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(510) 859-3939

Serving the Greater Bay Area

Services include interior and exterior painting, wood restoration and refinishing, deck waterproofing, drywall repair and refinishing. Brands include Kelly-Moore, Benjamin Moore...
License 972899 | DCID8666666761
(510) 538-9838

Serving Parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Services include interior painting, exterior home painting, commercial and residential painting. Brands include Kelly-Moore
License 518811 |
(510) 394-4990

Serving Alameda County including Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Castro Valley and Livermore.

Services include interior and exterior painting, texture coating, sheet rock repair, popcorn ceiling removal, exterior dry rot and stucco repair, exterior door and cabinet staining. Brands include Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore...
License 875704 | DCID9253360526
(510) 761-6903

Serving Alameda County including Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Kensington, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Moraga, Alamo, Piedmont, Albany.

Services include Acoustic Ceiling Removal, Cabinet Refinishing, Drywall Repair, Epoxy Coatings, Historical Home Painting, Interior & Exterior, Lead-Safe Painting, Power Washing, Professional Color Assistance, Residential & Commercial...
License 837312 | DCID5109810321

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Why Trust Diamond Certified Painting Contractors Rated Highest in Quality?
A home painted by local Diamond Certified painting contractors in Alameda County

A home exterior painted by a Diamond Certified painting contractor. You can feel confident choosing a quality commercial and residential painting company listed above. That's because each has been rated Highest in Quality and has earned the Diamond Certified award. For more information on how best to choose and work with Alameda County painters, read the following articles. Photo: CertaPro Painters of Berkeley (2012)

By DIAMOND CERTIFIED PROGRAM STAFF WRITERS
Topic: Finding High Quality Painting Contractors in Alameda County

OAKLAND — You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a painting contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated painting contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
Find the Best Residential Painting Contractor in Alameda County for You
House painting services in Alameda County, including Oakland and Hayward, CA.
A custom painted home exterior by a Diamond Certified painting company.

A new coat of paint can make your home look like new inside and out. But unless it’s done right, a paint job can fade, chip, crack and peel sooner than you’d expected.
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A new coat of paint can make your home look like new inside and out. But unless it’s done right, a paint job can fade, chip, crack and peel sooner than you’d expected.

Anyone with a paintbrush and roller can say they’re a painter, so you need to know you’re hiring true professionals who can give you the results and customer service you’re looking for. That’s where research comes in. It’s the key to finding the best painting contractors in Alameda County, including those in the larger cities of Hayward, Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley and San Leandro, as well as all the smaller towns and Albany, Castro Valley, Emeryville, San Lorenzo and Piedmont.

Most homeowners don’t know where to start when it comes to hiring a good painter. That’s because even if the color samples and the initial paint job look great, you still want to be sure the painting contractor you hire has the skill and experience to make your new house paint last.
Making an educated choice will save you time, money and frustration. So how do you start your search?

Know the Differences Between Interior Painting and Exterior Painting
Painting may appear to be a simple task on the surface, but interior painting isn’t the same as exterior painting. The preparation, painting materials and application methods are different; and not every painter offers excellence in all areas.

Interior Painting
Interior paints come in a wider variety of colors and sheens than exterior paints. They also tend to be stain resistant and washable to allow for washing. Many interior paints also come in low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) and no-VOC formulas that are safer for indoor use.

Good painting contractors in Alameda County take care to protect interior surfaces and belongings that are not to be painted. This includes taping and covering light fixtures, hardware, electrical plates and light switches. Door knobs, towel racks, baseboards and similar objects are typically removed so that the walls behind them are painted. Drop cloths should be carefully arranged to shield furniture and flooring. The best contractors will also remove old wallpaper or flaking paint and fill in nail holes and wall damage before painting.

Exterior Painting
Exterior paint is more durable so it can stand up to weather and the fading effects of the sun. It also must remain flexible to defend against peeling and cracking caused by temperature changes. Some exterior paints include mildew preventers and fungus resistant additives, while others have UV resistant coatings so they last longer than traditional exterior paints.

