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 Preparing for Exterior Painting


While most homeowners would have no problem picking up a gallon of paint at the hardware store to paint a room in their house, tackling the exterior is an entirely different matter. Creating an attractive, long-lasting paint job requires the equipment, knowledge and skill of a professional for best results.



Q: What is involved in exterior surface preparations?

A: One should always powerwash to clean the house. This ensures good adhesion for the new paint and removes loose paint. It's also necessary to apply a prime coat to any raw wood. Caulking is for cosmetic purposes only and should not be depended on for stopping water leaks, since it would only be a temporary fix. Some painters use a special elastomeric patch for cracks in stucco to prevent them from reappearing. All windows and any surfaces that are not to be painted should be covered, and cover the perimeter of the home with drop cloths.


Q: What kind of paint should be used?
A: Oil based paints are not what they used to be and manufacturers have come a long way in developing latex paints. Some painters prefer low-sheen or semi-gloss enamels because they are easier to keep clean.


Q: How do I choose attractive paint colors?
A: Many people don't realize that colors often reflect styles. This is whyTerra Cotta, which looks great on a Spanish style home, can look out of place on a contemporary home. Research the typical paint colors for your style of home.


Q: How many gallons will it take to paint my house?
A: Paint quantities are figured on the square footage of the surface area to be painted. Paint will cover between 200-350 square feet per gallon, depending on how rough the surface is. Smooth lap siding will take less paint than textured stucco. An average 1,700 square foot single story house will take about 25 to 30 gallons for the body and three to four gallons for trim. 

It is not a good idea to skimp to save money. The amount of paint used will directly affect how long it will last.


Q: What do I look for in a good painting company?  

A: A reputable painting company will have no problem answering the following questions: Here at Elite Renovation Systems we are proud of our answers.

1) Do they have any complaints filed against them?

Elite Renovation Systems is Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau


2) Do they carry both Workers Compensation insurance on their employees and liability insurance in case of damage to your property (or that of your neighbors)? YES
3) How long have they been in business? Since 1995
4) Do they have references who you can contact?YES, we will provide you will references.
5) Do they sub-contract their work or pay their own employees by the hour (so they don't hurry or cut corners)?  All of our Painters are employees of Elite Renovation Systems and pass background and drug tests.
6) Do they use a professional bid package? YES,  All of our estimates are in writing with details about your specific project.
7) Are they on time for their appointments and do they present you with their estimate in a timely manner?  YES, We pride ourselves on being timely and easily accessible.
8) Do they provide warranty for both material and labor? YES, All of our painting comes with a written warranty.