Frequently Asked Questions: Exterior Home’s

When is it Time to Paint ot Recoat the Exterior of my Home?

Wood elements like siding or trim should be recoated every 5 years. Stucco can be painted less frequently if the surface does not show extensive or widespread cracking. Stained siding or shingles should be done every 3 years. This will keep the wood sealed and prevent greying. If any surface is showing widespread failure (meaning peeling or cracked in the paint film) or if the wood or stucco substrate itself is cracking, then it is time to paint. Keep in mind that each home is unique and depending on the general care and age of the home, it can be more or less than the time frames given.

What Kind of Preparation Process do you Use?

At Van Isle Paint in Victoria BC, we divide the process into 3 phases to paint a house:

Phase 1 – Scrape, Sand and Wash. During this phase, we remove all loose and failing paint. We thoroughly sand the areas exposed after paint removal. The will feather out the edges and integrate them into the substrate of the home. At Van Isle Paint, we wash the house in order to remove any underlying dirt and grime and to give the surface a fresh start.

Phase 2 – Prime and Seal. This phase of the process is where we lay down the initial layer of protection for the home. We mask off the windows, fixtures and other elements that need to be protected. Next, we spray the prime coat on all of the surfaces scheduled for paint, in areas where primer is necessary. Once primer is applied, we begin the patching, caulking and sealing process. We typically apply these materials after the primer so that they have a sound and clean surface to bond to. Our main goal is to not only seal areas of the home where water can enter, but we also want to achieve a beautiful, renewed surface to apply paint to.

Phase 3 – Finish Coat. We use a variety of methods depending on the colour placement scheme and what surfaces are being painted. Our main method of paint application is using an Airless Spraying. We use brush and roll when we need to do finer work. Spray application provides a smooth even surface and lays paint on the surface at the volume that is equivalent to 2 separate applications of a brush and roll process.

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How Will my Landscape be Protected?

Plants should be covered with lightweight materials and uncovered at the end of the day. Some can be pulled back from the home gently, and landscaping should be trimmed back before the job begins to provide clearance.

Are There Any Rules for Choosing Colours?

There are a few basic rules:

  1. Take into account the existing elements of the home, ie. roofing material, hardscape like brick or slate walkways, patios, and wood features like a deck.
  2. Neighbouring homes or structures.
  3. Landscape.
  4. Architectural features of the home.

How Long Does it Take to Paint a Whole Home From Start to Finish?

Depending on size, building materials, amount of paint failure, a typical 1000 square foot home with a moderate amount of paint failure and simple colour scheme could take roughly 1 week with a 2-man crew.

How Much Will it Cost?

Cost is dependent on the scope of the work, what the surface conditions are, what the desired colour scheme is and how much materials will be needed. The best way to understand cost is to schedule a consultation where we get a complete understanding of what your goals are and what will be required to complete the project. Van Isle Paint offers free on-site estimates. Once the details of the home and directions from the homeowner are provided, we put together an estimate based off the information provided.


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