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How Much Does it Cost to Paint the Exterior of My House?

Nolan Painting uses 3 key components to factor the cost of painting the exterior of a home.

Take a look at how Nolan Painting puts together its cost structure. Also, take into consideration that Nolan Painting hires only skilled workers, not subcontractors. We also provide health insurance and 401K programs to all painters. These benefits contribute to the overall cost as well. We offer a quality work environment for our employees as well as quality craftsmanship and customer care to our customers.

Nolan Painting will paint the exterior of your Havertown, PA homeExterior Cost Structure — 3 Components When Factoring Price

1. Type of painting materials to be used
2. Type of surface that will be painted and the labor needed
3. Preparation that goes into preparing the surface before applying primers and paints.

Type of Materials Affect Price

When Nolan Painting paints stucco, 99% of the time we apply elastomeric - a waterproof coating material designed for masonry and stucco. It is a thick, rubbery paint that bridges hairline cracks to keep moisture out. It will outlast any traditional paint, however, it is more expensive than traditional paint.

Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams make elastomeric that Nolan Painting uses. They are typically 10 to 20% higher in price than traditional paint.

The quality of materials is extremely important when it comes to your exterior home. You don’t want to use something cheap to preserve the quality of your home. You get what you pay for - if you use something inexpensive then the paint job won’t last. But if you use quality materials then your paint job could last up to 10 years.

Type of Surface Affects Price

The type of surface (aka substrate) that will be painted will also affect the price. Substrates include: stucco, wood siding, windows, and/or trim work.

Nolan Painting measures the square footage of the surface to determine the amount of paint required and how long it will take to prep and paint it. We call this method component pricing. For instance, we measure and calculate the square footage of the body of the home (wood siding or stucco), the trim boards, the eves and the soffits.  We also have production rates on the different styles of doors and windows that need painting.

A wood window can take any where from 45 minutes to 4 hours to paint. It really all depends on the style of the surface and the preparation required.

The reason why we use component pricing forces us to look at the detail of the house and the areas that need proper preparation and painting.


A lot of times contractors skimp on the prep work. Painting is the easy part. The prep is the hardest — 75% of the job is the prep work. It’s honestly a difference between a 3-year lifespan verses a 10-year lifespan on the work.

You can take the best paint in the world but the entire coating system will fail if the surface is not sound and not well prepared. We can't stress enough how preparation is key to getting a good, long-lasting job.

Some examples of prep work include:
: Replacing the window glazing
: Caulking to make sure all joints are watertight
: Scrapping and sanding the peeling paint
: Using the correct primer
: Power washing the surface
: Feathering the edges to make it look better and last longer