Many people think painting requires little skill, but after they began painting their own projects they quickly realize the pitfalls are many to an inexperienced painter. A properly painted surface should be free of foreign material, lumps, scrapes, runs, sags or insufficient coverage.
Beyond the Paint Expense
Good painting equipment is needed for a smooth trouble free application. Many novices will get the cheapest rollers or brushes they can find, and not until they work with them do they realize the false economy.
- A poor-quality roller will load paint unevenly making for unsightly drips, and it may also leave a lot of fuzz on the walls. In both cases, the walls will have to be sanded smooth and repainted to look attractive.
- Substandard brushes will not load properly, and will leave strands of brush hair on the wall.
- Cheap painters tape may not come off the roll in one strip- instead breaking off in pieces causing endless frustration for application. After application, the tape may stick to the walls like glue causing damage to the finish when removing it.
- Painters step ladders with small platform are necessary if you don’t want to keep getting down the ladder to re-load the brush or roller.
Good Painting equipment is expensive, and if you intend to paint just one or a few rooms in your home it might be more cost effective to hire a painter. If you hire a professional Painter, you’ll get a more attractive finish, and save yourself some weekends of work. A Professional Painter will get a project done in a few days while you may take many weekends.
Before you sign a contract with a painter
You should discuss the conditions of your walls and what you can expect them to look like after they are done. Some areas may require sanding to end up with a smooth finish. An older home brings more issues as their walls have many more coats of paint on them as well as perhaps lead paint, paint that was applied before 1978. If there is lead paint in the home, certain precautions have to be taken to avoid inhalation of the toxin.
Painting in homes when people have Asthma can be helped by making sure the painters are using a low-VOC paint. This type of paint releases few to zero volatile organic compounds, which is ideal for anyone who has a respiratory condition. Open up as many windows as possible for cross ventilation and arrange Reversible airflow fans in the room’s windows set to blow the air out. If the windows can’t be opened, have a few large room size Air Purifiers running with new HEPA filters. Experienced painters can be counted on to have suggested solutions to special needs of a family such as, the best color combinations for the visually impaired.
Protect yourself and check if:
- The company carries Workers Compensation in case of a workers injury while on your property.
- The company employs full-time employees that have gone through practical training. They do not use day laborers, temp staff or illegals- all three groups have little training or liability insurance.