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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
Michael B.
Mufasa Painting repainted our exterior trim and several exterior doors and did an excellent job ‼️ We wouldn't hesitate to give them a referral.
Mufasa paintingMufasa painting
Bill D.
I am completely satisfied with the exterior paint job on my house. The paint crew was professional and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
First Class Painting & More, LLCFirst Class Painting & More, LLC
Greg I.
Nell’s Painting performed a complete exterior paint job on my house. They did a great job from selecting the right paint/color to touching up the last details. I would definitely recommend them for your next painting project.
Nells’ Painting, LLCNells’ Painting, LLC
Mitch N.
Gabriel and Dave did a great job painting the exterior of our house! Great price and great work. Would definitely recommend them!
V&G Quality Services LLCV&G Quality Services LLC
Hannah R.
Titanium remodeling had a great turnaround with providing us speedy estimates and getting us scheduled. They painted the exterior of our house white and I couldn’t be happier with the service, professionalism and quality! I’ll definitely be using them again for future paint projects! (Before and after pics attached!)
TITANIUM REMODELING LLCTITANIUM REMODELING LLC
Brittany G.
Top Coat Painting did an amazing job on our exterior home painting project. Josh was always professional and his attention to detail was just what we were looking for. He asked me what I wanted and delivered just that and more. Thank you again for a wonderful job well done Josh! I will be referring you to anyone in need of quality painting!
Top Coat Painting JaxTop Coat Painting Jax
Christian O.
Top Coat Painting Jax did a perfect job with bringing life back to my 94 year old home. Joshua worked with our budget and design tastes, which was a big must for my wife and I. I recommend him and his team for any big or small exterior paint make over.
Top Coat Painting JaxTop Coat Painting Jax
Damil M.
Working with James was a great experience! He was always on time and had the right tools to do the job. We needed the exterior of our home painted since the paint was peeling. James was patient since I was going back and forth on paint brands and he never made me feel like I was wasting his time. He was friendly and always came when he said he was going to! He was able to make the exterior of the house look so good, he addressed all of my “pain points” of the exterior. The gutters came out looking like new after he was finished with them, he also repainted my porch railings. The porch floor looks so much better after James was done with it. He was happy to comply with any add ons and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who’s looking for an experienced painter for a fair price.
King's Pro PaintsKing's Pro Paints
Amy E.
Needed a quick exterior paint job completed and Ryans Services was able to get the job done. They originally were booked out but made time for us and we really appreciated their effort to adjust their schedule to match ours. Would use them again.
Ryan's Superior Services IncRyan's Superior Services Inc
Sean W.
I can highly recommend using Calvary Paint for your next painting project! I just finished the end-of-job walk though with the owner, Mark, and he and his painting partner, Ty, did a great job painting the exterior of my circa 1928 stucco-over-Spanish block home in historic Riverside. My wife and I have no idea when our home was last painted, so we were both especially pleased with the initial cleaning and prep-work they did before even lifting a brush. Calvary Paint made our ‘Club Continental’ color-themed imagining finally come to life and it is perfect...Thank you, Mark!
Calvary PaintCalvary Paint
Dana L.
Brian and his crew were wonderful to work with. Brian was very responsive to my desire to use a particular brand of exterior paint and priced the job fairly. He and his men were on time, worked hard and cleaned up each day. I would recommend.
Revamp Homes FLRevamp Homes FL
Yusuff K.
I hired Daniel and his team to do the exterior painting. He suggested us the optimum quantities of the different paint to get for the main color and the trims. His work is very professional and fast as well. The end product was amazing and our house looks brand new. His quote was amazingly reasonable compared to a couple of other ones I received. I will be hiring him for the upcoming interior painting project that we have as well. Five star quality at a great price!! “Before” and “After” photos provided for reference.
New Generation Corp - Daniel CottaNew Generation Corp - Daniel Cotta
Thumbtack Customer
Ed, Karen and team did an amazing job painting the exterior of my house and pressure washing my driveway & sidewalk. They were professional from the start until the job was completed. I never saw any mess or trash laying around, the team was very organized and detailed oriented. Ed went above and beyond providing ideas and working with me to plan future projects. I, definitely, recommend his services.
K.N.E. Solutions, LLCK.N.E. Solutions, LLC
Sarah P.
We had Titanium Remodeling paint the exterior of our house. We had lots of cracked and chipped stucco which they made look like new! There was also a piece of wood trim that had water damage that they replaced for us. They were very professional to work with from the estimate to the final walk through. The work took 3 days and our 16 year old house looks amazing. I’m so happy with the results and would definitely recommend this company!
TITANIUM REMODELING LLCTITANIUM REMODELING LLC
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