Painting Your Soffit, Fascia, And Gutters? How You Can Get This Job Done
The soffit, fascia, and gutters of your home are the outlines of your house. They outline the beautiful siding you had put onto your home and accent your house. If they are looking dull, faded, or are stained, they are going to make the rest of your home appear the same way. These areas can, however, be painted to give your home a facelift without breaking the bank. This is a job that can be tackled on your own, if you have the time, as this can be a time-consuming project to take on. If you don't have the time to get this done, or the patience, you can hire an exterior painter to get the job done for you. Read on for tips to get these areas painted.
Clean Your Soffit, Fascia And Gutters Thoroughly
You're going to need to clean these areas thoroughly, which means they are going to need some extra time to dry, as the underside of the soffit may take a little longer to dry since it doesn't exactly see the sun like the other areas do. When cleaning, use a pressure washer to remove dirt and mildew or mold that may be baked on and causing discoloration. A cleaner may also be necessary for some harder to remove mold or stains. Be sure to allow dry time and ensure there is no rain in your forecast before you begin this project. The exterior of your gutters should be cleaned, and dirt and debris should be removed from inside, although the inside of the gutters do not need to be sparkling clean, as you will not be painting the insides. Remove downspouts if you can, but roof gutters can remain in place.
Choose Paint Made For Aluminum Or Vinyl Depending On The Type
Your gutters are more than likely made of aluminum, so you need exterior paint made for aluminum, but your soffit and fascia may be vinyl, and as such, you're going to need a different type of paint for your vinyl to be sure it adheres properly. You may also want a different sheen of paint for your gutters, such as a glossy paint for your gutters and an eggshell or satin for your soffit and fascia. Be sure to choose your paint according to the type of material and choose the right sheen as well.
Apply With A Brush And Roller
You can use a mix of roller and brush when applying the paint, but to prevent paint from getting onto your siding, you'll want to outline the soffit and fascia with a brush and carefully apply the paint to prevent mistakes. If you notice paint on your siding or in other areas, wipe it up immediately, or wait until it dries to try and remove it with a product made to remove paint. If need be, you can use painter's tape to help keep your lines straight and to prevent paint from getting onto your siding. The same goes with your gutters on your roof, use a brush to paint carefully along the edge, then a roller to paint the rest of the gutters.
If your soffit, fascia, or gutters are looking a bit worn, but they are in good condition, you should consider a splash of paint. Hire a professional painter to get the job done.