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    Exterior Anxiety: Painting the outside of your house is a lot more than just picking a color

    This Brainerd homeowner used Sherwin-Williams’ version of a color visualizer app to select several different possible color palettes for his home, which is now painted white with black shutters. Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Randy Wilson hears it all the time. Someone calls and says the outside of their house needs a new paint job because one or more sections have discolored or lost their luster.

    When he gets out there, though, he sees the real problem.

    “Usually, when they start thinking about painting, they see some kind of problem with the paint, but it’s really the roof or the gutters, some kind of leak or something’s rotted,” says Wilson, a professional painter in Chattanooga. “When we go out and look at them ourselves, we check all those things and, if it’s gutters or carpentry work, that’s something we do because it’s something we run into on almost every job.”

    Without fixing the underlying problem — be it bad wood or a clogged downspout — painting won’t help; it’ll just go back to looking bad within a few months or years.

    The warm weather coming ’round has many folks walking around the outside of their home and thinking, “Hmmm, could use a little sprucing up.” But professional painters in the area say there are a few things homeowners need to consider before hiring someone to do the job or do it themselves — and choosing the colors isn’t the only consideration.

    “Paint is only as good as what you put it on top of,” says Felix Cordova, who co-owns Brand Painting Co. in Dalton, Ga. Not only do you need to make sure your shoddy paint isn’t a product of termites, wet wood or mildew, he says, you also must get your house clean of debris and dirt before you put drop one of paint on it. If you don’t, that new paint’s flaking off a lot more quickly than it should.

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    7 Responses to “Exterior Anxiety: Painting the outside of your house is a lot more than just picking a color”

    • Charlotte Fleet

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      I like that you mention that you need to first make sure that there are no underlying issues with the house such as mold or termites before you get it repainted. My husband and I have been wanting to repaint our house for a while now. I think we should look into hiring a professional with experience in exterior painting after we make sure our house is ready.

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      • Barry Evans

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        Hello Charlotte, I certainly appreciate your response. It is important in all things we do to check for underlying issues before starting a project. One never knows what they will find. Painting over a problem just creates another issue down the road. Please feel free to check out our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJLqCNLVvrgOYk1xFTiC5g

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    • Rita Sanders

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      I didn’t even think about how you’d have to fix the underlying problem before you paint your house but it makes a lot of sense. If your wood is rotting, paint won’t help it. I’ll have to get the problem sorted out before I paint my house a new color.

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    • rachel frampton

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      I’ve been wanting to have my house painted with Blue and Gold, that’s why I’m currently looking for an exterior home painting service. I’m glad you shared this; we’ll make sure to have the house cleaned before painting it. I never knew that if I don’t get rid of the debris the paint will flake off eventually.

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      • Barry Evans

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        Hello Rachel, I am so glad that this information was helpful to you. If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us at 423-838-0606 or barry@chattanoogahomes.com

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    • Ryan Baudoin

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      It was really helpful when you said finding out what other people are saying about them is the most important thing to do. My husband and I are wanting to get our kitchen painted a maroon color to replace the current white color, and we want to make sure that we find a good painting contractor. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as we search for a painting contractor for our home.

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    • Nicole Sturgill

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      It was really helpful when you said finding out what other people are saying about them is the most important thing to do. My husband and I are wanting to get our kitchen painted a maroon color to replace the current white color, and we want to make sure that we find a good painting contractor. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as we search for a painting contractor for our home.

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