Good contractors in Oakland, San Leandro, Berkeley, Hayward, Union City, Fremont and all of Alameda County will carefully prepare all surfaces before applying new paint. Quality preparation generally includes pressure washing exterior surfaces and scraping loose and flaking paint. Cracks and seams should be caulked and sanded to even out the surface. Drop cloths should also be used to protect permanent plants, decorations, flower beds, retaining walls or paved surfaces around the exterior of the home.

The Value of Researching Painters and Painting Companies in Alameda County Including Those in The Major Alameda County Cities of Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, Alameda, Union City, Pleasanton, Newark and Dublin
Once you’ve decided to repaint your house, you’ll probably be in a hurry to hire a painter. However, it’s in your vest interest to take your time and research a few local contractors in the larger cities of Pleasanton, Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Hayward, San Leandro or your area of Alameda County to find the one that will give you the best paint job for your money.

While it’s best to hire a Diamond Certified painting company because of their Highest in Quality rating, that may not always be possible. If you’re unable to choose a Diamond Certified contractor in your area of Alameda County, you can improve your chances of hiring a good painter by checking out potential candidates on the Contractors State License Board website to guarantee they have an active license and workers’ compensation insurance. Violations and license revocations will appear on the license record, so you’ll know about any serious grievances or complaints that former clients have filed with the state.

Then you’ll want to confirm supplementary company qualifications. Painters who have joined local associations and professional organizations may offer better service, and you’ll be able to see their past records, including client complaints and any legal action.

Further Research on Good Painting Contractors, Including Those in Union City, Sunol, Mt Eden, Ashland, Cherry Valley, Emeryville, Piedmont and the Tri-Valley
Now that you’ve done some initial research, talk with a few local painters about your job. When you interview them, have a list of questions and make a note of each contractor’s answers. Remember, many good painters will not provide estimates without first seeing the job.

However, you’re not obligated to set an appointment for an in-home estimate if the painters you’ve talked with don’t meet your expectations or can’t answer your questions. In that case, it’s your right to move on to the next company on your list until you find one you want to meet in person for an estimate.

See the following articles for sample questions you can use as you interview painting contractors in Alameda.

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Know What You Want
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Painting Contractor

Before talking with local painters, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, know which areas of your home you want painted, the color scheme you’re looking for and the timeline in which you want the work done.

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Before talking with local painters, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, know which areas of your home you want painted, the color scheme you’re looking for and the timeline in which you want the work done.

Think about these questions to get you started:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified painting company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • Which areas of my home need to be painted (i.e. exterior painting, kitchen repainting, bedroom repainting, new paint all throughout the house)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the contractors start the job (repairing moulding and trim, repairing wall damage, walls texturizing, new windows and doors, etc.)?
  • What is my budget for the house painting services?
  • Am I looking for decorative or faux painting?
  • Do I want to carry on the same color scheme, or do I want bold paint or a drastic color change?
  • Do I plan to live in this home long-term? Or is this a house I am going to to sell or a rental property that will have new occupants?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Alameda County painting contractor to have? (These may include superior communication skills, promptness, honesty, dependability and cleanliness.)
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Alameda County Painting Contractors on the Phone

As you’re interviewing local painters in Alameda County, it’s wise to use a list of set questions. This will ensure you get the answers you need to make a wise decision. It’s also a good idea to write down the answers you get from each painter. That way, you’ll be able to recall which Alameda County painting company answered your questions acceptably and may make it clear which company is the best choice for you....

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As you’re interviewing local painters in Alameda County, it’s wise to use a list of set questions. This will ensure you get the answers you need to make a wise decision. It’s also a good idea to write down the answers you get from each painter. That way, you’ll be able to recall which Alameda County painting company answered your questions acceptably and may make it clear which company is the best choice for you.

  • Have you earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Do you have a valid contractor’s license?
  • What is your license number? (You may want to verify this license number and look for any complaints against their record at the Contractors State License Board.)
  • Do you have liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage?
  • Tell me about your understanding of residential painting and the experience your employees have.
  • How many times have you done a job like mine before?
  • Do you charge for painting estimates?
  • Do you have your own painting crew, or do you hire subcontractors?
  • How are your painters trained?
  • Are you on site during the work? If not, who will be in charge during the project?
  • Do you recommend a specific brand and type of paint (Benjamin Moore, ICI Dulux, Kelly-Moore, Glidden, Behr, enamel, matte finish, flat paint, semi-gloss, high-gloss)? Why?
  • What guarantees do you offer on your painting work?
  • How long have you been a painting contractor in Alameda County?
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What to Ask in Person
Interview Questions to Ask When Talking With House Painters
Residential painting services in Alameda County and the greater Bay Area.
A home and attached garage painted by a local painting company. Photo: J & D Painting (2012)

When you’ve found a painting contractor you had a good rapport with over the phone, you may want to interview them in person or invite them to see your painting project in person.

