Helpful Links & Frequently Asked Questions
Before starting a painting project it is always helpful to do a little research. Here are a few links to help you get started.
Color Visualizer/Design Your Own Room
How to Paint
What is the average cost to paint the interior of a home?
On average the interior of a home will cost between $1.75 to $4.00 per room or house square foot.
What factors that effect the interior painting price of a home?
Factors that can impact the interior painting price include: the need to prime over oil based paint, wood paneling or dark colors before applying latex paint; insuring surfaces are free from grease, dirt and animal hair, etc.; painting stairwells and high ceilings; wallpaper removal; drywall repairs; the number of colors and paint sheens being used; the number of surfaces that will be painted such as: ceilings, doors, walls and trim and the number of rooms being painted.
What are the differences between cool, pastel and warm colors?
Cool colors like blues; green and purples have a soothing effect and give a sense of calm. Pastel colors or pale colors give a sense of an area being larger and brighter. Warm colors such as oranges, reds and yellows give a sense of being cozy and bringing a space in.
What is the difference between interior and exterior paint?
Interior paint is a harder and more durable finish created to hold up to the wear are and tear of every day life. Exterior paint is a softer finish designed to expand and contract with changes in temperature and often times contains insecticides and mildew inhibiters to help withstand outdoor elements.
Does light effect color?
Definitely. To visualize how a paint color will change throughout the day, apply a sizeable paint sample on the north, south, east and west side of a room or house exterior and examine them at different times of the day. Color can also be effected by other colors. So, to insure colors will work together it is also a good idea to paint a sample next to areas such as: counter tops, cabinets, trim, rock work, shutters, etc.
What does paint sheen mean?
Sheen in simple terms describes the shine of the paint finish. Paint sheen or "shine" ranges from flat to gloss. Flat paint has little to no sheen and is excellent for ceilings because it hides imperfections such as drywall repairs and differences in textures. It also offers a depth in color that higher sheen finishes do not. It's draw back is that it can be difficult to clean. Eggshell and satin finishes have a slight sheen and are easier to clean. However, the nature of these finishes make it difficult to do paint touch up of small areas without noticing a difference between the already painted surface and the touch up. Semi gloss and gloss finishes tend to be the most durable and easy to clean and are usually recommended for bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. However, semi gloss and gloss tend to reflect more light than flat, eggshell and satin causing imperfections on walls or wood to become more noticeable.
What is the average cost to paint the exterior of a home?
On average the exterior of a home will cost between $2.00to $3.00 per house square feet depending on extent of the project.
What factors that effect the price of painting the exterior painting of a home?
3/4 of the cost of exterior painting is in the prep work. The better condition the the home is in the less time and materials it will take to complete the painting project. Prep work such as scraping peeling paint, removing cracked caulking and repairing or replacing deteriorated wood or siding will all add to the cost. Other factors that effect the cost include: paint grade, the number of colors being applied, the number of paint coats needed (colors such as reds can take 3 or more coats), changing from a dark color to a light color and how difficult it is to reach areas of the home such as second story gables.
How do I ensure an exterior painting is done correctly?
#1 A clean surface is the most important part to insuring paint longevity. If paint is applied over an improperly cleaned surface it will peel within a short amount of time. Using a a pressure washer with a psi of between 2700 or 3100 works the best.
#2 Make sure after cleaning the surface it is given adequate time to dry. A painter should never pressure wash a house and start prep work in the same day. Exposed wood and siding will expand when it is wet and contract as it dries. If primer, paint or caulking are applied to a damp or wet surface it will bubble or crack as the water tries to escape and the wood or siding starts to contract.
#3 Always prime exposed wood, siding or rusted screws or nails. Use a quality latex or oil based stain killing primer that will insure good adhesion and block bleed through. If a bare area is not primed, the topcoat will more than likely peel within a year.
#4 Remove all deteriorated caulking and re-apply. Make sure the frames and jams of windows and doors are caulked to insure water and weather will not seep behind the top coat.
#5 Use a quality paint. An all-in-one primer and a paint is not the best product to apply on the exterior of a home because primers and paints are meant to do two different things. Primers are meant to block stains and create a smooth surface for insuring proper adhesion of the top coat. Paint is meant to coat and protect the surfaces underneath. The saying "you get what you pay for" applies to cheap paint. Inexpensive paint is usually thinner than a quality paint and it will break down, fade and chalk faster which will effectively shorten the time needed before repainting.