exterior painting in Lake Forest
Friday, March 11, 2011
Surfaces Involve in Exterior Painting in Lake Forest
Every different type of surface on your home can require a different exterior painting in Lake Forest technique. Plus, which painting technique that is used will depend on the type of finish you choose. Generally there is four categories of surfaces; the body, trim, windows and doors.
The body is the largest area needing painting and can be siding or stucco.
Wood siding is very common and can be painted or stained. The most common woods used Lake Forest in are cedar, redwood and pine. They are usually in the form of lap siding.
Another common variety of wood siding is T-111. This type of siding is very difficult to keep painted due to the enormous amount of cracks in the plywood. Painting T-111 siding requires a lot of work and paint. If you have this type of siding and it is stained consider not painting. Restaining T-111 siding is a good alternative to paint.
Masonite is another artificial material that can be smooth or embossed, wood grained. Masonite is a very stable type of siding and not prone to warping and splitting like wood. But painting Masonite siding requires back rolling or risk possible damage from water in the near future.
Vinyl and steel siding can be painted if a new color is desired or is the original color has degraded over the years. There are a few things to think about. Overall painting steel siding is the same as painting other types of siding. Painting vinyl siding and trim will require some extra steps plus you have other options instead of painting. Vinyl siding can be revitalized, bringing back the original color.
Although wood and Masonite are very common building materials, many homes that I paint are using different types of masonry to protect and beatify their exteriors.
Stucco is a very popular exterior finish used throughout the south west and as well as other parts of the country. It's understandable, with the ease of maintenance and low cost to usable lifespan. Painting stucco is a great way to change the color or hide unsightly stains.
Concrete block is another wonderful building material. My favorite is split-face block, often used on commercial buildings. This material can be painted or stained to achieve many decorative affects. Painting concrete block is very easy and if done correctly will last a very long time with easy maintenance in the future.
Exterior Brick can also be painted. If you want a new look or just hate the color of your brick consider painting for a low maintenance finish that will last a long time. These are the steps I take to paint exterior brick, whether it is unpainted or previously painted.
Posted on 03/11 at 08:45 AM