Choosing a color for the exterior of your house is a big decision. Generally, exterior house paint colors fall into either dark or light shade categories. Within these categories lie thousands of color options. Even more, you should take into consideration the size, light exposure and landscape around your home. With all these variables it’s no wonder home exterior painting can feel overwhelming.
Texas Professional Painting put together this article to help you pin down your vision. Read on to learn about 5 exterior paint trends you’ll see this year.
Neutrals will never lower your home’s resell value and will always be on-trend. Neutrals pair well with different materials, like brick, stucco or vinyl siding. There are thousands of options, and they’re far from boring. Consider unique neutral combinations like gray-blue, greige or the ever-versatile taupe.
Dark shades make a bold statement without being blindingly vibrant. Give a dark exterior structure by pairing it with light accent painting. Or fully embrace the moody aesthetic with a monochromatic look that combines dark exterior walls and trim. Not ready to commit? Opt for painting a section of your house dark–like the mudroom or screened-in porch.
A green exterior compliments the landscape and gives your design an organic feel. Green is also the opposite of red on the color wheel, which makes it pair well with red brick houses. If your house does not have brick, a red front door can help tie the look of your green house together. There is no need to choose shades like kelly green or lime, instead, think about shades like sage or moss.
White, cream and off-white can make your home appear larger since the color reflects light. Light-colored houses also pop against the landscape, which adds to curb appeal. Make your house stand out in a neighborhood of beige by opting for a white exterior. White paint can be either warm or cool, depending on its undertones. Warm white makes a house look cozy while cool white feels fresher.
Painting your front door in a bold or bright color is a great option if you’re limited by community guidelines. Painting the door invests less time and money than painting the entire exterior. And when it’s time to sell, painting over your door can take less than a weekend.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. You need to decide what kind of first impression your home will give, or what will be its curb appeal. Your landscaping, neighborhood and the size of your home all affect how your paint job will look.
It can take time to commit to a color scheme for your home. That’s why, when it’s time to paint your home, you should put your trust in professional house painters. At Texas Professional Painting, our team is dedicated to providing you with quality workmanship. Let us help you transform your house into the home of your dreams. Contact us today!
Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!
The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.
This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run.
The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.
If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.
Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather.
While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.
Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.
Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.
Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!
DIY projects have swept the nation, encouraging many to complete their own home projects. While this is fine for painting a room, more dangerous home improvement projects should be left to the professionals.
Exterior wood staining has many benefits, but this isn’t something you should do yourself. Wood stains can be dangerous when mishandled. If you’re planning on tackling this project, put the paintbrush down and contact Texas Professional Painting. We know how to safely stain wood, saving you the hassle and a trip to the emergency room.
Wood stain is a type of paint coating that can protect the wood while also preserving its natural beauty. Unlike other paints, stain soaks into the wood, bringing out the rich colors and textures instead of concealing it.
Something to keep in mind is that stain fades over time, but is easy to re-apply if needed. Having your deck stained on a regular basis can strengthen and protect the wood, as well as keep it looking its best. Other benefits of wood staining include protection from:
Shielding your exterior from the elements can help it last longer, saving you money on repairs or replacements.
Just like paint, wood stains come in a variety of types, each with its own unique benefits. This is something you can research ahead of time, though the professional painter will typically decide which is best for your exterior.
Water-based stains are relatively new and provide the most UV resistance. Its high zinc content provides more protection from mildew and rot, as well. This type of wood stain will even drive away microorganisms like fungi. However, they don’t last as long as other types of stains.
Oil-based stains are the more cost-efficient option. They’re proven to last long and create an even finish when applied. However, this is also the more dangerous option, as its chemical components can cause harm if inhaled. Some might even attract mildew if used in a damp environment.
Hybrid stains are becoming the most commonly used stains. It combines the low chemical amount from water-based stains and the high visual appeal of oil-based stains. But they do still contain potentially dangerous chemicals, and might not last as long as oil-based stains.
Staining your exterior isn’t an afternoon project. It takes professional exterior painters to perform the job safely. They know the precautions that come with using wood stains, which can be extremely dangerous if mishandled.
Wood stains, even water-based ones, are highly flammable. A small flame could light a freshly stained deck on fire in seconds. Even a used cigarette too close to wood stain can result in a major fire.
As previously mentioned, some wood stains contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Wood stain fumes can make you feel lightheaded and can even cause damage to your respiratory system. Prolonged exposure to these fumes could lead to wood stain poisoning, which requires immediate medical attention.
Rags, paintbrushes, or even the clothes you’re wearing can carry excess wood stain, which must be cleaned and disposed of properly to avoid the risk of fires or fumes. Even a drop of wood stain near an exposed flame could prove dangerous. You might have some on your hands you forgot to clean, which can be extremely harmful to inhale.
Home exterior painters are called professionals for a reason. They know how to avoid the dangers of wood stain, as well as how to apply it to have your exterior looking its best.
San Antonio residents trust Texas Professional Painting for all their wood staining needs. We understand the benefits of wood stains and know how to apply them safely and efficiently. Contact us today to see how we can protect and enhance your exterior!