How to Pick the Right Exterior Paint Colors.

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Choosing exterior paints in terms of color, texture and finishes are endless. It is sure to be a daunting task for homeowners to make the right choice. Keep your eyes open when you’re out and about for ideas to find out some great exterior house paint ideas that will boost the look of your home. The right paint and color exterior of your home can make a big impact on its value. It can prolong the life of the exterior and protect your home from weather damage as well as increase curb appeal and it does express your personal style.

What to Look for When Choosing Exterior Paints

house-painting-long-beachIf you have an older property, most people like to stick to tradition so, if you’re planning to paint an older home, you’ll probably want to use a historically accurate color scheme. One way is to send off paint chips to your local paint experts and ask them to recreate the original color. Or, just refer to historic color charts and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built or try to go modern, the house next door can give you paint color ideas, but don’t copy your neighbor exactly. Choose combinations that set your house apart, without clashing with nearby buildings. You can choose from color schemes like monochromatic, analogous or the use of warm and cool colors. Moreover, The Craftsman style of the early 20th Century sported a darker, earthier color scheme using deep browns, greens, and reds. The current popularity of the style is making more homeowners consider richer color schemes for their homes.

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Go Darker or Light?

There are 2 clear rules to abide by. 1. Use light colors to add size. Light colors make a building look larger, grand estates are often painted white for this reason. Increase your home’s sense of size and dignity by using white or a pale cream color. 2. Use dark colors to add drama. Dark edging bands will make your house seem smaller, but will draw attention to details. Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details that project from the wall surface.

Choose a Paint Sheen

You thought you only had to pick colors? Sorry, in addition, you’ll also have to decide on the sheen of your paint.

Flat finish: Flat finish paints add a very clean and elegant look to the exterior walls. Such paints do not have any shine or gloss and when applied to the walls give effect like the outer cover of an egg shell. Light does not reflect through such paints and the walls painted with this emulsion finish are cleanable. The durability and longevity element of this paint is the highest amongst most of the paint finishes presently available.

Satin finish: Satin finishes have a hint of shine in them, comparatively lesser than gloss finish. You can paint the entire exterior surface using this finish and manage to get an appealing look for your abode. These paints attract low amount of dirt and dust which makes them easy to clean too. From pressure water washing to dusting to harmful sun rays these exterior paints can take it all.

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Quality House Painting Tips

Exterior painting in Orange County is a once-in-a-while project, but most homeowners would prefer to paint only once in a great while. If that’s your mindset, there’s good news: It’s easy to extend the life of an exterior paint job by several years or more. Here’s how:

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1. Do a good job on surface prep. Before starting to paint, make sure the entire surface is clean and sound, free of dirt, mildew, and loose or peeling paint. Spot-prime areas that have no paint at all, either because they are new surfaces, or because the old paint has completely worn off.

2. Work in the right weather conditions. Apply exterior coatings on mild days — ideally, when temps are between 60 and 85 degrees F. — with little wind. That will enable primer or paint to form the most protective dry “film”.

3. Start with a coat of primer. Priming creates a tackier surface to which paint can tightly adhere, reducing chances that it will peel or blister. As a bonus, the paint will have more uniform color and sheen. In the alternative, apply two or more coats of one of the new “primer and paint” products.

4. Use top quality paint, 100% acrylic latex paint. Much more durable than ordinary housepaint, it has more flexibility, better adhesion (for resistance to peeling and flaking), and superior color retention. These paints can last 10 years or more, compared to a life expectancy of only three or four years for lower quality paint.

5. Choose exterior colors with care. Earthtones tend to have good color retention; other colors, such as bright blue and bright red, tend to fade more quickly. Ask the counterperson how your color selections will fare over time, and choose your hues accordingly.

6. Apply thicker coats. The thicker the paint film, the more protection you’ll get. So, apply your paint liberally . . . and never water it down. Paints are carefully formulated to be used as-is for the longest-lasting protection.

7. Apply an extra coat of paint. That extra coat will thicken the protective coating on your home even more, and may very well add an extra couple of years of service.

By following these suggestions, you’ll stretch out the life of your paint job to the max . . . and minimize the amount of exterior painting you’ll have to do for years to come!

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How to Fix a Door Knob

doorknob_lock_diagramMany door knob and lockset problems can be corrected before they become so serious that the lockset does not work at all. Often, a malfunctioning latch assembly or lock mechanism causes the problem. An improperly functioning latch may be the result of a poorly fitting door. The lock mechanism may not work simply because the lock is dirty or dry and needs to be lubricated with graphite (do not use any type of oil because this will gum-up the works).

Fixing a door knob is a job just about anybody can do.

For serious lock problems, it is usually best to call a locksmith or to replace the lock entirely. Most interior door knobs are relatively inexpensive to replace; it doesn’t really pay to have these professionally repaired unless they are special. You can buy door knobs online.

Exterior latches and locksets, on the other hand, can be very pricey. If you need a pro to fix problems with a high-quality door knob or lockset, removing the hardware and taking it to a locksmith is usually far less expensive than having the come to you.

Door Latch Is Misaligned

If a door latch does not operate smoothly, the latch bolt on the door may not be lined up properly with the strike plate on the doorjamb. Repairs range from making minor latch adjustments to repositioning the door.

If the latch does not catch, close the door slowly to watch how the latch bolt meets the strike plate. The bolt may be positioned above, below, or to one side of the strike plate. (Scars on the strike plate will show where it is misaligned.) It is also possible the door has shrunk and the latch no longer reaches the strike plate. Once you have figured out the problem, try one of the methods shown here.

For less than a 1/8-inch misalignment of the latch bolt and strike plate, file the inside edges of the plate to enlarge the opening.

If the latch does not reach the strike plate, shim out the plate, or add another strike plate. If the latch still will not reach, shim out the door’s hinges. Replace the door with a wider one as a last resort.

For more than a 1/8-inch misalignment, remove the strike plate and extend the mortise higher or lower as necessary. Replace the plate, fill the gap at the top or bottom with wood putty, and refinish.

Doorknob Is Loose

Doorknobs may become loose over time. Methods of tightening them depend upon the type of lockset. You can tighten a simple interior mortise lockset like the one shown at left as follows:

1) Loosen the setscrew on the knob’s shank.

2) Hold the knob on the other side of the door, and turn the loose knob clockwise until it fits snugly. Then tighten the screw until you feel it resting against the flat side of the spindle. The knob should turn freely.

3) If this does not help, remove the knob and check the spindle; if the spindle is worn, it must be replaced. If the whole lockset is worn, it is best to replace it entirely.