All you need to know about having your exterior walls painted including costs of materials, costs of labour and time frames.
A typical exterior paint job will involve scraping, brushing and cleaning exterior walls. Followed by a moss preventative coating and at least two coats of good quality masonry paint. However, if you are thinking about painting the brick exterior of your home for the very first time, you need to think about the implications long term. Once painted, you will need to get the walls repainted every 10 years to keep them looking good. Whereas the bricks will last centuries with little weathering!
If the painting is not strictly necessary, then you may be better off leaving your brickwork as is. That being said, if your bricks have already been painted or you are rendered/pebble-dashed, then they will need painting every 10 years to avoid looking grimy and shabby. But consider that if you paint a brick wall that has not been painted before, it is a permanent finish and you can't easily remove it once it has been applied - once you start there is no going back! You may instead consider a clear weatherproof wall coating which will stabilise the surface and restore the bricks without changing the appearance. Painted exterior brick tends to polarize opinions too, some love it, others will hate it - this is something to consider when it comes to selling your property in the future.
If you are having the exterior walls of your home painted to improve the appearance, then don't forget any exterior timber such as windows, doors, fascia, soffit and barge boards. Also check the condition of the exterior render, if it is crumbling or patchy, you may need to have it repaired or even completely replaced. If the exterior is plain bricks, check the pointing before painting and have it re-pointed as necessary.
A lot of the work involved with exterior painting is preparing the surfaces for painting. Any loose paint will need to be scraped/brushed off along with any dust and cobwebs. The walls will then need to be washed and a mould/algae killer applied if required. Then any minor cement repairs to rendering/pointing will need to be taken care of. Next stabilizer needs to be applied to the bare surfaces before applying the paint 2-3 coats depending on the surface. If possible, have the painting done in the spring, summer or autumn, during dry and warm weather. Any external painting done in winter will take much longer just for the coats of paint to dry properly.
Pebble dash walls cost more to paint as they take longer and require more paint, taking anything up to twice as long to paint a pebble dash wall as a smooth wall. This will of course be reflected in the quotation. Smooth surfaces are easy to paint as they can be done with a roller covering a wide area quickly, whereas pebble dashed walls require a brush which needs to be dabbed into the walls to ensure the paint is applied evenly. Rollers don't work so well on rough surfaces like pebble dash so it takes much longer to paint those walls using brushes. Location will affect the price too, the cost of living varies around the country and this is reflected on the quotations supplied by tradesman. For example, a quote for painting a home in London will be more expensive that a home in Leeds.
The price for having a tradesman paint your external walls can vary quite a bit depending on the size of your house and the type of finish your walls have. If you have pebble-dash walls then it could take up to twice as long to paint and more paint will be required.
Painters and decorators usually charge around £150 per day in labour and for a 3-bed semi detached house you're looking at around 4-5 days to complete the job.
Here are a few average costs for hiring someone to paint your external walls:
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Individual costs for hiring a tradesman to paint all the external walls of a 3 bed semi-detached house - Total Cost: £750