Exterior Painting in Clarksville

5 keys every homeowner should know before starting any exterior painting in Clarksville.

Klappenberger & Son Franchisee in Howard County Arturo Lacayo


If you ask someone who just hired a painting contractor in Clarksville if they are happy, it could be too early to tell.  Yes, the contractor might have done the proper prep work and used the right paint.  The lines might be straight, and they respected your property.  All that is great, however, it doesn’t tell you if the paint will last.  

5 key factors cause paint to fail prematurely, and I hope you take these into account the next time you need your home painted.  Honestly, I don’t think most painting contractors practice or even know what they are.  But they are no less real.  Klappenberger & Son has been painting exterior homes in Clarksville since the early 1990s, and we have had plenty of time to see what works and what doesn’t.

-Arturo Lacayo

The 5 Principles to a 5 Year Warranty: 

Proper Power Washing

Using a moisture meter

Choosing the right primer

The right amount of topcoats

Working in cooperation with Mother Nature

5 year warranty by Klappenberger & Son
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Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company of Clarksville

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

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.  

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

Sagamore Farm home before picture
Klappenberger & Son painted this exterior brick home which sits on the famous Sagamore Farms!

Power Washing The Right Way

Power washing
It's imperative that the cleaning solution sits on the house for 15 minutes.
Mildew on porch ceiling
If mold spores are not killed they can grow through the paint.

When power washing or pressure washing your exterior, 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 fifteen minutes. 


Fifteen minutes is the amount of time necessary to kill the mold spores, or they will grow through the paint.

FAQ:  About power washing.


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!

If The Surface Is Wet The Paint Will Peel

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%.

exterior painters in Katy TX should test the moisture content of wood before painting
primer with a brush

Choosing the Right Primer

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

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


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

With the sharp changing seasons of Clarksville, it is crucial to have all three 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. 

Exterior Painting in Clarksville:  One Coat or Two?


Not only does two coats satisfy the five year warranty, it also extends the life of the paint job 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. 

Two Coats Show A Lot More Paint!

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.

Klappenberger & Son’s 5 year warranty on exterior is only valid when two coats of paint has been applied. 

Do Protected Areas Need Two Coats Of Paint?

In some cases where the paint is still in very good condition and protected by the sun, one coat will probably be all you need.

When we give you an estimate, when will be happy to discuss the options that best protect your home and your budget.  

The difference between one coat and two
The difference between applying one coat or two is clearly visible on these painted shingles.

Working With Mother Nature

Click Photo above to see 10 day forecast for Clarksville

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.

Unfortunately, many painting contractors don’t adhere to this principle.  Instead, they try to complete the job as quickly as possible and move on to the next.  

Because we offer warranties for our exterior painting projects, we follow certain best practices, and one is paying attention to weather conditions.



Whether your exterior siding cement board, vinyl, aluminum, brick or stucco we know the proper primers and top coats!

Take advantage of our 32 years of experience and knowledge. 

Klappenberger & Son is fully Licensed and Insured with COI given upon request.

Typically we can get a detailed estimate to you within a couple of days.

We appreciate the opportunity to be your neighborhood painting contractor!

Call us today for a free estimate

Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company in Clarksville

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

Deck & Fences


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!

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Lime Wash is brushed on.
After the lime wash sits, areas are washed off with a hose.
Houston painting company, Klappenberger & Son Lime washing this home
The finished look is classic!
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Klappenberger & Son is an exterior painting company in Bethesda MD and this is a picture of a finished porch