Which painter for your home?
Finding the right painter for your home can be difficult if you don’t already know one. Theres lots of ways to find a painter but which is the best way to find the right one for your home?
- Ask your friends or associates to recommend one.
- Look in the golden pages for a painter.
- Check ads in the local supermarket.
- Search google for a painter.
The list of ways to track down the right painter, go on and on. If at the beginning of your search for the right painter one comes recommended by friends, family or associates then your search may be over.
A painter that comes recommended is probably the right man for the job. Think about it, would you give out the name and number of somebody that you were unsure of? Neither would I.
If you find a painter but he or she doesn’t come with a recommendation then you must check his references to be sure that this person knows his or her trade. Or look at his website for testimonials like these here for example. Every good tradesman takes pride in their work and will easily supply you with at least 3 references.
Every painter will have a different speciality so you need to find the right painter for your project.
Types of painter
Industrial painter - This type will be an excellent choice to work on a factory or power plant for example. This type of person will be skilled at applying industrial coatings that are more about function than looks. If you let this painter loose in your home it could be akin to tossing a grenade into a tin of paint, then throwing it into your house and wondering why it doesn’t look so good!
Site painter – Is trained to work quickly on building sites. Generally it can be fairly boring work and other than the show houses most of the time this painter is using either white or magnolia paint. This is a great place to train new apprentices because the repetition builds up skill and technique quickly. The site painter isn’t used to working around furniture or using drop sheets on the ground because on building sites there’s usually nothing in the way to slow them down. This type will have great technique but might seems sloppy because they are unused to protecting furniture, floors etc. and don’t usually need to clean up after themselves at the end of the day. The site painter won’t have the same experience gained from working in homes as the home type painter.
Home/house painter – The home painter, with the right amount of experience, is the best all round painter. This painter will usually have experience from working on both sites and homes or offices. they will have dealt with an array of different problems over the years. This painter will have the right solutions in his or her arsenal. For example, I use this example quite a bit because it’s still relative, if you have an older building, built before the 20th century, then it has most likely been plastered with a lime-sand mortar. This type of surface has been designed to let the walls of the building breath in moisture from the air and to release it again. If a site painter or inexperienced house painter uses a modern paint on this surface, the paint will prevent the mortar from breathing and will eventually blister and flake away. It might take a couple of months but it will happen. If you then get another inexperienced house painter in to fix the problem he or she will probably recommend that the walls be ‘scraped back then primed or stabilised’ and could go on to use some quite expensive paints that will do absolutely no good.
This is just one of many examples of the differences between painters. If you have any questions or would like to know more then please get in touch.
By Oisin Butler
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