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3 Factors That Influence the Cost of Exterior Paint

June 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — platinumteam @ 6:23 pm
a home’s exterior being repainted

There are few home projects as exciting as exterior painting; it’s an opportunity to wholly transform and update your home, show off your tastes and preferences, and of course, boost your curb appeal which is great if you’re planning to sell. However, every home is different, and every paint job varies – meaning that the total cost of exterior home painting is never going to be the same from project to project. That said, there are certain factors that always play into the grand total. Here’s a closer look at a few of them, so you have a better idea of what it’ll cost to repaint your house.

1. Consider Your Home’s Exterior Square Footage

Much like how you’d measure the dimensions of interior rooms before painting, when it comes to exterior painting, you’ll need to carefully measure the square footage of your home’s exterior. An average home may require anywhere from 15 to 30 or more gallons of paint. And remember, the cost per gallon of paint will vary depending on your chosen brand and type of paint. Most quality exterior paints cost between $50 and $100 per gallon. This means that you’ll want to crunch your numbers beforehand and have an accurate cost estimate going into your project.

2. Factor in the Cost of Prep Work

There’s a pretty large amount of preparation that goes into painting. If there are any scratches, dings, dents, or other forms of damage on your walls or foundation, they’ll need to be repaired beforehand. Likewise, surfaces need to be sanded, thoroughly washed, and caulked to ensure that the paint can properly adhere and dry. And of course, this prep work will also take some amount of time; extensive scraping, sanding, and caulking can potentially add hundreds or thousands of dollars to a project’s final cost. Don’t neglect these labor costs or let them surprise you; they’re necessary for ensuring a successful project outcome.

3. Understand Associated Labor Costs

Professional painting services vary in cost, but on average, you can expect to pay between $1.50 and $4 per square foot, meaning that this factor is also closely tied to the size of your home. However, this doesn’t mean you should go with the cheapest option; often, the quality of your results will be directly influenced by how much you pay. For true professionals, a high-quality finish may cost more because it takes more work/time to get ready, in addition to careful attention to detail. Getting the job quickly might seem cheaper, but if the job’s done sloppily, you’ll end up having to repaint sooner, thus costing you more money!

Exterior painting projects are no simple task, but making an informed decision will ensure beautiful results. When you consider all these factors, it becomes clear that in most cases, if you want the best possible results for the best possible price, you should opt for hiring a team of professionals.

About Platinum Painting

Here at Platinum Painting, we know just how daunting any sort of painting project can be – so let us give you a hand! We’ve proudly served homeowners across the DFW metroplex for the last 15 years, offering expert guidance and assistance with all kinds of interior and exterior painting projects. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to get in touch with us to set up a FREE in-home estimate, just reach out online or call us today for further information!

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