Getting exterior painting estimates? Painting the exterior is a lot less work for the homeowner than it would be for the painting of your interior home. Here are a few basic things to consider when getting your home ready for exterior painting.
One of the first steps in painting the exterior is power washing. Make sure all windows and doors are closed and sealed. With a high power pressure washer, water can easily blast out a bedroom or living room if a window is left open. We have yet to experience this nor do we want to damage our perfect record. Please let the painters know if you have a leaky door or window. We can adjust our technic with less water and pressure to ensure no water intrudes through the leaky opening.
During the estimate process we will examine the exterior for any evidence of a leaky roof. Painting the home before fixing a roof leak can reduce the life span of the coating applied. If you notice or we discover a leaky roof at the estimate stage take action and get the roof repairs completed before beginning the painting project. This is more viable with elastomeric coatings but can effect any coating.
We once painted a home for a avid rose collector, In their front yard they had a garden on display that would take your breath away. The garden was no less than a foot away from the home being painted. How on earth can we paint around thorny rose bushes and not break them? I would have you know that only one stem was broken during the process of painting. Here is what we recommend, we ask to have the shrubbery, roses or any form of foliage to be trimmed back prior to the painting project starting. A good rule of thumb is to have have a one foot clearance from the surface, or in some cases, just enough where no branches or leaves are touching the surface being painted. We wouldn’t want a bush leaning on a freshly painted wall. We understand some foliage is impossible to cut back without killing the plant or tree. In this case we ask it to be trimmed as much as possible, we will then take our heavy duty drop cloths and use them to pull back the foliage. If the foliage leans back on the surface we will leave it tied up until the paint is dry to touch. This may deform the bush for a bit, but often times the bush is back to normal before the job is completed.