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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.

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 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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for painting services?

Many painters accept digital payments through Venmo, Square Cash, Google Pay, PayPal, Zelle and others. Due to COVID-19, others may quickly adopt this technology to maintain social distancing practices and follow health recommendations.

Contact professionals beforehand to ensure they’re able to accept digital payments and continue to follow safety guidelines throughout your interactions. Compare local interior and exterior painters’ profiles to see which types of payments they accept.

What questions should I ask an exterior painter?

While painters’ online profiles provide helpful customer reviews and other information, it’s still important to ask the right questions. Ask whether they have sufficient workman’s compensation insurance to cover any injuries to avoid any potential financial liability. Get in writing the preparatory steps the painter takes to get the house ready for painting — simply painting on top of compromised paint won’t work. And does the work include a warranty? If the paint starts to fade, peel or crack soon after completion, you’ll want recourse.

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.

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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a painter during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to use virtual tools for communication. If you’re hiring local interior and exterior painters, contact them to see if they’ll set up a video call to assess your project. During this call, they can get a feel for what needs to be done and may be able to give you a price quote. 

Discuss potential plans and strategies for getting the work done safely. And ask whether they accept virtual or digital payments.

Reviews for Lincoln exterior painters
Thumbtack Customer
Beyond thrilled with out exterior paint job. Quality, price, and timeliness all met my expectations. Really appreciated progress updates and suggestions. Would definitely use service again.
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Karen O.
I’m giving Color World 2 stars because although Scott was pleasant to work with, when the sale is over you end up working with the subcontractors. In our case it was Alex. The contract was printed out and given to me by Scott with a step by step guide sheet on how the job was supposed to go. Step 1, “Washing”. Alex did wash the house. Step 2, “Tarping”. This is where problems began. Alex painted leaves still attached to bushes right onto the house. He painted sunflower seeds and ground debris onto the house. If tarps were used around the house, they served no purpose. He’d show up anywhere from 1:00 -2:30 on most days and he’d be gone before the clock struck 4. We have paint overspray all over our deck, the brick, the flowers around the house, in the grass and a tree. They also painted around the edges of our new metal window frames after I specifically said we did not want the frames painted. If fact, Scott said he never recommends painting metal frames because the paint won’t last. We now have that problem waiting for us. Step 3, “Scraping” and Step 4, “Priming” should go hand in hand. I’m not sure about any scrapping he may have done but it was determined by Color World that priming wasn’t necessary because the primer was built into the paint. Note: we went from fading dark brown to Lemongrass and a cream colored trim. After the job was completed, we can see where touch up will be needed to cover over brown spots still left on the house. Step 5, “Caulking” (per the contract) “ joints and seams allowing exterior moisture entry will be caulked anywhere that wood meets wood”. This step was completely left out. It would not have been done had I not noticed and brought it to Scott’s attention. Scott acknowledged it and then told me that some of the joints may be there to “allow for drainage” as if I was a complete idiot, but he’d check it out. Scott and I walked around the house while he was working up the quote and we specifically talked about the joints and the need to caulk PRIOR to painting. This wasn’t done so Alex and his helper ended up caulking the seams over the paint. I sent a message to Scott to let him know my concerns which he followed up with a call. His answer was basically to just wait until they’re completely finish and he was sure the house would look great. Step 8, “Daily Cleaning”. Alex rinsed out the blue paint from my neighbors house from his hoses and machine on our side yard, opposite my neighbors house (see below). They left their spray paint machine, ladders, paint buckets filled with paint water and various tools in our yard when they left for the day. Due to their previous schedule or weather, those things stayed in our yard, overnight for multiple days. That’s not “pack up and pick up at the end of the day” to me. On the final day they were here, Alex spray painted our downspouts in the back yard with no tarps down which left a huge area of our yard painted as well as our Juniper tree! Before the painting began, my neighbor asked me who I’d contracted with so I gave him Color Worlds information and Scott’s number. He hired Color World too. However, even though I’d hired and given our down payment to Color World to paint my house first, they finished my neighbors house first and in a day and a half! Just to give perspective of the mess they left us, our neighbor mentioned one drop of paint the size of a quarter left on his driveway! That’s it! My house took a week and a half and we have the neighbors paint and our paint all over the place. Why? Undervalued customer? Dumped on? It sure feels like it. The final inspection was done with Scott and my husband during which Scott saw all the questionable areas of concern, acknowledged all of them and apologized profusely. He even took pictures. When asked how we should go about removing all the paint from the bricks around the front door and elsewhere on the house, he kindly suggested using a product called M1. I should also mention that he did offer to send someone back out to try to fix these concerns but at that point we didn’t want to extend the unpleasantness any further and told him no. As much as I appreciated that Scott didn’t try to make excuses, our feelings of being undervalued customers remain. Whether Scott uses this as a learning opportunity for the health of this budding company or not or if he continues to use that particular subcontractor in the future is not my concern. But at the end of the day, we remain unsatisfied, undervalued and unappreciated customers who have a lot of hard cleanup to do on our house. We won’t use this company again and I won’t be recommending them to friends or family. One last note. In today’s world, customer service, a job well done shown by pride in the work you do will end up being your greatest asset. Having none of this will be your downfall and will most likely be the beginning to the end for any business.
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