5 Steps for Professional Results.
Your front porch is the face of your home. Your back patio is entertainment central in warmer weather for family and friends to gather. When it comes to painting these areas of your home, there are many factors to consider. Here’s a handy list of things to keep in mind when undertaking such a project.
Make a List.
Having all of your materials ready will save you time and effort. Make sure protective equipment is available and used when required. Having gloves, eye protection and face masks are always a good idea when working with corrosive materials and dust. Always choose safety first!
Clearing the area of any furniture, gazebos, planters or BBQs is the first step. Then start with a good sweep so you can assess any areas in need of repair or special attention prior to paint or staining. Ensuring poles, beams and joists remain in good condition is important to the longevity of your porch or patio. Check for any rust or rot, and repair or replace any areas of concern as needed.
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Cleaning for Success.
Ensure you clean up any repair or maintenance tools and debris once you are finished so you are ready to move on to the next phase of your project. Making sure that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned prior to any application is critical. After all scraping and sanding of old paint or stain is completed, consider scrubbing with a mild cleaner suitable for wood or even a power washer. Properly prepping your surface is key to achieving the best possible results.
To Paint or Stain.
There are many things to decide on when refinishing your porch or patio. Paint or stain, colour, texturing and technique. The list goes on. The first place to start is by looking at your surface. If there is any residual stain or paint, then priming and painting may be your best bet. How much traffic will your deck or patio see? A durable paint might be the answer. If you have a lot of imperfections, then again, paint is the best choice. When your deck is new or in good condition, then absolutely, a stain would be a great option. Then there is the huge selection of colours to choose from. Having paint swatches of your home’s existing exterior finishes will help you find the perfect match when out researching colours and products.
Priming is Key.
After all repairs and cleanup of your project are completed, the surface is now prepared to accept paint or stain. If you plan to paint then now it’s time for priming. Priming allows the paint to adhere well to the surface while hiding repair work and any other imperfections. Allow the primer to completely dry before cleaning the surface and proceeding to painting or staining. Priming before paint will take your project to the next level with a professionally finished look.
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Ready for Paint.
Once you have chosen your product to apply to your porch or patio, you need to decide on how to apply it. For the long flat surfaces of your board, a sturdy roller will do the job efficiently. Then a good old paint brush is your best bet for getting in between all of your boards and finishing around corners and edges. Always check manufacturer and product recommendations to ensure you are using the appropriate materials and products for your project.
Once the surface has dried and cured completely, all you have to do is setup and enjoy your new space!
For more helpful tips on painting your porch or patio or getting a professional to do it, contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosure at 519-376-9241.