House painting can take a long time depending on the size of your home, the amount of prep work that needs to be done, and the type of siding that you are going to paint among many other variables. For example, wood siding is easier to paint than stucco siding, but wood siding requires more prep work like priming if your home needs a lot of work before painting.
In this blog post, we will give you a general overview of how long it takes to paint a house exterior and some tips to help speed up the process!
What Are The Benefits Of Painting The Exterior Of Your Home?
One of the benefits of painting the exterior of your home is that it can help protect your home from weather damage. Paint can act as a barrier against wind, rain, and sun damage.
It can also help to insulate your home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Painting the exterior of your home can also increase its curb appeal and make it look more attractive!
What Equipment Will You Need To Paint Your Home?
Like every other home improvement project, the type of equipment that you have for the job will impact the time it takes for you to complete the exterior paint job. Exterior house painting may seem like an easy project to take on, but homeowners soon find that this type of DIY project can take several days even with the right equipment.
If you have never taken on an exterior house painting project then the odds are that you don’t have the equipment you need to complete the project in a timely manner. So let’s take a look at the type of equipment that you need before repainting your home and to ensure you get the job done right.
A paint sprayer is a quick and efficient way to apply paint to the exterior of your home. You can use a sprayer to cut the time it takes to paint your home by about half the time.
Be sure to read the user manual of your sprayer so you feel comfortable. In addition, you will need a shield to help prevent overspray from hitting areas of your home so you will need to pick up a sprayer shield if you choose to use a paint sprayer.
Exterior Siding Paint
You will need to purchase exterior siding paint specifically for the type of siding you have on your home. Larger homes will need more paint, but the typical 2,500-square-foot home will need 15-20 gallons of siding paint. Be sure to choose an exterior paint that has a low sheen, like a stain or eggshell finish.
Exterior Trim Paint
Along with siding paint, you will need to purchase paint for trim work and fascia. This type of paint should have a higher sheen to make your home look larger and the higher sheen protects areas of your home against the weather. For most homes, you should expect to use 3-4 gallons of trim paint when painting the exterior of your home.
Drop Cloths & Painter’s Tape
You will need to protect the areas around your home while you are painting, so be sure to purchase drop cloths and painter’s tape. Painter’s tape is specially designed not to damage surfaces and can be used on wood, metal, glass, and more. Painter’s tape and drop cloths help you to avoid unnecessary touch-up work after you finish paint, and this can save you hours of unnecessary clean-up work.
If your home is two stories or more, you will need a ladder or scaffolding to reach the higher levels. You can either rent or purchase scaffolding, but it is important to follow the safety instructions when using it.
For most painting projects, I recommend that you have at least one 24-foot sliding ladder to reach the tallest parts of your home, along with one 8-foot A-Frame ladder to help you paint trim work around your home.
Paint Brushes & Paint Rollers
You will need a variety of paintbrushes and paint rollers to help you apply the paint to your home. Be sure to purchase high-quality brushes and rollers, as they will make the job much easier and help you avoid brush marks in your paint job. I recommend that you have at least a few 2 1/2″ angled paintbrushes to paint trim work, and several rollers and roller covers to paint areas of your home’s exterior that could not be reached with the paint sprayer.
How Long Does It Take To Paint The Exterior Of A House?
The amount of time it will take you to paint the exterior of your home will depend on a variety of factors like how many people are working with you, the type of equipment you have, and the size of your home.
However, if you have a standard-sized home and you have a few people helping you, then you should expect to complete painting your home’s exterior in 3-4 days.
Now that we have gone over the necessary equipment, it is time to give you a general overview of how long it will take to paint your home. If you are painting your home by yourself, expect the job to take anywhere from two to four weeks.
I recommend one or two people start with prep work while someone else starts spraying the home. The people doing prep work should try to stay in front of the person spraying because you will save lots of time if you keep the sprayer active.
It is important to note that if your home has stucco or brick siding, the job may take longer as these surfaces can be more difficult to paint. In addition, if your home has a lot of windows this will add to the overall time it takes to paint the exterior of your home.
