another neutral option is to stain your door instead of painting it. A wood stain will emphasize the door’s natural material or grain pattern.
 

DON’T: Be Afraid of Color.

 
Some people are nervous about using bright colors in their decor. The front door is a smaller commitment than painting an entire house or room. Why not experiment? If you have that speaks to you, try it out! A splash of orange, yellow, or lime green makes a bold statement on your front door. If brights are too daunting, try a dark version of a color, such as burgundy, forest green, or eggplant.

 

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DO: Buy the Right Paint.

 
Since your door is an exterior elements. The use of the proper paint will prevent peeling and fading later. Latex exterior paints provide weather-resistant coverage. If your door is metal, look for one with built-in rust protection. No matter what you choose, you will need to go over the door with an exterior primer first. Exterior paints are available in a variety of finishes—matte, semigloss, glossy and flat. A glossy finish will bring out architectural details, if desired.
 

DON’T: Neglect Your Screen Door.

 
If your front door features a storm door or screen door, you can paint it’s frame. A contrasting hue for a second punch of color.

 

 

DO: Speak to Your Home’s Style.

 
Your home’s style can help you pick out a front door color. A bold, unusual hue is a nod to a modern exterior. Don’t be afraid to break the rules though. Using an unexpected color can add personality and liven up a traditional façade.
 

DO: Consider Your Surroundings.

 
If mother knows best, then Mother Nature knows best of all. If you’re stumped on a color for your front door, look around for inspiration. Greens, blues, browns, and other tones that appear together in nature will also work well on your house. Using natural colors has the extra bonus of making your home look like it belongs in the landscape.
 

DON’T: Pick a Paint Color Indoors.

 
To understand how a paint color will look, you need to see it in its planned environment. Colors can look very different in different lighting conditions. Tape paint swatches to an exterior door and observe the color throughout the day. If you want to get an even better idea of how it’ll look, paint a small swatch on the door.
 

DO: Make it Monochrome.

 
If you have a small house, this trick is for you. Expand your home by painting the door, trim, window frames, and exterior the same color. A monochromatic color scheme also provides a neutral backdrop for accessories to shine. Things such as the planters and sconces. Use it to highlight other architectural details.
 

DON’T: Ignore the Trim.

 
Your front door trim is also a candidate for painting. White is classic, but another option is to make the door pop with contrasting trim. Rich brown tones warm up a cool-colored door.

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Shopping isn’t the only thing that can stress you out during the holidays. House guests can create anxiety as well as happiness during the holidays.

 

When family and friends stay in our homes during the holidays we always want to make a good impression and make our guests feel comfortable and welcome. By doing a few touch ups with paint, you can achieve both goals.

 

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Neutral paint colors work well for setting the mood in a bedroom.

Repaint the Guest Room

Neutral, clean colors will create a relaxed environment for holiday sleepovers. Select a color that coordinates with fresh bed linens.

 

 

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Repaint the Kitchen/Dining Room

Most holiday gatherings revolve around food. Usually guests spend a lot of time in the kitchen helping prepare meals or keeping the chef company. A freshly painted dining room can add cheer to family meals.

 

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Your entrance way is the first thing people notice when they arrive to your home. Is your door inviting?

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There is no better way to say Welcome then with a brightly colored door. Your guests will love being greeted with an inviting entrance.

 

 

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Before you hang those Christmas lights get your exterior trim painted.

Paint the Eaves and Fascia

While hanging your Christmas lights you may discover your exterior trim may need a little TLC. Repairing, replacing or repainting eaves and fascia can give your home an easy facelift and take years off of the age of your home.

 

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Freshen up the Patio/Deck

Winters in Dallas can be mild. Many of your house guests may be escaping brutal snowy climates. Often, we entertain our guests outside during the festive seasons. Touching up the paint on your balconies or sealing the decks of your home give you additional locations of your house to celebrate.

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Before you hang the stockings, spruce up that fireplace.

All of these ideas are relatively inexpensive and quick ways to spruce up your home for the holidays.

 

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10 Reasons to Use High Quality Paints

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10 Reasons to Use High Quality Paints in Dallas, Texas

 

 

While it’s nice to save money, there are a few things for which quality should not be compromised for a lower price. Paint is one of those items where you get what you pay for.

