What do you need to know before your next paint job?
When comparing the many different options available for professional painting contractors, there are a few considerations that can affect the look of the final project. For painting of home exteriors, your house may need to be thoroughly pressure washed prior to beginning the painting. Does your contractor provide this service?
Power washing will also help to rid your home of lose paint chips, mold, and mildew that can easily form on the outside surfaces. This fungus growth can be very toxic to you and your family. If the mold is not eradicated completely before a new paint job, then it will likely only continue to grow and spread, eventually eating into the new paint in the process.
The quality and brand of paint and equipment is also a critical component to a paint job that looks professional, either for interiors or exteriors of the home. Cheaper paints will only last a couple of years before you will begin to see them chip and fade. Hiring a professional contractor who only uses top quality paints, brushes, and finishes will not only save you money in the long run, but you will not have to go through this difficult painting process again in the near future, saving you time, as well.
Depending on the color that you choose, you might be able to get away with just one coat of paint on interior walls, but two coats is usually the average. A third coat may also be required. A high quality primer should also be used prior to performing the paint job. Although the application of the primer does not have to be as “pretty” as the final coating of paint, it will take a bit of time to complete.
When interviewing painting contractors, always look for companies that employ only their own workers. Companies who hire subcontractors to perform the work have much less control over the quality of the finished product.