A fresh coat of paint on your home's exterior may seem like a small thing, but it can have major benefits. There are quite a few reasons why you should repaint your home's exterior this year.
1. Restoration Opportunities
Many small damages to a home's exterior aren't immediately noticeable until your contractor gets up close during a paint job. All exterior painting projects begin with a full inspection, so any cracks or holes in the siding and trim can be sought out and repaired. Your contractor will also check for loose siding that needs to be tightened, as well as old siding boards that have begun to rot and need to be replaced.
2. Damage Prevention
Certain types of damages are more prevalent when paint begins to fail. Paint is a weatherproof seal on wood siding, for example. Peeling or cracked paint allows moisture to seep into the wood, which results in rot that can destroy the siding and lead to the need for expensive replacement. Paint can also help keep out some wood-destroying pests, so you want a quality coating of exterior paint in place to provide protection.
3. Cosmetic Improvements
You want your home to look nice, especially if you are planning to sell it soon. One of the best ways to instantly improve the curb appeal of your home is with a fresh coat of paint. Painting a home's exterior is relatively low cost compared to other exterior home improvements, which means it provides good value if your main goal is to improve the cosmetic appeal of the house.
4. Covenant Restrictions
For those that live in a neighborhood that is managed by a homeowners association or similar group, there are likely covenants in place in regards to the condition of your home's exterior. Allowing paint to fade or peel can be in direct violation of these covenants, which may result in fines or increased fees if you do not repaint in a timely manner.
5. Efficiency Improvements
Believe it or not, a new coat of exterior paint can actually help make your home more energy-efficient. For example, opting for a lighter exterior color in a hot, sunny environment increases the reflectivity of your home -- thus more heat is reflected away from your home than absorbed into the walls. The inverse is also true. In cold climates, opt for darker exterior colors so that the walls absorb more heat from the sun.
Contact a painting contractor to get a quote on an exterior paint job today.