Frequently Asked Questions in Dallas
10 Questions for Professional Painters
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FAQ About Professional Painting Services
Our painting contractors have been renovating homes and businesses in the Central and North Dallas community for years. We often get asked to explain a few of the more common painting service questions to clients. Below we are letting you in on our expertise when it comes to refreshing homes in our beautiful Dallas communities.
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10 Key Questions to Ask Your Painting Contractor
1. Do you have references as to your work?
Painting contractors are used to hearing this question from potential clients. They should be able to give you contact information for several happy clients. Many come prepared with portfolios of images in addition to the contacts. In addition to requesting this, there are plenty of free websites online where reviews are left. While the painter will only give you those clients who were pleased, online you’ll get a much more accurate picture of their work.
2. Do you carry insurance?
Workers will be on your property to complete the job, while it’s unlikely, injuries and accidents happen. Workman’s Compensation Insurance allows the company to cover any medical needs if the worst should happen. If your contractor doesn’t provide this coverage and someone is hurt, you could be on the hook for medical bills.
In addition to workman’s comp, you’ll want to inquire about general liability insurance. Much like the other policy, this one covers your property should anything be broken or destroyed in the process of the work.
3. Is the contractor licensed?
Every painting contractor should be licensed by the state you’re in. This means they have proven basic knowledge of painting techniques. It will also mean there is something to lose should they not perform up to standard. Each state’s requirements vary, so investigate further with your government outlets to find out exactly what is required in this area.
4. Who and how is my house being prepped?
Before signing any contract, you should be very clear what is covered in your paint job. Some companies include preparations before painting in their estimates. Others might not. Some will let you contribute elbow grease to lower the overall total. You should have a clear understanding, and more than likely a written itemized estimate of what’s included in your bill. In addition, this sheet should also include an estimated schedule of work and any warranty included afterward. More about that later.
5. What paint will be used?
Since you are working with a professional painter, almost certainly they will have go-to brands of paint that they have had good results with. While it’s in your best interest to default to their knowledge, if you have very strong options, feel free to voice them with the estimator. Look to get at least a mid-range paint. They will provide better coverage and warranties in case of failure.
6. What is the crew and schedule for my job?
Some jobs require an entire crew to be on site for several days. To plan appropriately, you’ll want to know that. Arrangements in your home will need to be made before the work starts. So be clear when asking this. The amount of crew members could cut down the days they are on site. Scheduling your work isn’t an exact science. While you can have a date for work to start and be completed, things in this business change. Weather is the biggest factor in holding up painting work.
7. How much will the paint job cost?
Low prices are not always better. Make sure you get a valid estimate from each potential painter then compare what’s included and the references and insurances of each provider. Painters can get antsy when you ask for a hard bottom line. Again, things change. If a paint is out of stock or a painter is unavailable, it could affect the total cost. Any changes after the contract is signed can also change the terms of it. Dates, colors, repairs all mean more man hours or coats which in turn means more cost.
The estimate or contract you are presented with should also outline how much and when it’s due. Always be hesitant if a painter asks you for more than half of the cost of the job up front. This is industry standard and allows the job supervisor to purchase supplies and secure his crew. Some painters might ask for less to reserve dates.
8. Is there a warranty?
Paint jobs that are prepped right, painted with premium paint and not abused after the job should last up to 10 years. Painting contractors normally offer a guarantee on their work, but not typically as long as a decade. Each painter makes their own terms, but make sure they are clear and understood before you proceed.
9. What will be cleaned up after the job is finished?
Home improvement contractors are notorious for leaving a mess behind. Painters try to set themselves apart by cleaning the property better than before they arrived. This means they are responsible for removing debris and mess in addition to all tools and equipment. Having this in writing in the contract guarantees that it happens.
10. Who do I talk to for updates or questions?
After you sign the contract, it’s almost certain you will come up with further questions. It’s a common occurrence and because painters are used to it, there is typically one point of contact for you. This would be the crew leader. You can go to that person for updates on the project, timeline expectations and further questions.
