House Painting: Brushing vs Spraying Raleigh Homes
When you are deciding whether to paint the exterior of your Raleigh home, picking the right painting contractor with the right skills for your specific home improvement project is critical.
One of the most important parts of the job to consider is deciding if you want your home brushed or sprayed.
There are many people who prefer their home hand painted, while others believe that spraying gets a better coverage.
Is your contractor trying to sell you something that you don’t need in efforts to make more money?
In This Article, You’ll Find Out the Following:
- Which is cheaper?
- Which takes longer to complete?
- Which have longer lasting results?
- Which application is best for your home?
Areas to Spray or Brush
There are two major areas on a home that can be either sprayed or hand brushed. One of those areas is siding. Both Hardie Plank lap siding and masonite are commonly found on Raleigh homes. Other areas such as gutters, downspouts, porch ceilings and shutters can also be sprayed.
The one surface that is almost never debated is brick. Exterior brick homes are always sprayed. Just as a side note, gray homes with white trim is a new trend that looks amazing!
Typically, the trim and doors are hand-brushed. However, brushing siding is a costly task. Hand brushing typically will take upwards of 2 coats of paint for full coverage and so you should expect a long project timeline.
The major advantage to hand brushing is the ability to push paint into cracks where caulking is not used.
Masonite lap siding is commonly recommended for a hand brushed job. Hand brushing helps preserve the siding by pushing paint into every lap and it will seal the edge of each board where Masonite tends to swell and expand due to water damages.
Spraying the siding will be cheaper and the project will be completed faster. It takes longer to set up to spray and there will be a lot more paint used for the project to.
Spraying usually only requires one coat and you will get a smooth finish free of brush strokes and roller marks. Spraying can also override some surface imperfections like cracks, bumps, and gaps that brushes or rollers have a problem with.
Exterior Paint Color
Spraying is a much better application if you are changing the color of your home. Spraying covers better and the application is more uniform. Spraying has no brush strokes and offers a more durable satin finishes that looks much nicer. Hand brushing a new color may not give you the complete, even coverage you are looking for. A spray gun will give you full coverage and a more even coating for your new paint color. Spraying is more versatile and can be used on many different surfaces with an even finish and no brush strokes.
When deciding whether to spray or brush, there are a few factors to take into account. If your project is small, it may be easier to have your house hand brushed. For a small house, if you pick spraying, you may end up spending more money on the preparation and clean up rather than painting. If you have a tight timeline, spraying may be the better option because it is faster than traditional brushing and requires a lot less time.
Consider the type of finish you want when your house is finished being painted. Brushes will, in most cases, leave some form of brush lines. Spraying will leave a smooth finish.
How Much are you Willing to Spend on Painting your House?
Spraying will be less costly, with more preparation involved. Hand brushing will be more expensive because it is more labor intensive. Keep in mind that it is important to pick a quality paint product no matter which option you pick. A quality product will last longer in the long run and have a cleaner looking finish whether you spray or brush.
Thinking of Painting Your Raleigh Home?
Do you still have questions about spraying vs brushing? A Touch of Color Painting is here to help! We provide professional services at fair prices and aim to make our customers feel as comfortable as possible from the projects beginning to end. We believe in transparency with our customers. We are a locally owned mid-sized company striving to provide the Triangle area with the best exterior and interior paint jobs. We specialize in both spray and brush exterior paint jobs. We provide services to the Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary, and Chapel Hill areas.