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Cost of Painting an External Door

A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to paint a front or back door, including the costs of labour and materials.

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It’s a simple paint job, right? Maybe for some. But, in painting the front and back doors of your home, you might come across other projects which have to be taken care of. And, if your doors have glass, detail work, or custom finishes, it isn’t as simple as applying a coat of paint onto them.

These are just a few of the reasons you might want to consider hiring painters to do the job for you. In addition to knowing which paints to use, how to weatherproof the doors, and how to properly apply varnish or other abrasive materials, these professionals will guarantee their work.

What the job entails

Of course, you initially have to sand down the doors. You need an even canvas to paint on, so this must be done. Most doors have to be unhinged and taken off prior to being finished, sanded, and painted. They must dry, and in some cases, you might need an additional coat of paint.

Once painted, you need to finish the doors. Polishing, sanding, applying varnish, weatherproofing materials, or other details paint touches, might be required. Every door, and every home are different when it comes to painting jobs. But, these are a few of the details which go into painting the doors, removing them, and replacing them onto the hinges once you have completed painting the interior and exterior surfaces.

Potential issues with painting

There is the issue of different paints on the same door. For your doors, one side is on the home’s exterior and the other on the interior. This means you might require two different primers, an outdoor and indoor paint, and also applying weatherproofing materials on the exterior. If this isn’t done, paint can chip, crack, wear, and otherwise get damaged, in virtually no time at all.

Proper colours are also to be accounted for. Especially when using indoor and outdoor paints. You have to perfectly match both sides of the doors, in order to ensure uniformity throughout. If you simply choose any paint or a cheap quality paint, it is not going to look good.

The type of paint might be an issue to some. Indoor, outdoor, satin, gloss, matte, semi-gloss. You can go crazy at a local paint shop if you do not know what you are looking for. And, if you do not choose the right paint, primer, and finishes, you can greatly damage those costly oak-doors you are painting. For this reason alone, you might choose to leave it up to a professional painter, rather than doing this job yourself.

Other projects to complete

Painting the deck, patio, siding, or other surfaces of the home’s exterior, and interior might be completed at this time. Even simple touch-ups are paint jobs you should do at once. You will hire one painter, and allow them to do all the fine detail work for you.

If you plan on doing siding work, working on the roof, adding a patio door and painting it, or doing other small projects around the home, you can also complete these tasks when you plan on painting the doors. A fresh coat of paint is one thing. But, when you do these additional projects, your home’s curb-appeal is greatly going to increase in no time at all. Small DIY projects, installing new outdoor lighting, or ceiling fans, are also projects you might choose to undertake at this time. You can do these projects quickly and easily, and if you hire a general contractor to paint, they might complete all of these projects, at a discounted price for you, rather than having to hire an individual contractor to do each.

Costs & Duration

For simply painting, priming, and finishing your doors, a painter or contractor can usually finish these projects in 1-2 days. If additional coats, primer, or sanding/finishing is required, possibly 2-3 days. For a professional, this is a quick and easy job. They have the right sprayers, rollers, and equipment, allowing them to do the work in a fraction of the time it would take you, the homeowner to complete.

The cost of a painter is usually £150-£250, for the daily cost of labour. You will pay the additional costs for the paint, primers, sealing agent, and other protective sealants or weatherproof agents you choose to apply over the paint. Your tradesman should give you a price which includes all labour, painting, and clean up after they complete the painting services of the front and back doors of your home.

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