4 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Exterior

Curb appeal home
This home’s freshly painted bricks, shutters and front door help it stand out.

Most homeowners turn to professional painters when updating their home’s exterior. However, with the right know-how and proper equipment, painting your home is easy and, let’s face it, more affordable.

Homeowners who want to ‘DIY’ the job should consider these tips.

Behr paint
When you’re painting a home, not just any paint will do. Check the label — in this case, a paint and primer combination won’t work because it’s formulated only for interior surfaces.

1. Consider the Type of Paint

Painting your home requires paint that’s thick and durable. So, you should choose between the two types of paint used for exterior surfaces: latex and oil-based paint.

These paints are water-resistant, long-lasting, and are a great way to guarantee the house’s exterior stays fresh for years to come.

Expect latex paint to dry quickly, be applied easily, and resist direct sunlight and age. Acrylic latex is higher-quality latex paint.

Each paint product’s instructions vary, so check the label for information on application and special considerations.

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Tape Measure
Before you can purchase paint, you need to measure your home’s square footage.

2. Measure the Square Footage

Painting the outside of a home requires far more paint than is needed to cover the walls of a single room in the house.

For this reason, you need to measure the house before buying the paint. You can determine the home’s square footage by multiplying its width, in feet, by its height. Measurements of the doors and windows won’t need to be subtracted as this will leave room for leftover paint.

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Leftover paint can be used to cover the railing, steps, porches and similar elements that aren’t included in the initial calculations.

It can also be useful to hang onto the extra paint for touch-ups after the painting job is done.


Paint house
Check with your homeowners association, if you belong to one, to verify that you can paint your home. Row houses, like this one, often are governed by HOA rules. (DepositPhotos)

3. Choose Your Colors

Most homeowners have free reign when it comes to choosing their paint colors. However, those who belong to a homeowners association must double-check the rules to determine if there are specific colors they have to use when painting the home.

If this isn’t the case, consider using a fresh coat of your home’s current color or choose something different and new. While neutral colors are generally recommended, a primary color with a deeper greyscale value can match any home while giving a certain flair.


Painting a house
If you have a one-story home, you don’t need much equipment to paint a house. Just a sprayer and something to stand on!

4. Pick the Right Equipment

While choosing the right equipment for the job can seem intimidating, just consider the home’s size and take it from there.

For small, one-story homes, you may just need a paint sprayer to cut back painting time.

For larger homes, you may need to rent an aerial lift. Boom lifts make it easier to reach every nook and cranny of the house.

Your home doesn’t need the expertise of a professional paint crew for it to look like it was professionally painted.

Give your house an expert paint job with these four tips.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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