Exterior Painting

The preservation of your property is important for the beauty and value of it. To have a neat home includes not only how it is inside but also outside. And we mean exactly the exterior painting. The proper painting and maintenance of the external walls in your house are tasks that must be conducted by professional hands that give a final perfect finish. At American Loss Consultant we count with a wide number of expert companies and firms willing to satisfy your needs in all related to exterior painting.

We know that with a proper guidance in this topic you will get the results you expect and deserve as elite customer. We are going to give you some hints to have in mind so you will count with valuable information and some ideas in mind at the time you get in touch with the experts.

Ideal paints for exterior use

Nowadays you can find many different types of paints in the market and with the proper expert advice you can get the perfect one for your task. Basically, interior or exterior use paints are made of solvent, resin, additives, and pigments. But they have particular characteristics that make them different and suitable for specific uses. For instance, exterior paints differ from interior paints in the percentage of pigments and additives; exterior paints must have the property to resist all kinds of weather conditions, changing temperatures, UV rays and more.

Exterior paints must also contain flexible resins even though it contracts or expands due to weather factors; fading, mildew and tannin staining are also considered in the design of exterior paints; but never use them inside your property because they are more volatiles and unhealthier for indoor use; the content of anti-fungi elements make them prone to trigger allergies at home. So, keep external paints outside!

After being said this general information, take a look at some common types of paints for exterior use. 

Emulsion Paint

When we refer to emulsion paint, we talk about the mixture of two liquids that due to its composition do not mix well. These two liquids form different types of emulsion; there can be oil and water as emulsion elements. For instance, in oil-in-water emulsion, the oil is in the dispersed phase and water is the dispersion medium.

Usually emulsion paints are water based paints. Water is the medium to disperse the binder, the pigments and additives. The binders are alkyd resins, acrylic resin, epoxy, and so on. They dry quickly and they are flexible, which make them good for external surfaces.

Cement based paint

In this type of paint, water is the base but the cement is the main compound which gives hardness and durability to the painted surface. They do not require oil or other organic element. They can be used in internal and external surfaces but they are particularly recommended for exterior use because they prevent water penetration and reduce dirt collection. They are good to cover concrete and to decorate walls.

Enamel paint

Enamel paints are based in oil. They are based on mineral compounds as white lead, zinc white, resinous matter and petroleum spirit, compounds that make the paint more durable and with hard strong finish. Enamel paints provide excellent coverage as well as color retention, offering hard, glossy and opaque finish.

Distemper paint

This paint is water based with chalk, lime, water and pigments. It is the cheapest of all the exterior paints and it also offers two presentations: powder or paste form. Distemper is considered one type better white wash, being adequate for exterior walls.

Bituminous paint

The nature and composition of this paint, asphalt bitumen or coal tar dissolved in mineral spirit or naphtha make it the perfect paint for all the surfaces that are outdoors: exterior metal work and iron work like fire escapes or ladders; also for under water structures, waterproofing, wood, concrete and potable water tanks that require alkaline resistance.

Latex paint

The name of this type of paint comes from the presence of “rubber” (resin or solid) in the paint. This latex paint is made of pigment and synthetic resin produced by emulsion polymerization. It can be applied on walls, concrete, wood and any other exterior surface.

Lead paint

The name of this paint comes from the presence of lead oxide for its making. The durable property, water-resistant quality and washable finish make this type of paint ideal for exterior use. Other aspect to consider is the economy: lead paints are relatively cheap because a small amount of the compound can cover a large area.

Silicone paint 

Being made of alkyd resins modified by silicone, this type of paint has an excellent durability, toughness, as well as good resistance to cracking. Its use to paint exterior decorative is highly advisable. It is good as maintenance paint for steel and concrete; good coating for brass and aluminum, and as heat resistant for chimneys and ovens; it repels water on brick and stone, being nice the transparent one especially for bricks.

How to paint exterior walls

Even though you hire the services of experts like the ones in our exclusive American Loss Consultant list, it is always advisable to know some tips related to the services you ask for, so you can be alert about the tasks you expect to be fulfilled. After you have been guided by the professionals in the selection of the perfect paint for your needs, the general procedure a real expert must conduct at your property would be as follows:

  1. Area cleaning

Before starting any painting procedure, the correct removal of dirt and dust must be done. Pressure washers from top to bottom are a good practice.

  1. Surface preparation

A well trained painter will conduct a comprehensive supervision in the entire perimeter of your property to check out damaged surfaces. Experts, like Dan Lawson state that “Ninety-five percent of good painting is having a good surface.”  Cracks, holes, peeling, mildew or other issues must be corrected before applying paints. If there are cracks or holes on the surface, they must be filled using spackle knife. After drying, light sand must be done. Mildew can be killed using chlorine bleach solution. If during the inspection, loose paint was detected, at this stage it must be removed using paint scrapper or sanding blocks.

  1. Caulk trim

A proper caulk over the surfaces is ideal. The gasps or cracks around doors and windows frames must be fitted using a tube of caulk. If old stucco surface has chips, to patch them with new one is advisable. If wood sidings are rotten, it is also the time to replace them.

  1. Primer

The use of primer make the paints last more. Primers set the surface for paints, particularly to have a good adherence. If walls are chalky or dusty, a chalky wall sealer is appropriated because paints do not adhere to dusty surfaces; in case of new surfaces, latex primer is the best (especially for vinyl and wood siding); for stucco, stucco prime of course! Not all primes dry the same so this step might last in some cases than in others.

  1. Painting

Once doors, windows and lighting fixtures are covered to avoid spot on it, the proper painting procedure must start. A very frequent procedure use to paint exterior surfaces is the one called “spray and roll”. In this activity, two people are required: one person spreads quickly paint across the surface using a sprayer, and the other person follows behind running a roller over the paint that was just sprayed. This technique gives a really neat and smooth finish.

  1. Finishes

After removing the covers, it is time to paint frames of windows and doors, paint lighting fixtures and other external ornaments. The final look impacts at first sight your home appearance. So the finishes must not be denied.

Rated costs of exterior painting

At the time your contractor presents the budget, you have to take into account some important factors that could increase the final cost of the project: materials, supplies and other items must be taken into consideration. American Loss Consultant has rated some estimates that can be useful for you at the time you calculate your expenses.


Every home owner usually prefers top quality paints because they look nicer and they last for long. Aspects as better coverage means less coats and fewer work hours, which decrease costs. Better durability means you will paint your property in not short time.

In relation to how much paint you will need, a 2,100 square foot home will take about 12 gallons of paint (double the number for the double coat). The price of low quality paints is about $30 (you will need a total of $360 for paint); high-quality paints will be about $70 the gallon (you will need a total of $840).


Several supplies besides paints are necessary for exterior painting: brusher, rollers, buckets, and more are required. Ask your expert if they include these items in the estimate. If you must provide those items, you will need between $200 to $300.

Additional exterior features

Some additional exterior works might slightly increase the total estimate, for example:

Doors: $70 – $150

Fascia: $500 – $1,000

Porches: $500 – $2,000

General estimated

Home SizeSquare Footage (Estimated)Cost Range
Single story500 – 1,500$1,000 – $3,000
Two story1,500 – 3,000$3,000 – $4,500
Three story3,000 – 6,000$4,500 – $6,000+


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