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You will be paying between $9,000 and $12,000 on average to paint the interior of a 3,000 sq.ft. house. You will need between seven and eight gallons of paint to complete one coat. This cost can fluctuate based on many factors, including if you’re painting on staircases, if you have to move large pieces of furniture, and if you need to paint the ceilings, too.
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The most crucial element of figuring out how much you’re going to need to paint your siding is the paint. Exterior paint can cost as little as $25 – $40 per gallon, but if you’re opting for a premium brand, it can cost as much as $50 – $100 per gallon. Once you’ve calculated your house’s square footage, you can estimate the overall cost of painting your siding. Coverage depends on the brand, and some homeowners like to paint very thick coats with no gaps, so it’s always sensible to purchase more paint than your calculations say you need. This means that when you calculate the final price, you should add on an extra ten to twenty percent to ensure that your siding will be evenly covered to your satisfaction. There are many factors that impact the overall price, but it’s always useful to have a round figure before beginning a project. The average size of new builds is over 2,400 square feet, but in the 80s it was just over 1500, so let’s assume that an average house is 2000 square foot. If your home is smaller, you’ll simply reduce your budget to compensate. Now, with a good quality primer and paint, here is what you will expect to pay to paint the siding on a 1500, 2000, and 2500 square foot house, assuming the paint and primer cost $40 per gallon each: Note: This doesn’t include trim which can vary greatly on a home. You can also possibly get good quality paint and primer starting from $25 upwards, and you may find you need a little less or a little more paint or primer. These are just ballpark estimates using generous figures to allow for waste and extra coats on rougher texture or more absorbent siding. The type of siding you have is something you need to know before you decide to paint it. Not only will some cost more than others, but some will either require more preparation or will need touch-ups and repainting more frequently. Preparation of your siding is vital. No matter what kind you have, there will undoubtedly be some thorough cleaning, pressure-washing and priming to be done before adding paint. This will influence the cost of the project as prep work adds more time to the project and requires additional materials. For example, if you don’t prepare vinyl siding correctly, the paint will peel off. It’s similar to attempting to paint anything shiny or glossy before priming it first. It also expands and contracts more than any other type of siding, meaning that it will be more likely to need repainting if you live in an area of extreme hot and cold temperatures. On the other hand, wood may not require as much priming, but it will undoubtedly take more coats of paint as it is highly absorbent. Paint has come a long way, but painting the entire outside of your house is very time-consuming, and have you ever seen painted wooden fences or gates! After a while, the color fades, and it looks old and tired. This is not to say that you shouldn’t paint your wooden siding, but make sure you buy a high-quality paint that is specifically for wood and has a good guarantee. The condition and type of siding will also impact the amount of paint required and the amount of labor needed to complete the job. Cedar shakes or siding with a rough finish will need much more paint and take longer to apply than a smooth finish. It goes without saying, but a bigger house will require more coverage than a small one. Couple this with the type of siding and the cost can really go up if you have a large house that requires up to three coats. Even paints that claim to require only one coat often require a second, so this is something you should seriously think about. If you’re not sure about how much siding actually covers your house, you can calculate the amount of siding according to your house’s dimensions. Homes with multiple stories may also require scaffolding and additional time to work at higher elevations. Houses with more detail and trim will also require more time to prepare and paint. Trim painting takes more time than painting flat surfaces and adds more time to the project. Complex angles also take more time to work around and should be considered during estimation. Painting the exterior of the home can be a dangerous job. Lead paint and asbestos siding pose serious health risks, be sure to consult a professional to see if there are special considerations that need to be made on your project. Also use protective equipment such as safety harnesses when climbing, and hand and eye protection as-needed.
Once you have the approximate square footage, it’s time to calculate how many gallons of paint you’ll need. A gallon of paint will cover between 250 and 400 square feet. However, you’ll need more paint if the surface is rough, porous, or if the color you’re covering is darker than the new color.
Painting a home’s exterior is a fast, affordable way to dramatically change its appearance. Paint can be applied to almost any siding, so it’s a versatile option too. On wood and fiber cement siding, paint is more than just aesthetic. It also protects the siding from moisture damage. The downside of painting is that it must be repeated every three to ten years depending on climatic conditions where you live and the type of siding beneath. The upside is that it really freshens up a home and gives you the opportunity to change its look more frequently than with other exterior options.
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Consumer Reports (June 2007) warns that companies are constantly reformulating their paints and stains -- particularly as the EPA tightens its safety regulations. An experienced, painter will be up-to-date on evolving brands.
There's more to painting a house than just applying the paint! A professional can consult you on a number of different factors, including: Appearance & Sheen Mildew & Moisture Resistance Stain & Durability Resistance Health Factors from VOC Ability To Withstand UV Rays Heat Resistance (Where Applicable) Overall Cost ... And Much More!
I’m going to leave you with a few hints and tips that I’ve picked up in this project and will use on all the next paint projects I tackle:
For example, if the rate is $30 per hour but there are two people working on your project, you would pay $60 per hour. The flip side is that the more painters there are, the faster they will get the job done. Your overall labor cost will usually be about the same no matter how many people the painting company puts on your job.
This has given me some great ideas for my kitchen and living room. I’m a little nervous about how to décor my whole room but I think this guide will help me a lot once I start with the work. Thomas May 26, 2017 Galelea Gordon April 04, 2017
Many Home owners ask why multiple of 4 . 4 represents 4 side of the wall. Then many home owners question, what about Windows, balcony, door etc these areas should get subtracted from the calculation. Well we have not counted your ceiling which will also get painted. Right ? Hence multiple of 4 comes out to be pretty close to the actual cost.
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Another option for exterior paint build up is to have all the old paint stripped down to bare wood, primed and painted so all surfaces look nearly new and relatively smooth. This is a very time consuming, labor intensive and expensive process so your budget will drive the decision process.