Proper preparations include power washing, scrape
and sanding loose paint, priming bare wood, filling cracks and holes, caulking gaps around windows and door jams, masking windows, and covering all walkways and areas not being painting.
The home owner should never be shy about checking on the products the contractor is using, including the primer and caulk, as well as the finish product. A little thing like cheap caulking can cause problems in just a few months after the job is finished. The cheaper caulks tend to shrink as well as get brittle, and whatever the caulk does, the paint that is on it will follow.
Most exterior paint jobs take 3-4 days to complete. At the end of each working day we clean up thoroughly and put everything in a safe out of the way area, usually somewhere on the side of the house.
One last point; there are certain types of sidings that should always be back rolled when the paint is applied. Back rolling means that as one guy sprays the paint onto the surface, another guy follows behind him and rolls the paint into the surface while it is still wet. Heavy stucco and open grain sidings are always important areas to back roll. Back rolling insures that the paint is well bonded into the surface and will last years longer. I recently drove by a large apartment complex that another contractor painted who had bid the job just slightly below me. I could tell from my car that the sidings, which were T1-11 (a type of plywood), were not back rolled and they should have been. This allowed the painter to blow through the job twice as fast. It also means that the complex is going to need to be painted years sooner than if they had accepted my bid at just a few dollars more.
When we paint your house we take no short cuts in preparations and we always use the highest quality products available. This is why I am confident in offering a 10 year guarantee for painting the exterior of your house that covers all labor and materials 100% for ten years.
I understand that for most of us, our house is the biggest and most important monetary investment we will make during our lives, therefore it only makes sense to keep it presentable and in good shape. Painting the exterior protects as well as beautifies your home. I also understand that there are only two ways to paint a house; the right way and the wrong way. And I can tell you from experience that painting a house the wrong way or taking cheap short cuts is never worth saving a few dollars. When you paint over a dirty surface, unprimed bare wood, or loose paint, the paint will not bond properly to the surface. Not only will the paint that you apply begin to flake much sooner than it should, it becomes impossible to remedy the situation because you've locked it in with paint! Prepping a house is every bit as important as the products you use, maybe more so.