DIY vs Professional Painters

Painting is a skill that requires excellent planning, precision, talent, and technique. This may conjure up visions of a great master at work, such as Rembrandt or Picasso painstakingly bringing a vision to life on canvas. However, an equal amount of aptitude and proficiency is required when it comes to painting the exterior or interior of your home.

Throughout the decades, house painting has been a task that many homeowners endeavor to take on themselves—despite lacking the skill or experience to really do the job right; and a lot can go wrong. The unfortunate results of many DIY attempts are well documented. Just Google “house painting disasters,” and you will see over 11 million results, complete with pictures that will make you shake your head–or laugh–or perhaps both. From stranded homeowners dangling by their fingertips from rooftops, trim and walls that look more like a Jackson Pollock creation, to horrific spills that ruined floors, walls, windows, and furniture, the internet provides a stern visual discourse on what not to do. The truth is, painting may seem like a simple task, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is a job best left to a professional. Nothing compares to a professional paint job, and here’s why.

Equipment: An expert already has the premium-grade equipment needed to cover the work, including the proper brushes, rollers, sprayers, tips, extensions, pans, buckets, ladders, and the list goes on. And, in addition to having these items on hand, a professional knows when and how to use them.

Preparation: A professional knows how to clean and prepare an area for painting, regardless of the size of the area, whether inside or outside. This may include anything from power washing to stripping to scraping and priming. A pro will also take steps to protect the home from damage and mishaps. Inadequate prep by the homeowner may result in an improper application of the paint, less than stellar results, property damage, and the cost of calling in the pros to clean up.

Painting Technique: Technique is critically important when it comes to achieving the desired, professional look. This involves using the correct brush and application tools and doing so the right way. Loading the brush or roller appropriately, using the proper grip, angle, pressure, and stroke direction, all make a difference. This is not something a DIYer can learn on the fly.

Material Knowledge: Paint choices are endless. There are water-based, oil-based, latex, enamel, acrylics, and a range of specialty paints with specific properties such as anti-molding and fire retardant, etc. Choosing one that is inappropriate for a particular job is a common mistake for the DIYer. A pro will know exactly which type of paint is ideal for the specific purpose and surface. A pro can also provide guidance in color choices so that the homeowner doesn’t end up with an undesired color palette.

Speed: A professional painter can paint a room, or an entire home, much more quickly than an amateur. Something that might take the homeowner days to do might be achieved by an experienced professional painter in a matter of hours.

Overall Quality: Experience and training matters, and the simple truth is, you can tell the difference between a paint job that was done professionally and one that was done by a DIYer (even a competent one). Nothing looks better or lasts longer than a professional paint job.

Cost Savings: It is more cost-effective to hire a professional painter than to attempt to do it yourself. First, the cost to accumulate the supplies and equipment needed is expensive, typically far exceeding the cost of hiring a professional. Secondly, you need to factor in your own time spent (often twice as long as you initially anticipate). And lastly, you must also consider the unexpected cost of repairing mishaps, which are much more likely to happen.

There is no doubt about it. When you need interior or exterior painting done, your smartest choice is to hire a professional. Experts caution you against attempting it yourself and will recommend a professional painter. When you need an expert, one name stands out above the rest, and that’s EmeraldPro Painting. From our renowned, exceptional craftmanship to our trained, knowledgeable, and friendly staff, we are committed to excellence in every project we take on. There’s a reason why clients are raving about our services throughout the country. Give us a call today, and we’ll show you why we’re the right choice for you.