Some online resources that have information on how to estimate the cost of painting the exterior of a house are Homeadvisor, Homewyse and Painting Business Pro. Tools on these websites use factors such as ZIP code, type of painting project, number of stories of the house, the type of materials that are to be painted and quality of paint used to estimate the cost of exterior painting.
As of 2016, the average cost of painting the exterior of a home in the United States is $2,581; most homeowners pay between $1,714 and $3,682. For two- and three-story homes, the cost of painting increases, ranging from $2,000 to $6,000.
Another factor that impacts cost is the exterior material being painted. Professional painters charge more to paint concrete, metal, stucco and wood sliding due to the texture of the exterior siding and additional preparations, repairs and finishes required.
The cost of paint is another factor to consider. High-quality paint is more costly, but it has a nice appearance, better coverage and longer durability. The average cost of exterior paints is $25 to $50 per gallon, and premium quality paint ranges from $50 to $100 per gallon.
Experts recommend painting the exterior of a house every five to seven years, but homes with lower quality paint may need to be repainted every four years.