Exterior Painting Answer Guide

February 4th, 2019 by Texas Home Improvement

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How much does it cost to paint the exterior of a house? Does the weather matter when painting? What kind of paint should I use? Will I like the paint color once it’s on my house?

If you’re asking yourself any of these questions or others, you’ve come to the right place. Any good exterior painting company will be able to answer any of your questions and concerns regarding exterior painting, with the exception of if you’ll like the color of course! However, if you want some help now with your planning process we have a quick but informative answer guide for you here!

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How much will it cost to paint my house?

Painting cost for a house will vary and will largely depend on the price of the paint itself. According to reports from 2018 a 1,500 square foot one-story house averages $1000-$3000. A 3,000 square foot two-story house averages $3000-$4500 to paint. A 3,000-6,000 square foot three-story house averages $4500-$6000. Keep in mind the type of paint, the square footage, and the number of stories your house has. Also, exterior wall material (stucco, metal siding etc) is a key factor in determining the cost for exterior painting. Not all paint is created equal. So, more expensive paint could actually save you money in the long run.

Does the weather matter when painting?

The short answer is yes, but while rain and snow might come to mind as obvious things to avoid when thinking of painting, the temperature outside will matter too. It’s best to paint when both the shady and sunny spots of your house are in between 60-85 degrees during the day and night. This will help your paint cure correctly, reduce staining, mildew buildup and cracking.

What kind of paint should I use?

Exterior painting companies should be able to help advise on this one because the material your house is made of and what it’s previously been painted with will influence what type of paint will be best for the project. There are two basic types of paint: oil-based and water-based. Water-based paints do not belong over oil-based paints, are better at expanding and contracting with weather changes, and are easier to clean. Oil-based paints are more adhesive, great for painting over wood and metal siding, and can cover both oil or water-based paints. There are specialty paints that can last longer. These paints help reduce energy costs and sustain their color better. They can cost more based on what they’re designed to offer but may be useful for your house. Consult with your local exterior painting company for extra help on deciding a paint type.

Will I like the color of the paint once it’s on my house?

That is not a question this article can predict an answer to. However, many paint companies have galleries of homes and businesses they have painted. Here’s a gallery to help give possible paint buyers an idea of what the paint could look like. Some also have paint visualizers that allow you to upload a photo of your house or use sample houses to compare possible paint colors against.

Whatever your questions are or whatever concerns you may have, reach out to your local home improvement or exterior painting company for help and guidance on all your home improvement projects. The experts are here to help!

Call our Grapevine, TX office at 817-488-9966 or Austin, TX at 737-346-0030.

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