Rolling Versus Spraying Exterior House Paint

Spraying and rolling are both methods of applying paint that professional painters and DIY painters will use. There are people on both sides of the debate when it comes to which to go with when working on painting a house exterior. This usually comes down to how quickly paint is applied, the quality of the work, tools involved, and personal preference. There’s not one right answer when it comes to this debate. We’re here to break it down for you.


Rolling paint has been done for much longer than spraying and is something that most people are able to handle. It doesn’t require buying or renting expensive tools and the amount of paint needed is less which saves money overall. This is usually the preferred method for those who are on a budget. It also requires less safety considerations than spraying.

When it comes to the cons, time is one of the major concerns with rolling. While there is less initial prep work required, it will take much longer to apply paint with rollers than it would with a sprayer. You will also have to switch between different size rollers and paint brushes to do corners and other spaces that are hard to get to.


Spraying is definitely the quicker method when it comes to the actual paint process. But when it comes down to overall time, setting up equipment and getting started can end up taking the same amount of time as it would to use rollers. Another downside with spraying is that it costs more and requires you to work continuously. Paint can’t be left in the sprayer or else it dries out and can clog it up. This means you aren’t able to set down your tools and take a break like with rollers.

However, there are also many benefits to spraying when you paint your exterior. Many people like to use this method because you can cover a lot of space at once. For those that are skilled at using the sprayer, this also means very consistent paint thickness over the house. It is also capable of getting to all of the nooks and crannies of the home’s exterior that might be difficult to reach with a roller.


Certain projects will require the use of both rollers and a sprayer. Each tool comes in handy for different aspects of the job. For example, a sprayer may be used to get general coverage over the area while a roller gets brought out for staining.

Whichever route you choose to go with, get in touch with professional painters to help you complete the job. They know exactly what they are doing and are experienced enough to create quality work with both methods. To get in touch with some professional help in your area, call Life In Color Painting Services, your Mesa, Arizona exterior painting company, at 480-229-7615 or contact us online


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