The following are some questions you may want to ask as you move forward with your final decision....

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When you’ve found a painting contractor you had a good rapport with over the phone, you may want to interview them in person or invite them to see your painting project in person.

The following are some questions you may want to ask as you move forward with your final decision.

  • How much time will it take your residential painting company to repaint my home?
  • How many coats of paint will my job require?
  • How do you come up with your painting estimate? Is the cost based on time and materials (T&M) or a flat rate?
  • How firm is the original estimate for painting services? What is your policy if the paint job is more complicated or takes longer than you’d expected?
  • Will you do a pre- and post-work inspection? (This can help ensure the painting contractor sees any potential problems before starting the work and notices any missed spots, drips and spatters after the work is done.)
  • Have you completed any exterior painting work in my area of Alameda County that I can see from the street?
  • How would I handle further service issues? Will you come back and repair any paint damage or provide warrantees on your work and the paints you use?
  • What can I do to make the painting process easier?
  • Will you give me the names and phone numbers of your 10 most recent customers that I can call as references?
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What to Ask References
Hear Previous Customers’ Experiences with Local Painting Contractors

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified painting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other painters can’t pass. If you want quality from a painter in Alameda County and the greater Bay Area, you will have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Diamond Certified reports are available online at www.DiamondCertified.org for all certified companies....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified painting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other painters can’t pass. If you want quality from a painter in Alameda County and the greater Bay Area, you will have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Diamond Certified reports are available online at www.DiamondCertified.org for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews, because all research is performed via live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified painter within reach, you’ll have to do some research of your own. It’s wise to call references provided by your painting contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references painting companies give to you are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references are rarely randomly selected from all of a company’s customers.

If you do call references, ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were pleased with the work. Questions you may want to ask include:

  • Were you satisfied with the painting services from _(painting company name)_?
  • What type of painting did they do for you (interior painting, exterior painting, room painting, faux finishing, eco-friendly painting, bathroom painting, etc.)
  • Did the painters finish the work on time?
  • Did the contractor keep you current on the status of the project?
  • If you live in a smaller town such as Castro Valley, Piedmont, Komandorski Village, Mount Eden, Pleasanton or in the rural Tri-Valley Area, did they charge extra to drive to your home?
  • Did the painting company show up on time for work?
  • Did they clean up after the job?
  • When you need new painting in the future, will you consider hiring this painter again?
  • Would you recommend this painting company to your friends and family?
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Review Your Options
Consider Your Options Before Hiring an Alameda Painter
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

Once you’ve carefully evaluated your choices in local painters, answer the following questions to assist you in choosing the right company:...

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Once you’ve carefully evaluated your choices in local painters, answer the following questions to assist you in choosing the right company:

  • Can the painting contractors in Alameda County meet your needs when it comes to job scheduling, painting products, painting techniques, customer service and on-the-job experience?
  • Are the painters knowledgeable about the paint brands and techniques they use?
  • Will the painting contractors explain the specific needs of your job?
  • Is the Alameda painting company sensitive to your budget? Will they offer brands and services that match your resources?Many contractors will give you bids for good, better and best options including choices in paint selection, number of coats, brands and services.
  • Do the painters offer written warranties on their work and paints?
     
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How to Work With
How to Benefit from Painting Contractors in Alameda County Including the Major Cities of Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont, Hayward and Berkeley

Now that you’ve found the local painting company that meets all your ideals, it’s time to ask for a contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and paints to be used, the start date and completion date.

Before you sign the contract, be sure you understand all terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.
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Now that you’ve found the local painting company that meets all your ideals, it’s time to ask for a contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and paints to be used, the start date and completion date.

