Do I Need to Hire Professional Painters?

Professional Painting Contractors

In this age of DIY crafts and improvement projects, many homeowners are taking maintenance matters into their own hands. While this growing sense of empowerment has many benefits, there are some circumstances when it’s still best to call a professional.

If you plan on recoloring your walls, Texas Professional Painting can help you tackle any task, including interior, exterior and restorative painting. Alternatively, if you want to break out your own brushes, walk through this guide to weigh the pros and cons of hiring helpers first.

Benefits of a Professional Painter

Save Time

On top of redecorating your home, you probably have a lot on your plate. A recoloring project often demands a lot of time, energy and attention — all of which can be applied elsewhere when you hire a painting company. This benefit is especially relevant if you want to decorate multiple rooms or repaint your entire exterior, which could take weeks if you try to handle it alone.

Greater Efficiency

Trained painters already have years of experience under their belt, meaning they naturally work faster than a novice. Furthermore, a professional won’t have to take breaks to complete other household tasks. This efficiency cuts the estimated length of a project dramatically.

Minimal Stress

A painting project entails more than simply putting down blue tape and coating your walls. The preparation process (selecting an ideal color, picking the appropriate paint brand, calculating the number of materials needed and adequately protecting your floors and ceilings) can be overwhelming. Passing those responsibilities to someone with proper training minimizes stress levels.

Professional Products

DIY advocates often make a fatal mistake: choosing whichever paint they come across first, or whichever is cheapest. In reality, the appropriate materials depend on many factors, including the texture and structure of your walls. These considerations are especially important if you’re working on damaged or aged surfaces. A professional painter already has the necessary knowledge to pick the perfect product.

Additionally, the tools needed for recoloring can be quite costly. A painting company will already have ladders, drop cloths, sealants and sandpaper, meaning you won’t have to empty your wallet for a quick project.

Better Results

Finally, the greatest benefit of hiring help is the exceptional end product. Even if you do your research and take your time, a DIY paint job often can’t compare to professional work. If you’re seeking a perfectly neat and smooth color (and who isn’t?) a painting company is your best option.

Find a Painting Company You Can Trust

Each person’s home and circumstances are unique, meaning there aren’t concrete guidelines on who should or shouldn’t hire professionals. However, it’s typically safest to work with an experienced team.

Whether you’re redecorating a bedroom, reimagining your home’s exterior or restoring an aged property, Texas Professional Painting can perfect your surroundings at a reasonable price. With almost 10 years of serving the San Antonio area, our painters have the skills and supplies to enhance your home’s beauty.

Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint can be an exciting and fulfilling project. With all the different kinds of paint sheens out there, it can be difficult to know which one to buy, especially if you’re standing in a line at the home improvement store needing to make a quick decision.

At Texas Professional Painting, we want to take the stress out of buying paint. We’ve created a guide to help you choose the paint finish to make your home pop. Read below to learn more!

Which Interior Paint Sheen Is Right for Me?

Paint finish is another term for paint sheen. You’ve probably made a trip to the home improvement store to buy paint and been asked the question, ‘What finish do you want?’.

Some stores will give you a quick rundown of what finishes are best for which projects, but it’s better to have this knowledge in your toolbox so you can make an informed decision yourself. Paint finishes come in satin, high gloss, semi-gloss, matte and eggshell and there are some key differences between each.

Sheen, or gloss, is the amount of light reflected off a surface. When paint has more resins, the result will be a shinier or glossier finish.

Below we will highlight finishes from matte (no shine) to gloss (the most shine).

Matte

Matte (sometimes called flat) paint finish has a low gloss percentage, so it doesn’t reflect a lot of light. This means that matte is a good choice if you don’t want imperfections to show through the paint.

Matte has tons of pigment, so the colors will look good anywhere, but it’s best to apply it in rooms that aren’t trafficked as much.

It is the least durable of the paint finish family, so use matte for surfaces in areas like ceilings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Eggshell

If you’re looking for a universal paint finish, eggshell is a great choice. It has a flat look with just a little bit of gloss to it, and it’s great for every interior surface in your home.

