Even though one of the perks of having siding at your home is that it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, painting it from time to time is a great way to not only increase the value and curb appeal of a home but also ensure that the siding will last for as long as possible. Having the right tools on hand is important for any painting job but especially for when painting siding. The right tools will not only help the job go quickly but also ensure that the paint lasts for a long time and looks great.
4” Straight-Bristled Brush
Many people prefer to paint their siding using a brush as they feel that it gives them a lot of control over the paint job and the final appearance of their houses. It’s important when using a brush to buy the right size. This larger straight-bristled brush is an obvious choice for applying paint in larger areas. Synthetic bristles do a great job holding onto the paint and make it easy to cover a lot of area in very little time without fear of losing bristles in the paint.
1-½” Angled Sash Brush
An angled sash brush is also important to have on hand when painting a house as this brush ensures that painters will be able to easily handle detail work. These brushes shouldn’t be used for covering large areas on the exterior of a home but are great for work around doors, windows, and lights. The angled cut of the bristles allows for the brush to apply paint in precise locations and without any concern of it spreading or dripping.
Rolling the house is a fast way to apply a lot of paint to the siding in very little time but it’s important to use a high-quality roller. A 7” roller is great for rolling siding along the side of the house and is generally easy to control. It’s important to have several ½” nap rollers available to easily paint for long periods of time. Never use the same nap roller for different colors of paint. They are relatively inexpensive and it’s much better to use a new one with each color change.
Roller Cage and Screen
A roller cage ensures that the roller stays in a round shape when painting so that the paint goes on smoothly and there aren’t problems with thick or thin application. Additionally, a roller screen is used to remove any excess paint from the roller before applying it to the house. This ensures even application.
Having these tools on hand before starting to paint siding ensures that the job can go as quickly as possible and will reduce the likelihood of running into any problems. It’s important to remember that before painting siding, you need to take time to clean it so that your new paint job will last for a long time and you don’t have to worry about the paint flaking or starting to look dull or streaky.
Marc Poulos began his real estate and financial services career, but he soon realized that his true passion was beautifying homes. He started working with various small craftsman shops before serving an apprenticeship with the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. His commitment to excellence won him Top Apprentice from Washburne trade school in Chicago – the country’s premier school of its kind.