One of the most challenging home improvement jobs is painting the exterior of the house. At first glance, it seems like it would be a pretty simple job. After all, you're really just rolling paint onto wood, but there are so many other things to take into consideration. Painting your own house can be a very frustrating, drawn-out process. I know this well, because my husband and I took on this major job on one of the houses we used to own. It was a relief to finally finish, but we decided that should we ever need the house painted again, we'd be hiring House Painters DC.
First off, your major component is the weather. If it's too windy, all the pollen and leaves blowing around are going to stick into the paint as soon as you roll it on. If it's too hot, the paint starts to gunk up before you can get it rolled on smoothly. You obviously cannot paint when it's raining either. Once you've happened upon the perfect day for painting, you discover it's going to take many more days of painting than you anticipated, and those perfect days don't always happen consecutively. Did I mention all the bugs that like to land on the fresh paint?
Then there's all the supplies to purchase - primer, paint, brushes, rollers, tape, plastic to cover windows, ladders, plus any supplies for replacing rotting wood on the walls or overhangs. It seems no matter how prepared you can be, there is always something else you need to go back to the store to purchase. By the time we finished repairing and painting, we had spent close to the same amount that it would have cost us to hire professionals to do it. Hiring house painters would have saved us so much time, because they are often done in just a couple days. It took us six very long weeks to finish the job. Never again!
Have you painted the exterior of a house? How long did it take you?