Do you know what “gingerbread” is as far as the exterior of a house is concerned? It is intricate woodwork that is decorative. Some older homes have a lot of it. It adds to the charm of the home, but it does require extra care to preserve it. Our home had a lot of it, especially around the eaves of the house. At Christmas, we basically just put up some flood lights since our house was already decorated year round. When it needed painted, I called a house painter in bergen county nj to do the job.
The decorative woodwork on our home had been preserved well since my grandfather built this house. There never was a coat of paint that was slapped on in a hurry. Every surface ever repainted was fully prepared before receiving a fresh coat of paint. Wood was stripped, sanded, scraped, filled and primed before receiving its coating of the highest quality exterior paint. We preserved the original color scheme of tans and browns my grandfather preferred too.
You need an experienced painting crew to paint details like this on a home. Anyone can splash paint on a flat surface. Covering every millimeter of this detailed decorative work takes time and patience. The painter used brushes, rollers, applicators and sprayers when painting different parts of the exterior of our home. When you look up close at the paint, you do not see painted over pits, chips and other marks. The surfaces are smooth and look like they have been painted for the first time. This is why our house is the most beautiful house on the street. Other homes have had their gingerbread removed and covered over with siding. Not our house. We preserved the way it looked from the beginning as a tribute to grandpa and the past.