Qualities to Look for Before House Painting in Concord

If you’ve decided not to do the house painting in Concord on your own and instead hand the work to professionals, don’t hire one just because they’re available. It takes thorough research and investigation in order to hire the right painting contractor to tackle your job. In this article we will provide suggestions on how to find the right house painter.

To start with, a good painting contractor should be professional in his job – having an honest work ethic, doing a clean and flawless job, and delivering an excellent performance. There are contractors who offer incredibly low rates, but you should beware of them because it could be a sign of a fraudulent person/s posing as a contractor. They may work fast because they only want money from you, and delivering a quality job is not their utmost concern.

Contractors with a good reputation may not offer cheap rates like their low-priced counterparts do. However, they make up for the higher rates by delivering a job of superior quality which will be definitely worth your every penny.

As a property owner, you certainly don’t want to settle for less. And when you’re all about hiring a reputable and professional contractor, consider these following factors:

  • Reputable painters use only the highest quality paint products and tools. They won’t sacrifice quality for low-priced but inferior materials. Other paint contractors offer low rates will use such cheap products of below-par quality. You may save some money at the moment, but is it worth hiring them? Most likely the paint will just fade, peel, chip or produce unsightly flakes. In the end you’ll buy a paint of a better quality, or hire a legitimate and professional contractor. Whether you do either of them, it translates into more unnecessary expense. Highly experienced, professional and reputable contractors may be a bit more costly but in the end you’ll save considerable time and money because they deliver a good, quality service.
  • Reputable contractors do the painting procedures the proper, correct and even legal way, whether they do the prep work, cleaning and disposing wastes aside from painting. As implied earlier, beware of the other cheap contractors — they will just paint and ask you for a payment. They won’t even bother to do the preparation work and worse, abandon their job unfinished. In the end, you have to do all the work by yourself.

    A good painting contractor doesn’t only paint but also does the proper prep work before painting, and cleaning up and disposal after painting. Hiring the right one means you won’t have to do the prep work and the cleanup yourself.

  • If you’re all about quality service and craftsmanship, it’s definitely better to hire a reputable painting contractor than a cut-rate contractor. The latter won’t care about details in their job, and instead may do fast and sloppy work. They don’t even bother to cover or move out the furniture before painting, don’t tape the sidings and baseboards as they should be covered, or they paint the doors and windows closed. For a homeowner, there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing that scenario! A reputable contractor is serious in his job and pays great attention to detail.
  • A renowned and trustworthy painting contractor will know and inform you how long the job will take to be completed, unless there are fortuitous circumstances. Cheap contractors, on the other hand, are likely to shirk when faced with this situation.
  • A good warranty is one of the most important things that you, as a homeowner, should look for in a reputable painter. A good contractor will provide a written (not verbal!) warranty after the work has been completed, so make sure you ask for one.

Regarding licenses, they differ from state to state. A lot of states require companies to have licenses, some states don’t. Here in California though, painting contractors are required to have licenses to operate their business. Besides, a company having a licensed is a good indication that that company is reputable and legitimate because they are able to obtain and hold a license.

Another very important thing that you should not forget to look at is that if the contractor is insured. When a contractor is insured, he is covered by the company no matter what happens — whether they are injured or cause damage to your property while they’re on the job. That way, you don’t have to answer all the medical expenses with your own money in case the workers get accidentally hurt. Hiring a contractor that is insured means you are assured of less headaches and more peace of mind on your part.

Yes, searching for the right contractor seems like a big job already for you on your part as a homeowner. But all the effort will be worth it! Once you have finally hired the right contractor who has quality tools, does an excellent job, pays great attention to detail, provides a good warranty and is licensed and insured — you are assured of a professional and high-quality house painting in Concord!

Exterior House Painting in Concord: Interesting Windows and Doors

Exterior house painting in Concord may be simple but it is the most effective way of boosting your home’s curb appeal. Even painting just the doors and windows will give a dramatic change to your home’s facade.

Doors can be painted in a variety of ways to add interest to your house’s exterior. For instance, paint the doors with a contrasting color like blue or red to highlight the door. This approach will make the house more welcoming. A wooden door can also be beautified with a neat stain on it, and can be paired with trim painted with a much darker color such as black, dark green or soot brown. You can also paint the trim with a contrasting color to make door more eye-popping.

If you are doing some renovations in your home, you may also want to add a front door with windows on the sides to make it look much more inviting as well as add some interest. Another suggestion is re-painting your front door and writing your house number in a large, white-colored font directly on the door. This will surely catch the attention of your neighbors and passers-by.

