Painting Your House ( DIY vs Professional )



DIY vs Professional

Ask yourself first “Do I have everything it takes to paint the exterior of my house?” After doing some research, the homeowner will generally find themselves feeling a little overwhelmed in all that is involved both with the equipment, skills, and procedures necessary to complete the project in a timely manner and correctly so not to take away your entire summer. Not to panic, it’s okay. Here at DAECO Painting, we are available to help you with our huge span of professional interior and exterior house painting services. Continue to learn more about the proper requirements to repaint your home and assess the pros and cons for yourself.


What Equipment And Supplies Required For Exterior Painting

We feel confident you most likely have painted an interior wall or two. However, taking on a full or in part, the exterior of your house will require professional equipment and the proper supplies. You will need the following at the beginner level.


A Pressure washer - is necessary to wash away dirt, grime and old chalking paint. 


A pro commercial paint sprayer. not all airless paint sprayers perform the same nor can they handle the volume density of a good exterior paint like DAECO PLUS exterior paints.

Ladders - height dependent upon your home. You may want to have one 4 ft one 6 ft - A-ladder one 16ft possibly one 24 ft - 32 ft and very possibly one 40ft extension ladder. You will want to be using either a green tip or yellow tip ladders, blue tips are acceptable as well, these ladders are designed for hard and heavy use with less risk of collapsing. 


Cut Buckets - preferably 2 to 3 smaller paint buckets, one for trim color and another for accent colors.


Drop cloths or tarps - painting comes with mistakes and one is paint falling on the floor. A few good drop cloths catch any paint and protect sidewalks, plats, roof tiles est. 

Painter’s tape - professional painters know the different types of tapes out on the market, Like blue core vs orange core or white core vs yellow core some are meant for delicate interior painted surfaces and others to exterior use. Best to ask a professional for help in this area. 

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Caulk - you are going to want to use paintable caulk, a 45 year is perfect. Do not use a 100% silicone you will quickly discover that paint will not stick and it leaves an ugly web appearance. 

Sandpaper - depending on the surface type 120 grit works well for more heavily textured areas 80 grit does well. Be sure to always wear safety glasses with a dust mask and test for lead before sanding any exterior painted surface. [EPA Lead Paint Certification] Note: If your home was built before 1980.

Cleaners - Type dependent upon existing finish and state of Exterior Paint - contact a pro Click here to reach a DAECO professional 

You may need other tools and supplies, too, depending on the state, size and architectural detail of your home. These purchases can add up. Also, consider that you may use the tools and supplies once, then store them in the garage or another area, where they will sit unused for years with the exception of the occasional touch-up. A professional painter supplies everything needed to get the job done.


Preparation Required for Exterior Painting

The first step when prepping your house for painting does not involve the structure at all. You will want to cover all landscaping with tarps and tie back or trim any branches too close to the house.


Next prep is dependant on the condition state of your home’s exterior. It might only require a scrub brush or broom with some recommended cleaner, or you may need to rent or purchase a pressure washer to get the job done. Remember to leave yourself at least two days of drying time before beginning to paint.


You also will need to cover and/or tape anything on or near the house not being painted. Lighting fixtures, AC units and the like all need protection. Cleaners and paint products can harm plant life and damage other items, and at the minimum create time-consuming cleanup tasks.

Next, you must remove any shutters from your home and close any open windows. You should also inspect the entire exterior of your home to ensure you do not need to repair any holes or cracks before getting starting. Sand all repairs and any loose paint. If you will be painting your windows, inspect putty and replace as necessary.


Professional painters perform all of the necessary prep work to ensure your exterior paint job lasts as long as possible. They also can do prep in a fraction of the time it would take most homeowners. This becomes an issue if you face wet weather in the area.


[EPA Lead Paint Certification] Note: If your home was built before 1980, it may be coated with lead paint. Working with it requires special safety and containment procedures. Professional painters hold certification from the Environmental Protection Agency, a requirement by law for doing this kind of work. In other words, if your home has lead paint, hire a professional. 


Style And Size

The cost and scope of all of the above, of course, depends on the style and the size of your home. If you have a small bungalow, you might feel comfortable with the amount of prep and ladder work required. If you have a two- or three-story home, it will require a much larger investment of time and the use of extension ladders. Not everyone feels comfortable working so high off the ground. And if your home has many architectural features, that adds to the amount of time spent up on a ladder. With a larger home, using a sprayer instead of brushes also makes sense. This tool also requires a fair amount of skill to use correctly, especially from a ladder. A professional painter can work quickly and get the job done safely.

After considering your comfort level with all of the above, also think about cost and longevity. An exterior paint job in Colorado should last five to 10 years, depending on the type of construction material, environment, and quality of work. For many, it makes sense to hire professionals to ensure the work gets done well and will last as long as possible. A professional painter can do exactly that.


Calculate the costs of all tools and supplies, add in the cost of your time to do it yourself - your time has a monetary value, after all, especially if you take vacation days to tackle the project. Then compare DIY costs to what a professional painter estimates for the work to make your final decision. Odds are, you will decide to hire a professional, and that’s okay.

Daeco your Denver-House-Painters Of Denver/Boulder is the preferred painting contractor for all painting services. 
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