How much should it cost to paint the exterior of a 2000 square foot house?

This price covers an average size home that is around 1,500 — 2,000 square feet. While many homeowners think primarily of siding when considering exterior painting, this project often includes many other aspects. Painting the exterior of a house involves painting many outdoor items to create an aesthetically pleasing look for the entire exterior of the house. The following table highlights the items that can be painted outdoors and the associated costs of each project.

Many factors influence how often you have to paint the outside of your home. It depends on the type of coating you have, the climate in which you live and the quality of the paint. The average homeowner will have between five and ten years between painting jobs, but unique surfaces require a different time between painting jobs. Wood siding needs to be repainted every three to seven years, while aluminum and stucco can last anywhere from five to six years.

On the other hand, newer materials, such as fiber cement board, can go between ten and fifteen years without a paint job. Painting a townhouse only includes the front and back walls because most townhouses share one or both side walls with neighboring units. Similarly, you should use a full coat of high-quality outdoor acrylic primer if you are going to paint aluminum for the first time. To do this, calculate the square footage of the exterior walls and subtract the square footage occupied by windows and doors.

The best part is that most of these popular outdoor painting projects can be completed over a weekend. They come in many materials, and although most are designed to be low maintenance, you can paint them to match the rest of your home or with the ornaments if you like. To be honest, knowing the average cost of painting a home's exterior won't really help you understand the cost of painting your particular home. If the exterior of your home is particularly dirty or damaged, keep in mind that repairing or cleaning it can double the time and labor required to paint it.

It's important to note that when you calculate the square footage of your home, the amount of siding you have to paint doesn't necessarily equal the interior square footage. A house with a stucco exterior can also be more expensive to paint because its texture requires extensive preparation and additional materials and labor for the same coverage. In addition, local exterior paint prices may vary due to the cost of living and the cost of doing business in a state. In addition, the amount of paint or the number of gallons your home will need for coverage can be influenced by several factors, such as the condition of the siding, the size of the project, and the type of material.

Semi-gloss paint is best used for surfaces that are frequently cleaned, such as exterior trim, doors, gutters, blinds, railings, and window sills. On average, it can take three to four days to paint an average 2,500 square foot house with a team of two or three painters. Priming is also required if there is a change in paint type, such as changing from latex paint to oil based paint. For example, pre-painted wood siding may only require a spot primer after scraping and sanding the peeling areas.

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