It’s mid December and winter hasn’t quite hit us here in the Midwest. We’ve had a lot of rain, but no snow so far. Don’t let old man winter fool you…he’s on his way! So now is the time to catch up on your preventative home maintenance, before the wintery weather arrives.
With a little bit of preventative maintenance, your home’s siding could be trouble-free for 50 years or more. And that means you won’t have to replace siding as often. Dirt and mildew can shortens the life of your siding. By cleaning your siding and removing that dirt and mildew, you not only protect your home investment, but add to the curb appeal and value of your home.
Inspecting Siding for Damage BEFORE You Start Cleaning
You will want to repair any defects before cleaning. The sooner you make repairs, the better you protect your house from moisture infiltration that can lead to dry rot and mold forming inside your walls. Siding is vulnerable to water infiltration where it butts against windows, doors, and corner moldings. Look for caulk that has cracked due to age or has pulled away from adjacent surfaces, leaving gaps. If you have wood siding on your home, check for chipped or peeling paint, and cracked boards and trim. If you have stucco, look for cracks and chips. For brick exteriors, look for crumbling mortar joints.
Cleaning All Types of Siding
All types of siding benefit from an annual cleaning to remove grit, grime, and mildew. Cleaning an average-sized house may take you and a friend every bit of a weekend. Here’s how to do it:
1. Start with a bucket of warm, soapy water. Mix 1/2 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP, available at grocery stores, hardware stores, and home improvement centers) with 1 gallon of water.
2. Divide your siding into 10-foot sections. Scrub each section using a soft-bristled brush attached to a long handle. Work from bottom to top to avoid streaking, and rinse often. (For two-story homes, you’ll be using a ladder, so keep safety foremost.)
Stubborn, black spotty stains are probably mildew. Dab the area with a little diluted bleach — if the black disappears, it’s mildew. Clean the area with a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. Wear eye protection and protect plants from splashes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Or call the professionals at American Perma-Coat Painting!
If you don’t have the time, or would just prefer a professional to inspect and clean your siding, American Perma-Coat Painting can help. A professional team can look for damage, make repairs and, use a power washer to clean the dirt and mildew. We have the expertise to prevent water penetration at joints, seams around windows and doors, and electrical fixtures.
Are you looking for a way to spruce up the exterior of your house, but not really in the market to paint your entire home? Consider painting your front door! It’s an easy way to a splash of color and give your house a new look without breaking the bank.
But choosing just the right color and shade can be difficult. Are you willing to make a bold statement with a bright color? Are you looking to just add a pop of color without going crazy and getting the neighbors worried? Your choice can be driven by your homes exterior color or design, or you can choose to go with your favorite color. Here are a couple of ideas when considering a new color for your front door. Also, check out our Front Door Inspiration Ideabook on Houzz!
Despite the boldness of red, has been the color of front doors for ages. It is a traditional color that gives a sense of “welcome” to use on just about any design of home. It adds a splash of color without stepping too far out of the box. What can set you apart from others with the red door is the shade you choose. You can go with a deep red, a bright candy apple red, or even hues of deep coral. Red also goes with almost any exterior paint combination including beiges, browns, greys, greens, blues and white.
Why not greet your guests with a cheery yellow door! The color yellow is one that exudes happiness and warmth. A perfect impression on anyone walking by your home. While some of you are bold enough to go with a bright daffodil yellow, there are other options for those of you not quite ready to take that leap. There is buttercup yellow if you have a soft gray exterior. Or you can go deeper with a marigold or mustard shade of yellow for a bigger impact.
There are so many options with blue. You can choose to go dark with a navy blue on a neutral or white exterior. Or you can go with a robin’s egg or teal blue with a grey exterior. Turquoise, cerulean and powder blue are still other options. If you have a darker color exterior you may want to stick with a lighter color on the door for contrast.
Like the other colors mentioned, there is a shade of green for just about everyone. From bright lime green, to yellow-green, to a deep hunter green, or any of the shades in between there is surely one that will coordinate with the current exterior color of your home. If you have a brick exterior, a green front door can be the perfect accent as red and green complement each other on the color wheel! Various shades of gray are also popular. A bright apple green or even a light grass green would really draw attention to your front door. The green you choose will also make the greenery in your landscape pop!
Of course, black is another traditional favorite for any style of home. It can serve as a neutral, or as an elegant accent. A black door can be an anchor to a façade with multiple colors and textures, such as brick and stone. If your home is already a dark hue, with a white or light neutral trim, a black door can be warm and welcoming. If black seems a little harsh for your home, you can also choose to tone it back a bit with a deeper gray or brown and still have a stunning door!
