Tips for Prepping for House Painting in Michigan

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Sterling Heights, MI residential painting company, Imperial Painting, provides advice for homeowners on the preparation required before starting to paint a home.

As the weather heats up, many homeowners are looking at having their houses painted over the summer. Now is a perfect time to do it, as the freezing cold temperatures during the fall, winter, and even early spring months can make house painting quite difficult. Some look at the job as rather straight forward and something they could do themselves. In reality DIY house painting is not a task to be taken lightly.

Whether a homeowner plans on painting their own home or having a professional painting contractor do it for them, there are a number of steps that must be completed to prep the house for new paint. Do it yourself type people will want to make sure they carry out these activities. For those who have hired a residential painter, they want to make sure these steps are followed as well.

First, before painting a house, a thorough inspection of the exterior should be completed. As part of the prep work, trim should be inspected along with flashing, siding, and anywhere else near where the paint will be applied. Rotted wood or damaged siding should be replaced.

Cleaning and sanding surfaces comes next. The roof and the house should be thoroughly cleaned before any painting takes place. Many will use a hose, although a power washer is best. The power washer can help remove trouble spots of previous paint as well as get the surface a bit cleaner than a hose. Once the cleaning is done, surfaces should be inspected and any wooden areas should be sanded and then washed again to remove any excess debris that might interfere with the adhesiveness of the new paint.

Once the cleaning has been done, it is best to double check all measurements of the area to be painted. With the area, many stores and websites offer calculators which will help determine the amount of paint needed. Professional painters can usually count on a 5 to 10 percent wastage amount. DIY painters can usually count on at least a 20 percent waste. Also, verify that the estimated paint based on area is for the specific brand of paint, as different manufacturers have different compounds that could affect spread and absorption of house paint.

It is important to buy all the necessary tools before the job begins. This makes it a lot easier for someone trying to paint their own home, so they are not constantly having to stop work to head back to the store for more supplies. It is also important to buy all paint from the same manufacturer, at the same location, at the same time. Buying paints mixed at different locations or even the same location but different shipments can cause the same colors to be off. Even a slight hue variation, which can go unnoticed during initial inspection, can really stick out once the house is painted.

About: Imperial Painting: Imperial Painting Inc. has been in business since 1992. They provide interior painting and exterior painting services to residential homeowners in Sterling Heights, MI as well as surrounding areas including St. Clair Shores, Lenox. Rochester, and Utica.

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