Before you sign the contract, be sure you understand all terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

When signing the contract, don’t be afraid to write in special requests or verbal agreements you’ve made with the painters. This will protect you and ensure you get the services you have agreed on. These add-ons may also include end dates and special instructions related issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract. For example, rutted lawns, damaged shrubs and crushed flowerbeds are often unexpected results of exterior painting jobs.

But you can proactively protect your property. Before the work begins, schedule a walk through with the supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property. List or photograph your landscaping, house and property and talk with a representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the work. Both you and the painting contractor should sign and date the document when you’ve reached an agreement. When the work is done, accompany the contractor on a final inspection and verify that your expectations were met.

Prepare Your Alameda County Home for New Interior and Exterior Painting
Professional painters in Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward and San Leandro and throughout Alameda County should be able to handle all necessary preparations for the painting work. But there are a few things you can do before their arrival and during the work to help their job go more smoothly. You may even cut down on invoiced hours or damage to your home and possessions.

Remove furniture and other items. Before the painters arrive, remove all furniture, decor, rugs, and other objects from the rooms slated for painting. Anything that’s not removed should be moved to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. You may want to store any heirlooms or expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being broken or damaged. Some painters will take the time to move and cover furniture, but there may be an additional charge for this service. Ask about who should prepare the room for painting, and, if the painters offer the service, how much they charge. It may be worth it to you to have them do it, or you may be able to knock a few hours worth of time from your final bill by doing it yourself.

Provide enough clearance and parking space for work trucks. Some painting companies have large work trucks that require more clearance or parking space than standard vehicles. Contact the company before the start date and ask them how much parking space they’ll need and whether their work trucks are oversized. You may find it helpful to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out potential clearance issues or hazards you can move or reduce before the painting begins.

Trim plants and bushes before exterior painting. If you’re hiring an Alameda County painting company for exterior painting, you may save time and money by trimming trees, bushes and other plants that are within reach of your home’s exterior. Ask your contractor about the amount of space they require around the perimeter of the job.

Keep children and pets away. Your contractors will be focused on the work and shouldn’t have to watch out for children and pets. Barricade off the rooms to be painted and keep pets and kids away until after the work is done and the paint is completely dry. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups and repainting.

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Be a Good Customer
Be a Good Painting Company Customer In Alameda County

It's the responsibility of the contractors to use the best quality paints and the best possible painting techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new paint, too. Here are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Alameda County painting company, including those in Fremont. Oakland, Newark, Dublin, Berkeley and Union City.

Let the company representative know what you want from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations....

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It's the responsibility of the contractors to use the best quality paints and the best possible painting techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new paint, too. Here are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Alameda County painting company, including those in Fremont. Oakland, Newark, Dublin, Berkeley and Union City.

Let the company representative know what you want from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way, especially when there’s conflict.
  • Before you hire a painting contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to your understanding of the contract. Most problems occur because of communication breakdowns. But by being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your contractor if he will call you with updates about your job.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if the company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or additional work authorization.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the painting on schedule.
  • Pay your painting contractor on time.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Painters appreciate customers who are straightforward, open and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and contributes to a good working relationship. The job may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Review the Invoice and the House Painting Work

When the new painting is completed, most good painters will give you a written invoice for the completed work. This usually includes:...

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When the new painting is completed, most good painters will give you a written invoice for the completed work. This usually includes:

  • The contractor’s name, business address and license number.
  • A list of all services completed.
  • An itemized list of all paint and painting supplies purchased, including brands, quality and amount.
  • The total cost for painting services, including the amount charged for labor.
  • Any relevant warrantees or product guarantees provided by the paint manufacturers and the painting company.

It’s smart to compare the completed work to what was promised on the official invoice. Ask your painting company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice to verify that the company did everything that was promised in the way they promised to do it. During the walk-through, ask if there are any unusual instructions for maintaining your new paint. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from Alameda County Painters
Exterior painting services for homes and businesses in Alameda County.
A multilevel residence repainted by a local painting contractor.

Most good painting contractors in Alameda County warranty their work and the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job for your protection and that of your painting company.

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Most good painting contractors in Alameda County warranty their work and the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job for your protection and that of your painting company.