Eggshell is a little more durable and reflective than matte, while still keeping its ability to conceal surface flaws.

Another great benefit of eggshell is its stress-free application. Normally when painting interior walls, time is of the essence to avoid lapping. With eggshell finish, you can take breaks and come back to it and the finished product will still look amazing.

Satin

Satin is a very smooth and velvety finish and is a great choice for trim, doors and ceilings. It can also be used for walls in rooms that get a lot of foot traffic.

If you’re looking to paint a kids’ room, satin is the finish for you!

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss is the next stop in the paint finish family and it is (you guessed it) semi-glossy.

This sheen is great for rooms that get a lot of traffic because of its high durability and will be great in rooms that experience a lot of moisture and drips.

High Gloss

High gloss finish is glasslike, shiny and eye-catching, making it a great choice for statement walls as well as trim, molding and cabinets.

This beautiful finish is the most reflective in the paint sheen family, giving surfaces a mirror-like appearance. This beauty comes at a price though, as high-gloss paint is very difficult to apply, and makes surface impurities stick out like a sore thumb.

When using high-gloss on a surface, you’ll want to make sure to sand your wall and use primer before applying the paint.

A tip for applying high-gloss in your home is to use a quarter-inch or high-density paint roller to fully coat smaller spots.

Call Texas Professional Painters Today!

For painting projects that might seem too big to handle on your own, call Texas Professional Painters. We have proudly served San Antonio for years, and we will be happy to make your painting dreams come true.

We provide great prices and friendly service for interior, exterior and restoration painting as well as staining and finishing!

5 Home Exterior Paint Trends You’ll See In 2022

Choosing a color for the exterior of your house is a big decision. Generally, exterior house paint colors fall into either dark or light shade categories. Within these categories lie thousands of color options. Even more, you should take into consideration the size, light exposure and landscape around your home. With all these variables it’s no wonder home exterior painting can feel overwhelming.

Texas Professional Painting put together this article to help you pin down your vision. Read on to learn about 5 exterior paint trends you’ll see this year.

Home Exterior Trends

Tried and True Neutral

Neutrals will never lower your home’s resell value and will always be on-trend. Neutrals pair well with different materials, like brick, stucco or vinyl siding. There are thousands of options, and they’re far from boring. Consider unique neutral combinations like gray-blue, greige or the ever-versatile taupe.

Bold and Dark Exterior

Dark shades make a bold statement without being blindingly vibrant. Give a dark exterior structure by pairing it with light accent painting. Or fully embrace the moody aesthetic with a monochromatic look that combines dark exterior walls and trim. Not ready to commit? Opt for painting a section of your house dark–like the mudroom or screened-in porch.

Go for Green Paint

A green exterior compliments the landscape and gives your design an organic feel. Green is also the opposite of red on the color wheel, which makes it pair well with red brick houses. If your house does not have brick, a red front door can help tie the look of your green house together. There is no need to choose shades like kelly green or lime, instead, think about shades like sage or moss.

Why White Walls Work

White, cream and off-white can make your home appear larger since the color reflects light. Light-colored houses also pop against the landscape, which adds to curb appeal. Make your house stand out in a neighborhood of beige by opting for a white exterior. White paint can be either warm or cool, depending on its undertones. Warm white makes a house look cozy while cool white feels fresher.

A Fresh Coat for Your Front Door

Painting your front door in a bold or bright color is a great option if you’re limited by community guidelines. Painting the door invests less time and money than painting the entire exterior. And when it’s time to sell, painting over your door can take less than a weekend.

Your Home Exterior Painters

There is a lot to consider when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. You need to decide what kind of first impression your home will give, or what will be its curb appeal. Your landscaping, neighborhood and the size of your home all affect how your paint job will look.

