Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest, most dramatic ways to breathe new life into it. Maybe your interiors are still that same boring shade of eggshell as when you moved in, or it’s the outside of your home that needs a facelift. Either way, painting services can do wonders for your home’s aesthetic appeal.
Painting is one of those home projects — unlike, say, plumbing or electrical work — that many people tackle on a DIY basis. All you have to do is get some paint and some rollers, maybe a couple of tarps, and get to work, right?
Unfortunately, unless you are experienced in painting, it’s not that simple. There are several factors that distinguish quality painting services from shoddy work (whether that’s performed by a subpar painting company or by you and your reluctant teenagers!).
6 Reasons Quality Painting Services Stand Out
Quality residential and commercial painters will:
Strip the Room Bare
Depending on whether or not your interiors need drywall repair, the pros may be able to simply move furniture to the middle of the room and cover it. (If drywall work needs to be done, the furniture should be removed altogether, so it doesn’t get dusty.)
They will also remove all doors and hardware, as well as light fixtures — and they’ll label everything to avoid confusion later.
Patch, Fix, and Sand
You can’t just slap a new coat of paint on over the old one and expect good results. There are several steps to take when preparing walls for a fresh paint job.
First, a professional painting company will fix any cracks or dents, and spackle holes that might remain from your decor. They’ll also use caulk to fill in any cracks or gaps in the trim.
Another step in making sure the walls are smooth and ready to receive paint? Sanding, and sanding thoroughly. Doing so by hand, and/or with a liquid sanding product, will ensure that walls are free of imperfections and ready to receive paint.
If the sanding isn’t done properly or thoroughly, you run the risk of having the new coats of paint begin to flake or peel well before their normal life span. It’s a cost-saver in the long run.
Clean the Walls
Homeowners who are DIYing — or cut-rate painting companies — might skip the step of cleaning the walls. After sanding, however, it’s necessary. A clean wall will help the paint adhere smoothly and effectively.
Know When to Tape and When to Cut In
In some cases, a professional painter might opt to use tape to mask off parts of the walls that shouldn’t be painted. Others prefer to “cut in,” painting the edge of the surface before applying paint to the whole surface.
Use Quality Equipment
It goes without saying that quality painting services will use not only quality paint, but also the right kind of drop cloth, rollers, and brushes. If they skimp on the equipment, the final product simply won’t look as good — or last as long.
Guarantee Their Work
How can you really tell if you’ve hired quality painters? They will guarantee your work. There’s no peace of mind like knowing that professionals will come back to touch up or redo their work if necessary.
Request a free estimate for quality painting services today!