3 Essential House Painting Rules All Homeowners Should Follow

ECOS 01/18/2018

Adding a coat of high-quality paint to the interior or exterior of your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to spruce up your house, and increase its value. However, there are a number of important rules all homeowners should keep in mind to ensure the effort they've put into house painting doesn't go to waste. Here are just a few rules for painting that all homeowners should follow.

Proper Tools Are Essential

If your flooring is more than a year old, many of the VOCs will have likely dissipated already. But if you're installing new flooring or painting your existing floor, go for an organic option and use VOC-free materials. While choosing the right paint is obviously the most important step of any paint job, making sure you have the proper tools on hand to get the job done isn't far behind. For smaller or more detailed projects you should use a high-quality brush or paint roller. Many environmentally friendly paints can also be applied using with an airless sprayer, so consider renting a good quality one to maximize paint uniformity and make the job much easier. Just head to your local home improvement center or tool rental outlet. Finally, you'll also need painter's tape and some sheets or tarps to protect surfaces from paint drops.

Don't Rush!

It's understandable to be excited about the new look your home will have once the paint job is complete. That being said, you shouldn't rush, especially if you're doing exterior painting. This means waiting for conditions that won't compromise the quality of the paint job. Experts say you shouldn't paint outdoors on hot days, in rainy weather, or in dusty conditions. Ideally, any day between 50 and 90 degrees should be suitable. Hot weather and direct sunlight can cause the paint to dry too quickly and lead to surface imperfections that can ruin all your hard work.

Protect The Surrounding Areas

Finally, whether you're painting your home's interior or exterior, make sure to properly protect the surrounding areas. Take the time to put down some sort of covering on the floors, as well as nearby items. Indoors, that might mean furniture, appliances, and doors, and outside that means bushes, shrubs, and other landscaping features. This is particularly essential when using any type of paint sprayer to apply your environmentally friendly spray paint, since over-spraying is quite common, and too much could even cover your neighbor's cars! Ultimately, knowing these simple rules can help you complete any home paint job as quickly and efficiently as possible. For more information about porch and floor paints, or paint for almost any other project, contact Ecos Paints.