It can take time to commit to a color scheme for your home. That’s why, when it’s time to paint your home, you should put your trust in professional house painters. At Texas Professional Painting, our team is dedicated to providing you with quality workmanship. Let us help you transform your house into the home of your dreams. Contact us today!

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to hide that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing up the color of the wood panels can help you achieve a more updated look as well as adding your own personal style and color to your home in a unique way.

Painting your wood paneling can be easy but without proper planning, it can be a bit trickier than it should be. Fortunately, the experts at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!

Cleaning and Sanding the Wood Paneling

First make sure the wood paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag or soft cloth to gently rub the mixture onto the wood panels. Having a clean surface to paint on will make a huge difference in the overall look of the finished paint job.

Once your walls are dry, begin to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine from the current wall that could impact the finish of your new paint. Sanding down the walls is not always required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth the effort when you are rewarded with a smooth and even painting surface.

Masking the Ceiling

Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Use painter’s tape to help tape off any surfaces you don’t want to be touched by the new paint. This is also a good time to move any furniture or accessories that may obstruct your painting or that you would not want to risk being accidentally splashed or dripped with paint.

Painting the Wood Paneling

Before painting is to commence, using a primer or using a 2-in-1 paint and primer combination to help ensure that your paint has a nice easy surface to stick to. Using primer will help to take out any imperfections in the wood paneling and will provide a good base for the new paint you have selected. Try to look for stain-blocking paint as this will help keep your walls nice and clear of scuffs and marks and also hide any knots that may show through in the existing wood paneling. Apply at least two thin coats of paint to ensure proper coverage and saturation of the paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves to avoid clumps in the paint.

Voila! Your wooden paneling has a new fresh paint job and you have transformed a room with a fresh new pop of color.

If you would like to leave this to the professionals: contact Texas Professional Painting today!

There are a ton of variables that go into determining how to achieve the perfect finish – things like the existing paint color, the new paint color, the type of paint and much more. Although there might not be just one answer to how many coats of pain you need on your wall, the professionals at Texas Professional Painting want to provide a formula to help determine how many coats are likely needed for whatever your interior painting job.

Primer

Primer is a painter’s best friend. By applying primer to your walls before the new color, you are essentially turning your wall into a blank canvas. I know some of you may be thinking, “but that’s just extra coats I have to paint.” Yes and no. While primer may be an extra coat or two, it is preventing you from having to paint coat after coat of your color – and primer helps avoid walls with streaks. So how many coats of primer do you use? Here is your answer:

  • One coat if:
    • The primer you’re using is tinted
    •  You are painting over a white or very light current color
  • Two Coats if:
    • Current paint color is darker than the new paint color
    • Wall you’re painting is unfinished wood
    • Wall you’re painting on is unfinished drywall or plaster
  • No Primer if:
    • Paint is 2-in-1 or self-priming

Paint Color

Once you have primed your walls, now you are ready to consider how much paint you will need. Depending on your paint’s finish and the surface you are painting, even with primer you may need more paint coverage or less. The key to painting perfection is to first paint to achieve the coverage desired and then you can fill in again for the color saturation that you are seeking.

Paint Finish

Paint finishes like gloss and satin may require a few more coats to ensure the proper saturation is achieved. Matte with its low luster and shine applies much more smoothly and there is a high likelihood that you will need less paint to get the job done.

Surface Texture

The texture of the surface you are painting can matter nearly as much as the paint and primer you ch0oose. If the wall is textured or made of a material like stucco, then you will need more paint to cover the porous nature of the textured walls. Smoother walls will likely require fewer coats to cover the space and will be easier to achieve the correct level of color saturation.

As you can see, the workload involved in your next painting project depends on your current paint color, the wall texture and even the paint itself. Once you are all primed up, it should typically take one coat of the new paint color to achieve the flawless finish you are looking for, as long as you are using quality paint.

For more information about achieving an even finish for your next painting project, call Texas Professional Painters!

 

 

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

When selling your home, it’s essential to do everything you can to make your house look as appealing as possible. Sellers want to look at a house and envision themselves living there, so it’s up to you to make the house look welcoming. One great way to increase your home value is with a fresh paint job! Our team at Texas Professional Painting can help give your home a fresh new look. 

