There are house painting rules you may consider following when painting the exterior of your home. And there’s not much you can do to your home that will protect, revitalize and beautify your home like a quality exterior painting.
Remember that this tremendous value will be the least expensive upgrades that can be done in the least amount of time. Overall, painting your home is one of the best upgrades you could do.
Professional painters will typically charge between $1,000 and $5,000 or more for the exterior of a home, depending of course on the height, overall size and condition of the home. Many homeowners take on the painting of the exterior of their homes themselves and by doing so, they may save about half of the cost by cutting out professional labor but remember that a quality paint job is as much about the prep work as it is about the quality of paint and painting.
Regardless of whether you take on this project yourself or you hire a team of professionals, you’ll want to make sure you follow these house painting rules and do the job right so you’re not having to paint again in a few years. So we have identified some rules that we feel are critical and necessary to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and functional result.
House Painting Rules Not To Break
Pay the price for high quality painting materials and supplies. These supplies will include your primer, your paint, your caulking, your tape, your rollers and your brushes (in cases where you will not spray).
For the most part, you get what you pay for with paint; the better ingredients are more expensive. Higher quality paints reflect higher quality paint additives helping the paint to more effectively adhere to its surface and adding to the ability for the paint to endure time and the natural elements; higher quality materials when properly applied will give a painting a much longer life. High-quality exterior paints typically retail between $40 and $80 per gallon. And be sure to choose 100 percent acrylic paint.
Top tier exterior paint brands start with Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior paint, Clark + Kensington exterior paint, Valspar exterior paint. These brands will start around $40 per gallon. The top performers are Dunn Edwards priced at approximately $70 per gallon, Sherwin Williams priced around $80 per gallon and Benjamin Moore Aura exterior paint which is priced about the same as Sherwin Williams.
We recommend using flat finishes for siding and walls since they do a great job with hiding defects and irregularities. You’ll notice a very big difference when comparing flat finish paints between lower and higher quality brands. The flat finish paints made by the higher quality brands are flat, but they have a depth that is more common with satin enamel finishes. We will always use the satin and semi-gloss enamels for trim because they’re more durable which is what you need for more weather sensitive wood.
Take time to do your preparation. This is the main reason we as professionals incur labor costs. Preparation takes time and a lot of patience. If you skimp on your necessary preparation work, you can spend all the money in the world on the highest quality painting materials and you’ll still be disappointed on the outcome.
Clean the surface that’s to be painted. It needs to be completely free of any older paint that’s loose or other loose debris so your primer and paint completely adhere to the surface. This is critical.
Try to imagine applying primer and paint over older paint that is only loosely attached to the surface. You end up with small pockets of air underneath your beautiful coat of paint. And then with the changes between temperatures of weather, the paint begins to crack over the air bubbles and the only way to remedy that situation will be to scrape off the new paint where each and every bubble exist; we guarantee you’ll be wishing you took the time to prep properly.
Be aware of the year your home was built. If it was built before 1978, there’s a very high probability that you have had an original coating of lead based paint applied to your home. And if this is the case, doing your preparation can create a situation that is hazardous to your health by disrupting lead based paint and creating lead dust or chips.
If you believe you have lead based paint on the inside or outside of your home, you can contact local lead-safe certified renovation contractors for lead testing and removal; company names and numbers can typically be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
About your coats of paint and primer; do not skimp. We have been called to so many homes to basically redo what the homeowners could have done, should have done but didn’t do. And more often than not, even though they used high quality products, they didn’t put a good coat of primer on or they didn’t put enough coats of paint on and the paint didn’t last.
Spending a bunch of money on high quality paints and then using the wrong tools is a sure way to throw your money away. Make sure you use the right tools. Spend the money on high quality brushes, rollers and depending on the home, high quality sprayers. Smoother walls with more shallow texture can be sprayed to save time but when you’re painting walls with heavy texture or stucco, rolling is the best way to ensure your paint fills all the small voids in your surface material.
We will typically always spray on the primer and the first coat of paint and then back roll the finish coat. The labor will always be much higher to back roll the finish coat rather than to spray the finish coat but you’ll end up with a much higher quality and professional looking finish.
If you do decide to take on your painting project by yourself, make sure you have the time, the tools and the gumption to see the job through. Make sure you take time and plan the preparation of the trim and the siding, and account for the heights of your exterior walls. Do this before you make the decision to take the job on yourself.
Plan your job around the weather. You will not want to paint on hot or cold days and of course, you’ll not want to paint in the rain or when you have wind. The heat and direct sunlight will cause your paint to dry too quickly before it settles into the surface poors and will not adhere as effectively as it would in cooler temps. If the temperatures are too cold, the paint will take too long to set and dry and there is risk of dew causing the surface to bubble. With the rain, you have dampness and even dew. The wind can ruin the finish look; even a slight wind because all the particles in the air will end up in the paint finish and once dry, you will not like the result. Our painters will typically operate in temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees fahrenheit.
During preparation, cover walkways, verandahs, patios, shrubs, driveways and everything else that is not to be painted that is adjacent to the project. It will save you hours of clean up and when you’re using the sprayers, you won’t have to worry about your overspray settling on your cars or even your neighbors’ cars.
When painting, work from the top of the walls down. Start with trim and overhangs so fresh paint doesn’t drip on your newly painted walls.
Each job we take on always seems to have unique challenges but the points we’ve addressed above are the more critical points to consider while planning your project and will help endure you end up with a very professional result. The house painting rules we’ve expressed through this article are the same rules we follow when professionally painting homes. We hope this article of house painting rules has been of some help you you. Happy painting.
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