Everything You Need to Know About Exterior Paint and Painting Your Home
Without a doubt, a new coat of paint is one of the best and easiest ways to freshen up your home, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have questions about the process. After all, it’s a big commitment and long-term investment, so you’ve got to get it right. Whether you’re worried about weather damage or picking a color that really pops, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need when it comes to selecting the perfect exterior paint for your home. Grab your brushes and rollers — it’s time to paint (without the pain and hassle)!
How Much Exterior Paint Will I Need to Paint My Home?
When it comes to painting your home, it’s important to do things the right way. That is, don’t choose between quantity and quality. Instead, find a high-quality paint — and enough of it. In the long run, a more expensive, longer-lasting paint choice will save you money even if the upfront cost feels a bit high.
How Do I Calculate the Total Cost for Painting My Home?
According to the fine folks over at HomeAdvisor, repainting the average house costs homeowners between $1,700 and $3,700, but the experts also acknowledge that you can save a fair bit of cash by making some smart choices. Before investing in gallons and gallons of exterior paint, it’s important to consider your endgame.
Can You Paint Your Home's Exterior Yourself?
When breaking down the expenses, it’s often tempting to look for ways to slash the total cost of a paint job. HomeAdvisor estimates that the average cost to paint a house totals roughly $2,581, though, of course, exact amounts vary from contractor to contractor. More often than not, professionals will charge homeowners by the square footage of their house, which means having a smaller space might, for once, work in your favor.
How to Choose the Right Paint Color for Your Home
Now that you have a better understanding of the costs, it’s time for the fun part: choosing a color! This is a big decision. After all, unless you plan to move (or shell out even more money every few years) you’ll be saddled with your color choice for a while. "The color you paint your home's exterior can make or break people’s perception of your house," says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints.
Can You Paint Your House in the Winter? Here’s the Best Season for Exterior Painting
When it comes to real estate, you’ll hear the refrain "location, location, location" quite a bit. And when it comes to painting your home, location, location, location is also key in deciding when to start the paint job. If you live in a place with all four seasons, autumn might be your best bet, since the cooler air means the paint will dry faster and without complications.
How Do You Paint on Stucco, Stone or Concrete?
Whether you’re going the whole DIY route or simply touching up an old exterior paint job, it’s important to understand how different surfaces interact with paint. Various surface materials need to be prepared beforehand, but they’ll also affect your wallet a bit differently too. That is, while vinyl siding will run you around $600 for 250 square feet, the trickier material stucco will cost roughly $900 for around 500 square feet.
What Are Some Creative DIY Uses for Leftover Home Exterior Paint?
Even if you tried your best to efficiently calculate the amount of paint needed to cover your home, it’s not uncommon to be saddled with an extra gallon or two. Looking for a way to use some of that leftover paint? We recommend painting outdoor furniture. Using the same color to refresh an old Adirondack chair can pull your whole yard together because the piece will accent your home.
Can I Use Exterior Paint on My Deck?
Wondering if you can use some of that leftover exterior paint on other larger-scale projects? One popular use is repainting decks and porches. While you’ll lose the charm of the wood grain, a fresh coat of paint can make an outdoor area pop. We recommend paying close attention to the label on your paint.