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A Guide to Exterior Painting

An exterior painter/decorator is a professional who is known by the more popular name of an interior designer and interior contractor, is also sometimes referred to as a home decorator or painter. The purpose of exterior painting is to enhance the overall look of a home and to protect it against damage caused by moisture, wind, insects, mold and water.

A homeowner must take the proper steps before embarking on an exterior painting project. First, he must select a qualified painting contractor that meets all state and federal standards. Once hired, the contractor must review and evaluate the house to determine the amount of paint required to cover the exterior and make sure that the job will be completed in a timely manner. If time is of the essence, the home owner should not hesitate to hire an outside contractor.

When selecting a contractor to complete the exterior painting project, the homeowner should research the contractor thoroughly and ask questions about their past work and experience with projects similar to the one being undertaken. One of the primary things that a homeowner should inquire about is the company's certification and accreditation. Certification is given to contractors that meet minimum standards set forth by the National Home Inspector's Association.

While the job can be done by one individual, the cost of hiring an exterior painting contractor would most likely be more than one individual would charge. This cost is generally split between the homeowner and the contractor. The homeowner may also pay some of the cost up front, while the contractor pays for his or her services up front.

When choosing an exterior painting project, the homeowner should choose a contractor that has experience in the kind of materials, equipment required to do the job. It is a good idea to select a contractor who has experience in using various types of paint, including latex, urethane and oil based paints. This is particularly important if the exterior project includes any weathering, because certain types of paint may react differently with certain kinds of weather and cause staining and discoloration. When hiring a contractor, it is important to choose one that use a type of paint that is non-toxic, as well as one that is compatible with all types of surfaces and that will be involved in the painting process.

When selecting a contractor to complete the exterior painting project, the homeowner should research the contractor thoroughly and ask questions about his or her experience in the specific painting field. The contractor should be familiar with the paints that are used in the state where the house is located, as well as the local code regulations regarding the types of paints that should be used.

In order to complete the exterior painting project in a timely manner, the contractor should be able to show the homeowner pictures of previous jobs that have been done in the past. The homeowner should also ask how long the project will take to complete and the total cost of the project. The contractor should also be able to provide the homeowner with a guarantee that he or she can back up their estimate with at least 24 hours notice should there be problems or delays during the project.

For homeowners who do not have the resources to complete the project themselves, it may be beneficial to enlist the assistance of a contractor to complete the exterior painting project. A contractor may be able to offer a more affordable rate, or even the assurance that the project will be completed within the timeline that the homeowner is working with. With the right contractor, a homeowner can achieve a beautiful new look without the additional costs.