A bit about the Exterior House Painting Cost Calculator (NZ)
When looking at the price of painting the exterior of a house especially in Auckland, it is important to understand what this price actually covers. Generally, when looking at the cost of exterior painting, the factors you will see below are generally the main factors that determine the overall cost – but it definitely not limited to those factors and there is still a range within each factor based on each individual property.
This Exterior Painting Cost Calculator is designed only for you to get an indication of what you can expect to invest based on the provided information. There are additional factors that could have an impact on the cost of the project such as the amount of preparation work, access (scaffolding), height, complexity etc.
There are other considerations in addition to the cost
If you have a home in Auckland and are looking to change its exterior appearance, then changing the colour is a great place to start. Unfortunately, for most people, picking the right house colour isn’t easy!
The right colours will highlight the most beautiful features of your home and hide the least. You can disguise certain design flaws just by using the right paint in the right way and in doing so, increase the street appeal and potentially the value of the property.
Below are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering painting the exterior of your house.
Consider the Surroundings
Before picking the paint color for your exterior, things to consider include the geographic area and climate in which the house is located, and what the neighbourhood looks like. You can paint your home exterior brighter colour if you live in the tropics or close to a beach. However, such colours will greatly contrast with your neighbourhood if you live in the mountains or inland.
Beautiful Auckland homes you will come across often have colours from the surroundings, themselves. You should also consider the homeowners association or bylaws of your neighbourhood if they have any. These association might have specific colours that are allowed which will reduce your choices and make picking a colour scheme easier. You should check before painting to avoid having to repaint.
Did you know?
Did you know that mixing too much water in the paint which dilutes it and causes blisters when moisture evaporates. Small amount of water can be mixed in to prevent drying too quickly during summer or when paint is too thick, however only very minimal water should be used. ( a few splash)
Use colour schemes for great blends
Every exterior scheme has three major parts: field colour or major colour; accent colour for doors, shutters and other smaller areas; and trim colour for edging, railings, window and door casings, roof etc. when choosing paints, make sure the trim colour strongly contrasts with the field colour.
If your main colour is light, consider darker trim for your accent colour and vice versa. This contrast will create a stunning look for your home.
Consider your home style
Of course, when choosing the paint colour for your home, you have to consider much more than just the main colours on the walls. Some colours are already established and are hard to change. Like the colour of your roof, brick walls, Vinyl windows, wooden garage door etc.
Your paint choice doesn’t have to match everything, but it should harmonize. Focus on these details. Depending on the size and complexity of your home, you may want to choose up to as many as six colours to include accents for shutters, mouldings, doors, window sashes, brackets, columns, porch decks and the largest detail on most houses, the garage door.
Almost all paint brands have testers of their paint colours. You can buy different testers and paint different sections of the wall. You can leave it for a couple of days to see which one grows on you. Avoid painting next to a white wall because white tends to throw the other colours off.
Buying testers will save you lots of money in case you decide you didn’t like a particular colour and you can use the leftovers from the tester to paint other small areas that needs painting in the house.
Why does some five-year-old exterior house painting jobs peel and flake? While others that were painted back in the 1900’s still look great? The answer is simple: quality exterior paint. When it’s properly applied, it lasts longer and looks flawless. A good quality exterior paint has an immediate visual impact, conveys the pride you take in your home and helps define its personality and character.
You might be tempted to get straight to the painting, however, if not done correctly, the exterior paint project might turn into a disaster.
Choosing the right paint
Depending on the type of your house surface, you might want to avoid certain types of paints. Any coating that goes over brick, stone, or stucco has to allow water vapour to pass through it. If you have a brick or a stone house, consider avoiding oil-based finishes as they trap moisture and fail quickly. Choose acrylic, lime or mineral paints since these materials tend to make for the best exterior paint. Another thing we would highly recommend all Aucklanders is picking a paint that features UV protection. They are more expensive, but will last longer in the long run!
Prepping the exterior surfaces
One of the key elements that go into great quality exterior house painting is prepping the surfaces. Even the best paint can fail if it’s applied incorrectly. Here at the Superior Painters, we make sure that we properly prepare all the exterior surfaces before painting. It includes taking the time to do a walk around the house to evaluate the full scope of the project.
We’ll also make sure that all the cracks and holes are filled and fixed before starting the project. It is also a good idea to check if your house walls feature any mold or mildew as they should also be removed for better paint application. Once there are no imperfections, we will clean the house using professional brushes and solution to make sure the walls are squeaky clean.
“From my experience, the most common issue with exterior painting is using the wrong undercoat for properties that have already been painted. Oil-based undercoat (Pigment Sealer) is recommended to be painted for window/ door frames once repair work is done as it offers better and longer-lasting protection.”
Michael Tran – Project Manager for Superior Painters
Knowing when to paint
When it comes to exterior house painting in Auckland, it’s best to avoid summer as it’s never a good season to paint in. Rain and humidity may prevent the paint from adhering to the surface properly, while dampness or dew can bubble surfaces. Therefore, we also recommend starting your exterior painting projects in winter as you won’t have problems with humidity, which can happen in summer.
Naturally, we ask a lot from an exterior house paint job. It’s not only expected to give your home a new look but also to withstand a daily bombardment of UV radiation, blistering summers and tons of rain without cracking, flaking or peeling. As the leading painters in North Shore, we provide seasoned and well-trained professionals to guarantee long-lasting exterior house painting in Auckland. So that you won’t have to drag out the ladders again anytime soon.
Did you know?
Did you know that before picking the colour for your exterior, a house wash is needed to be done 2-3 weeks prior. By doing so it will remove all dirt and grime off the body of the house, however different material requires different methods of washing. E.g cedar board exterior can only do soft wash or mould treatment and rinse. High pressure wash or water blasting can damage the boards.
Tips and Advice
- For darker colour range choice, its recommended to use paint that are more heat resistant Aka. Resene CoolColours range as they are created by replacing the standard carbon black pigment that absorbs heat and light with a unique pigment that enables much of the infrared portion of the sun’s energy to be reflected. Visible and U.V. light will still impact the sun’s heating effect on the exterior surface.
- If the exterior of the house was previous painted with lead paint and is now peeling. To remove the lead, wet sand or special method or paint stripping is required.
- Best season to paint exterior is during Spring and Autumn, because during summer paint dries to quick and leaves marks and in winter is too cold and paint doesn’t dry
- To prevent wastage of product and have a more fine finishing while gapping, flatten the end of the no more gap or silicone and cut it on a 45 degree angle. By doing so, it will limit the amount of gap coming out and give you more control.
- For easy clean while gaping gaps, use a wet cloth to wipe areas before gapping. By doing so, the gap will come out smoother and be as sticky on the surface.
- Never use a pure white range colour for exterior painting as it’s really hard to maintain. Alway use an off white colour range (black white).
Exterior House Painting Cost Calculator (NZ)
Cost are calculated by averages just to give you an indication. Always seek professional advice and quotations from a project manager if you require an accurate estimate. Never use this calculator as a foundation for your allowances or finances – only for research purposes. Rates & material costs vary from region to region as well (outside of Auckland).