When choosing exterior house paint, the choices can be daunting. From what color to choose, to brand and sheen, there are quite a few options to choose from. In addition, for those homeowners who would like an eco-friendly exterior paint – there are a few criteria you should consider before purchasing.
What type of surface you are painting, performance issues, and quality and price are where you should start. If you are ready to freshen up your exterior home with eco-friendly paint, here are tips to follow.
- Do your homework first: While you may think all eco-friendly paints are the same, think again. First, determine what application you will be using for the exterior paint. Determine if you will be painting sheetrock, wood, or masonry. The rule of thumb is the thicker the paint, the more solids that are within the paint to lock out moisture and therefore adding to the durability of the paint. This will also result in a higher priced paint. Conversely, a thinner paint will require more coats to cover your area effectively. Professional painters usually will feel out the paint consistency between their thumb and forefinger.
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- Find out what’s inside: Before you visit the paint store, get on the Internet and download the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) outlining the chemicals and ingredients that are hazardous. Look through sections 2, 3, and 11 and it will outline the most important information you will need to know to be informed before visiting the paint store. When choosing eco-friendly paints, consider the terminology. Low or No VOC’s is important when choosing the right paint but does not mean it is healthy. Try and visit paint websites that have customer comments and ratings for the best results.
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Painting your exterior home is a big decision and choosing the right eco-friendly paint for your needs can be made easier with these helpful tips. If you are still baffled by all of the choices, consider hiring a paint contractor that is experienced in using eco-friendly exterior paints. Ensure your paint job will be one to last for years into the future and will keep your family and environment safe at the same time.
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