What’s the value of painting your garage? After all, it’s a big job and is it really worth it? The fact is, your garage is an essential part of your home. Painting it will improve the overall appearance and value of your home, and it may make it more likely that you use the garage for recreation, leisure and projects.
Even though painting your garage may seem like a daunting task, the fact is paint is always the easiest, simplest, quickest and most affordable improvement you can apply to any part of your home.
When thinking about painting your garage, there are a few considerations you should take into account to be sure you get the end results you want. In this article, we provide an overview of the possibilities of painting your garage. Read on to learn more about various garage paint ideas.
Painting Your Garage Door Is A Surprisingly Complex Consideration
When you have an attached, two-car garage that opens onto the front of your house, the garage door could make up fully a third of the view of your house from the street.
For this reason, it can greatly add to or detract from your home’s curb appeal. That’s why it’s a good idea to repaint your garage door periodically.
Everything from choosing they right type of paint for the material of your garage door, to choosing the right color to mix and match gracefully with your home’s basic color and trim, must be taken into account.
To determine the right type of paint for your project, you will need to identify the material the door is made of. It may be:
Knowing exactly what your garage door is made of will help you choose the right paint products for the best finish. Note that, no matter what your garage door is made of, the steps involved in how to paint a garage door are universal.
When choosing the color for your garage door, keep in mind that color combinations actually have more eye appeal than perfect matches.
The color you choose should enhance the color of your house, blend with the color of your roof and/or trim and allow the color of your front door to stand out. Your front door should be a different color from your garage door or your trim because it should be the focus of your curb view.
Painting The Inside Of Your Garage Adds Living Space
If your garage is unfinished and dingy, or even if it’s just been a long time since its interior has been painted, you may be avoiding spending time in it without even knowing it.
When you feel repelled by a space, it will quickly become neglected. That’s how garages filled with a disorganized jumble of what-not are born.
Although it may take a great deal of courage and determination, you are sure to find that emptying your garage space, giving it a thorough cleaning and applying a solid coat of semi-gloss exterior paint to the walls and ceilings will really brighten the space and open up possibilities for its use.
Once you’ve cleaned the space and taken steps to eradicate and discourage dust, painting your garage walls can be accomplished in just a few easy steps.
Of course, if you have unfinished garage walls, getting a coat of paint on them will take quite a bit more prep work in the form of adding sheetrock or paneling. Even so, you are sure to find the finished project has been well worth the effort.
How To Paint Your Garage Floor
While you have your garage empty, clean and dust free, why not also paint the floor? Even if it’s been sealed in the past, new paint can be applied. This can make a huge difference in the appearance and usability of your garage space.
When you paint you garage floor, you will find that cars parked in the garage and items stored there do not get as dusty. This is because concrete is constantly breaking down and creating dust. Painting the floor stops this breakdown and reduces dust.
When you stop the breakdown of the floor, you naturally add to its longevity. A painted, sealed garage floor is not subject to damage caused by mold and mildew or stains caused by spilled oil and other chemicals.
What If You Just Want To Use Your Garage For Messy Jobs?
Of course, another consideration in terms of garages and paint concerns the use of garage space for messy projects such as painting cars. It should go without saying that if you intend to use your garage to paint cars, you’ll need to have a detached garage!
Otherwise you run the risk of contaminating your living space with dangerous chemical fumes. The risk of fire is also a major consideration in this kind of project.
Choose The Right Weather For The Best Results
Paint is often temperamental. In addition to choosing the right kind and color of paint for your project, you must also choose the right weather. If you paint when it’s too hot, too cold or too wet, you may end up with less than stellar results.
While it is possible to paint your garage successfully in rainy weather or in the winter, it’s best to avoid it. Go for a still, overcast day when the temperature is comfortable for you.
Be sure to check your local weather forecast. Look for a stretch of good weather that will give you enough time to do the physical work and allow ample time for your paint to dry.
Painting Your Garage Is A Wise Investment
When you take the time to paint your garage, inside and out, you improve your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your home. A nicely painted garage is more likely to be a well kept garage because you will want to spend more time in it.
Follow the tips presented here to successfully paint your garage.