If there is direct physical damage from hail that has caused the outer coat of paint on your exterior home to fail, your home owners insurance is expected to cover the cost of new paint to match the existing. If the existingt paint cannot be matcher per line of sight guidliones, then insurance is required to match paint appropriately on all elevations that cannot be reasonably matched.
When should you consider hiring a Painter? In Billings Montana Area
What Should be the Expectation When Hiring a Painting Contractor?
The average lifespan of an exterior paint job in Billings, MT will depend upon a multitude of factors. The condition of the siding, fascia and trim is the foundation of a how well your paint job will last. If the substrate is damaged, cracking or deteriorated it can be difficult at times to properly prepare the surface to accept paint that will last and perform for 10 years. Sometimes it is better to replace the damaged surface than to try and patch it. The level of preparation that goes into the job before paint is applied is important. Removing any chalking, mildew, loose paint, sealing problem areas and caulking are few of the steps needed to ensure a lasting paint job. If a good paint job was done you will see the paint start to fade before you start to see any paint failures. In our market we receive a lot of sunshine. The UV rays break down the coatings faster than rain, snow or wind. Using a higher grade of paint with sheen will help extend the longevity of your paint job. Keep in mind darker colors will tend to fade faster. Keep your eye on the south and west exposures of your home as this is where you will see the first signs of your color fading. If your siding and trim is in good shape and the proper steps were taken to painting your house you can expect to see a life span of 7 – 10 years out of a paint job.
- Matte Paint
- Matte Enamel Paint
- Satin Paint
- Eggshell Paint
- Semi-gloss Paint
- Gloss Paint
Yes. The exterior condition of your home contributes as one of the biggest factors in deteriming your ROI or home value.
There are many factors affecting the cost of painting. The cost of painting is broken down simply into two parts: labor and materials.
The materials: paint, equipment, masking supplies, tape, brushes, rollers..will account for about 10%-15% of the cost of the project. Higher grades of paints will cost more and the renting of lifts and special equipment will also drive the cost up. Some projects may require the use of specialty primers and paints that can increase the costs too.
Labor: time is the biggest factor affecting the cost of painting your home. The more work that is required to get your home ready to paint the more costly it is. A property that has difficult access (heights & landscape), requires more prep work, the number of color choices, how detailed and ornate the trim work is (Victorian Home) are a few of the factors that will increase the price. It is a lot easier to paint a ranch style home with factory finishes soffits, fascia & gutters than a 3 story home without any of the features.
Exterior painting can only be performed for a limited time each year. Think of the baseball season April – October. As the window off the season closes with fewer opportunities to perform the work the cost of the job increases. Many painting reputable painting contractors, depending upon the size of their company, can be booked up quite quickly. So it is advantageous to get on someone’s schedule earlier than later.
“How do you figure out what it costs to paint my house”? I get this question a lot. There is a lot that goes into determining the cost of painting your home. In a nutshell, it breaks down to “time + materials = price”. Let’s look a little deeper at each of these parts.
The biggest factor in determining the cost of repainting your home is time. I look at your project and try to figure out how many hours it is going to take to properly paint your home. Your project is measured out for square footage and/or linear footage depending upon what we would be painting. The time I bid for your project is determined from my experience. Each project I do is tracked for time and materials, so we can be accurate as possible in our bids. Every painting contractor will have different production rates based upon not only their skill level or how fast they work. Production rates are also affected by how detailed they are in the level of prep being performed. The more time it takes due to extensive repairs or more detailed work the more money it is going to cost. Prep work (power washing, scraping, sanding, caulking, masking, patching, moving furniture, setting up ladders, cleaning up) takes up more time than the actual painting. Access is another issue that adds time to a job that many people overlook. Are there areas that are hard to reach that will require scaffolding or a lift? Is there furniture and personal belongings to be moved? These are issues that slow down production.
The labor rate for a professional painter that is operating his business “above board” will be determined by doing the following: carrying liability insurance, workmans compensation insurance, paying employment taxes, paying i to unemployment, factoring overhead and profit. Each painter will have different rates for each of these categories. If they are accurately tracking these numbers it is fairly safe to say they should be charging between $40 – $60 per man hour. This rate will fluctuate do to supply and demand of work depending upon the season. Late spring through fall is the busiest time of year for painting contractors where demand and supply of work is at its peak.
Inexperienced painters, “under the table” painters, and those that don’t know their true operating costs and production rates may appear to be a bargain. Some of the risks you could be taking are: they may start taking short cuts, start to rush and not provide the quality once promised in order to get the job done in the time they had allotted. This work is rarely warranted and if issues arise after the job is done you may have a hard time getting them to come back. The experience you have with your paint contractor will be determined by their knowledge, experience, skill level and professionalism. As my paint rep says “You get what you pay for”.
The second factor for determining the price are paint and supplies costs. Paint and supplies usually add up to be between 10-20 percent of the cost of a job. The price of paint can very from $15 – $70 a gallon depending upon the quality and sheen that your painter is using. A gallon of paint will provide about 250-400 square feet of coverage. I usually put two coats of paint on what ever surface we will be painting. Some of the materials that are included besides the paint would be the following: tape, masking paper & plastic, caulk, spackle, primers, texture, paint sprayer and pressure washer fees, cleaning supplies, rags, brushes, rollers, drop clothes just to name a few.
A professional and reputable painting contractor will warranty their work. These warranties should be stated and written into their proposal. Keep in mind that a warranty is only as good as the contractor performing the work. Finding a painter who has been in business for 5 or more years with good references from jobs performed over the course of a few years will give you a better assurance.
We provide a 5 year warranty on our exterior painting projects and a lifetime warranty on interior painting projects that qualify.
There are situations in which we cannot warranty our work which should be stated by your contractor up front. Decks are an example of this. Decks that are stained with a semi-transparent stain will need to be done every two years on the horizontal surfaces.
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Billings, MT 59105
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