 

Here are 10 Reasons why high-quality paint is worth the money:

  1. Easier application. High quality paints level better and tend to go on more evenly.   Brush and roller marks flow out and become unnoticeable.
  2. Spatter resistance. High quality paints are not as likely to spatter during application.
  3. Concealing capability. High quality paints can usually hide the original wall color and imperfections in less coats, saving time (Labor) and money (Labor and Materials) from needing to apply additional coats of paint.
  4. Touch-up capability. Touch-ups can be done easily and are unnoticeable with high-quality paints.
  5. Stain resistance. Top-quality paints tend to have better grime and dirt resistance and keep dirt from sinking in, making for easier cleaning.  You can wipe the walls, ceilings and trim without harming the finish.
  6. Scrub resistance. These paints are tougher and usually can withstand scrubbing without the surface being damaged or effecting the finish.
  7. Imprint resistance. Shelves, windowsills and other face-up surfaces can gather prints when objects are placed on them.  This problem is significantly minimized with high quality paints (especially eggshell finishes).
  8. Stick resistance. The smooth finish produced with high quality paints allows the paint to be less susceptible to sticking.
  9. Mildew resistance. Mildew resistant agents are much better in high-quality paints. If you don’t want mildew, don’t compromise on paint quality.  Think kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and in some cases garages and basements.
  10. Fade resistance. To ensure your paint color stays just as you want it, use a high quality 100% acrylic latex paint. These paints maintain their fresh appearance for years.

 

Paint Ovations only uses high quality paints.  Why are there so many different paint choices? Why do the paints range from $20 per gallon to $89 per gallon?

 

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What’s the difference between the $20 paint and the High-Quality Paint?

 

Longevity

When you decide to use a high-quality paint, you are not only paying for the quality now, you are paying for not having to paint as frequently in the future.  A high-end paint will extend the lifespan of your paint job by up to two or three times. With Sherwin-Williams Emerald, you get a lifetime warranty.

 

Pigment

Two types of pigments are in your paint. First are “prime” pigments. These provide color and hide. Second are low-cost “extender” pigments. They add bulk to the product, yet add little value.

 

Higher-quality paints have more prime pigments, which provide easier application, greater durability and better color retention.

 

Binders

There are a variety of binders in paint. Latex paints contain either 100 percent acrylic, styrene-acrylic or vinyl acrylic binders. Oil paints typically contain linseed oil, soya oil or alkyds. The type, quality and amount of binder affect everything from stain resistance, gloss to adhesion and crack resistance.

 

Higher-quality binders adhere to surfaces better and provide enhanced integrity and longer-lasting performance. This makes them more resistant to cracking, blistering and peeling.

 

Liquids

The liquid provides no added performance benefits. It’s simply the vehicle that allows you to get the paint from the can to the surface. Top-quality paints have a greater ratio of solids – pigments and binders – to liquids.

 

Additives

Additives are ingredients that give paint a specific benefit that it might not otherwise have. Common additives in higher-end paints include:

 

Rheology modifiers to provide better hide through flow and leveling of the coating.

 

Mildewcides to keep mildew in check.

 

Dispersing agents to keep pigments evenly distributed.

 

Preservatives to prevent spoilage.

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Cost per year of service

Before you specify paint based on price, consider this: Lower-quality paints require more coats to cover and, because they aren’t as durable, need maintenance much sooner. This is especially true with exterior coatings.  Paint Ovations only uses Durations and Emerald for a high quality paint.

 

So, to get a true idea of costs, look beyond the initial price tag and compare the cost per year of service. For example, say you’re painting a home that requires 20 gallons of exterior latex. You have two options:

 

Buy a lower grade paint at $20 per gallon with an expected life span of six years.

 

Buy a high-quality 25-year paint at $65 per gallon.

 

In the first scenario, your out-of-pocket cost would be $400. Since the paint is expected to last six years, the cost per year is $67. In the second scenario, your material cost is $1,300. But because the paint has a 25-year lifespan, your cost per year is only $52.  Plus, the labor savings of applying the paint 4 times.  Which is why Paint Ovations estimates may be a little higher than competitors.  We look at the long-term investment.

 

On some estimates we may be a few hundred to a thousand higher in our initial bid.  But, when we look at the bids, we aren’t comparing apples to apples.  Those lower bids may be using cheaper product, which in the long run ends up costing you more down the road.

 

Even if you plan on selling your home before the paints life cycle is up, it pays to go with a high quality paint as it can be cleaned easier, blended if damages easier and makes for a faster, selling home.

 

By choosing the higher-priced, higher-quality paint, you actually save $15 per year in paint. And that’s just the material cost add labor into the equation and the money you save in the long run increases significantly.

 

When it comes to selecting paint, quality does matter. Whether you’re looking at interior or exterior paint, and whether you’re considering adhesion, durability or hiding properties, a better-quality paint will give you better service – both short and long term.

 

Have any questions about paint, give Ron Bledsoe and the Paint Ovations team a call and his years of expertise will guide you into making the right decision for your painting applications.

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