When hiring a painting contractor, there are several things to keep in mind. At the top of the list is the fact that a licensed house painting contractor has two things many homeowners do not; experience and expertise.
Painting and decorating projects require specialized skills. One good reason why persons pay for the services of a professional contractor when it comes to painting the interior or exterior of their home. Time restraints, convenience, safety, and health are among other considerations.
Safety and Health Comes First
Climbing on ladders and painting can be hazardous work; so is working with solvents and dust inhalation. Professional contractors are “safety conscious,” and experienced to handle these situations. Home owners who opt to do the house painting themselves risk unnecessary injury.
Houses built before 1978 may have been painted with lead-based paint, proven to pose serious health risks when scraped and sanded in preparation for repainting. Dust and paint chips from lead-based paint are a health threat to exposed individuals; working around lead-based paint, therefore, represents another safety hazard.
A licensed, professional contractor has special training to deal with lead-based paint and take precautions to protect you and your family from these health risks. They are also trained to protect themselves and their employees.
Quality Painting Work Guaranteed
Finally, a contractor will prepare surfaces properly for painting. Poorly prepared surfaces affect the appearance and quality of the new paint. To properly prepare surfaces for repainting is time consuming, but yields great end results, and increases durability of newly painted surfaces.
A qualified painting contractor is also familiar with the different types of paints, when to use what product, and how to apply each.
Benefits of a Freshly Painted Home
House painting comes with the obvious benefits of increasing both the value and the curb appeal of a home, but there are several other benefits that many home owners remain unaware of. Reading these impressive benefits that go hand in hand with this routine maintenance will make every home owner reconsider whether they want to paint their house this year.
Prolong the life of siding
The crisp, clean look of freshly painted vinyl siding, and the way that it hides minor defects, like scratches, is reason enough for many homeowners to want to invest in professional services, but there is one more benefits that is appealing to home owners: it can prolong the life of siding, adding years of life and saving homeowners money.
When vinyl siding is painted, the paint provides a protective barrier between the siding and the elements. Instead of a hail storm putting scratches on the siding, it will merely scratch the paint on the exterior of the home. Putting a fresh coat over these minor scrapes will be more cost-effective and less time-consuming than replacing expensive siding.
Doing this is commonly seen as something that homeowners do simply because they want to increase the curb appeal. Having a home that looks nice on the outside and inside instills a certain sense of pride.
Homeowners often realize these other benefits to painting, and then decide to keep up on the paint job. Instead of waiting like other people, homeowners can start enjoying these benefits sooner than later by investing in a professional painting service to paint their house, or by keeping up on the maintenance themselves, repairing scratches and caulking cracks.The square foot method of estimating a paint job is probably the dumbest way to estimate a paint job. Sorry, I am wrong; it is the second dumbest job. It just seems like the dumbest method. The winner of the dumbest job goes to the W.A.G. (wild-ass guess) Method of Estimating a Paint Job. Out of the basic three methods of how to estimate a paint job, the W.A.G. Method of Estimating a Paint Job, is the creation of the magician of the paint estimators. This painting contractor can look at a $15,000 paint job and in 5 seconds give a very inaccurate price on painting the interior of a house. This magician love to bask in the glory when homeowners the world over tell this paint estimator that he is simply fabulous. Anyway, the W.A.G. method isn't even worth spit.The Square Foot Method warrants acknowledgment, if for no other reason than to point out that although a great many painters subscribe to this method, it really is quite a stupid way to arrive at a price for a paint job. Why is this a lame way to estimate? The question is how can anyone estimate a price of a paint job by the square footage of a floor? A couple of simple examples will shine some light on the darkness of this method. Let's take two interior paint jobs; the first one is a family room 200 square feet built in the 1950's so it has an eight foot high ceiling. The doors are the style that was popular in residential construction back then, flush doors. The windows are also a style that was popular back then, standard size but four divided windows commonly called two over two, or 2/2. All the molding is of the style popular in the 1950's also, a pattern called ranch or clamshell molding, a simple smooth slightly curved molding. The molding consists of baseboard, door trim and window trim. There are two flush doors and four windows in this room.The second room was built in the 1980's, also 200 square feet. This room has an eighteen foot high ceiling. The doors are reflective of the decade that his room was built in, three panel doors, and six wooden French Doors; the four windows are a true twelve individual pane widow commonly called a six over six or 6/6. This room has a very deep profile colonial trim. The molding is baseboard, chair rail, crown molding, door trim and window trim. Don't forget this room has six doors and four windows.If someone estimates these rooms using the square foot method, they will arrive at the same price because both rooms have exactly the same square footage of floor. But you will see that the latter room has more than double the square footage of wall, and that both the ceiling and the extra square footage of wall are at twice the height of the first room, entailing much longer times to paint these areas. Also the time to paint a French Door is double the time to paint a flush door, and the second room has six doors while the first has two. The windows on the second job being 6/6 vs. 2/2 also take twice as long to paint. The second room has three times the molding as the first room and the crown molding is eighteen feet off the ground, meaning two times as long to paint than molding at arm's length. Obviously, estimating a room by the square footage of floor is a very inaccurate method of estimating an interior paint job.
Exterior House Painting is Good For Your Home
As a home owner, you take pride in the way your property looks. You probably take great care in the landscaping work and spend numerous days each spring tidying up how things look around the outside of your home. You probably also take great care in making sure that the paint job on the outside of your home does not go too long without being repainted.
You may be concerned about the price of a contractor, but if you do not know the proper paint techniques to use on a home painting, you will be saving yourself more money in the long run by hiring a contractor for the project. This is so because you may complete the exterior house painting improperly and therefore have to have it redone too soon and have to pay a painter anyways.