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Home Painting Estimate: The Essential GuideBy admin
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Having the exterior of your home painted is so much more than a simple exercise in making your home look more attractive – it is also about providing adequate protection, and ensuring the exterior lasts as long as it should.
Many of us are remiss when it comes to the maintenance on the outside of our home, but by choosing the right paint job at the right price, you can extend the life of your masonry, wooden finish or render.
Getting a quote for home painting is a relatively straightforward exercise, however there are aspects of determining the right quote that you should bear in mind.
Understanding exactly what type of finish you are looking for is a great start, and knowing the processes that your decorator will go through will ensure you can compare your quotes accurately and choose the right contractor for the job.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the following guide to home painting estimates, including options on offer, associate costings, and which product, ultimately, proves to offer the best value for money in practice. Let’s begin!
Types Of Exterior Wall Coatings: What Are My Options?
Protecting your exterior walls is the main reason we paint them and for that job, regular paint that we might use indoors, isn’t quite enough.
It is important that the paint we use on the exterior of our homes is waterproof and durable – that it can survive the harsh weather conditions we experience in the UK. The type of paint you choose might be different however, based on the type of material you are covering.
This is designed to prevent water being absorbed into the brickwork and stone on your home. You can choose a clear coat that will still allow the colour of the brick to show through, or choose a colour that will enhance the brick.
Some types of masonry brick coatings are designed to penetrate into the brickwork to offer a deep protection from water, and to offer an insulation barrier.
Not only do these materials keep the brick and stone work free from algae and dirt, but they prevent frost damage as well, and are even breathable to ensure the inner wall is not subject to issues with damp.
These come in a number of types including stains, varnishes and oil based paints. These are designed to either enhance the colour of the natural wood or to change it – but always to protect it. Wood will never last as long as brick or stone cladding, but it does offer an attractive finish.
As long as you paint it regularly and keep on top of removing the rotten sections, your wooden exterior can remains looking great for many years.
A good painting contractor will take their time when it comes to the preparation of your exterior home walls. This means scraping down loose paint, removing rotten wooden sections, filling holes, and removing all traces of dirt
Home Painting Estimate: Colours To Choose From
When it comes to the colour choice it seems clear that certain colours are more popular than others. A study by Zillow, a US real estate website, found that shades of blue will increase the sale price of a home by thousands of pounds.
Light pale blue shades were the most popular with a £5,000 increase, while matching this with a blue interior can increase that by another £1400.
But no matter what colour you choose (or no colour at all), you need to be sure you are getting value for money.
What Will The Work Involve?
A good painting contractor will take their time when it comes to the preparation of your exterior home walls. This means scraping down loose paint, removing rotten wooden sections, filling holes, and removing all traces of dirt.
This process can and usually will take longer than the painting job itself, but is essential to get a good finish.
Once this is done, the painting can start. Usually, paint is applied with a roller, and two coats may be required. Woodwork around windows and porches will need to be done by hand, although some companies now offer spray painting of woodwork which can be less time consuming and offers a smooth finish.
Overall the job will take several days, depending on weather.
How long will the job last, and do they offer a guarantee of the work? For your own peace of mind, you may want to ensure that you have a guarantee for a minimum of ten years – although some products will last even longer
Home Painting Estimate: Key Things To Consider
When you invite a contractor to give you a painting cost estimate, you need to know the right questions to ask. Here are some ideas to get you started:
● What preparation work will they do? Will they take the time to prepare the walls properly, and what equipment do they use to achieve this – such as pressure washers.
● What type of paint or protective coatings do they recommend and why? Do they understand the difference between simple paints and specialist coatings that offer improved insulation and waterproof qualities?
● How long will the job take, and what happens if it rains or the weather is bad? Sometimes, exterior wall painting can be hampered by poor weather; leading to lengthy delays. You need to be sure that this will not lead to increased costs.
● Will they supply the scaffolding if needed? This is a huge part of the cost, and if you have to arrange it yourself, you may not get as good a deal as they can offer.
● How long will the job last, and do they offer a guarantee of the work? For your own peace of mind, you may want to ensure that you have a guarantee for a minimum of ten years – although some products will last even longer.
The most important thing when it comes to getting your estimate for home painting is knowing how much to invest so that you don’t have to repeat the job too often. Choosing a wall covering that is both protective and attractive is the best solution to this
How Much Will My Home Painting Job Cost?
Working out how much your painting job will cost is based on so many factors including: the size of your home, how many storeys there are, if scaffolding is needed, and the type of material you home is made of.
If, for example it is pebble dash or wood, it will take longer than a flat render or brick.
In general, a painter will charge around £150 per day, and a 3 bed semi-detached house might take 4-5 days to complete. This works out at about £750.
This is not the end of the costs though, as using specialist paints may add to the costs and the hiring of scaffold or high levels of preparation might result in it being more expensive.
How Do I Choose A Cost-Effective Paint Product?
The most important thing when it comes to getting your estimate for home painting is knowing how much to invest so that you don’t have to repeat the job too often. Choosing a wall covering that is both protective and attractive is the best solution to this.
Choosing a paint that is hydrophobic is a great start. This type of paint or coating will reduce energy costs, and protect the masonry. In fact, porous building materials such as bricks and stones, really need to be protected and so often are not.
In addition to this, it is also important that the coating is breathable to allow water and moisture to escape, and that it rejects water and dirt – allowing the finish to remain clean and attractive.
With dry walls, you can feel sure that you are improving the overall insulation of your home. Many of these types of wall coatings offer a 20 year guarantee – which is a testament to the trust that manufacturers have in these products.
If you are going to do a difficult job such as painting the outside of your home, and pay a substantial sum for doing so, you should choose the very best materials and a hydrophobic and insulation coating is a great place to start. Set your property project up for success from the outset by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!
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