Finding the right painter isn’t easy, but it can be done. Our team of painters in Dallas, TX are happy to help you through this process. We’d be honored to be included in your considerations. Schedule a free estimate with our team today.
Professional Painting Services in Central & North Dallas
1-Day Concrete Floor Coatings
Polyurea floors can be installed in one day, and driven on 24 hours after an install. We can also apply epoxy coatings for residential applications. Multiple colors and options are available. Applying a stain to an interior or exterior concrete floor can add unique dimension to any space. You can enhance the durability of your concrete with an epoxy floor coating. The CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas team is trained in applying concrete stains and epoxy floor coatings.
In many of our local communities, brick homes are quite popular. If you are not a fan of the traditional orange and brown tone brick on the exterior of your home, you can always have it professionally painted by our experienced painting contractors.
Cabinet Refinishing and Repainting
Your cabinets are perhaps one of the most touched surfaces in your home, so it’s no surprise that they wind up with a little wear and tear. At CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas we’ll work with you to find a finish or paint that meets the needs of your home and daily routine.
Not sure which shade to choose? Struggling to differentiate matte, satin and gloss? We’ll help you navigate the sea of options to find a color that matches your home’s interior aesthetic and stands up to your family’s daily routine.
Crown Molding Services
Crown molding is a great way to add elegance in a home. It is timeless, ornate and exquisite looking. The CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas team can work install decorative borders around your home including fireplace mantels, baseboards, door casings, and wainscoting.
Deck Staining and Painting
At CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas we offer a variety of interior and exterior home painting and staining services, including your home’s deck and fencing. Regardless of the room inside your home that needs an update or the area of your home’s exterior that needs protection from Mother Nature, our team works with you to determine the best plan of action for your home.
Whether your home has water damage that requires drywall repair or your walls have medium-to-large holes that need patching, the CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas crew will patch, sand and prime, to create a flawless surface to paint on.
Faux Painting and Decorative Services
If it’s a distinct look you’re after, the CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas crew has the skills required to make your vision a reality. Our team will work with you to find the perfect faux finish for your home’s unique style.
CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas offers fence painting services. Our professional painters provide the best painting services for fences in the Dallas area. This includes minor repair, prep work for painting, and a high quality, long-lasting paint finish. We take pride in our work, and we know you'll be impressed with the results.
Hardie Board & Fiber Cement Siding
As Hardie Board and Fiber Cement become increasingly popular, so does painting and maintaining these exteriors. CertaPro Painters offers painting services for both Hardie Plank and fiber cement siding. You can rest at ease to know our professional team will be handling the job with the upmost skill and experience.
Move-In & Move-Out Painting Service
If you're looking to move into a new home or out of a new home, the CertaPro Painters® team has the skills needed to renovate your back to brand new with our painting service. Whether it's an exterior paint job or an interior paint job, our team can help rejuvenate your home when you're ready to move.
Popcorn Ceiling Removal
While popcorn ceilings had their time on top trends lists, they are rarely seen in modern homes. Removing a popcorn ceiling yourself can be extremely difficult. The crew at CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallasis trained to remove popcorn ceilings in an effective way that will leave your ceilings feeling fresh.
Power washing is a vital step in painting the exterior of your home. CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas uses the process to remove mold, oil and old paint so new paint absorbs into your surface better.
Stucco Repairs and Painting
As with any other home exterior, it’s important to maintain the stucco or EIFS (also known as synthetic stucco) covering your home. The CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas team is very knowledgeable in both repairs and painting related to these two materials and will work alongside you to determine what services your home needs.
Vinyl and Aluminum Siding Painting
Whether you have high-tech vinyl siding or a more traditional siding, CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas knows how to restore them. Our team has the right approach to add new life to your exteriors.
Wallpaper Removal and Installation
Removing wallpaper can be a tricky task. The crew at CertaPro Painters® of Central and North Dallas is skilled in removing wallpaper and will make this time-consuming task, hassle-free for you. We will work with you to help you choose a paint color that’s perfect for your home, and then apply it to your walls. All you’ll have to do is enjoy the final look.