Decorating a house isn’t just about making it look clean and presentable. It’s also about making it comfortable and prepared for whatever the environment decides to throw at it. That’s why it’s important to look beyond the interior, and consider weatherproofing and prepping your exterior as well.
Clean and Treat Exterior Wood
One of the first areas of a home’s exterior to become damaged or worn will be any wood-constructed parts or additions, such as decks, porches, railings, shutters, moldings and even wooden wall slats. These areas put up with a lot of wear and tear throughout the year, but particularly during wet and/or cold months. They can easily become dirty, rotten and ineffective if proper care is not taken to keep them protected. And in some cases, keeping your exterior wood in good condition will also help weather-proof the rest of your home.
First, determine which areas of your exterior wood need attention. They may not look like it at first glance, but they may be covered in dirt, cobwebs and overall outdoor grime. So the first step is to wash them. James T. Davis offers pressure washers for that reason. You’ll probably find that doing a thorough cleanse of the exterior of your house already makes it look a lot better. It can also reveal which parts need to be freshened up or treated. Then you must decide how best to protect these exterior parts. That can involve applying fresh paint, staining, sealing and caulking.
Staining can be a fairly straightforward solution to protect and improve the look of your exterior wood, particularly if it’s something like a porch that gets used often. Stain is intended not just to apply a finished look but also to protect it against weather and the sun’s rays, sealing it and helping it age well. If you’re interested in staining the exterior of your home, whether that be applying it to a railing or to an entire deck, we can provide you with the resources to get it done well.
Paint the Outside of Your Home
Next, consider what theme you want to paint the outside of your home. What feelings and ideas do you want to experience when you see it? What do you want to come home to every day? How do you want others to see the exterior of your home? If you want your home to look positive, open and welcoming, start by deciding how you want the exterior to look and what message you want to convey to onlookers and visitors. If you need any help determining the answers to any of these questions, we offer free design consultations specifically for that purpose.
Once you have chosen your theme and the right colors for it, you can apply a high-quality paint to your house’s exterior surfaces. This paint will also help protect the exterior of your home, similar to the way that staining does. Just make sure you apply a good primer first to prepare those surfaces for a fresh coat of paint and to ensure that it sticks. We also recommend when painting the exterior of your home that you purchase a paint that is designed and mixed specifically to handle the outdoors, such as our Weatherhide Davis Paint. The right paint can serve as a protective layer against the elements and even help waterproof your home for years to come.
Don’t Forget About Your Windows!
When you think about weather-proofing the outside of your house, you may not think too much about your windows. But the area around them is where shutters, shades and protective moldings are, and these can use some attention when you’re making your home weather-ready. A lot of light from the sun’s rays enters your home through your windows, and they are set into an opening in your wall that can be vulnerable to the elements. If your windows are not properly sealed against the elements, you may find the outside sneaking in (usually in the form of moisture leakage and temperature fluctuation).
At James T. Davis, we can help you pick out a new set of window treatment options and help you match them to the look of the rest of your home. If you’re happy with what you have, though, don’t forget to consider your outdoor shutters when choosing where to paint and with what colors. Decorated right, they can provide a stylish accent look to your home while also adding protection.
We’re committed to helping you decorate and maintain the look and comfort of your home. If you’re looking for just the right paint, for accessories to improve your aesthetic or even for the right equipment to get the job done, we’re here to help!