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What Could Make The Cost of Exterior Painting Increase?

April 4th, 2024 | 2 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

Exterior of home painted a light beige color with a ladder against the side.

Before getting quotes for exterior painting, it’s important that you know the factors of the cost for exterior painting and what could increase the cost so you are not sticker-shocked. As a homeowner, you deserve to love the look of your home. 

At Brush & Roll Painting in Omaha, NE, we have painted hundreds of exterior homes since 1996. Our detailed process from start to finish ensures durable results, which could be a higher cost for the project.

In this article, we'll delve into the details of what could make an exterior painting quote increase, ensuring you're equipped with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions for your home.

Changing the Exterior Paint Color 

Exterior of home painted green with wooden accents.Exterior of home painted white with grey trim and garage doors.




Number of Paint Coats

Switching to a significantly lighter or darker color than the existing one may require additional coats of paint to achieve full coverage and a uniform finish. 

Light colors may struggle to cover dark ones, and vice versa, necessitating more paint and labor to achieve the desired result. Each additional coat adds to the overall cost of the project.

Long-Term Maintenance of Light & Dark Exterior Shades

While not directly impacting the upfront cost of the project, it's essential to consider the long-term maintenance requirements of your chosen color. 

Dark colors may absorb more heat and fade faster in direct sunlight, requiring more frequent repainting or maintenance to keep your home looking its best. 

Factor in the potential long-term costs and upkeep associated with your color choice when making decisions.

Exterior Repairs Before Painting

Brush & Roll Painting painters on ladders against the side of a home caulking and filling holes.

Often, exterior painting projects reveal underlying issues such as holes, rotted wood, siding damage, water damage, or structural problems. 

Addressing these repairs before painting is crucial for ensuring a long-lasting finish. 

Repairing or replacing damaged siding, trim, or other structural elements will add to the total cost of the project but is essential for maintaining the good condition of your home.

Lead Paint on Exterior Homes

Exterior of home that has lead paint being peeled off to be repainted a new color. There is a plastic wall with wooden beams against the home.

If your home was built before 1978, there's a possibility it contains lead-based paint, which poses serious health risks, especially during removal. 

Federal regulations require special procedures for dealing with lead paint, including containment, proper disposal, and certification of workers. The presence of lead paint can significantly increase the cost of an exterior painting project due to the additional precautions and labor involved.

Learn more about the costs, dangers, and process of removing exterior paint with lead.

Quality of Exterior Paint

The quality of paint used can significantly impact the longevity and appearance of the final result. Higher-quality paints tend to be more durable, provide better coverage, and offer superior protection against the elements. 

While premium paints may come with a higher upfront cost, they can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent repainting.

Often, painting companies will offer a longer warranty with higher-cost painting products because they are easy to touch up after many years.

Surface Area and Complexity of Your Home Exterior

Backside of exterior of large home with windows and deck.

The size and complexity of your home's exterior will naturally impact the cost of painting. Larger homes require more paint and labor to complete the job, while intricate architectural details or multiple stories may require additional time and skill to paint properly. 

Painting companies should get precise measurements and details about your home's exterior to ensure an accurate estimate for your project. This will also help remove the possibility that there are unexpected charges during the project.                                      


When heading into any exterior painting project, you’re already investing in your home.

Factors like the color, condition of your home, and the paint can contribute to an increase in the price of an exterior painting quote. By understanding these factors and discussing them with your painting contractor for your specific project, you can ensure that you receive an accurate estimate and make informed decisions about your exterior home transformation project. 

At Brush & Roll Painting in Omaha, NE, we provide detail exterior painting quotes, so that our customers know what they are paying for. Once a quote is agreed to, changes to the price are only made after customer approval.

To be confident in each phase of your next exterior painting project, download your checklist.

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Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.