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Cracked and peeling paint can become a real eyesore, leaving the outside of your home with noticeable blemishes which can make it look worn down. If you have peeling paint on the outside of your home it should be dealt with it right away, as it’s a problem which is only going to get worse with time. Once paint starts peeling it becomes a much faster process and can lead to other issues.

It is recommended that you have a professional to take care of prepping paint, especially for homes older than 1978, when lead paint was discontinued. paintscrape

First, you have to get rid of the problem areas. Chip the peeling paint away lightly, and test  as you go to see if the paint is ready to begin peeling in other places. If it seems like a problem might come up, better now than later, so chip that peeling paint away and rid the wall of its flaws.

The second step is to sand around the areas where you have chipped away the paint, to leave a smooth surface which will take well to being painted, without beginning to peel again. Try to make it smooth enough that you won’t see a line under your new coat of exterior home paint.

The final step is simply to repaint the wall. You may spot treat the affected areas, or prime and repaint the entire wall, which I think paintbrushoutisdeis the better option. It may be more effort now, but will save you having to deal with peeling paint again later. Make sure the wall is clean and dry before you start.

This is one thing you should definitely not be frugal about. Use the highest quality exterior home paint you can afford, because inexpensive paint is very likely to crack and peel again, forcing you to start all over and costing you more money in the long run.

Rather than trying to take care of the project yourself, we are happy to help and offer a free quote and recommendations in regards to painting your home and any exterior home projects you have. Click here for the home page, where you can contact us for a free quote!

Author: Emilio Bonilla

Painting your house is a great way to give it a bit more character.  If you have been thinking about changing the color and style of your house, you might be wondering how expensive it is.  So, how much does it cost to paint your house?paintbrush-pallet_94495

While the amount can vary, you can expect the cost to paint you home to fall somewhere between these values:

Table of Estiamted Painting Costs, in USD

Basic Painting

Normal painting

Fancy, complex painting

Small
Home

$2,000 – $4,000$3,000 – $6,000$5,000 – $12,000+*

Medium
Home

$3,000 – $7,000$5,000 – $10,000$9,000 – $18,000+*

Large
Home

$6,000 – $12,000$5,000 – $18,000$16,000 -$30,000+*

Huge home

$10,000 – $30,000$15,000 – $45,000$25,000 – $70-000+*

What’s in cost of house painting?

For a seemingly simple task, there is a lot that goes into the cost of painting.  A few things that go into the price of a painting job:

  • Type of product being used (latex paint, semi-transparent, solid stain etc.)
  • How tall the house is
  • Whether the house is mostly flat or has complex, curving or narrow spaces
  • The material you are painting on (wood, metal, masonry)
  • How easy it is to access all the surfaces of your home
  • How much prep work is involved
  • whether there are taxes, regulations, small business expenses, etc that boost the cost of owning a painting business

Is painting cheaper than siding?

Siding is usually more expensive than painting your home.  While painting can be done for only a few thousand, you shouldn’t expect to get any siding for less than $9,000.00.  Large homes can easily cost tens of thousands to side with paneling.

As an example, let’s take a medium-sized home with a little prep work.  Siding would cost $16,000-$24,000.  Painting a comparable house would cost $5,000-$10,000.  Of course, the price does depend on the complexity of the job.  If there is lots of damage to the structure of the home that needs to be prepared for painting, that drives the cost up. In that case it might be a little cheaper to just side the house.  But rotten wood is one of the few times that siding might be considered cheaper than painting a home.

Choosing paint colors for your house painting project can be one of the hardest and most stressful decisions of a home improvement project.  Nobody wants to make a mistake that they will have to live with for years or pay for an expensive re-do.  paintbrush-pallet_94495How many times have you chosen a color thinking it would look one way and then when it is up you realize it looks totally different than you expected?  This sometimes causes people to pick “safe colors” (a.k.a. boring) or to stick with the existing color.  With a little bit of time and planning you can be sure to pick colors you will not only be happy with but actually truly love.

Be Open Minded

You need to be willing to experiment and think outside of the box.  Sometimes color schemes that you would never dream of, actually look fantastic when you see them on a house.  One of the best places to start is by taking a drive around and observing other houses to see what colors appeal to you.  You should be careful however, not to match your color choice to houses that are nearby.

Narrow it Down

Once you have found the basic idea of what you like, you can visit a local paint store and pick up some color charts.  You can also check online as many websites such as SherwinWilliams.com and BenjaminMoore.com offer color visualizers where you can actually play around with different colors on a house.  Just keep in mind you are looking at a computer screen and the colors may not be exact.  Once you have narrowed down your color choices it is time to test it out.

Sample and Test

Purchase a few samples of the actual paint colors you are considering.  (Trust me it is worth the few bucks.)  You can apply the paint samples directly to an area of the house or you can paint a poster board and tack that up to the house.  It is best to check the color after it has fully dried and at different times of day.  Sometimes a color will be just what you expect or it may “grow on you” as you give it a chance, other times you may know immediately that it is not right for you.

Go For It!

Color selection is very much based on individual tastes and preferences.  Remember one man’s “Smurf House” is another man’s “Beautiful Blue”.  As long as you are comfortable and happy with the color, go for it.  Just make sure to do your homework so the end result is exactly what you expected!

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