Whether you’re completing minor upgrades or you’re in the midst of a home overhaul, you’ll likely include exterior painting on your to-do list. After all, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to add instant curb appeal and bring your Denver home into the modern age. However, this process can sometimes be rather time-consuming, which is why we’re here to help.
Premier Denver Exterior House Painting Services
5280 Exteriors is here to help with your Denver house painting project. We love what we do, and we do it with pride. We understand the importance of exterior maintenance and the powerful effect of curb appeal on a neighborhood. Was your Denver home once a handsome burnished taupe but now resembles more of an insipid buff beige? Let us give your home a new look that can take years off its age. A new paint job can improve your home appraisal value, especially if the paint is peeling, bubbling or fading.
You don’t need to be selling your home to benefit from the advantages of a fresh coat of paint. A new color for the exterior walls and a complementary color for the trim can make you fall in love with your home all over again. If you’re stumped on color, check out our post on Denver home exterior color trends.
Our Painting Process
Step 1: Power Wash
The first step is to power wash the exterior. We use pressure washers to remove the buildup of dirt, debris and other blemishes, including any mildew deposits. Power washing the exterior is far more effective than cleaning by hand. Apart from helping speed up the process, it ensures a smoother, cleaner surface that allows the paint to adhere firmly.
Step 2: Scrape, Feather Sand, and Spot Prime
Once the surface is dry, we turn to remove any minute blemishes that weren’t taken care of during power washing. Some of these remaining issues include small paint flakes or damaged areas in need of repair. We hand-scrape the surface to remove those rough spots, and then we feather sand to smooth the surface and blend in any minor repairs. Feather sanding makes for a seamless finish, which also helps create the best surface for painting. Once the walls are ready to go, we spot prime to help the bare wood prepare for the paint coat later on. Spot priming is also effective for localized failures to ensure they won’t show up through the top coat.
Step 3: Re-Caulk Cracking Caulk
We do a thorough inspection and remove any old caulking that is cracked and damaged. Anything more damaged than a hairline crack must go. Once the old caulking is gone, we re-caulk the joints along the siding and the trim, and we double check to ensure proper adhesion. Polyurethane caulking is the most effective type of caulking for exterior walls because it fully expands and contracts with temperature. This flexibility is crucial in our Colorado climate, which can fluctuate wildly from season to season. Silicone caulking does not crack but is not paintable, so we would never use silicone caulking during a repaint. Polyurethane caulking gives you flexibility and a paintable surface; that’s why it is the go-to product for 5280 Exteriors.
Step 4: Mask Windows, Doors and Brick
Now that we’re almost ready for the exterior paint color, our next task is to mask the windows, doors, and brickwork. Essentially, we work to protect anything that shouldn’t receive the paint color. We use painter’s plastic to cover the window glass, and we seal off any trim with wide painter’s tape. We do the same for doors and brickwork, carefully securing the tape to keep all paint only where it should be.
Step 5: Spray, Spray, Spray
We use an airless sprayer, which means you do not need to add water to thin the paint. The engine in the sprayer is strong enough to push the full thickness of the paint through. We start at the top of the house, working our way under gutters and overhangs, and slowly and steadily moving down the home to ground level. First, we use a primer, and then we go back and cover the primer with the paint of choice. What type of paint do we use? Only the very best! We love Sherwin-Williams acrylic latex paint because it lasts through tough weather conditions, retaining its lustrous color without the cracks and unsightly blisters that often happen with poorer quality paint.
Step 6: Brush and Roll
Finally, we use brushes and rolls for hard-to-reach spots and those areas with textured surfaces. We also paint window trim and all of those other delicate, intricate exterior details. Rolling paint instead of air-spraying helps to get the paint into all the surface grooves for an even coating. At the same time, it doesn’t leave as thick a coating as air-spraying and is often where two coats are most needed.
Are you considering house painting services for your Denver home? Contact us today! Our experienced professionals are ready to give your home the upgrade it deserves.