Homeowners in Metro Atlanta often underestimate the amount of work and skills required to complete a residential exterior paint job – especially if you have an older home and its exterior paint may contain lead since this toxic metal was not banned until 1978.
According to Neighborhoodscout.com*, almost 60% of the homes in the Metro Atlanta area were built between 1940 and 1999.* With 31.9% of existing homes built between 1940 and 1969, there is a high likelihood that even with non-lead paint applied to its exterior at later dates, all paint layers may contain lead. If your home was painted before or shortly after 1978, you need to call in an expert and let them to use their special tools, processes and protection to scrape all the layers off your home and manage the project to minimize any health risks to the painters or your family.
No matter when you’re home was built, there are ways to know your house has a well done exterior paint job….and it won’t happen if you’re thinking cheap and fast!
The right prep involves washing, scraping, sanding, repairing, sealing, patching and removing mildew. Covering your landscape and outdoor furniture, caulking around windows and doors and adding siding ventilation are also part of having the right prep.
The right paint includes a primer and needs to be a high quality latex paint for durability. Your expert will be able to advise you on color choices and sheen specific to your home’s location and architectural style. Keep in mind, the type of materials used on your home’s exterior will impact how paint adheres and appears on your home. You need an expert who will help you choose your paint wisely.
The right pro is essential to getting your exterior paint job done exceptionally well and delivering high quality results on time and on budget. They will plan the project for the best time to paint areas when there’s indirect sunlight. Making sure you have low humidity and surface dryness after it’s rained are timing issues out of your control so paining the exterior of your home is not a DIY weekend project. Paint takes time to dry and only a pro will know for certain when the first and second coats should be applied.
The right pros also have their own expert ways to assure consistency of color and smoothness using the best color mix, application tools and even using the amount of paint. No homeowner wants drip marks and uneven appearance! Let a pro help you to achieve trim work precision and an expert who knows to add grit for painted stairs to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Homeowners are fully aware that “you get what you pay for” when it comes to a home maintenance, remodeling or upgrade project. With the right prep, paint and pro your exterior paint job will last longer and look more beautiful – adding both economic and aesthetic value to your home.
Since 1945, Brownlow and Sons has worked with homeowners in the metro Atlanta market. Many of our clients have done multiple projects with us and referred their friends and family members to us. Brownlow and Sons has a full time staff of experienced painters who are respectful and dependable experts to deliver the best results from painting the exterior of your home. When we show up, you’ll experience a satisfying confidence that your painting crew is capable, reliable and trustworthy to deliver a high quality job for you. Contact us to discuss how we can help with your exterior paint project.