Painting is one of the most important decisions in construction and remodeling. It shapes the space and sets the tone of the one’s home. Since it is not an easy decision to make, we have simplified this for you by introducing the factors to consider when choosing paint for your house.
While choosing paint, it is important to keep in mind that you are designing the space you are going to live in for years unless otherwise. Always remember that your house says a lot about you so choose paint that is going to stand the taste of time when it comes to trends and never goes out of style. It is also important to know what you want, what appeals and speaks to you and your family and If that includes exotic touches or special paint, go for it.
Before you go to the store to choose the best paint for your house, first do the math. Mistakes or last minute changes can add to the cost of your construction. Therefore, carefully measure the area that you are going to paint and be aware of how much paint, brushes, rollers, drop cloths and any other equipment you will need to buy. Once you have figured out your spending range, decide how much you are willing to spend on paint. However, do not compromise quality for cheaper paint because Cheap is sometimes more expensive.
However careful you try to be not to get the walls dirty; it is inevitable, especially if you have children. You therefore need to choose paint that can easily get cleaned without being damaged. You could find out the most ‘scrub able’ paint brand on the market. This is especially important when choosing the finishing paint.
The quality of the paint you are choosing will affect the look and durability of your work. You therefore need to find a reputable paint brand as the brand also dictates the quality of their product. Some of the qualities you should look out for are durability, hiding; easily covering over flaws or dark colors, self-priming, ability to stand harsh weather conditions among others.
Let’s face this; paint is a compound of thousands of chemicals. It is scientifically designed to slide easily onto surfaces and then harden with exposure to air so it naturally contains harsh and scary chemicals. It has Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are responsible for paint fumes. When choosing paint therefore, look for low-VOC paints or if possible zero-VOC paints. Also consider milk paints as they are a healthier alternative to water-based latex or oil-based paints.
Sometimes we do temporary projects on our homes, hoping to do some modifications in future. If for example your home has carpet or tile that will be gone one day, you can paint it in a way that incorporates both the current and future styles. You therefore need to choose paint that is descent enough to accommodate your current and future plans. You don’t want to spend fortunes on paint for a wall that you hope to remove or modify in future.
Inside and out
It is so obvious that the type of paint you seek to use depends on whether or not it will be inside the house or not. The outside usually needs tougher paint as it has to withstand harsh weather conditions like rain, sunshine, wind and many more.