Residential Painting Contractor – Formula For Success
Picture this: you’re in the paint store, hands laden with swatches and chips of paint color. You’ve finally selected from the hundreds of “neutral” shades available to paint the interior of your home. You’re proud to announce the color, when the painting professional behind the counter asks, “What finish would you like?” We’ve all encountered this terrifying question.
Rest easier by letting your residential painting contractor take care of these details. You worry about the color and let the professionals take care of the formulations and the applications. Paint manufacturers create paint formulas for specific applications. The durability and coverage are different for interior and exterior paints. The wear and tear on an interior paint vary from room to room. For example, the paint in a bathroom needs to be able to withstand the humidity, versus a paint in the family room that is less susceptible to temperature changes.
Your residential painting contractor can help you determine the best finish for your painting project by getting an idea of how the room is used. The contractor should discuss this with you prior to providing an estimate because the different grades of paint are priced differently. Some paints also require a primer to enhance its color or longevity, which means at least one extra coat on the walls. If you’re going to be covering a darker paint that’s already on the walls, you may require more than one coat of primer and more than two coats of color. A good residential painting contractor will review all of this with you during the estimate phase, because it will result in a more accurate cost estimate. If you’re unsure which finish is best, he can advise.
If you’re painting a high-traffic area or a child’s bedroom or playroom, where you’d like an easy-to-clean surface, low-luster, satin or eggshell paint is recommended. This type of paint also has a sheen. In kitchens and bathrooms, semi-gloss is the paint of choice, because it’s easily cleaned and holds up well in humid environments. Flat paint is usually used for ceilings or low-traffic areas because it is more difficult to clean and it can show imperfections in the surface.
Paint quality is also important. A high-quality paint, while it may be more expensive, it will last longer, go on smoother, require fewer coats and be less prone to fading or yellowing over time.