How to paint outside of house without scaffolding

A painting job is not always as easy as it may seem. Painting high walls or one side of the house can be pretty risky, especially if you don’t have access to scaffolding. As convenient as it is, getting access to scaffolding is quite costly. This is especially so if you are getting your own house painted. If you are working with a tall house, there will be some hard-to-reach areas in the exterior walls that will require you to have some equipment if you are to take any regard to your safety. There are, however, other affordable methods that you can adopt to paint the outside of your house without scaffolding. These include:

  • Extension pole
  • Ladders
  • Access platform
extension pole, blue paint
Painting a wall with an extension pole

1. Extension pole

Also known as a telescoping pole, an extension pole is an excellent option for you to use if you are looking to paint high exterior walls without a ladder. This is a risk-free alternative that allows you to save money while still putting your safety first.

The pole size can be extended to match the size of the wall and it can reach up to two-storey buildings. In the event of the pole failing to reach the height of the wall, another similar pole can be attached to it to enable it to reach even higher.

There are two types of poles: fibreglass and metal. The fibreglass pole is electricity resistant and good to work with around exposed wires. However, metal poles are a more pocket-friendly yet efficient option.

To use an extension pole, you will need to attach a foam brush to the pole and extend it to start using it.

2. Ladders

Painter working on a ladder
Man working on a ladder

Ladders are one of the most convenient tools to use especially if you are working at height. They are easily available and come at an affordable price.

Ladders are convenient since they can be extended and adjusted to fit your needs. Ladders are easy to use and you don’t have to be a professional for you to be able to use one to paint a house.

Aluminium ladders are a really good choice because of their low weight which makes them easy to move around. When dealing with high-up patches, you will most likely need a taller ladder for you to reach them.

Using a ladder can be quite time-consuming since they have to be constantly moved from one location to another as you can only cover so much space when using a ladder and it may prove to be a difficult task. It may also prove to be quite risky for anyone inexperienced since a fall from up a ladder can be quite dangerous.

3. Stationary access platform

Access platform

Access platform is an alternative to scaffolding. It can extend upward and you can put your tools and paint on the platform. It is a much safer option, unlike ladders. Combine it with pole extension and you can comfortably paint a 2 story house without scaffolding on a budget.

The means listed above can be handy especially if you have decided to take on the painting job as a DIY project. You can use either a ladder, extension poles or an access platform to paint the outside of your house without scaffolding. To avoid any unnecessary hazards, you can hire a professional to do the job for you using the said equipment.