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Whether you are a first time home owner, living in an established home, or getting ready to buy a home, a little TLC and a new coat of paint can breathe new life into the exterior of your home, give you extra curb appeal, and add value to your property.  One of the biggest challenges is choosing a color that suits your personal style, blends well with the landscape and makes you happy when you arrive home after a hard day’s work.  Picking up a paint brush and opening a can of paint may seem like a no-brainer but understanding the principles behind exterior painting is easier said than done.  According to the knowledgeable experts at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. there are a number of common mistakes make by DIY homeowners that can be easily avoided by contacting them directly for professional assistance.

Avoid Paint Drips, Spills & Splatters

Exterior painting requires a lot of prep work and most homeowners have neither the time nor the patience to spend time prepping. Leaving areas uncovered or not covering them adequately are one of the most common mistakes that lead to unintentional drips and spills. Unfortunately, these drips and spills are difficult to correct for a novice painter and quicker ruin the appearance of your home. Forgetting to cover plants, bushes, and shrubs is another common mistake made by homeowners as is leaving coverings on too long suffocating foliage.

Consider Moisture Before Painting

If you own an older home or a home with wood paneling it is very important that you identify and repair any area where water can become trapped under your new paint job. Pay particular attention to paneling around window and doors.  Failing to check these areas appropriately can lead to peeling or blistering paint and an unsightly appearance.

Don’t Apply Latex Paint in Extreme Temperatures

Most homeowners are unaware that certain types of paint can only be applied in optimal conditions; latex paint in particular can be very challenging to deal with for a DIY painter. Applying a coat of latex paint in cold weather won’t dry properly but if the temperatures are too hot, it can shorten the life of the paint.

Avoid Waiting Too Long Before Painting the Exterior

Another common mistake made by homeowners is not paying attention to your existing exterior paint finish. If you see peeling or chipping paint you have waited too long and the paint will need to be removed before you begin painting. This process is time consuming and if you don’t correct it properly your newly painted exterior will look patchy and unsightly.

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The whole point of painting the exterior of your home is curb appeal, and increased property value. Ideally, you will want passersby to admire your home when they drive by it, and on a more practical side, you will want to be assured that the surface of your home is protected against the elements.  Put you mind at ease and hire an experienced painting company. With the knowledgeable experts at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. you will experience results that are both beautiful and long lasting. To learn more about professional residential painting services for your East Hampton home, contact the experienced professionals at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. today.