4 Times You Shouldn't Do A Painting Project Yourself

Jordan Paul , null

May 5th, 2022

4 Times You Shouldn't Do A Painting Project Yourself

We proud homeowners like to flex our DIY muscles on the weekends, but sometimes our home pride can get us in a jam. There’s nothing wrong with learning new skills and expanding your home improvement knowledge, but there are limits. Sadly, we hear of freak accidents that disable or even kill someone, when the problem may have been a lack of experience, skill, or proper tools. Today we will briefly discuss four common projects you may want to hire a professional to perform.

Situation 1 The Project is On the Roof

You may ask when you would ever need to get on the roof of your home for a painting project. There are a few, but one in particular cannot be done any other way, which is painting dormer windows. Dormer windows are very common in colonial style and georgian style architecture, and extend away from the ridge line towards the gutter. Because most masonry would be too heavy for the dormer to support, paintable siding is the common option as an exterior.

Obviously, these dormers will eventually need repainting, so access to the roof will be required. Even if the dormers are accessed through the attic and out the window, the painter will still be standing on the roof. Many professional painters will not only have the experience and training to traverse steep roof pitches, they will also have the safety gear they need to perform the job safely. Most homeowners would not possess these tools, nor have the training to use them safely.

Situation 2 The Project Is High and Wide

When the project is more than 20 feet from the ground, the ladders used in painting projects can become unstable and require additional stabilization. Ladders are very top heavy when they are extended to their maximum reach, and are very awkward. Professionals work with them everyday and can recognize a problem before it results in a fall.

Painting projects that are both high and wide can become even more perilous. Repainting a fascia and soffit would be a good example. Because the painter’s reach from the ladder is limited, walk boards are often used to avoid moving the ladders every few feet. Walk boards are professional tools that extend horizontally between two vertical ladders. Due to weight and length considerations, walk boards can be as narrow as 12” wide, but thirty feet in the air!

Situation 3 The Project Is Too Big

Sometimes we underestimate what we can do in a week and overestimate what we can do in a weekend. As mentioned earlier, homeowners often look forward to relaxing weekend projects that embellish their home, provide personal satisfaction, and take our minds off the week. Often the result is a well planned, but poorly executed project that turns into a disaster.

Most of the time, these disastrous projects were simply the result of something beyond the homeowner’s control, like the weather. Professional paint companies have the workforce to very rapidly deal with inclement weather should it occur. A young couple painting on opposite ends of the home however, may fall victim to a sudden heavy downpour and ruin the project.

Situation 4 You Really Need High Quality

Even those homeowners with years of painting their own walls and ceilings may not compete on a skill level with a modern professional painter. Throwing absolutely no shade on do-it-yourselfers, professional painters spend years honing their craft. The expensive ones regularly attend additional training from designer paint manufacturers, which is always evolving.

Many of these designer paints also include a texture, so every brush stroke and roller pad must be applied as the manufacturer intended. Attempting to use outdated tools and techniques with many of these modern paints can result in a less than impressive job. The savvy DIYer will hire the best professional they can find and learn from them while still gaining a beautiful work of art for their home.

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