Is top quality paint worth the investment ? Should you be splurging on something as simple as a coat of paint ? Here we try to answer a few questions about high end products and why they are sometimes worth the money.
What makes some paints more expensive than others ?
A higher solids content is the straight and simple answer to that question. Paint is made from 3 elements, pigment, binder and a solvent which dissipates during the drying process. The binder and the pigment combine to create your paint film so the more solids your paint has, the better the covering qualities of the product.
To give you a better idea of the correct investment you need to look at the space you are painting. If you buy a cheap paint with less solids are you going to need to buy more paint to achieve the same level of coverage. If not then the lower priced paint is always an option but if you are going for a complete colour change, a cheaper paint will not achieve the same results with the same amount of product.
Exterior painting – blow the budget !!
The exterior of your home where buying the best paint possible is always the right way to go. You can spend $5000-$6000 on an exterior paint project every 7 years and your property will look fine and have great protection. However, you can spend around $8000 on an exterior paint project and only have to paint every 12-13 years which is a much better investment in the long run. A top quality exterior paint will not only last longer but due to its superior construction it will provide greater protection from the increasingly common weather extremes.
There are so many different options out there when it comes to exterior paints we will just highlight one of our favourites. We have experienced the most favourable results using a paint from the Sherwin Williams range called Duration. It always provides a great finished product and with our 7 Year Warranty we provide, we know we are rarely going to have call back issues due to its superior quality.
Interior painting – choose carefully !
Choosing your interior paint depends a great deal on your home environment and what goes on in your home. If you have small children running around all day you may want to invest in more higher priced, durable and washable paints. If however the foot traffic in your home is very low you can usually get away with downgrading on price slightly but at Pro-Finish-Painting we always recommend to buy the best you can. The same advice is given in this area regarding colour changes and you may want to consider a base coat of tinted primer if you are choosing to buy a lower priced paint. This will help to ensure that you get full coverage when switching between drastically different colours or applying colours such as red or yellow which typically take more than two coats to cover.
If you`re looking for an extremely durable and washable finish we would recommend an enamel product, especially on areas like doors and trim which are susceptible to knocks and scrapes. Enamels are higher quality products which can be oil or water based and are usually higher in cost but definitely provide advanced protection where needed.
For ceilings you can definitely save money by buying a flat, white paint which almost every manufacturer will have there own versions of. Our favourite paint for ceilings is X-Pert Ceiling Paint from Dulux, it always gives us the right results for every customer.
If you require and more help or advice on any upcoming project you may have then please get in touch. You can call us on 306-551-2425, through our website or at any of our social media channels.
Alternatively, we have some great information on our blog here if you simply want some answers to your unanswered questions. Here at Pro-Finish-Painting we are always happy to be of service and look forward to educating and assisting wherever possible.