Exterior Painting in Frederick

How to Choose the Right Exterior Painting Contractor in Frederick

Perhaps you saw a house that was recently painted near you, and said, “wow, that looks great!  I wonder who painted it?” 

Unfortunately, you can not tell by looking at it how long the paint job will last.  There are now 5 variables that will either protect the house for years or not.

Yes, seeing your house freshly painted feels terrific, but it’s expensive, and you want it to last as long as possible.  Furthermore, a poorly painted job means your home is not properly protected from water entering, or rot, to name a few.

Why Can We Offer A 5-Year Warranty?

Power washing properly

Using a moisture meter

Choosing the right primer

The right amount of topcoats

Working in cooperation with Mother Nature

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Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company of Frederick

Whether you have a rancher or a big home, consider Klappenberger & Son as your exterior painting contractor in Frederick.   

With our 30 years of experience, we can advise you on the best products and methods to ensure your home is protected and beautiful.  

In addition to being a painting contractor, we also can do other carpentry and handyman projects around your home.  

  • Repair rotten wood with wood or composite
  • Replace decks and handrail
  • Install windows and doors

This makes us an ideal one-stop shop to get your most prized position looking awesome!


Exterior Painting in Frederick: What Do We Do Differently?

Power washing

For Starters Power Washing Properly

When power washing or pressure washing the exterior of your house, we let the chemicals do the work, not high pressure.  We leave the high-pressure to Time Share salespeople.

We use the least amount of chemicals that kill mildew and get rid of dirt and pollen collected on the home.

Our cleaning products will not harm your plants or flowers!

FYI – We insist that the chemical stay on for 15 minutes.  That’s the amount of time necessary to kill the mold spores. 

If not, the mildew will grow back much faster.  

Kenny Lee Owner Operator Klappenberger & Son


Enter your name, email and phone number below.  One of our friendly staff members will get back to you within 60 minutes to schedule your free exterior painting estimate.  We can’t wait to meet you!

The Most Common Cause for Paint Peeling is Moisture

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             The Moisture Meter

It is impossible to feel the wood and know if the moisture content is low enough to paint.  And believe it or not, most painters do not own a moisture meter. 

Why this isn’t as important as a paint can opener is beyond me.

FYI – The most likely cause of paint peeling is water.

Almost all paint requires the moisture content to be below 16%.

Choosing The Right Primer

primer with a brush


There is no “one size fits all” for exterior primers.  Whether you are painting Georgia Pine or pine from Canada, it’s not all the same primer.   

What happens if you choose the wrong primer?  The paint will peel.  


Because the wood, primer, and top coat of paint are not expanding and contracting at the same rate. 

With the sharp changing seasons of Frederick, it is important to have all 3 surfaces expanding and contracting at the same rate.

When choosing Klappenberger & Son, we can advise you on which primer will work best with your surface. 

FYI –   It’s typically best to use a product that is just a primer instead of a paint and primer in one.

Exterior Painting in Frederick:  One Coat or Two?

Two Coats Last Longer But You Don’t Always Need It

It is not always necessary to apply two coats of paint.   If the surface gets little or no sun or rain, one coat is probably fine.

However, two coats on most exterior surfaces provides longevity, protection that one coat just can’t deliver.  Furthermore applying two coats satisfies the warranty, it also extends the paint job’s life for years.

For example, the picture on the right clearly shows where someone brushed the edges and seams and then painted the exterior wall with a roller. 

The areas that received two coats have significantly more paint left.

Did You Know?

Applying a second coat of paint usually adds about 30-35% to the total cost of the job.  Considering it can extend the paint job’s life by 5 years, it is a wise investment.

The difference between one coat and two

Mother Nature Plays A Part With Exterior Painting In Frederick

We are often asked what season is best for exterior painting.  It depends on the temperature.  Most manufactures like the temperature to be lower than 90 degrees and above the mid-’30s for at least 24 hours.  If paint freezes before it fully dries, then it can lose its ability to cure fully.  

Also, if it rains shortly after the surface is painted, the rain can seep through the paint, causing bubbles. 

Therefore it is best not to paint when the chance of rain is above 30-40% for the next 24 hours.



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Klappenberger & Son is an exterior painting company in Bethesda MD and this is a picture of a finished porch

Exterior Painting In Frederick Includes LimeWash

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Houston painting company, Klappenberger & Son Lime washing this home

Limewash is an ancient technique for adding color to masonry surfaces such as brick. 

Kenny Lee has employed a master at Limewashing expert who first started using this technique for over 10 years.  

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Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company in Frederick

Not only do we know the ins and outs of painting, but we also have some terrific carpenters.

Whether you have rotten wood trim boards, a loose handrail, or other exterior maintenance projects we have you covered.  

Other Services include:  

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Handyman Services

Property Management Services


Enter your name, email and phone number below.  One of our friendly staff members will get back to you within 60 minutes to schedule your free exterior painting estimate.  We can’t wait to meet you!