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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to get the outside of your house painted?

You can expect to pay around $2,535 to get the outside of your house painted, though this cost will increase with larger house sizes (and decrease with smaller ones). The average hourly rate for exterior painters is $45 and ranges from $25-$75.

Wood, brick, stucco, vinyl, aluminum and stone each have their own set of demands. Contact exterior painters near you to get a detailed cost estimate for your house.

What colors should I paint my house exterior?

You have many options when it comes to paint colors. For example, an off-white creates a traditional look, and it looks great with a bright door to contrast it. Yellow is a happy color that, while light blue is reminiscent of an oceanfront style. Gray houses are also on trend, providing a classy and neutral tone that remains warm and inviting.

How often should you paint your house's exterior?

Expert opinion is mixed, but the general range is five to 10 years. However, this depends on many factors. Houses in harsh climates with extreme temperatures, lots of dust or ice or intense sunlight may need more frequent paint jobs than those in temperate climates. Also, wood houses will need new paint more often due to the changes within the wood itself. You should also consider painting the outside of your house if you plan to sell it.

What is the best exterior house paint?

Acrylic paints are generally considered good options for today’s home exterior paint jobs. You can also choose an oil-based or latex (water-based) paint. Also, look into specialty paints for your doors, roof, gutters, siding and other exterior surfaces.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

What should I look for when choosing a painter?

When choosing a painter, pay attention to online reviews and ratings. Reviews with pictures are especially valuable, as these showcase the painter’s work. It’s also important to check whether your state requires licenses for painters — if it’s required, your contractor should be able to present their license. 

Finally, compare estimates and quotes from multiple painters near you. Take into consideration what each one guarantees with the job, including factors like higher-quality paint, extensive preparation and a good warranty.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

What should I expect from a painting contractor?

You should expect an estimate based on an actual examination of the house, as well as a plan for exactly what the painter will do. During the job, the painters should behave professionally while working as efficiently as possible to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe. Afterward, the only evidence of the paint job should be the paint itself — a professional contractor will clean up thoroughly once a job is done. 

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Should I pressure wash my house before painting?

Pressure washing your siding before painting is an efficient way to clean your house in preparation for receiving new paint. However, it must be done correctly to avoid causing water damage or damaging the siding itself. 

Depending on the PSI rating of your washer, you should stand far away enough from your house to avoid removing paint or etching into the siding itself. Also avoid injecting water behind the siding, which typically occurs when spraying upwards at a low angle. 

When in doubt, consider hiring a pressure washer near you before your painter paints your home’s exterior. Or, contact the best painters near you to see if they offer pressure washing services as well.

Is it worth it to hire a painter to paint my house's exterior?

It is nearly always worth it to hire a painter to paint your home’s exterior. While you may feel comfortable painting a small, one-story home, anything with multiple stories, dormers or other complexities are best left to a pro.

Additionally, it’s best to let the pros handle older homes. Any time extensive prep work is needed — such as repairing chipping, bubbling, cracking or peeling paint, or fixing caulking and substrate issues — a pro can  handle it.

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Reviews for Ashburn exterior painters
Josh C.
Matt and his crew did a great job painting the exterior of my house.
Masterpiece Painting and Cabinetry LLCMasterpiece Painting and Cabinetry LLC
Kim G.
They are outstanding and were able to get to the exterior painting right away. I am more than pleased with the results. Very friendly and helpful. I will definitely have them come back for interior painting real soon. I love the job that was done.
ECC Construction LLC.ECC Construction LLC.
Nicholas P.
I needed some exterior painting done in places I could not reach. Phillip came in and got the job done quickly with a reasonable pricing. I would recommend his services.
Phillip DavidsonPhillip Davidson
Lambo K.
As a Retired Air Force veteran and proud homeowner, I am more than pleased with Mr. Lance and his dutiful partner of Simply Unique Painting & Drywall. I wanted to change the original exterior trim color of my home to a color that fits my personal unique style and get away from the boring "cookie cutter" home design. I am still receiving compliments from nearby neighbors and very pleased with the paint on the exterior and a room inside. Lance was sure to prioritize professionalism, coordination, and timely responses. His immaculate tuning into fine details of my expectations shows that him and his team do their absolute best. Getting to know him and his team during this project I could tell they are skilled, knowledgeable, very clean, respectful and make sure to maximize on customer service skills to meet my needs. He loves what he does and has a friendly team that is ready to work and give you a excellent experience! Below are before and after: *Blueish color was the original exterior color
Simply Unique Painting & DrywallSimply Unique Painting & Drywall
Thumbtack Customer
Terry does great work with attention to customer satisfaction. He contacted us quickly, provided a fair estimate and scheduled the work within a reasonable amount of time. He was efficient, always on time, cleaned up each day before leaving, and very personable. His employee, Ronnie was as professional as Terry. Within 3 days they had the entire exterior trim of our home painted and made it look easy. We look forward to using Paint Tech again. John & Debby C.
Danny M.
Michael was very quick to come out and give an estimate for the exterior painting of our house. He showed up on time for all our appointments, was very friendly and was thorough and straightforward about his plan for the house. The job was completed very quickly and our house looks very nice. We liked that he used his own crew and was out painting himself and was available to answer any questions we had. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of the job and took great care to ensure everything looked just right. We had a good and nice experience with Michael and found his prices very reasonable for what we wanted accomplished. We would recommend him to anybody looking to have their house painted. Thanks Michael!
Michael's Painting and Construction companyMichael's Painting and Construction company
Sasha F.
We have a Jefferson Park home built in 1918. It needed some tender care, on the inside (kitchen plaster ceiling repair and entire kitchen needed painted) and outside (some pretty intense carpentry work to repair rotting boards, etc and entire exterior of house needed painted). And we were on a time crunch. Ordonez worked with us on our budget and started the same week we reached out to them for an estimate. They actually finished BOTH projects in less than 3 weeks—unreal!! :). They were professional and respectful and did great work for the budget we had. We are recommending Ordonez to everyone we know! They even helped with other things, like electrical work. They really do it all.
Ordonez Residential Services LLCOrdonez Residential Services LLC
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