?Does someone have to remain home while the painting is being done?
No, in fact most people are not home during the day and arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule. Our employees are insured and screened with criminal background checks - so you can feel confident.
?What do I have to do in order to get ready for the painters?
When we come in to paint your home we are expecting to handle everything ourselves. We move all of the furniture into the middle of the room, remove pictures from the walls and take down any window treatments. All furniture and belongings are carefully covered and all floors are protected with the proper drop cloths during painting. The only items we ask the customer to move are the small knick- knack type items. Upon completion of the painting we will place all furniture back in the location that it was removed from and re-hang pictures and window treatments.
?How often should you have to paint the interior?
Many factors can contribute to that.
1. The quality of the paint used is of the utmost importance.
2. The amount of traffic through a particular area.
3. Whether or not there are smokers in the home.
4. Is there a fireplace that is used on a regular basis during the winter months, and does the damper work properly?
5. How many children and their ages?
There are too many factors to take into consideration, and each home can be different. However a good quality job done by a professional crew under normal conditions should last anywhere from 6-10 years. Call us and we will be happy to evaluate your particular situation and offer you a more precise answer.
?The house doesn't look that bad. Why should I paint?
A house is a lot like an automobile in the fact that the investment is large and the maintenance is a must. If we don't wait until the engine blows to check or change the oil we can protect our investment.
?Do I choose latex or oil? And, what is an alkyd paint? When would I use a latex paint?
There is an increasing exodus from many of the oil products, but ask 10 people and you may get 10 different answers.
?Why is choosing an interior color so difficult?
The only answer I can give you is, lighting, lighting, lighting! Light and reflections in any given room affect the outcome of your color.
?When purchasing paint, I've been asked if I want flat, high gloss, satin and even an eggshell finish. What do these terms mean, and does it really make any difference what kind of finish I have?
Yes. The difference can be a big one depending on the surface and area that you are preparing to paint.
?Which is better for repainting interior walls, latex or alkyd based paint?
For most applications on interior walls, a latex paint will offer many advantages over alkyd paint. In most available products you will receive better color retention and the finish will be non-yellowing. Additionally, the latex products will have a lower odor, dry faster, and you will be able to clean up with soap and water.
?I see paint advertised all the time, which one should I use?
There is an old saying "You only get what you pay for." This is especially true for paint. Discuss what you want the paint to do with your professional installer or your paint store, to determine the best product for your needs. Remember that the paint is only part of the job. It is always the best decision to use the best products.
?How long should I wait before cleaning my windows after painting?
We recommend waiting two weeks. Paint dries in a matter of a few hours but all paint goes through a curing process which takes longer.
?What happens if I contract with someone who is not properly insured and one of their workers later claims to have gotten hurt while working on my home?
You as the homeowner can be held personally responsible for injuries sustained by an uninsured worker while they are on your property. You can be in a very awkward position with your own insurance company as a result of this type of accident. Most people do not realize this, but it can be verified by a phone call to your attorney or insurance agent. Always ask for verification of insurance if you have any doubt. And remember a company’s general liability insurance is not the same as workers compensation! The best way to be sure is to request a certificate of insurance.
?Why is painting so expensive?
Painting, like everything else, is expensive. We realize that. In the last 20 years, our labor cost has increased fourfold. The cost of paint has almost doubled. Insurance for a business is astronomical. So you are absolutely right, it is expensive. But not when you look at the cost of painting compared to carpeting, fabric, wallpaper, and window treatments at about $10.00 to $50.00 per square foot compared to painting at about $1.00 to $2.00 per square foot, it doesn't seem too bad.