Admittedly, orange can be a difficult color to work with. But when done right it can be an amazing eye catcher for your home. In fact, orange is my favorite color and yes, my front door is orange! I paired my Mandrin orange door (Sherwin Williams #6891) with a dark gray exterior (Grizzle Gray SW #7068), white trim and black accents. But there are many other shades of orange that you can use to make your house unique. Orange can also be a good match for neutral beiges or taupes by choosing a more subtle, warm hue.
Now some people might balk at the thought of a purple door. However, your front door should make a statement and catch the eye of those walking by. The front door is the perfect place to splash a little purple. It pairs well with grays and other neutrals. But purple is not for the faint of heart. In order to make the right statement, you need to choose a bold hue and steer clear of the pastel shades.
The front door of your home is your chance to make a statement. No matter the color you choose, this is the perfect place to show your family’s personality. And don’t forget about your garage doors! Depending on where your garage sits in relation to your front door, a statement color might look greaet on the garage doors as well! We've put together an Ideabook on Houzz with tons of examples. Check it out below.
If you’re not sure which color is right for you, the pros at American Perma-Coat Painting can help! Give us a call today at (785) 271-1441.
So you’ve decided it’s time to paint your home, and have gone with the professionals at American Perma-Coat Painting. We’ve detailed our process below.
What you can expect the first few days our crew members are at your home:
· For exterior jobs, we will prep and power wash your home to remove dirt, mold, and mildew.
· This provides a clean surface for our products to adhere to.
· After the surface is cleaned and dry, we will apply a coat of peel bond.
What is the peel bond’s purpose?
· Peel bond helps seal and fill cracks to prevent water penetration. By doing this it will not allow water to infiltrate, which could cause paint failure or the siding to deteriorate.
· Once the peel bond has dried we then take the necessary steps to apply caulking to fill any voids, gaps, and other areas where water can penetrate.
The house is sealed and protected. What’s next?
· We will assist the homeowner in choosing three color choices for the main part of the home. We take the three color choices and paint a small section of siding. This allows the homeowner to have a feel for how each color will look on their home and during different times of day, prior to the entire home being painted.
· Once a color has been chosen, American Perma-Coat Painting will apply two coats of high quality paint purchased from our local suppliers.
Why do you still apply two coats of paint after a layer of peel bond?
· When a homeowner is spending money to update the look of their home, to seal and protect their home, we follow the essential steps and protocol to the job right! Two coats of high quality paint will ensure the best possible look and durability for your home.
American Perma-Coat Painting stands behind our work and offers a 3 year warranty. We also offer discounts to returning customers and to active duty military.
What story is your house telling?
Whether you are trying to sell your home or just looking to spruce up the exterior, there are plenty of ways to boost the appeal of your home. Below are 5 easy ways American Perma-Coat Painting can help you personalize the exterior and increase the curb appeal of your home:
1) Color and Composition.
Color can play a big role in the curb appeal of your home. You could choose calming colors such as earthy browns, taupes, or greens. You can make a big statement and go with bold blues, reds, yellows or deep grays. The color of your home should portray the story you want to tell. Important things to keep in mind when choosing your color: the style and age of your home, current landscaping, and the color of your roof. Also, check with your homes association before you make your final color selection to see if there are any restrictions in the bylaws.
2) Front Door.
Your front door is the focal point of your home. Choose a rich hue that complements the color of your home. You can even pick an unexpected color to really make a statement! No color is off limits: red, yellow, robin’s egg blue, even orange or the perfect shade of eggplant. Whatever color you choose, it should be the perfect accent to the story of your home.
And don't forget the garage door. If your garage doors share a prominent place on the front of your home, consider updating the door to accentuate the style of your home. You can choose a different shade for the color, add special hardware or choose a beautiful stained wood door for a special touch.
Completely transform the look of your home by installing shudders. Shudders can either be functional or just for decorative purposes. They also give you a great opportunity to incorporate an accent color to your exterior paint scheme.
4) Update your exterior trim.
Another easy way to freshen up the exterior of your home is painting the trim. You can choose to just put a fresh coat of the current color, or you can create a whole new look by choosing a bold color. Painting the trim around the windows can add depth to your color scheme and set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood.
5) Refinish the porch floor.
Front porches can be very inviting. If your porch has had better days, breathe new life into this area by refinishing the floor and ceiling of the porch. The floor can either be painted in a beautiful accent color or the wood can be stained with a durable finish. Another unexpected touch is painting the porch ceiling! A soothing blue porch ceiling isn’t just for those who live in the south anymore!