Windows can also be the center of attention on the exterior of your home. You can draw attention to the windows by adding a touch of elegance or bold colors to the trim, frames or shutters. To add a vivid splash of color, you can also add window boxes where you grow flowering plants. There are other kinds of embellishments which will add more attractiveness to your windows. Stained glass is a good suggestion because it can also add a splash of color; you may choose simple stained glass designs or those with more intricate artwork. You may also draw interest to your windows by changing the curtains, shades and blinds. Incorporating hardware to the shutters for practical purposes other than decorative will make the windows look more appealing.

If you want to incorporate some natural things to your home’s exterior, you can also add a vine or ivy around the windows and doors. However, you should be also aware these climbing plants would penetrate into the cracks in the siding or bricks and this will lead to surface problems. The solution is to install a frame around the window. This will help the vines climb on the frame rather than on the exterior walls.

Exterior house painting in Concord as well as adding some ornaments around the doors and windows (which is optional) will surely make your house more appealing and inviting.

House Painting Concord: Compare Rolling, Brushing, and Spraying

Which of the following methods is really the “best” when house painting in Concord: rolling, brushing, or spraying? It depends on how you are comfortable or easy you find each method. Let’s do a comparison on each of these methods.

Brushing is the most common and traditional method. Brushes come in several different shapes, sizes, widths, lengths, type of bristles, quality, and price. Brushes can be wide with a large durable handle which is ideal for painting wide and smooth surfaces, or can be smaller and narrower with more easily maneuvered handle for painting on corners and other smaller, narrower areas with accuracy.

You can even find specialty brushes such as one type with almost no handle which will allow painting confined areas such as the inside a set of rails. There is even a foam paint brush which helps remove the brush strokes that shows up when a corner or a piece of molding has been coated with paint. When a roller cannot cut in the corners, for instance, a brush will be able to do the job. Brushes are the perfect choice for “cut in” work around doors, windows, trims (baseboards and crown molding), soffits, and any other openings. In fact, using a brush will almost be the only method needed when two surfaces meet or on any surface that needs a good edge but doesn’t apply itself to masking.

Rollers are usually ideal for painting large, wide, and flat surfaces. A roller basically has two parts: the roller which has a handle and the moving spindle which carries the roller cover, and the roller cover which holds the paint and applies it to the surface. Rollers can be disposable or reusable, and come in a variety of nap sizes and are made from either natural or synthetic materials. The nap can be either thick and furry or thin. The different types and materials will render the roller to effectively paint on a wide variety of surfaces. The surface as well as the paint being used should be considered when deciding on the thickness of the roller cover nap.

Rollers are also available by width. The wider the roller, the more paint it can hold. A quite wide roller can hold more paint than the widest brush can hold. The advantage of using a wider roller is that it can cover a much larger area without ever having to go back to dip into the paint bucket. Wide rollers can also have very long handles. Extension poles for these rollers are also available for painting high areas (such as ceilings) without needing a ladder. Rollers are generally best suited to paint wide-open surfaces — such as the middle of the wall or a fence — than smaller areas.

Among the three methods, spraying is a relatively new means of applying the paint to the surface. A sprayer is a kind of machine that has a compressor to take paint from any container and spray it out in a fine mist. One of the advantages of using a sprayer is that it can cover larger areas than both a brush and a roller. Another, unlike brushes or even rollers, spraying doesn’t leave any unsightly traces, resulting in a more even painting job.

Sprayers have greatly improved over the years. Even relatively cheaper paint sprayers will still do a good job of evenly painting the surface without having to use a thinner. Sprayers can be adjusted to cover smaller and narrow surfaces; however, fine control and overspray still present some issues. If you have to spray a particular area, it should be carefully masked or covered. When spraying paint, air must be calm and stable, but unfortunately this doesn’t always happen when house painting in Concord.

Apart from the abovementioned disadvantages, sprayers do not come cheap compared to brushes and rollers. If you have to paint different colors but are using just one sprayer, you will have the trouble of taking the sprayer apart and to clean it before pouring the next color of paint into it. There are also issues regarding a sprayer’s ability to cover a certain surface. For instance, spraying is inadequate when trying to cover porous or rough surfaces such as stucco. For this, back-rolling is the next necessary step after spraying paint. Back-rolling is slightly faster than just rolling on the paint to the surface. However, it still does involve going back to cover the entire area again to make sure that the paint is absorbed into every tiny hole of the surface.

So considering the three painting methods, which one is the best? Again, it depends. While seasoned painters can paint accurately and easily with brushes, painting is definitely faster when using rollers. Sprayers are even quicker and can cover large, wide surfaces. But again accuracy, fine detail and coverage problems are still associated with sprayers. Neither spraying or rolling is good enough for covering small spaces, detail and “cut-in” work which brushes are indeed capable of handling with ease. Each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages. So the most likely scenario is that you should use at least two of these methods, depending on a particular project, when house painting in Concord.