THE GREAT PAINT DEBATE

Paint is not all the same, there are different qualities of paint, just as there are different qualities of painters.  Some of the big differences are noticed from the paint prep work instead of the actual paint itself.  Why is this?  Well think about a car that has been in an accident and as it is being repainted, no prep work is done, it is just painted and now ready to be picked up.  Now, think about the same car and someone taking the time to remove the old paint, sand down the necessary areas, and prep the car appropriately before painting. You can likely envision the difference between the two end results.

Drywall is typically installed in the same way within multiple homes.  However, there are going to be good drywall vendors, who see the installation as an art form and those whose work could use some improvement. Having a reliable builder assist you with building your new custom home may save you from having to learn this lesson the hard way.

The prep work involved with painting includes sanding, caulking, priming and other applications to achieve the desired look.

In addition, knowledge and understanding of different levels of paint finishing and different types of paint products will also help you to achieve the perfect look within your home.

So what types of paints are available?

Flat Paint Most homes are painted with Flat paint on the walls.  Flat paint doesn’t have much of a sheen to it and overall it has more of a matte finish.  Within most homes as long as the drywall has been prepped the right way flat paint will have a nice finished look.  Flat paint is available within any color imaginable and is typically easy to touch up.  However, Flat paints with more of a red base or darker tones may not be as easy to touch up and could require much more material and labor to get it right.

Egg Shell Finish Another paint primarily applied to walls is the Egg Shell finish.  This finish has a little more sheen than the flat paint and can be cleaned a little easier than Flat paint, however not nearly as well as a Semi-Gloss paint.

Satin Finish Satin Finish has a higher sheen than the Egg Shell allowing for more durability when it comes to cleaning this type of paint product.  It is common to find this paint on doors, window casings and trim.

Semi-Gloss Semi-gloss paints can be found on most trim within the home.  The semi-gloss has a small amount of sheen to it and is more designed to be easily cleaned with little assistance.  This type of paint is also at times selected for bathroom areas where moisture content is higher.

Now that we have learned about the types of paint products available it is a good time to discuss the differences of paint level finishes.

Most homes have plenty of windows, however the amount of natural light coming in to the home will vary.  It may be due to window treatments or blinds or possibly heavily wooded lots.  Regardless, most of us have been within a home where you can easily notice the drywall seams or areas/spots on painted walls that have been touched up, where the entire wall had not been repainted.

Consider the same home with plenty of natural light, and you might imagine how even more noticeable these seams or touched up areas may appear.

The key to having a good paint finish really comes down to the abilities and professional quality of the drywall and painting company you hire.  Having a builder assist you in this process might save you time and money along the way.  One reason for a better finished product has to do with proper prep work.  When time is taken to properly prepare the areas to be painted, including sanding, caulking and priming the walls the finished areas will look different than if no prep work is done at all.

When a customer is approached on upgrading their paint, all too often they may not really understand the benefits or differences of the available options.  Most painters are aware of the difference between a builder grade paint and standard builder grade paint finish and a custom or commercial grade level  finish.  Even though you are building a home, you may have the desire to have a nicer finish  than the standard builder accepted paint finish (which is a nice standard finish) within your home.  Many times this will depend on the amount of natural light within the home as well as the desire to have a seamless look and prestigious finish.

There are more steps involved with painting when these finishes are requested and as a result you are not simply paying for additional paint, but also for the additional time and effort that is put forth by the drywall and painting crew in order to deliver a finished product you may truly desire.  Some of this additional prep work can include additional priming, additional mudding and sanding and in some instances can even involve a meticulous process where the wall is scrutinized by adding extra lights and step by step the smallest of flaws are filled and covered to eliminate the possibility of unwanted shadowing, seams or other visual intrusions once the finished product is complete.

Most builders, including custom builders have a standard that is acceptable within the marketplace today in regards to the finished paint product.  This includes a reasonable amount of tolerance when it comes to seams and other minor flaws within the home.  For people who have a desire to hang more artwork, or possibly empty nesters, this upgraded paint finish may be more visually pleasing to the eye and be a desired choice within their new custom home. In addition to the finish being more precise and less flawed it is likely the paint application will last longer and you will not necessarily be in need of a repaint as often. The good news about building a custom home is that it is truly custom; allowing you the ability to change items you feel are important to you.  So as you consider your lifestyle and envision the overall finished product you may choose to consider an upgraded paint option within your new custom home.

As you go through the selections of your new home, make sure to consider your thoughts on types of paint, overall finishes and the colors that will best suit your desires. It’s also important to remember that more expensive does not necessarily mean better when it comes to paint.  Lighting, areas, types of materials, etc. all factor in to the best paint for the job. Allow your building consultant to assist you with the right fit.

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