House Painting Sydney
Exterior House painting is a different kettle of fish to interior painting. For one thing the surfaces on the outside of you house have to be well prepared after many years of being exposed to the weather. And the actual paint used for outdoor surfaces is designed to withstand this outdoor weather, years of bright sunshine and occasional heavy rain. This is the main reason why outdoor paint is more expensive.
We have a few recommendations when deciding on how to paint outdoors.
Don’t buy the Cheapest Paint
This is temptation, and it may seem like a bargain to by cheaper paint. But you tend to get what you pay for. The quality brands will last considerably longer on outdoor surfaces, so even though they cost more they end up being cheaper in the long term.
Occasionally you find a quality brand on special, or a good quality undercoat on discount. This is fine. And it is good to shop around to find the best deal on the colour you want. But never compromise on quality.
Consider the Permanent Fixtures
You are painting the house, but probably not the brickwork, and never the rockery. So choose the colours for the house surfaces that fit in with the rest of the yard.
A good rule of thumb is to find contrasting colours for the surfaces that you paint. If the surrounding brickwork is red, then paint the house a pale cream or light blue. If you have sandstone around you might like the house surfaces in a bold colour. If you have a pool then this is part of the overall picture, so choose the colour accordingly.
You do have the option of painting the drains and gutters, or railing. Consider a good colour that matches or nicely contrasts with the other painted surfaces. Rust resistant paint (i.e.: Kilrust) is a good option for metal pipes and similar surfaces.
Remember the Trim
The edges can be painted the same colour as the main surface, or a darker shade of the same colour. Occasionally a lighter shade of the main colour works well.
Consider light coloured stairs with a dark trim and railing.
Window frames, railings and the areas immediately under the roof are part of the trim, and should all match. Painting them all white often works well if the rest of the home has a vibrate colour.
Take a few clear photos of the house in neutral conditions, like a pleasant sunny day. And use Photoshop to experiment with some different colour combinations. This is only a rough guide, but it will eliminate a few bad choices.
House Painters Sydney
You choice of colour for the home is a long term decision. And the material and workmanship will have to last for several years in the harsh outdoors. Call the professionals to make sure you get this right.