Are you thinking of getting your house painted? Moving into a new one or looking to sell an old one? Most people would agree that painting is a fast and easy way to update or refresh a home, but many of us don’t realize there are many more benefits to painting.
Increases Real Estate Value of Your Home.
Painting both interior and exterior surfaces will increase the overall real estate value of your home and make it more attractive to perspective buyers. Most real estate agents will actually advise in repainting your interior before placing the home up for sale if the paint job is more than a few years old.
Using high quality, low VOC and zero-VOC paints to paint your interior reduces odors and fumes, promotes healthy indoor air quality and lowers dust and other particulate levels that may cause allergies and other breathing problems.
Painting the interior of your homes walls, trim and other home surfaces will help protect the home from the deteriorating substrates, unwanted insects, and will defend it from age.
The Most Inexpensive Remodel.
Painting is a simple, cost-effective way to improve your home’s appearance. Modernizing colors, outspoken accents, or adding eye catching designs with decorative (faux) painting may be just what you needed to refresh and transform your living spaces at a fraction of the price it would cost to fully remodel.
Painting is often viewed as simply a matter of aesthetics (what looks attractive). But proponents of color psychology believe that the colors you use to paint in the rooms of your home can dramatically change how you feel in that space both spatially and emotionally.
It’s important for a professional painter to help you with your project from beginning to end to avoid quality issues.
Choosing What To Paint
A ‘normal’ paint job is described as painting the walls in a room with two coats of paint but there are many other things that can be refreshed at the same time including painting the baseboards, window and door trim, ceilings, closets, doors, chair rails, crown molding and wainscot. You may also choose to do accent walls and stripes, paint bookcases, cabinets and other non standard items. Go through each area and take a good look at everything and gather a definitive list to get started with.
Getting A Bid
The following information is generally needed for a proper bid:
- Size of room in feet (such as 12′ x 12′)
- Ceiling height and if it is flat, vaulted or coiffured or otherwise specially designed
- Current color of room and sheen of paint on the walls and ceilings.
- Any additional woodwork including crown molding, chair rails, wainscot, etc.
- If there are staircases or split levels within the area
This is normally all the information we need for most bids. In some cases it is necessary to view the property so we may request photos to get a better look and if necessary an onsite property viewing will be arranged with you. It’s also helpful to know what color you plan on painting with however it’s not critically important early in the bid.
Once we have agreed upon a price we will get you contracted and scheduled and start planning the purchase of supplies and materials.
The use of a high quality paint is critical to a successful paint job and for that reason Paint Saint Louis recommends the use of high quality Sherwin-Williams paints which we can obtain at a discount for you that rivals most retail level paint prices. We normally recommend the SuperPaint line or for the budget concious Promar 200 or Promar 400 low VOC paints for a great long lasting finish. While we can work with other brands at customer request all paint purchases must be cleared through us prior to purchase and may not result in the same quality. Sherwin even has a great rental property grade paint for as low as about $15 a gallon!
It’s also important to choose the right sheen of paint for your job:
Flat paint absorbs light and provides a smooth, subtle finish that camouflages imperfections. It is ideal for low-traffic areas and surfaces that won’t be touched because flat paints hold in dirt and are very difficult to clean.
- Adult bedrooms
Satin paint has a soft sheen that reflects light and provides an elegant finish that is ideal for more active rooms. Better suited for families, this very versatile paint is easier to clean and can even be used outdoors.
- Family rooms
- Laundry rooms
- Guest bathrooms
- Dining rooms
- Children’s bedrooms
Eggshell paint offers an elegant low-sheen finish that looks great on smooth surfaces. It is slightly more cleanable than flat sheens but still is best suited for low-traffic areas.
- Living rooms
- Dining rooms
- Adult bedrooms
- Family rooms
Semi-gloss paint provides a smooth sheen that reflects light slightly more than satin. Ideal for high-traffic areas in the home, this sheen is very easy to wash and like satin can also be used outdoors.
- Laundry rooms
Gloss paint offers a smooth, high-shine finish that is very similar to plastic or enamel. The most durable of paint sheens, gloss is ideal for surfaces that require frequent washing.
* Note: Gloss and semi-gloss paints require more preparation work to ensure that surface flaws are not exposed.
Since we bring all the necessary tools of the trade you don’t really have to worry about this part however rest assured we are using the highest quality tools such as Purdy and Corona brushes, Purdy, Sherwin-Williams and Wooster rollers which result in smooth finishes and sharp lines throughout the job. For those extra high jobs we bring in professional painting scaffolding which can get us up as high as 18-20 feet safely which eliminates the wasted time painting areas like this with an extension ladder.
The key to a great looking professional paint job is good masking. And as most know, masking tape is the most important tool used in preparing your home for new paint. Masking tape comes in varying degrees of adhesion based on a scale ranging from 1-100 represented by different colors (tan, blue, green, yellow, purple etc). The less the adhesive strength of the masking tape the longer it can be left on a surface or used on more sensitive surfaces. We generally use Frogtape and Frogtape for sensitive surfaces for most applications.
Protecting your carpet is vital in any painting project and while we do cover all floor surfaces with cloth tarps the use of carpet protector gives an added and very secure level of protection from accidents and dirt during the prep and painting process as well as protect all areas from the outside to the work area since we have to get painting equipment to the outside for rinsing. We are always happy to lay carpet protector free of charge to any client.
At this point we are ready to begin your paint job. Relax, we have you covered!