Getting The Best Results For Exterior Painting
Whether you intend to hire a painting contractor or do the exterior painting yourself, you'll want to get the best results.
Jumping into a project blindly with no experience or knowledge may work out fine, but you can never be sure how the project will turn out in the end. It may be a year or two later that the entire project has to be redone because the new paint started to peel away.
Prepping The Surfaces For Exterior Painting
- The first step to any exterior painting project is to make sure the surface receiving the paint is clean from dirt, mold, and mildew.
- Next is to remove old caulk and reapply it to all joints with open gaps.
- Additionally, the surface needs to be smooth, so be sure to scrape off any loose or peeling paint and do the sanding.
- Finally, be sure to prime the surface with a quality exterior primer.
- Apply a quality grade exterior paint.
Pricing Paint For Exterior Painting
With exterior painting, the paint is the least expensive part of the job. In some cases, the price of the paint only amounts to 10% of the total exterior painting cost! So why on earth do most house painters and contractors use cheap paint? Simple, because they don't think the customer knows any better, and it'll lower their costs.
Pay Attention To The Paint Grade, Not Just The Brand
Keep in mind that just because your house painter uses Sherwin Williams DOES NOT mean they chose the best paint! Sherwin Williams, and every other paint manufacturer, app sells different grades of paint. Try to remember this if you hire someone for exterior painting.
Make sure when getting prices from your contractor that they list not only the brand but the grade of paint they will be using. The best way to tell is to look at how long the product is expected to last - the longer, the better for exterior painting.
Using a longer-lasting product for exterior painting will save you money in the long run. Instead of repainting every 5 to 10 years, you may be able to get 10-20 years out of a higher-grade product. Saving a couple of hundred dollars now or getting cheated out of the savings by the contractor isn't worth the price you'll pay down the road.