Exterior Painting in Columbia

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completed exterior painting in Columbia MD by Klappenberger & Son

                                     Everyone Wants The Paint Job To Last

Just because a house has the “wow” look after it has been painted doesn’t mean it will not have the “OMG” moment when the paint starts peeling in a couple of years.  At Klappenberger & Son, we follow 5 key principles to ensure our exterior painting in Columbia and throughout Howard County lasts for years, and we guarantee it!

At Klappenberger & Son, we adhere to 5 crucial principles that are instrumental in ensuring the longevity of any exterior home painting project.

Before you hire your next painting contractor to paint your home, it’s wise to know the 5 essential principles for making sure your exterior home painting in Columbia lasts as long as possible. 

5 Practices for a long-lasting painting job:

  1. Power washing properly
  2. Using a moisture meter
  3. Choosing the right primer
  4. The best paints and the proper number of top coats
  5. Working in cooperation with Mother Nature
5 year Painting warranty
Exterior painting in Columbia
Exterior Painting in Columbia MD

Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company of Columbia

Whether you own a bungalow or a mansion on the hill, consider Klappenberger & Son as your exterior painting contractor in Columbia.   

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!

old garage from the 1920's
exterior painting in Columbia historic garage door

Exterior Painting in Columbia: The 5 Principals = 5 Year Warranty

power washing house in columbia
Mildew on porch ceiling
If mold is not properly killed it will come through the fresh coats of paint.

Let’s Talk About Power Washing Properly

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.

Skipping This Step For Exterior Painting In Columbia Can Cause The Paint To Fail

exterior painters in Katy TX should test the moisture content of wood before painting

#2. 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%.

paint peeling from improper priming

#3. 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 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 Columbia, 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. 

#4. Exterior Painting in Columbia: One Coat or Two?


Besides 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.

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.

It is not always necessary or recommended to apply two coats.  For example, areas that get little or no direct sunlight and are protected from rain often need just one coat of paint.

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

#5. Proper Weather Conditions

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.

exterior painting in Columbia MD
In Addition To Exterior Painting In Columbia we also do lime wash

Whether your exterior siding is:

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

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Yes, We do Lime Wash as well!

exterior Lime wash in Columbia MD
Houston painting company, Klappenberger & Son Lime washing this home
Completed Lime Wash Project by Klappenberger & Son!

Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company in Columbia

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