Interior House Painting
Although interior painting seems simple and straightforward, it involves key aspects such as preparation of the surface and choosing the right type of paint. If either of these factors is ignored, the result won’t be satisfactory to the home owner.
Interior Painting Surface Preparation
Most homeowners aren’t aware of the amount of preparation that goes into creating a perfect finish. Before painting, the surface has to be prepared to make it as smooth as possible so the finished product meets expectations. Often, the costs involved in preparation are not outlined in the estimate, and most contractors get away with doing the bare minimum. As a result, when the final coat of paint is applied, homeowners realize that the finish is not what they were expecting.
At St. Peters Painting, we include in writing in all our estimates a complete list of preparation work involved and explain the different costs and materials to our clients, so they have a clear understanding of the process involved in surface preparation, estimated time, as well as the look of the finished product.
Type of Paint
The type of paint used – quality, color and finish – also plays a role in the way the home looks once it is painted.
- Quality is a key factor to the success of the finished product. Although good-quality paints cost more, they are worth the additional expense not only because they guarantee a perfect result, but also because they last much longer than cheaper products. In the long term, premium paints work out more cost effective as they are more durable, and the home owner doesn’t have to repaint frequently. A low priced paint won’t last more than a couple of years without starting to fade. Instead of spending on two painting projects in a span of five years, using good quality paint brings down the frequency by half.
Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are among the premium paints used by St. Peters Painting for all projects as these products assure outstanding quality. These companies vouch for their paints by offering lifetime guarantees. After having used these paints for most of our projects, our team is also equipped to make accurate estimates of the number of coats required for a project as well as the durability of the paint. This in turn gives the client a more realistic expectation of the finish as well as longevity of the paint job.
- Color of the paint is one of the most confusing choices that a home owner has to make because it’s difficult to visualize how the room will look until it is painted in its entirety. Although test patches can be done to give a rough idea of the result, quite often, the effect is completely different when the whole room is painted in a color.
FREE Interior Painting Color Consultations!
BRS Painting offers a complimentary color consultation with a professional interior designer before the project starts. The designer meets with the home owner and suggests the most suitable option based upon the size of the room, the natural light and the personal preference of the home owner. This makes the decision easier for the home owner as he can choose a color with confidence.
- Sheen is another factor that needs to be considered while choosing paint. Homeowners have different needs from paints, and sheen provides reflective, uniform or washable finishes depending upon the requirement. A matte finish is best for camouflaging imperfection and giving the surface a uniform look. Earlier, matt finishes had the disadvantage of not being cleanable, but with paint technology evolving over the years, flat enamels are now available, which serve this purpose. These paints can be scrubbed easily to remove dirt.
For homes with children, where marks on the walls from balls or little hands are a common feature, glossier finishes work better. Professional interior designers recommend eggshell or satin finishes for these homes. However, these paints cannot hide imperfections as well as flat or matte paints can and require more time spent in surface preparation to achieve a completely smooth look.
Molding, doors, door frames and trims are best painted with gloss or semi-gloss sheen as it makes them easy to clean. The brighter sheen also presents a bolder contrast to the walls and ceilings.