If you don’t have enough stress in your life, take on a major painting project without a professional painting contractor. When you want to refresh your Madison WI area home inside, outside or both without adding stress and a sizeable time commitment, consider hiring skilled painters.
The best reason for skilled, experienced professionals – you get a quality finished job. Paint spills, drips, brush marks and uneven seams and surfaces reduce the appeal of even the brightest new paint. Professionals keep it clean and know how to deliver an even finish.
Painting a room or an entire house is harder than it looks. For amateurs, even a relatively small job can be stressful and time-consuming. Amateur painters often overlook the need for good preparation. Prepping for a paint job includes basicconsiderations like:
- Selecting an appropriate color – basic color and trim?
- Does the job require a primer coat before applying the paint?
- What brand of paint?
- How much paint is required? How many coats to provide adequate, even coverage?
- Surface preparations – patching holes, removing worn paint and trim, dealing with wallpaper, taping, protecting surrounding surfaces, etc.
- What’s the best way to dispose of used paint cans, etc.
- What is required to clean brushes, rollers, etc.
A Professional Painting Contractor Handles Details
Once you’ve decided the color that’s right for the job, a professional painting contractor takes over to handle even the smallest details. Extra benefits from working with a professional painting contractor include:
- Quality products and reliable workmanship to protect your investment while adding to the overall appeal of your home – inside and out.
- No Hassle Service – once you’ve picked a color all the requirements of the job fall to the professionals.
- Guaranteed workmanship – a professional painting contractor stands behind the work. If paint chips or fades after you’ve done the job there’s no one to blame but yourself. With skilled professionals these problems aren’t likely in the first place, but on the rare occasion something does go wrong they will make it right.
The most common reason for not working with a professional painter is cost. Enlisting a professional painting contractor is often perceived to be more expensive than doing a project yourself. You pay for supplies and labor. Most DIY enthusiasts consider their labor to be “free” without putting a value on their time. And most underestimate the time it takes to complete a painting project – they overlook the preparation steps for example.
Professional Painters Have the Right Tools
As you consider brightening up the house with a new coat of paint, make a list of all the tools, supplies and accessories you’ll need. Match that list to what you already own. Buying or renting tools for a painting project increases the cost well beyond just paint – professionals come equipped with what they need. As you plan, consider these “must have” tools:
- Rollers – including frames and handles of various lengths to reach wherever you need to.
- Roller Covers – the cover that actually puts the paint on the surface is available in several materials, thicknesses and textures. There’s a right one for smooth surfaces and another for textured walls and ceilings. Cheaper versions can shed fibers that show up in dried paint and they often drip more.
- Roller Bucket of Pan – contains paint to reduce drips and spills while allowing unused paint to be returned to the can safely.
- High-quality Brushes – don’t skimp on a good brush. Minimum size is 2 ½ inches but have several sizes available for nooks and edges.
- Painter’s Tape – for masking off corners, angles and special areas. Use the kind that keeps paint from bleeding underneath for crisper lines.
- Handy Tools – you’ll need an assortment of small, hand tools (there are multi-tool units that combine some of them). These handy small tools include:
- Putty knife
- Can opener
- Roller squeegee
- Sandpaper – sandpaper in several different grits is invaluable for surface prep.
- Block Sander – a simple block of wood or commercial version saves stress on hands and provides better, more even pressure.
- Ladders – to complete a quality job you have to reach the highest point in a room and that’s seldom possible without a ladder. There are several types and depending upon the architecture of your home, you may need more than one.
- Extension Ladders – available in many sizes, a 12- or 24-foot extension ladder is the most common for painting jobs inside and outside.
- Step Ladders – also available in many sizes this is the most common household ladder.
o Multi-ladders – custom ladders than can be extended, bent and shaped.
- Scaffolds – some times more reach is required than a single ladder can provide so connecting two or bringing in a specialized piece of equipment makes sense.
- Drop Cloths – Professional painting contractors recommend canvas coverings for floors and plastics for furnishings. Never use plastic to cover landscape plants when doing outdoor work because the heat from the sun on plastic can burn plants. Veteran painters have learned that long narrow canvas drop cloths – 4 feet wide or so – work well along the base of walls.
- Rags – you never have enough.
- Work Lights – good lighting is critical to quality painting. Removing shadows allows painters to see what might be missed under poor light but will show up later.
- Caulk Gun – there’s always a need for caulk (paintable only) and a tool to apply it cleanly and quickly is vital.
This list includes the tools a professional painting contractor considers the basics. Their kit includes a lot more:
- Gloves – fingerless are ideal as are a supply of latex or rubber.
- Shop Vacuum – clean up can become a large job and a wet/dry vac makes sense.
- Respirator – more and more paint is applied via sprayer and some oil-based paints have fumes that may be toxic.
- Powerful Fan – a fan that moves a lot of air in a hurry keeps people cool and helps paint dry.
- Tool Bag – a tool bag keeps small tools organized – among the most popular are bags that hang on the sides of a 5-gallon bucket to hold small tools while the bucket is the major tool carrier.
Tap the Skills of Experts
Do you have all these tools at your disposal? Most people don’t. Buying or renting boosts the cost of a DIY project. Westring Construction LLC has the expertise and experience to review all the options for every home painting project anywhere in Dane County and surrounding areas including Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Cottage Grove and Stoughton.
Call Westring Construction LLC at 608-441-5435 or email us to tap into the skills of our painters and enlist the services of a professional painting contractor for your Madison WI home.