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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2016

the eves on my house are open 2x6 rafter tails ,how much should it cost to have them painted 2 coats

everything is a gold color now we want to change all to white, the underside of roof decking , the rafter tails, and the fascia,
it is in good shape no scrapping
its aprox 12 feet off ground a lot of shrubbery and drive way to protect

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Remember one thing - the more coats of paint on them, especially if not a breathable paint, the greater the chance of significant roofing damage if your roofing and water barrier leak, because wet sheathing and rafters can evaporate a LOT of moisture out the bottom if unpainted or single-coat painted with special (though not much more expensive) breathable paint. Commonly the rafters are a problem only in wet climates where the sheathing might stay wet for an extended time - but sheathing getting wet from above with any frequency, if it does not dry out real quick, will start delaminating and splintering or fuzzing up on the bottom. This can also happen with condensate or melting attic frost running down the underside of the sheathing, so splintering or fuzzing or delamination on the bottom of the plywood indicates water problems but not always a leak from the roof surface itself. Best for the wood to leave totally unpainted, but a lot of people don't like that appearance. Worst thing for it is to put on a waterrpoof stain or sealer.

Sounds like a spray job to me - take the rafter tail length and double it and then multiply that by the total length of the roof overhang areas to be painted (so probably about 2-4 foot tails overhang times two, times the probably 30-50 feet per eave side of the house maybe. Plus probably want to do gable ends too so multiply overhang on gable end by about 1.2, then times the gable end lengths. [The "lengths" being the sloped length of the roof in that area, so on-slope "length" for peaked gable ends.] The doubling (for rafter areas) and 1/2 multiplier (for gables without rafters - just some flat 2x4 or 2x6 pieces supporting the sheathing) accounts for painting the rafter bottoms and sides and the fascia board - a rough estimation, contractor would measure actual surface area for his bid.

Then, with that square footage, figure about $0.50-0.75/SF for a cheapo paint job, $1-$1.50/SF probably the likely competitive bid range from several Painters - Exterior (your Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed Painters). Closer to $2.00/SF range with high-end paints or significant prep needed first (sanding a lot of splintered/fuzzed sheathing or treating/removing some mold).

Note - you said shrubbery and driveway to protect - be sure contract specifies the house siding and roof to be protected too ! Also, make sure they know not to paint over the bug screening in the eaves, especially if window-screening mesh rather than the larger (1/8" inch) bird screening used in some areas (which does not stop all bugs). Reason - painting the finer screening, or coarser if there is insulation or cottonwood fluff or pollen or such coating it, is that can block off a LOT of the airflow through the attic, causing attic ventilation issues.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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