After sifting through countless paint swatches, flipping the pages of home design magazines, and watching HGTV unceasingly, you have finally decided on a color scheme for your home’s exterior. You might be asking yourself, “how much paint do I need?” You will need to estimate how much paint you will need to purchase while avoiding the risk of running out.
If you are not sure you want to tackle an exterior paint job yourself, call Select Painting today. We have the experience you need when it comes to taking care of your home. If you want to tackle the job yourself, here are some things to consider when calculating how much paint you will need to buy.
Your Home’s Square Footage
The most accurate way to determine how much product you’ll need is to calculate the square footage of your home’s exterior walls. Take the height of any given side and multiply that number by the width of the same side in feet to get the square footage. Repeat the process for the remaining sides and add each figure for the total square footage.
Once you have established the total square footage estimate, you can calculate the square footage of any windows and doors that you wish to avoid during your painting project and subtract that total from your original figure. Additionally, if your home’s façade has a gable, you can calculate the square footage of the triangular area by multiplying its base by its height, then divide by 2.
The Materials You Plan To Paint
When determining how much paint you will need to cover your home’s exterior adequately, it is essential to keep in mind the surfaces you will be painting. A gallon of paint can cover anywhere from 250 feet to 400 feet depending on the texture of the exterior wall.
While you may be able to get away with one coat for a flat surface, materials such as stucco or brick absorb much more paint. In general, it is best for you to prepare for two coats of house paint or one coat over a layer of primer on all surfaces for a finished, professional look.
Also keep in mind the current color and condition of your home’s exterior. If your current paint job is still in good condition, you will likely be painting over the existing paint. If you are painting a lighter color than is currently on your home, you need to plan for multiple layers to achieve the look you are going for.
The Paint Sprayer Versus The Hand Roller
After you have taken the time to consider your house’s measurements and materials, you need to select a painting method that will work best for your time frame and budget. Paint spraying and hand rolling are the most effective approaches for this type of exterior restoration.
The paint sprayer method is an excellent choice if you’re looking to complete the project as quickly as possible. Sprayers take much less application time than the hand roller and provide a high-quality finish when appropriately applied.
The downside of the spraying technique is that you may end up using more paint than you anticipated. Paint sprayers typically use 30% more paint than brushing or rolling if you’re not careful about the application pattern or if you choose to paint on a windy day.
Hand rollers are a great option if you’re looking to save money on paint and would like to avoid the cost of purchasing or renting a sprayer. The rolling technique offers even coverage and helps you avoid the risk of returning to the hardware store for additional gallons.
If you have a short deadline, be mindful that the hand rolling option is the more time-consuming and physically demanding method of painting. Rollers are excellent for the main areas you wish to cover, but you will need to use a smaller brush for any detailed architecture or trim work.
Trim And Shutters
As you calculate the amount of paint you need to gather for your home’s revamp, be sure to factor in the measurements for any trim or shutters that you plan to paint another color. If taking the time to measure the trim pieces overwhelms you, use the rule of thumb that for six gallons of wall paint you will need approximately one gallon of trim paint.
Calculating the amount of paint you’ll need for shutters is a bit easier in comparison to trim. Assuming that all shutters on your home’s exterior are the same dimensions, you can measure the square footage of one and multiply by the total number of shutters to get your final figure. [Remember: a gallon of paint can cover anywhere from 250 feet to 400 feet.]
Trims and shutters are often contrasting colors from the main part of the house. Be aware of how dark or light the house is, and what color you want to choose for these accents. If you are painting the trims and shutters a light color when they are currently dark, it will take extra layers of paint to fully cover the old shade.
How Select Painting Can Help You
If you have asked yourself, “how much paint do I need?” and are now overwhelmed, don’t panic. Between the prep-work of calculating how much paint you’ll need to purchase for your home and the physical work it takes to prime and paint an exterior successfully, it’s safe to say that this type of project isn’t for the faint of heart. If you conclude that hiring a professional may be a better option for you, our team at Select Painting is happy to help.
At Select Painting, we specialize in a variety of painting methods and will choose the best technique for your home’s materials and surfaces. Whether your update requires rolling and brushing or spraying and back brushing, we will deliver high-quality work that you will love.
If you have any questions about Select Painting or are interested in receiving a free quote from our team, please contact us.