Why Prep the Outside of Your Home

Your home is looking a little less than enticing lately, and we at Horner Painting know why. Perhaps your paint is beginning to chip off, or maybe the Colorado sun is beginning to fade the vibrant color that was once there. Regardless, it’s time to contact Fort Collins’ house painting professionals here at Horner Painting! We know exactly what it takes to give you a job well done, and our team of experts is ready to give your home the exterior paintwork it needs to shine. Before any large painting project, we need to make sure that the area we are working on is level and smooth.

Preparation Matters

While it might be easy to think of house painting as a simple process, this is not the case! You may have heard the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and we have found that to be true. In order to prevent any serious problems from happening in the future, we do our best to give ourselves the best canvas possible. This includes filling in nail holes, scraping away the old paint, and checking for any decaying or cracked wood. Neglecting these things can lead to huge problems within just a few years.

Drip Edges

One of the most important pieces of your home is the drip edge flashing placed along windows and doors. This is usually used when a home is first built. While most new homes have this drip edge already, older homes may only have caulk keeping the elements out of the home. If water is leaking into your home through your windows or doors, any paint in that area might show it. Check for discoloration, peeling, or blistering paint. As easy as it would be to paint over the problem areas, we can guarantee that the final look will not be what you were hoping for. These surfaces do not hold primer well, so the caulking needs to be taken out. All repair work has to be done before we can apply the primer and apply the color to your home! Getting rid of mold and mildew is never enough – we need to be sure that these problems won’t come back!

Sanding and Powerwashing

In order to get the old paint off of your home, we need to sand it off. Yes, taking off the old paint might be a little bit of a chore, but our house painting professionals are prepared to take this task on for you. The condition of the exterior of your home is going to determine how the final product looks! Powerwashing is also recommended, as chalk deposits tend to build up on the paint. If a surface has not been cleaned, then the new paint can trap dirt and pollutants underneath. This can lead to an uneven look that you won’t be pleased with.

Contact the House Painting Professionals

When it comes to exterior painting, be sure to call Horner Painting! Our team of professionals is proud to serve Northern Colorado residents and with painting services for their homes.