If you’re thinking about painting your home’s exterior, there are several things you need to do to prepare. Here’s your one-stop guide to residential painting in Atlanta, GA, from the experts at Fillo Painting.

Outdoor Conditions

Before you start picking paint colors, it’s important to determine when you’re going to paint. Seasonal weather will vary from place to place but summer is generally the best time of year to paint your home’s exterior. The dry summer heat will help the paint cure faster so long as conditions are not humid. High humidity is caused by high levels of moisture in the air, usually after heavy rain storms. This’ll cause the paint to dry slower. Plan your paint job accordingly.

Quality Versus Price

When you’re shopping for paint, try not to shop according to price. Lower price tags can also mean lower quality. The quality of the paint will affect how it dries, how many coats you need to apply, and how the final color will look. A good quality paint shouldn’t require more than two coats for full coverage and the color should match your paint chip precisely. A cheaper brand may require several coats to achieve the same success which means more time painting in the hot summer sun.

Prep Work

Before you apply that first coat, the home’s exterior must be prepped. The preparation process involves several steps. First, visually inspect your home for any weak spots like rotting wood siding or cracks in the stucco. Remove and replace any rotting or old wood. Apply caulk to cracks in stucco and stonework to create a watertight seal. It’s a good idea to clean the outside of the home with a high-powered pressure washer to remove any dirt and provide a clean surface for the paint to stick to.

Painting Professionals

If all of this seems like a lot of work, you should consider a professional painting company. For exterior house painting in Atlanta, a team of paint professionals can take the legwork out of your exterior project. They’ll come in and prepare your home for its new paint job; all you have to do is pick out the color. Spend less time painting your house and more time enjoying it this summer.