Hiring Professional House Painters
If you are same as most homeowners, you may have repainted one or more rooms in your home over the years to keep your home looking great. Now that the time has come to repaint your home’s exterior, you may be thinking about tackling this project on your own as well. While painting the interior and exterior of a home seem like similar types of projects, they are rather different in a few key areas. There are a few key reasons why it is best to let professional Exterior house painters:
The Painting Preparatory Work
There is preparatory work required for both interior and exterior painting projects, but the scope of the work for the exterior is different. When preparing to paint the exterior, you may need to scrape away peeling paint, replace some boards and siding, re-caulk all of the surfaces and complete other steps. You may also need to add a coat of primer to the surface so that the new paint will take well to the surface. These steps can take a considerable amount of time and energy, and in fact, you may find that the preparatory stages take as much time or even more time than applying the final coat of paint to the surfaces.
The Safety Risks
It is essential to take a solid look at the height of the surfaces that you will need access to and to think about the type of work that you need to do from that height. For example, to complete your painting project, you may need to scrape, caulk, prime and paint the top of the chimney, which may even exceed the top of your roof line at its peak. This may be 20, 30 or more feet in the air. Imagine standing on a ladder and holding onto the ladder with one hand while trying to complete this work and hold onto your paint can at the same time with the other hand. This will require extra equipment, like scaffolding, to avoid injuring yourself, and scaffolding can be expensive to purchase and time-consuming to erect and move around the house.
The Time and Effort
The last thing you may want is for your home painting project to take several weekends or more to complete. Your curb appeal during this time may be lacking, and you may find that the weather interferes with your ability to get the job done on your schedule as well. This is a project that may take several men in a painting crew several full days to complete, so you may find it takes you two to four times this amount of time to complete the work on your own. Keep in mind that skilled painters may be able to work more efficiently than you.
Exterior house painting is quite a significant undertaking, and you do not want to underestimate the scope of the work that is required to get the job done. Nor do you want to start a project that you cannot feasibly finish. While you may save money working on the project yourself, this is not always the case if you have to buy scaffolding and other equipment and supplies. If you are thinking about painting your home’s exterior, take time to request a quote for professional painting services today.
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