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Three Benefits of Exterior Painting

May 12, 2016

Exterior PaintingThere are several motivations for painting your home’s exterior and significantly upgrading its external appeal. You may be thinking of putting your home on the market, and wish to give it the best possible appearance, or you may just want to undertake a useful home improvement project for your own increased enjoyment of the home. It could also be a simple matter of pride, with you wanting to make your home look its best to yourself and to everyone in the neighborhood.

Whatever it is that inspires you to paint the exterior of your home, it will be well worth your while to do so, because there are actually some nice benefits which can result from your efforts. Any one of these would make it worth the effort; but if you hire a professional to do the work (such as Odds & Ends Home Improvement), you should gain all three of these advantages.

Increased curb appeal and property value

A number of surveys conducted among home buyers and home owners have consistently demonstrated that the overall real estate value of a given house can be significantly increased by painting both interior and exterior surfaces. Before a prospective buyer will even bother to look inside the house to see newly painted interior walls, he/she must be attracted enough by what is externally visible.

One of the best ways to dramatically boost curb appeal for a house is with a fresh coat of paint that makes it look new, or at least removes the look of an aged, run-down home. Regardless of any other benefits a home may offer, it must be at least appealing enough on first impression to entice potential buyers to want to see more.

Protect the home and/or siding from the elements 

One huge benefit to painting your home’s exterior would be to protect the siding and other building components from the effects of weathering and aging. This can have long-term effects as well as immediate ones, because it can reduce or eliminate the need for expensive siding repairs later on, so it isn’t just a cosmetic improvement that’s being made.

Help to deter termite activity

Termites plague homes all throughout the United States, especially in the South, and can cause tremendous damage to all wooden structures in and around homes. Peripheral structures like fences can often be used to gain access to the main house, even where no wood exists between the two.

Termites can construct tubes made of mud to span between wooden structures, so they can get from one wood source to another. To deny termites access to wooden structures around your home, apply a borate-based wood preservative before painting or staining, since this has been proven to be an effective repellent. After having applied some kind of primer to your wooden structures, apply one to three coats of termite-proof paint, as needed, to finish the job.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of having a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home without having to lift a finger, give us a call today to get an estimate for our exterior painting services.