First Impressions Are Everything

Potential buyers will be judging every square inch of the property, starting with the exterior. If they see an unappealing color with many imperfections, they may assume the rest of the house is in the same state of disrepair. This may even cause them to decide to pass on the house before even stepping inside. Curb appeal is everything to homebuyers. 

A fresh paint job can transform even the oldest of houses into a modern, updated property worthy of a closer look. On top of increasing your home value, investing in a fresh coat of paint for both the interior and exterior of your home can:

  • Seal and lock in odors
  • Freshen up dingy walls
  • Open up small rooms
  • Conceal scuffs, cracks, and dents

It’s important to ensure that your home looks fresh for potential buyers so that they don’t have to worry about renovation or cleaning fees. 

Best Exterior Colors

As any best home exterior painter knows, homes are meant to be judged by their cover. Exterior colors can impact how much your home sells for. This may sound drastic, but remember, the buyer wants to imagine themselves living there. That’s hard to do when walking into a neon green home. 

According to a Zillow paint analysis study, bright and creamy yellow exteriors sold for little over $3,400 less than other homes. Bright colors are intense, but dark colors can make the home appear smaller. It’s best to go with a neutral color when repainting the exterior of your home.

Neutral colors also go well with white trim, which can make the color pop. Some examples of exterior paint colors that improve a home’s value include:

  • Taupe
  • Grey
  • Off-white
  • Light Blue
  • Wheat

Best Interior Colors

For interior home painting ideas, the same idea applies to the exterior. Neutral colors are best as they allow for the buyer to envision themselves living in the home. This doesn’t mean you should paint your entire home stark white, however, as that can actually deter buyers. Here are some of the best color ideas for various rooms in your home. 

Kitchen

For the kitchen, HGTV suggests warm gray and classic white tones in order to create a neutral yet homey space. The kitchen is where the heart is for most buyers, and this is where you’ll want to be careful not to have too much bold color. Neutral colors are like clean slates, and a buyer can plan decor in their head as they tour the space. 

Tuxedo kitchens are also shown to be popular with buyers. These are kitchens with dark cabinets and white walls. It’s best to take cabinet colors into account when choosing what color to paint your kitchen. 

Bedrooms

While many believe bedrooms should have dark walls to promote sleep, they make for unappealing rooms in buyers’ eyes. The master bedroom must especially be taken into consideration.

A soft taupe or natural greige is the best color for bedrooms, as they can make the room appear bigger and brighter. Repainting the trim can also increase the value and make the bedrooms appear more modern. 

Bathrooms

Zillow’s paint analysis shows that light blue or gray are the best colors for a bathroom in the eyes of a potential buyer. This can make the trim pop, but can also make additional decor like towels, plants, or cabinets stand out more. 

Dark colors don’t do well in bathrooms, as they drastically reduce the size of the space. When in doubt, a neutral color with white trim will usually increase your home’s value. 

Living Room

Accent walls may be attractive on Pinterest, but they aren’t as big a hit with potential buyers. Everyone’s style is different, and it’s best to reset your home with neutral paints. Living rooms are meant to have a cozy feel. Neutral colors can help buyers see their decor and throw blankets better in a space colored beige or off-white. 

Texas Professional Painting Will Color You Impressed

If you’re looking to increase your home value with a fresh paint job, look no further than Texas Professional Painting. Our skilled team of house painters can have the exterior and interior of your home looking like a buyer’s dream. Contact us today!

Deciding to re-paint any part of your home is a big step, but where do you start? One of the first steps is to pick the right paint sheen. Before you dive into the different types of paint sheens, keep in mind that a paint sheen is simply the various levels of gloss that a paint can contain when placed in light.

Here are a few of the more common sheens on the market:

Gloss

If you have young children or even fur babies, a high gloss paint will be your best friend. These types of paint are more durable and easier to clean, which is a good choice for cabinets, trim and doors.

