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Painting Your Veranda

When choosing the color scheme for your veranda, you should keep in mind the overall theme you are trying to create. Are you trying to create a:

• fun place for family gatherings?
• romantic or relaxing place?
• functional space with neutral colors?

The color palate you select is important, so choose colors carefully in to create the perfect outdoor retreat.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAINT COLOR

If you are having a difficult time choosing the right paint color for your veranda, talking with a design consultant can help. The consultant will ask you questions about your home, the look you want to achieve, and the colors you like the most. With a design consultant, you can narrow down your choices and choose the color that best suits your home.

If you are planning on painting your veranda yourself, the following information will tell you more about the painting process.

WHAT TYPES OF PAINT WILL BE USED?

Because most verandas are made of steel, an oil-based paint will be needed. This type of paint can withstand different types of weather and can adhere easily to materials made of metal and steel. Since untreated steel can corrode over time, painting it is the best way to prevent this from happening. The paint acts as a sealant, which keeps water from becoming absorbed.

Oil-based paint is also easy to clean. All you have to do is wipe it down whenever the paint begins to look dirty.

HOW WILL THE PAINT BE APPLIED?

Paint is usually applied using a roller, brush, or it can be sprayed on. Having a power coat applied before painting is one of the most important steps in this process. Without a powder coating, the paint will not adhere well to the steel surface. A powder coat can also help make applying the paint easier in that the paint will not run as much and will be able to be used for fill in cracks easily for a polished finish.

Most people hire a powder coating expert to ensure that the entire surface is coated before applying paint.

Depending on the color you are trying to achieve, you may need to apply several coats of paint. When painting, make sure the area is well ventilated and wait for the coat to dry before applying a new one.

DECORATIVE ITEMS

After your veranda is built, filling it with furniture and other decorative items is the next step. Decide on a color scheme that is comprised of at least two other colors in addition to the color you painted the veranda. This will give you plenty of leeway when choosing furniture, plants, and other items. Have fun choosing your colors and use various shades to complete the look.

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