Painting your home in Lafayette, LA, may increase its value as well as beautify its interior or exterior. Additionally, if you use low-VOC paint, a fresh coat may improve your indoor air quality. Here at Eagle Roofing & Construction, we make it easy to install a new roof that complements your home’s new color. To make your painting projects as simple as possible, we’ve put together a quick guide on preparing your home to get painted.
Preparing the Interior for Paint
It’s best to always use zero-VOC paints inside, no matter how many rooms you’re painting. Paints that contain VOCs put harmful chemicals into the air inside, which raises the risk of a number of health problems, such as breathing problems. After selecting a paint with no VOCs, you can follow these steps to prepare your home:
- Remove or cover all furniture, appliances, and electronics from the room(s) you’re painting.
- Take down all items hanging on the wall, such as pictures and curtains.
- Clear away all clutter, including knick-knack items.
- Use a broom to remove all cobwebs and dust from ceilings.
- Wash the walls with warm water.
- Use dish soap to remove any stains on the walls.
- Let walls dry for 24 hours before painting.
Preparing the Exterior for Paint
Painting the exterior of your home can instantly increase its curb appeal. To ensure your home looks as good as possible, follow these exterior painting preparation tips:
- Complete all exterior repairs.
- Pressure wash the entire home with trisodium phosphate.
- Complete any re-caulking.
- Repair surface flaws.
- Use drop cloths to protect the yard and landscaping.
- Prime bare wood.
- Don’t paint on rainy or windy days. (exterior latex paint dries the quickest)
- Use morning time to paint the home’s west-facing side.
- Use the afternoon and evening time to paint the home’s east-facing side.
Want to remodel your home or add a new roof to your newly painted house? If so, contact Eagle Roofing & Construction today to get started. We offer roofing repair, painting, and roofing construction services to Lafayette residents.