How Long Will My Exterior Paint Job Last?

When considering updating the paint job on the exterior of your house, one question that you likely will ask your yourself is “How long will my paint job last?” If you’re making a large-scale investment like repainting your home, you need to know how long this investment will last you. Well, there are a few factors that can dictate the length of time that your paint job will look fresh, clean, and new.

Exposures

Where is your home located? Do you live in direct sunlight? Or in the shade? In general, the sides of your home that are in the sunlight will see deterioration in the paint job at a faster rate than the shadier sides of your home. Other factors that can affect the length of your paint job are snow and rain, and other weather conditions that take a toll on the exterior of the home.

Colors

When choosing the color for the exterior of your home, you should not only consider esthetics. The color of your paint job will play a part in determining how long the paint job will last. In general, darker colors on the exterior of the home will begin to fade at a more accelerated rate than lighter colors. Lighter colors do not show the fading effect that sunlight can have on the paint job in the same way that dark colors do.

Quality

Many people are under the wrong impression that they will save money if they choose a lower quality paint for their large-scale paint job. This is not true. If you opt for lower quality paint, then your paint job will begin to fade, chip, and deteriorate at a faster pace than if you invest in slightly more expensive, higher quality paint. In most cases, painting with an acrylic-based paint rather than oil-based paint is the best choice for homeowners.Making this choice in the beginning can add years of vibrant color to your exterior paint job. This will make a large difference in the amount of time that can pass between paint jobs.

Preparation

Probably the most important factor to creating a long-lasting paint job is in the preparation. The professional painters at All American Trade Work take care of all the prep work that go into creating an even, lasting paint-job including cleaning, scrubbing, and sanding. If you begin painting over flaky, dirty, moldy, or chalky surfaces, your paint job is likely to fade and peel within just a few years. Additionally, priming the surfaces is important. A primer acts as a paint adhesive and will help to prevent chipping, bubbling, and will smooth out imperfections in the surface.

 

A good, quality exterior paint job handled by professional painters should last between 7- 10 years. At All American Trade Work we make sure to take all of the necessary precautions to give you the longest life-span on your paint job. If you have any questions regarding specifics about your particular home or commercial paint job, give us a call at (801) 995-2513 or contact us via email.

 

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3 Cost Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home with Trade Work

Whether you are thinking about selling or simply want to make sure that your home maintains its value, there are a few trade work tactics proven by housing analysts that will increase its market price. Home renovations, additions, or outdoor landscaping can be costly endeavors that often do not provide the greatest return on investment. We’ve compiled a few tried and true methods that are guaranteed to elevate the value of your home at a cost that won’t break the bank.

Quality Paint Job

Just like you would wash and detail your car before you sell it, touching up your home’s paint job the best way to ensure that it’s ready for sale. A custom paint job by a professional painting contractor will freshen up the look of your home, brighten your rooms, and make every space looks clean and finished. The key, however, is a professional paint job. Only the pros will take all of the necessary time and care to prep surfaces, strip wallpaper, and sand wood. Additionally, they will purchase all of the materials, provide samples, and potentially give input about accent colors. They will employ painting techniques that result in the special rolled effect that can not be emulated by an amatuer, as well as top off the coat with a finish at your request. Finally, the crew will thoroughly clean drips, spills, and debris at the end of the job.

Custom Trim, Crown Mouldings

Accentuating with a highlighted trim can make all the difference in the style and feel of a room. Crown mouldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to a home. They create a classic, stylish look in any space, with impressive angles and distinguished curves that create a polished feel.  Custom trim takes the eye up the ceiling, which elevates the room’s stature and can make a space feel more open. Done right, updated trim and mouldings will make an ordinary home into one that feels extraordinary and upscale. It’s the details that make the distinction.

Refinished Cabinetry 

Whether you want to install new cabinets, or just revamp the old ones, the right custom work can completely refresh your kitchen’s style. Borders, decorative supports, end panels— a little imagination can go a long way toward making your kitchen the talk of the town. Custom carpentry, or a cabinet paint job with specific design elements may seem like small details, however they can make a great impact in the decorative look of your kitchen.

These are just a few of the low-cost ways to maximize the worth of your home. If you are in the Salt Lake City Utah area and are interested in discussing the best ways to boost the value of your specific home, contact us. We are more than happy to talk details, give walkthrough appraisals, and provide personalized advice on all trade work inquires.