Exterior Painting Kansas City Homes Involves More Than Slapping on a Coat of Paint
If you’re a Kansas City homeowner whose home is in need of a good exterior paint job, you may be tempted to do it yourself. Understandably, homeowners who are “do-it-yourselfers” often try to take care of projects on their own in order to save money. Regardless of whether you do it yourself or hire an exterior painting contractor, it’s important to know there’s more to it than just slapping on a coat or two of paint!
When painting the exterior of your home, there’s substantial prep work involved. Not only do you need to power wash your home to remove built up dirt, dust, or even mold, it may be that scraping, sanding, and priming are necessary as well. Paint must adhere properly to the surface, and this can’t be accomplished when loose or chipping paint, grease, and dirt come between the paint and the substrate (surface). Take shortcuts, and you’ll find your new paint job doesn’t last long before it starts flaking or peeling.
Before a paint brush (or roller, sprayer, etc.) ever touches your home, perform a thorough inspection. What do you need to look for?
- Signs of wood rot around fascia board, window sills, and trim. Also look closely for areas that are particularly dirty or grimy, or that have loose or peeling paint.
- As you walk around the perimeter of your home, look closely to determine if there are areas that may require additional prep work.
- Finally, take notes on your findings regarding any signs of wood rot, peeling or flaking paint, areas that are especially dirty or that have grease, mold, or other materials that need attention.
If you do decide to hire a professional Kansas City exterior painting contractor, be sure to ask plenty of questions. What type of prep work does the company do, and what are the exact steps in the process? How does the company address issues such as wood rot, and what is the quality of paint/primer used? A high quality job will cost a bit more, but in the long run it’s worth it considering the paint job will look beautiful and last much longer than a shoddy paint job. A quality job will protect your home from the ravages of rain, wind, snow, and other weather elements.
At American Roofing & Renovations, we believe in quality materials, quality workmanship, and customers that are 100% satisfied with the results of our work. If your home is in need of a “facelift,” give us a call today!