Homeowner Tips: Painting expert on why you shouldn’t paint the exterior of the house ‘white or tan’

Summer is the perfect time to repaint your home’s exterior, especially when the sun shows just how faded and dirty a property’s exterior can be. Express.co.uk spoke to Emperor Paint’s Jack Reading about the best color for a house exterior and how to paint meter-high exterior walls.

As for trend colors, Jack said: “Right now we’re seeing a huge increase in the popularity of white, off-white and light gray shades, which are by far the most popular colors.

“We’re also seeing a resurgence in pastels like pale pinks, which are growing in popularity with people who want to bring character to their property.”

As for the less popular color choices, the expert revealed, “Medium yellows and beige tones are the ones to avoid if you want to win over buyers.

“People want either clean and modern or simple and rustic.

“While beige may suit some large rural properties, when used on terraced properties, for example, it can evoke a dated feel.”

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“The common thought in the UK, especially with the weather our homes have to endure, is that you can expect to paint the exterior of your home every three to five years,” Jack said.

“The time between painting your home depends on the durability of the paint you used and the quality of the workmanship.

“Taking the time to properly prep exterior walls before painting them is a surefire way to extend the life of your home’s exterior walls and keep them looking great.

“Opting for a higher quality masonry paint that has better waterproofing, breathability and durability properties will also save you from having to repaint your walls every few years.

“We often find that homeowners who opt for white masonry paint tend to repaint it more often than those who use earthier tones because they can hide dirt and blemishes better than white.”

For anyone considering painting the exterior of their home, Jack recommends cleaning up first.

“You should clean all surfaces before painting them, but especially the exterior walls,” he commented.

“Over time they accumulate large amounts of dirt and organic growth, which if left on the wall can cause your paint to start peeling after a few months.

“Not only do you need to remove the dirt from the wall, but you also need to apply a fungicidal masonry cleaner that kills any fungal growth on the wall, ensuring there is nothing on the wall to compromise both the finish and the performance of the paint when you apply it.”

As for how to paint the exterior, Jack said, “You can paint any exterior wall surface, whether it’s plaster, brick, stone or concrete.

“If you are painting a wall that has already been painted, you can simply clean the surface and apply your paint directly to the surface.

“If you have a bare masonry surface such as brick, you need to apply a primer before painting it.

“It helps the paint adhere to the wall and also prevents the paint from penetrating the porous bricks.

“Using a long nap roller can help you paint exterior walls, as they have long fibers that help apply a large amount of paint to large areas like exterior walls.

“These fibers also help get the paint into every nook and cranny of the exterior wall.”

And if you’re worried the paint will look blotchy when it dries, Jack says: ‘To avoid a blotchy finish there are a few things you can make sure to follow.

“Firstly, try to avoid painting it in direct sunlight as this can cause the paint to dry too quickly, leaving a messy finish.

“Brushing and rolling the paint in the same direction can also help prevent a spotty finish.”

About Emperor Painting

Emperor Paint offers two things; water-repellent properties and high breathability.

By repelling water and being highly breathable, Emperor paint prevents moisture from penetrating the wall, preventing it from flaking.

That’s why it has a proven performance of 25 years, which is far superior to any other masonry paint.

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