The exterior coating on your home can make it look fantastic or an eyesore. In fact, it can look like both depending on your perspective. This is why many people choose to adopt the same exterior coating as their neighbours.
But, this does not have to be your approach. If you dare to be different you might just start a trend which could spread round your neighbourhood or even the country!
You also need to consider the area you live in, you might decide that an anti graffiti coating is the right solution for your needs.
There are several things you need to know about exterior coatings:
There are actually many different types of exterior coating for your home. The traditional approach in Australia has always been wood cladding. This can be painted or simply treated regularly to ensure it lasts for years and continues to look good.
But there are now a variety of other options, including vinyl cladding, concrete and even metal. You can see examples of these on houses at your local exterior coating specialist to help you decide what works best for you.
Different types of coating need differing amounts of maintenance. For instance, vinyl cladding should be cleaned at least once a year but should need very little other maintenance.
In contrast wood o concrete will need to be washed and painted on a regular basis. Of course, this might give you a wider scope of colours to choose from and the ability to transform your home with just a couple of pots of paint.
While many finishes can be applied by yourself you will need to consider the benefits of having a professional complete it for you.
Not only will they remove the hassle for you, they will leave your time free to complete other, more productive, opportunities. In addition a professional firm will give you warranties which will help to ensure that the coating doesn’t cost you anything extra for the next 3 – 10 years.
You should also consider your neighbours. This is not just what their houses look like and whether you should copy them. You also need to consider how much of your house they can see and how much it will affect them if you use sheet metal in an area committed to wood cladding.
There is little point antagonizing your neighbours just for the sake of it. It is advisable to speak to them first if you are planning to do a coating which is dramatically different.
You should also consider how your chosen exterior coating will impact the environment. Green wood should have no impact while concrete will release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when you mix it.
Your decision should be based on how green the house is and you like to be. But, you’ll also need to consider your budget. No matter how green you want to be you need to be realistic about what you can afford.