Cleaning & Prep Work (1 day)
The first step is to pressure wash your home’s exterior. This will remove any dirt, grime, or chalking that has built up on your home over time. Once you power wash your home, you will need to repair any cracks or holes in the siding and caulk all of the trim work. You will also need to scrape and do some sanding to all loose paint from your home before painting and apply primer or any bare wood to ensure your fresh coat of paint will adhere to your home properly.
After your home is clean and repaired, it is time to start painting! Be sure to follow these tips to ensure a high-quality paint job that will last for years to come.
Painting The Siding (1 day)
Assuming that you are using a sprayer, then you should expect to complete painting the siding of your home in about a day.
You will need to start by painting the fascia and soffits (the horizontal and vertical boards that make up your home’s eaves). Once you have finished these areas, you can move on to painting the siding.
You might need someone to backroll the spray, but I typically don’t do backrolling on a project since it adds more time and doesn’t really improve how well the paint adheres to the base coat of the home.
Painting Trim Work and Facia (1-2 day)
The most time-intensive part of painting your home’s exterior is when you get to the point where you have to paint trim work and fascia.
This is because you need to pay special attention to windows and doors, and you may need to cover up overspray that occurred when spraying the siding of your home.
After you have finished painting the siding, you can move on to painting the trim. This includes any doors, windows, or other features on your home’s exterior. Be sure to use a high-quality paintbrush for this part of the job as it will make a big difference in how your home looks when you are finished.
Touch-Ups & Clean-Up (1 day)
Once you have finished painting the trim work and facia, you can move on to touch-ups and clean up.
This includes going over any areas that you may have missed or that need a second coat of paint. It is also important to remove any tape or plastic sheeting that you used to protect your home from overspray.
Finally, be sure to clean up your equipment so that it is ready for next time!
Assuming that you are using a paint sprayer, then you should expect to complete painting the exterior of your home in about three days. This includes prep work, painting the siding, trim work, and facia as well as touch-ups and clean-up.
What Will Influence How Long It Takes To Paint Your Home’s Exterior?
Now that you have a general idea of how long it will take to paint your home’s exterior, there are a few factors that can influence the overall time it takes to complete the job.
Your Painting Experience
If you have never painted a home before, it is important to factor in some additional time to account for learning how to use your equipment and getting the hang of the process.
In addition, if you are working with a professional painter, they will already know how to use the equipment and will be able to work more quickly than someone who is inexperienced.
The Condition of Your Home
As mentioned earlier, the condition of your home can influence how long it takes to paint the exterior.
If your home is in good condition with few cracks or holes, then painting will go more quickly than if your home needs extensive repair work. However, if you need to scrape lots of paint or fill lots of cracks with caulking then you will need to add more time to the project.
How Many People Are Helping?
If you are working alone, it will obviously take longer to paint your home’s exterior than if you have a team of people helping.
Of course, it is important to make sure that everyone who is helping knows what they are doing so that the job can be done quickly and efficiently.
I like to work with at least two other people when painting the exterior of a home so we can work together to keep the sprayer moving. It also helps to have more people to paint trim work around the home since this process can take the most time in the project.
The Number Of Windows & Doors
Another factor that can influence how long it takes to paint your home’s exterior is the number of windows and doors.
If your home has many windows, then you will need to take the time to mask them off so that they are not painted accidentally. In addition, if you have a lot of doors, you will need to be careful not to get paint on the hardware.
Both of these tasks add time to the project but are necessary in order to achieve a professional-looking finish.
Finally, the weather conditions on the day or days that you are painting will also play a role in how long it takes to complete the project.
If it is too windy, then you will need to be careful not to get paint blown onto areas where you don’t want it. In addition, if it is very hot or humid then the paint may dry more quickly which can make it difficult to work with.
It is best to paint when the weather is milder so that you can take your time and get a good finish.
Paint Your Home’s Exterior In Just A Few Days!
Exterior painting can take a few days to a week, depending on the size of your home and the weather conditions. -The most important factor in how long it will take is preparation. Make sure you have all of the necessary supplies and that the surface is clean and free of debris before you start painting. -If you want to avoid any surprises, ask your painter for an estimate beforehand so you know what to expect.