Exterior Painting in Crofton

Klappenberger & Son has a 5 prong approach for exterior painting in Crofton that will give your house long lasting protection of up to 8-12 years!

When you see a home where an exterior painting contractor just finished, you might think “Wow!  Who painted that?  It looks great!”

However, none of us will know (including most exterior painting contractors) if the paint will start peeling in a few years or less. 

Klappenberger & Son has been an exterior painting contractor in Crofton since 1989.  We practice 5 principles that ensure maximum protection and longevity when you have the exterior of your home painted. 

The 5 Principles: 

  1. Power washing properly
  2. Using a moisture meter
  3. Choosing the right primer
  4. The right amount of topcoats
  5. Working in cooperation with Mother Nature
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Bungalow before being painted.
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Bungalow after being painted.

Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company of Crofton

Whether you have a townhouse or a large home, consider Klappenberger & Son as your exterior painting contractor in Crofton.   

With our 32 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!

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Exterior Painting in Crofton: What Do We Do Differently?

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#1. Proper Power Washing Techniques

When power washing or pressure washing the exterior of your 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.  

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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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#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%.

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Opening the windows and painting the edges will keep the windows from rotting.
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#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.  

Why?

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

With the sharp changing seasons of Crofton, 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 Crofton:  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.

The difference between one coat and two

                               #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.

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

Call us today for a free estimate: 410-647-5700

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Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company in Crofton

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

We have you covered whether you have rotten wood trim boards, loose handrails, or other exterior maintenance projects.  

Other Services include:  

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Handyman Services

Property Management Services

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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!