10 Questions to Ask Any Exterior Home Painters

If you are thinking about painting the exterior of your home, you may have a few questions in mind for your potential paint contractor. Asking questions and doing extra research is the key to finding the best painter for your home improvement project.

Hiring a trustworthy professional will ensure the most durability and satisfaction out of your paint job. Asking the right questions will help you weed out inexperienced and unqualified companies pretending to be professional painters.

Before you commit to a company, come prepared with these in-depth questions to find the best company for your painting project.

These are the top 10 crucial questions to ask your exterior home painter. A true professional will be able to answer all these questions in full detail:


1) Which painting products do you suggest & why?

Painters tend to establish a relationship with a particular store or brand of paint. If a painter is reluctant to use another product, it is fair to ask why.

Potential contractors must have facts to explain why they use a particular brand. If you are being steered toward a low-cost product, find a different painting company. For many reasons, most painting professionals do not use paint from big-box chain stores.

2) Are you familiar with Surfactant Leaching and its potential in humid climates?

Surfactant leaching is the concentration of water-soluble paint ingredients called “surfactants” on the surface of latex paint. You can see the effects of surfactant leaching when sticky brown residue or water spots appear on the paint.

3) Do you have insurance?

A painting contractor should have two types of insurance: workers’ compensation and comprehensive business liability. Workmen’s Compensation protects the workers and you from liability while working on your property. Comprehensive Business Liability protects your property from damage by the contractor.

4) Do you spray or hand brush?

Brushing vs. spraying is an old debate, with both options having pros and cons. Spraying is the faster method that usually only requires one coat coverage, is free of brush marks, and can get into hard-to-reach areas. However, spraying does require more preparation.


Brushing offers an excellent controlled application and is better for getting into minor cracks. Although brushing takes longer, it often requires two coats and can leave unsightly brush marks.

Ensure your contractor has solid and definite reasons for picking one method over the other.

5) What are the differences between flat & satin paint finishes?

It is essential to know the difference between paint finishes. Flat finishes have a soft, velvety appearance that will not highlight minor bumps and gouges like glossy coats.

Flat finishes have many pros – however, flat paint is virtually impossible to clean. Satin finishes have a low shine with minor reflective qualities. Again, satin has its perks; however, it is much harder to apply because it shows imperfect textures.

Professional painters should be able to go into full detail about the pros and cons of each finish and which is a better choice for your home.

6) Do you suggest painting the gutters and downspouts?

You do not have to paint the gutters or downspouts. However, paying to paint your house and trim to leave the gutters dirty does not make sense.

Usually, gutters and downspouts must be painted when cleaning doesn’t bring them to their original color. Downspouts can also be painted to match.

7) How long do you expect the new coating to last?

Exterior painting lasts 5 to 10 years, depending on the type of paint used and the surrounding environment. If the surface is prepped correctly, you can lengthen that time. Quality exterior house paint and yearly power washing can also help the paint last longer.

8) Which exterior colors are more subject to fade?

Some exterior paint colors are subject to fade worse than others. These colors include bright reds, blues, and yellows. Some grays will also be more vulnerable to UV radiation and fade faster. Colors like tans, beiges, and browns will last longer on exterior surfaces.

9) Does the work come with a warranty?

If your painter uses the best exterior paint, they should also provide a warranty. The warranty should also be available in writing.

10) How long has the painting company been in business?

Asking how long the company has been in business will enable you to gauge the work and understand what to expect. It is better to go with a painting company that has been in business for at least 5-10 years.

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Contact us if you live in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, or the Triangle area. We provide premium exterior finishing and have a long quality and customer satisfaction history.

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