The cost of exterior painting largely depends on the size of the home. In general, expect to pay:
There are other factors such as angled surface areas, the condition of your home's walls and the type of surface being painted. In all instances, proper surface preparation is a large part of the work done by real paint professionals. Expect to pay more for surfaces that are in poor shape.
Homes with brick or concrete exterior walls will cost between $500 to $2,000 to paint based on the wear patterns on the brick, sun exposure, and square footage.
Important considerations with any stone or brick: whether the surface must be prepared with special sealants or primer first.
Painting stucco costs between $900 for 500 square feet to $3,000 for 1,500 square feet. Expect to pay significantly for the preparation work needed to get stucco ready for a beautiful final paint coat. Cleaning stucco and filling cracks is labor intensive.
Preparation work on wood or cedar siding means costs will run, in the $700 to $2,000 range for 250 to 1,000 square feet. Replacing clapboards or filling holes from insect damage increases costs.
Aluminum or galvanized steel siding will generally cost $400 to $1,500 for wall surfaces of 250 to 1,000 square feet. Metal paints beautifully, once the surface is cleaned and primed properly.
It depends. Homes with exterior paint from 1978 or earlier may have lead in the paint. You are legally responsible for hiring a lead paint abatement professional under the 2008 law.
The lead paint removal company must be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If in doubt, have it checked out by a painting company near you. Checkout the EPA's Lead Resource Center for details on lead paint.
Yes most painters have no problem buying eco-friendly paint alternatives. Many offer it anyways, but ask them for this option. Experts at Green America point to eco-friendly exterior paints that can reduce homeowner risk of inhaling toxins in paints.
All exterior paints have fungicides in them, plus some other concerning chemicals:
Budget for $600 to $2,000 for 250 square feet up to around 1,000 square feet. Expect to pay approximately the same costs as repainting vinyl siding. Angie's List suggests two coats to achieve at least 10 years of fresh color. Hardie siding — fiber cement siding — has a baked-on paint finish, but the manufacturer suggests repainting after routine cleaning no longer restores the original color to your satisfaction.
Expect a range of $600 for 250 square feet to around $2,000 for around 1,000 square feet. The cost to paint vinyl siding is generally lower than costs for painting other materials. The surface needs only to be clean and free of visible damage - paint typically adheres easily and goes on smoothly.
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Exterior painting can be the perfect facelift for your home. On the other hand, if done incorrectly, exterior painting is a path to disappointment (if improperly applied), embarrassment (for the wrong shade), or legal woes (if lead paint is involved). Contact three highly-rated exterior painters near you at the top of this page and get started on your project.