Proper surface preparation, quality products and the right equipment is key to a successful painting project. Experience matters! Hiring a painting professional is the best way to make sure you get the results you are aiming for. How do you get started and how do you choose the right painting contractor for your project?
- Ask Friends, family and colleagues
A good reference from someone who has already had a great experience is always the best option. Another option for referrals is to call the local paint stores. Local paint stores will have plenty of local connections and should be able to offer painting contractor referrals.
- Check online
Many painting contractors have websites. Check them out! Look for the about page, customer reviews, and photos. Most websites will have an email address or phone number for you to contact them. A lot of contractors do not have the time to stay current with their online portfolio, so don’t hesitate to email them asking for more current photos from painting projects they have recently completed or are currently working on.
- Plan your budget
Budget is one of the most predominant factors to consider before exploring your options of painting contractors in the area. Budget will determine the scale of the project as well as what materials to use. There are a range of paint systems available so ask for multiple options. It is essential to look for contractors who are reasonable in their pricing, not “cheap” or have “low” fees. Low fees or cheap may mean using the cheapest products and materials, inexperienced painters and shortcuts on prep. You may have a lower price tag initially but long term you will end up spending more money. It is also important to avoid contractors who charge an exorbitant amount under the disguise of “luxury painting services”. The best option? Look for a painting company who uses quality paints, guarantees their work and prioritizes customer satisfaction. The best painting contractors will offer the best options for your project while respecting your budget. If the scope of your project exceeds your budget a good contractor will break down the pricing and go over the line items with you to prioritize which items should be taken care of first. You should be looking for a painting contractor who will give a clear definition of exactly what you are paying for and how long it will take to complete the project.
- Ask the right questions
- Are you licensed?
- Do you have a current insurance certificate?
- Can you provide a list of references?
- What are the best products and what products would you recommend using for my project?
- Do I need to purchase my own paint or will you provide paint and supplies?
- Do you offer a warranty with your work?
- When can you start the job and when will it be completed?
- What services do you offer before, during and after the project?
- Will I get all services provided in a written contract?
- How would you like to be paid and when do I make payments?
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know, to see what sets Moorhouse Coating apart as pros. Click on a question and the answer will expand.
We recommend using some fingernail polish (Denatured Alcohol) on a cotton cloth and rub it lightly in an area you don’t mind some damage. If the paint becomes soft or begins to remove then it is latex or waterbed paint. If it’s not affected then it’s likely and alkyd paint.
Common knowledge is flat and low sheen paints show hand prints and seem to mark up fast than products with a higher sheen. Typically we recommend a satin or higher if the substrate will be in contact with objects or hands. But some manufactures are now producing scrubbable lower sheen finishes that have a tighter molecular structure that doesn’t reflect light. So ask you local paint store.
We don’t typically use primer if the surface has been previously painted. Primer is designed for specific substrates like Drywall, Masonry, Steel, so once the wall has been painted, it no longer needs to be primed. However if the surface has been patched or repaired primer will be required.
The coverage rate on the can is very misleading, it doesn’t take into account a textured surface, loss by application, application thickness, sealed or unsealed surface. We typically figure about 210 square feet per gallon if you install one coat about 160 square feet if you install 2 coats.
It must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for 6 hours in order for the paint to adhere and begin to cure properly. The dew point is more important than temperature, but that is a more complex calculation. If you are in question, it’s probably to close to call, and we suggest you just wait for warmer weather. A long lasting paint project will cure completely without frost or freezing and not be subject to moisture early in the curing process.
The purpose of pressure cleaning is to remove chalky residue, dust, loose stain or paint. We recommend performing the pressure washing a few days, weeks or even a month before painting. Pressure washing also removes cobwebs, and oxidization that would other wise be embedded in the paint.
We used professional grade urethane elastomeric. 50 year rating outside and 25 years inside. Everything else is a waste of time and money!
Typically, the larger the contractor or the more volume a contractor purchases the better the price of the paint. Pro painters receive the largest discounted prices. It is doubtful you can beat the price a high volume painter pays. We have found over the years that the paint affects the process and performance.
The final color selection should be made by the owner, but the road to get several close colors and eliminate the other 7000 possibilities should be with some help. If you don’t want to be involved at all, we recommend simply hiring a decorator. But if you want to be active, we can narrow your ideas down to 3 or 4 choices. We recommend samples on the wall because lighting, architecture and decor/fixtures will affect the paint color. Some times the largest obstacle to get a project underway is simply selecting the color.
General rules: Siding should be painted every 5 to 8 years, stucco should be painted 5-7 years. Wood Staining 3-4 years. Aluminum or composite siding 7-12 years. Whatever sits in the sun or has repeated moisture exposure will need to be painted 2 years before everything else. Consider painting what needs to painted with a maintenance agreement. Often painting just a year before the house/building looks completely worn out will save thousands in surface preparation.
Yes, for your protection and ours, we are licensed and insured up to $2 million in liability.
No, in most cases people are not home during the day and arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule. You don’t have to have your life interrupted to paint!
Spray, Brush and Roll. We always brush and roll, but if the process can be accelerated by adding spray, we will use it to increase production. Be aware of contractors that spray only, most products need to hand finished to provide even surfaces, that can be touched up in the future.
No problem. We can make suggestions.
We purchase paint from PPG, Sherwin Williams, Dunn Edwards, Benjamin Moore and other locations that specifically sell paint. We generally avoid big box stores, because quantity and the ability to order quickly and correctly is very important to keep the project running smoothly.
Yes, the price you received is the price you’ll pay. We don’t have hidden fees. Moorhouse Coating believes in transparency, we aren’t hiding anything from you when you receive a quote from us. The only way to change the price is to change the scope of work.
We never charge for estimates. We are assuming you want a total price and a complete plan for painting your project. You should call us, even if you can’t afford to have the space painted, you will come away with a better understanding of how we approach the work and how things should be completed.
It’s important to keep you informed and updated along the way. We are constantly aware of horror stories of contractors who begin and then disappear for a few days and bounce around back and forth. Once we start your project we will continue until it is finished. We are a larger painting company than most, so we have the luxury to meet and exceed your schedule and if you don’t want us there on Tuesday, that’s ok.
We are painters by trade. It is only in our best interest to perform work as it relates to painting and the preparation requirements. So if the project relates to painting or preparation we will take it on. We don’t perform tile or framing! If you hire a company that does everything, you are overpaying dramatically! Yes, we could probably install ar roof, but would we be able to compete with someone only installing shingles?
The short answer is we only charge for services performed. Don’t give someone 50% up front!
As many as we need! Professionals don’t talk in terms of number of coats. If it takes two coats to properly cover the surface thats what you need. If it takes three coats to cover then that’s what’s required. It generally comes down to the coverage requirements from the manufacture and even installation.
I don’t know! WE LOVE PAINTING. Seriously, it’s therapy! Don’t let us stop you. For those who don’t enjoy the process, we can perform the project with greater precision and most likely out perform your cost benefit. the time you save will greatly out match your effort. We’ve painted for more than a million hours! It’s going to be tough to beat our performance and even other painting contractors have a hard time keeping up.