Everyone wants to know they are being money savvy and wise. Perhaps you are saving for a cruise! We are here to help you do just that! So, let’s look at the situation: will doing your own painting save you money for your cruise or take away cruise money? When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, a “do it yourself” paint job may actually cost you a lot more money than hiring a professional Florida painter. The reasons are plentiful. Three of the main reasons are that your painting professional knows how to: prep the stucco properly, find colors that won’t fade (and is of the highest quality), and how to apply that paint to the surface by using the right tools. By hiring a professional, you can actually save a significant amount of money (for your cruise or what have you!).
A lot of DIY painters think that a pressure washer and a paint gun is all that’s necessary to paint the outside of a home. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
First of all, prepping the stucco and all other surfaces of the home involve more than just a pressure washer. Is your paint chalking? There’s a special sealer for that. Do you have mold growing on your soffits and gutters? There’s a special treatment for that. Do you have cracks on the stucco? There’s a special caulk for that. Are you going from a dark color to a lighter color? There’s a special primer for that, too.
Second, the color choices can be costly when turning exterior painting into a DIY project. Many people tend to choose dark or bright colors for their homes. However, there is a reason that Venice homes are often done up in neutrals with only a few accents in brighter colors. The reason is because the sun will often be absorbed in the darker colors, causing premature fading. For example, I would love to have a yellow home with white trim. I think those colors are so elegant and beautiful! However, yellow is the fastest fading color known to Florida mankind, so we veered away from that.
Lastly, when it comes to applying the paint to the house, a paint gun (also known as a sprayer) may be used for some aspects of the home like the soffits and gutters, but cannot give stucco the thickness of paint it needs without dripping and running. However, it would seem a quick way to get any home painted fast! It’s just that, in order for the stucco to get full coverage, a roller and a brush are the most effective tools.
A bonus hint, a professional painter in Venice, Florida is going to issue you a warranty based upon their workmanship as well as the warranty of the paint manufacturer. What this means to you is that you have between 3 and 9 years, depending on the painter, to call them back up and re-paint your house if there are any problems with the paint or application of that paint. A DIY project doesn’t include that.
When you rely on a Florida painter to help you with the painting, it starts at choosing the colors of your home. From there, they will prep the home, paint it, and provide you with a warranty. It’s the best way to get a great looking home that won’t need to be repainted for several years into the future and save you the most money possible. What will you do with your savings? Bring on the cruise! 🙂