Best Oakland Painters –FAQ on Painting Jobs and Projects

Before contacting a painter, you will find that it is a great advantage to know as much as you can about the job itself, as well as the paint, the prices and the various procedures that may be necessary. Following are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding paint and painting jobs.

How much Paint Is Usually Needed to Complete a Job?

The main way of calculating exactly how much paint you will need is to first calculate the square footage of the covered area. You can do this by measuring the circumference of the rooms in question and multiplying it by its height.

In most cases, a galleon of paint will cover an area of about 400 feet; however, you have to keep in mind that two coats of paint will be required, so for an area of about 1,600 square feet, you will likely need about 8 galleons in total.

How Long Will the Painting Project Take?

This largely depends on the size of the job. In most cases, a residential painting project can be finished within a week; however, if the property is extremely large, additional repair work is needed or there are problems with the weather (especially for exterior painting), the job may last longer.

Why Are There Such Notable Differences between Pricing Ranges?

Labor costs account for the largest part of the expenses spent on a painting project. These usually depend on the expertise of the painting company, as well as the hours spent on every particular job, so naturally, estimates can differ between two jobs even if you use the same type and amount of paint. Higher quality materials and equipment, as well as extra time spent on preparation tasks can also increase the costs – however, they also provide better results on the long term.

Is There Really Such a Difference between Buying Cheap and Expensive Paint?

The short answer is yes. Generally, you will get what you pay for, since the durability and flow of the paint used is determined by its ingredients. Paint that contains high quality ingredients will usually be more expensive, so if you reach a little deeper into your pockets, you can avoid the additional effort and expense required when using low quality (cheap) paint.

How Do You Choose the Best Color for Your Painting Project?

Depending on whether you’re dealing with exterior or interior painting jobs, there are a variety of ways to choose the right colors and design. For exterior painting projects, you can choose colors that offer an appropriate contrast between your house/building and the surrounding area. It also depends on how much you want to emphasize its presence or make it blend into the environment.

Interior designs and textures can depend on the type of furniture you have, the palettes you need to use in order to emphasize various moods (warm colors for an engaging atmosphere and cool ones for a more professional or relaxing setting) or on the themes you want to use for your rooms – classical, futuristic, oriental etc.

We encourage all our clients to learn as much as possible about aspects such as those presented here. If you can’t find your question answered on this page, please feel free to contact us for further support.