Basic steps of exterior house painting.
This thirteen and a half minutes video shows the main points of exterior house painting: power washing the house, fixing cracks, masking windows, loose joint tape replacement on the back patio ceiling, spray painting of the body and hand painting the trim fascia. This house is about 2500 square feet. The cost to paint this house and the wall around the back of the house was $2800. This price included materials, 100% acrylic paint from Sherwin Williams (A-100 was the grade of the paint) and labor. If you have a house with a similar square footage that needs painting - please do not compare - as each paint job is different. Please call to schedule a free estimate.
Exterior Dunn Edwards paints most commonly used by Phoenix painting contractors.
Dunn Edwards paint that is often used by painting contractors because of its high quality, has few grades available and choice would depend on customer's budget.
Two most popular ones are Versaflat and Acrihues.
Versaflat - the least expensive Dunn Edwards paint that is suitable for exterior. Comparing to Home Depot #1 seller Behr paint,Versaflat is about the same quality. This particular paint would be a good choice for a home owner that is planning on selling the house, and not expecting a painting job that will last for many years. Versaflat is not 100% acrylic and in Arizona weather house will need to be re-painted in 5-7 years, as the paint after this period of time will start fading and loosing it's original look.
Acrihues-100% acrylic paint. It is not the top of the line paint but because it is 100% acrylic, it should last 8-10 years, assuming all the preparation work and application was done correctly. Higher grade of paint can be used for more upscale houses, where the homeowner wants the best, and not really concerned about the price, however for most of the houses Acrihues is the best choice because of the combination of the price and value.
It would vary from one painting company to another how the amount of paint that is needed for the painting project is being calculated. An example below should give you just a rough idea.
The amount of paint needed will vary depending on the type of paint used and the surface being painted.
For exteriors stucco requires the most paint as it needed to be sprayed at different angels to properly cover the previous color,especially if the new color is much different from the one it is being painted over. One gallon would cover approximately 200sf. So for an average house that is about 1500sf for two coats of paint about 15 gallons would be needed. Brick or wood surface gives a little better coverage per square feet.
For interiors it takes approximately 350sf per gallon of paint with adjustment on whether it is smooth or heavily textured drywall.
Buying a few paint samples can help you select colors for exterior house painting.
The easiest way to choose a color for your house is to go to a paint store after you get an idea of what you want by looking at color schemes and buy a few samples.
If you are looking for something specific you can drive around your neighborhood and if you like any of the colors you see on your neighbor's house you can always ask the owner a permission to peel of a little piece of paint from inside the trim or at the foundation of the house (that is where a lot of times you can find paint that is already peeling off). And then have a computerized color match done on the peeled off sample in any paint store.
This five and a half minutes video shows exterior of a house in Phoenix AZ being spray painted with an airless sprayer. We spray painted entire exterior without using a brush or a roller. This house is about 1000 square feet. The cost to spray paint this house was $1550. This price included materials, 100% acrylic paint from Sherwin Williams (Duracraft was the grade of the paint) and labor. It also included fixing numerous cracks, holes and scraping peeling paint on a lot of areas around the exterior of the house. If you have a house with a similar square footage that needs painting - please do not compare - as each paint job is different. Please call to schedule a free estimate.
Not many painting contractors in Phoenix specialize in painting exteriors with elasomeric paint, and if you sure that elasomeric is what you want, find a painting company that has experience working with it.
Elastomeric coating can be oil or water based. It it is formulated mostly to cover surface cracks and be a sealant against moisture. For elastomeric coating used in residential painting most often surfaces covered are concrete, brick or stucco. Elastomeric paints usually used in coastal communities where waterproofing is desirable, or areas where it rains a lot during the year. Elastomeric paints usually do not chalk which makes them very long lasting. Being long lasting paints, holding the moisture out and hiding the cracks, those are the advantages of the elastomeric paints.
However there are some disadvantages.
A gallon of elastomeric paint will cover about 80sf per gallon, when most of the paints used for exterior painting will usually give you 200-300 sf per gallon. In addition of covering very small area per gallon, elastomeric paint is expensive. It is about $130 for 5 gallons, when water based 100% acrylic Dunn Edwards paints start at $85 for 5 gallons (all contractor pricing).
Elastomeric paint requires very good surface preparation and high pressure gas sprayer(most electric sprayers won't do the job).
If moisture gets behind elastomeric paint it may become trapped with nowhere to go, blow up like a balloon and the paint will come off. If moisture gets behind regular paint, it usually cracks and this crack can wait till next painting job, and be fixed during preparation process.
The cost of painting the house with elastomeric paint will be a higher, comparing to best premium water based 100% acrylic paints, and in Phoenix metro with so little rain fall will be hard to justify.
If you do decide to hire a painting company to paint your exterior with elastomeric paint, it is imperative to make sure the painting contractor has experience in applying these type of coating, as elasomeric painting job gone bad is not a pretty sight.