If you are torn about whether or not to tackle the challenges of painting your home's exterior yourself, you may want to check out the benefits of hiring a painting contractor to do the job instead. Exterior painting contractors can bring a wealth of knowledge to a project, not to mention the specialized equipment and experience that can make a repainted house look like new.
A painting contractor who has looked your house over can recommend what type of paint should be used for your specific project. When it comes to choosing a color, keep in mind that sample color chips don't always look like they might after they are on the outside of your house. An experienced contractor has likely seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in recently painted houses, and may be able to help you choose the right color for your home.
A painting contractor may also be able to complete any needed prep work to your home. Repairing damaged siding, scraping peeling trim, or even evicting resident bees are all projects that may need to be done if you want the finished paint job to look just right.
Most DIY remodelers have had success painting small interior portions of their homes, but it takes more than a roller and a stepladder to produce quality results on an entire house. If you don't have several extension ladders, or at least a set of scaffolding to use, then safely accessing the upper outside portions of your home may be difficult. Of course, you can rent this equipment, but you'll need a truck with an attached lumber rack to transport the long ladders.
Another crucial piece of equipment that a painting contractor may use is a paint sprayer. Sprayers can produce better paint finishes than rollers or brushes, and they do so faster. In addition to a clean, even finish, paint sprayers are great for covering the uneven and weathered surfaces of lap and wood-shingled siding. Again, you can rent this equipment, but successfully using and cleaning a paint sprayer takes experience and practice.
If you are still not convinced that hiring a professional can save you time, money, and aggravation, then you should do more research and interview several exterior painting contractors in your area. These professional home painters can provide you with detailed estimates and explain why your project might be better left to the experts.
About the Author: Marshall McCauley is a builder and freelance writer. He writes from his farm on the Bitterroot River in Montana.