How Much Does it Cost to Paint Your House, and Exterior Implications
Cost plays a vital part of the quality of painting houses. Anyone that has painted
seriously has witnessed the implications of a cheap paint job. If fact it could
be argued that cost largely controls
the painting end-product.
Expect to pay at least 30% more for a repaint.
And heights on the exterior, mean that extension ladders are involved, which
requires greater time and effort. Not only that, but the grade
that the home is built on
can determine accessibility, along with the nearness of neighboring structures
especially if doing spraywork is a realistic option (houses very close might
mean scaffold instead of ladders).
The main costs of house painting include:
, which consists of paint, supplies and tools needed to apply the
paint to the home. Typical costs for paint range enormously and go from $15.00/gal for cheaper
latex to more than $40.00/gal for acrylic and based formulas. Customarily, however, many painters
have their own markup on the total paint purchased for delivery to the jobsite as a built-in to the overall project.
Solvent/oil-based paints range from $25/gal for lower end enamels to more than $60/gal for higher end grades of
paint. Costs which are constantly increasing, even in a hampering economy. Many paint dealers cite continual
increases in ingredient costs to explain this rise in prices over recent years
to better maintain environmental compliance and for other reasons.
Often price breaks are offered for quantity purchases, though be mindful that 5 gallon buckets
consist of more open air that results in unwanted dry-out during storage and dealers normally consider
the return of single gallon containers for non-custom mixes only.
Too, most paint dealers do offer discounts for frequent or large quantity purchases but you will
have to inquire.
Experienced painters do like to work with water-borne paints as opposed to solvent-based solutions,
and as a result, the latter may incur higher costs for performing this type of work. A rule to go by
is that paint accounts for about 1/3 of the total cost of a painters bill, whereas if doing yourself,
it makes up about 80% to 90% of the total.
When figuring the paint needed, be sure to take into consideration both the
texture of the surface and the sheen, with higher gloss finishes covering over broader areas.
Too, the amount of surface porosity helps determine coverage and gallons of paint required.
If you are painting a house for rent, look at a quality paint since the exterior
still gets wear from the weather. With the cost of paint, this still generally
pays since the outer portion is more of a constant when it comes to durability.
The cost of labor
carries the main part of the cost of house
painting. If you are painting the house, you can save the bulk of the entire
costs over bringing
in a painter - that can easily surpass $35.00 per hour on the low end. But if
there is no cap, knowing what you are going to pay means a fixed lump sum. In
addition, many painters require
minimum projects that can start at $500 to $600 - due to setup and scheduling.
The types of surfaces being painted can cause costs to swing.
As can the economy and various locations of the country.
How often the painting is done will certainly affect costs. But paying for the higher grade materials
upfront normally will extend the life of the paint job.
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