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MatthewK

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Exterior House Painting
« on: May 26, 2019, 06:08:10 AM »
 Are there any paint contractors out there?? Not sure if this question can be answered without seeing it but here goes....

We have an early 1950's house with the wide panel aluminum siding. Trying to get a ball park estimate as to cost of painting by a contractor. House is basically square two story, 1600 sq ft appox. Height at front and back is about 23'. Peaks on sides I would guess to be 30'. There is also an attached 2 car garage on one of the peak sides. Siding is in very good shape for it's age. Current paint job is fading on south side due to constant sun exposure.

What makes it a challenge for me to do myself is I'd need scaffolding to get to peak on one side due to attached garage that does not have a flat roof. Also there is a small porch on back of the house that is cheapo aluminum that would not support a person on the roof...hence scaffold or similar back there.

So is this to difficult to judge without seeing? Any other details needed I left out?

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2019, 12:49:18 PM »
Just get at least 3 quotes. Too many variables.

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 08:46:04 PM »
Are you sure you need scaffolding?

I used a ladder and a pole to put my paint roller on and it worked just fine.

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 06:56:53 AM »
How is the garage roofed? If it is shingled, you can get several roofing brackets that slips under the shingle and hooks on a nail. Once you put a board on them, you then have a flat spot on a sloped roof on which to set your ladder. If it is a really steep roof, you might not want to rely on just roofing nails and may need to remove a few shingles to screw into structure below. I do this when painting a peak from another sloped roof. I also like to use stabilizer bars on the top of the ladder to spread out the load which lessons the ladder wanting to slide to one side or the other.

As for the aluminum porch on the other side, can it just be temporarily unbolted from the house to allow you to paint and then reattached? I'm having a hard time fathoming this one.

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 11:26:02 AM »
Just get at least 3 quotes. Too many variables.

done. I've got 2 scheduled to come out within the next couple of days. Thanks

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 11:32:51 AM »
How is the garage roofed? If it is shingled, you can get several roofing brackets that slips under the shingle and hooks on a nail. Once you put a board on them, you then have a flat spot on a sloped roof on which to set your ladder. If it is a really steep roof, you might not want to rely on just roofing nails and may need to remove a few shingles to screw into structure below. I do this when painting a peak from another sloped roof. I also like to use stabilizer bars on the top of the ladder to spread out the load which lessons the ladder wanting to slide to one side or the other.

As for the aluminum porch on the other side, can it just be temporarily unbolted from the house to allow you to paint and then reattached? I'm having a hard time fathoming this one.

I get what you are saying regarding the garage, that's just a bit out of my comfort level on a ladder. Flat ground and against a good surface I'm ok.

Regarding the porch, words don't do it justice. It's very old and a lot of it appears to be rivited, the rest are sheet metal screws. I'm afraid once it's taken apart it will not go back together without leaking.

Sorry for posting this in DIY, better fit for ask a mustachian.

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Re: Exterior House Painting
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2019, 11:37:27 AM »
Take photos and measurements of the house to your local equipment rental place. Ask their advice on how to access all the areas that need paint. Also, take measurements of all the areas around the house so you can figure out what equipment will fit based on the amount of clearance.

I did this 2 years ago when I wanted to paint my house. I also thought I'd need scaffolding. However, the rental place recommended a lift instead. That thing was the bomb for accessing my setback 2nd story and massive gables. No setup, just carefully drive it to the side of the house you want to access, load your paint and tools in the bucket and lift yourself up. Easy peasy. The drawback is that it needs a fair bit of clearance around the house since the bigger the lift, the bigger the base.