Semigloss

If you do not want to commit to the utmost shine, semigloss is a perfect match for you. Even though paints with a higher paint sheen require more prep work, these paints can be easily cleaned due to their popularity in easy-to-reach areas.

Satin

It makes sense to want the most durable paint on your interior walls, but a satin finish may be the better choice when considering re-painting high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. This paint sheen is the easiest to clean out of the lower-sheen options, and it resists mildew and fading, which makes high-moisture areas the best fit for this paint sheen.

Eggshell

Eggshell is one of the most popular paint sheens and provides a soft, smooth finish. It is ideal for areas in a home with medium-to-low traffic, such as hallways, doorways and living rooms. It is also great for textured surfaces, such as exposed brick, because it hides the imperfections instead of highlighting them.

Flat/Matte

A flat/matte paint sheen provides a smooth, non-reflective appearance that hides any imperfections like nail holes or patches. This paint sheen is ideal for new construction projects using drywall, especially on the ceiling. Even though this paint is used in low-traffic areas, it is easy to clean up with a damp sponge – but it will not last when using a chemical cleaner.

Call Professional Painters

There are various paint sheens to consider to get that perfect finish for every inch of your home. The creative process can be the most difficult part, so why not get some help with the hard labor? Texas Professional Painting can help get the job done, so contact us to schedule an appointment.

Whether small or large, a kitchen is the heart of the home. Your kitchen is where meals are created. Your kitchen fuels the bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world. Kitchens just have that natural way of bringing people closer together. 

Because your kitchen is a major focal point of your home, we often think about upgrading the interior paint, the backsplash, the appliances, granite or even extending it, but what about giving a little bit of TLC to your cabinets? After all, your cabinets are what hold the cups, bowls, plates, spices and more that nourish your family. 

Read below to see if refurbishing your cabinets is a DIY job for you or if you should contact the trusted kitchen painters at Texas Professional Painting to bring out the beauty of your home’s kitchen. 

When You Should Sand The Cabinets

While you may have seen products out there that claim you do not have to sand your cabinet doors before a cabinet painting, oftentimes it is necessary to maintain flawless and durable cabinetry. 

You should sand your cabinets before priming if the old paint is chipping, you’re trying to change the texture of the surface, or if you’re planning on using a water-based primer. If your cabinets show scratches or are just really dinged up and you want to smooth out the wood grain, sanding may also be necessary. 

While sanding is not necessary for all cabinets, you should make a note to sand your cabinets lightly after you prime and in between each coat of paint for a smoother finish. 

Why You Don’t Need to Sand Cabinets Before You Paint Them 

If your cabinets are raw wood and completely unfinished, there is no need to sand them before painting. Additionally, a surface that has been painted recently, say within the last year, also does not necessarily need to be sanded, but may be a good idea if you’re willing to do it and if the current coat of paint is uneven. 

Cleaning and prepping the wood, priming, and sanding in between coats of paint are absolutely necessary for a great finished product, but one thing you can skip is sanding your cabinets before painting them. Yes, this may go against everything you’ve ever been told about painting, but trust us. Instead of sanding, there are other ways to clean your cabinets thoroughly before priming them, such as with mineral spirits and rough scrubbing pads. 

Why don’t you need to sand your kitchen cabinets before painting them? The answer is simple. The problem with sanding down to the wood is that it creates potential moisture to seep in or out of the wood. Moisture and wood are not a good combination – and with your cabinets being in a kitchen that is prone to spills, stains and splatters, your cabinets are more vulnerable when being sanded right away instead of in between coats. 

A San Antonio Painting Company You Can Trust 

Texas Professional Painting is a San Antonio painting company you can trust. As an interior painting company, we understand the visual impact of your home doesn’t stop at your walls. Let us guide you in selecting the perfect colors and stains for your cabinets that will complement the rest of your home’s beauty for years to come. 

Get your free kitchen painting estimate from Texas Professional Painting today!

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