This written warranty should include:

  • The Alameda County painting contractor’s name and physical address.
  • The painting company's state license number.
  • What products and services are covered by the warranty. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your paint in the event of product failure.
  • Your liability if you file a warranty claim (i.e., whether you have to pay for labor or new materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount based on when the failure occurs).
  • Terms, restrictions and exclusions to the painting services contract.
  • If the painting services warranties transfer to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Painters in Alameda County

The top 10 requests for residential painting services in Alameda County including those in Hayward, San Leandro, Berkeley, Oakland and Fremont and the surrounding areas are listed below. The paragraphs below the table define each painting service request.

Paint Color Selection...

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The top 10 requests for residential painting services in Alameda County including those in Hayward, San Leandro, Berkeley, Oakland and Fremont and the surrounding areas are listed below. The paragraphs below the table define each painting service request.

Paint Color Selection
Paint color selection is a service many larger painting companies in Alameda County offer. Paint selection involves potential paint color choices, existing colors in the home and overall room and decoration scheme. Paint matching services may also be available in cases where homeowners want to match new paint to an existing color.

Exterior Painting

Exterior paint is applied to the outside of homes and buildings. Exterior paints must be more elastic and fade-resistant than interior paints so they’re able to stand up to harsh weather conditions and fading from the sun.

Interior Painting

Painting on the interior surfaces of a home is referred to as interior painting. Interior paint for walls and ceilings comes in many colors and finishes, including faux and decorative finishes, wood stains, clear finish, matte paint, glossy paint and texturized paint. Many modern interior paints are available in ecologically aware formulations that are less toxic than exterior paints.

House Painting

House painting can include interior painting and exterior painting, and often takes into account the entire process from color selection, paint prepping, taping, priming, painting and sealing. Many painters specialize in painting homes, while others paint commercial buildings, industrial buildings and government buildings. You may want to consider hiring a house painter that has experience in the types of materials, techniques and methods you’re looking for.

Decorative Painting Techniques

Also known as faux finishing and faux painting, decorative techniques including tromp l’oeil, rag rolling, venetian plaster, sponge painting, marbling, stripe technique (striping), color washing, pickling, liming, wood graining, verdigris (aged copper-like finish) and antiquing are fashionable methods that add a custom look to homes.

Faux Painting / Faux Finishing
Like decorative painting techniques, faux painting is a technique that adds a faux finish to the surface so that the wall or ceiling appears to be made of something else. Examples of popular faux painting are: Venitian plastering, faux suede, faux marble or marbleizing and wood grain faux effects.

Commercial Painting Companies

Painting for commercial buildings, stores, schools, office buildings, museums, public structures and hospitals is known as commercial painting. Some contractors do only commercial painting, while others provide a combination of services for commercial, industrial and residential painting.

Low VOC Paint

Low VOC paints have lower quantities of volatile organic compounds, or potentially harmful chemicals. Low-VOC paints are often used in homes and offices where people spend a large amount of time. Low-VOC and no-VOC paints may help improve indoor air quality and avoid toxin-related illnesses.

Industrial Painting Services

Industrial painting services in Alameda County paint large industrial and commercial buildings. Industrial painting is often done on metal building interior and exteriors, ceilings, walls, floors, metal siding, metal roofs, office buildings and large professional buildings, parking garages, factories, manufacturing plants and storage warehouses.

Painting Services

The term painting services encompasses all products and painting specialties offered by local painting companies in Alameda County. Popular painting services include house painting, interior painting, exterior painting, residential house painting, commercial painting, preparation, spray painting, paint rolling and high-volume painting services.

Top 10 Brand Requests

  1. Sherwin-Williams Paint
  2. Behr Paint
  3. Valspar Paint
  4. Dutch Boy Paint
  5. Kelly-Moore Paint
  6. Glidden Paint
  7. Dulux Paint
  8. ICI Paint
  9. Benjamin Moore Paint
  10. Olympic Paint
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If Things Go Wrong
Have Confidence in The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified painting contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the painting company you’ve chosen is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve an issue by talking directly with the company owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways to End Conflict with Local Painting Companies...

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Diamond Certified painting contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the painting company you’ve chosen is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve an issue by talking directly with the company owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways to End Conflict with Local Painting Companies
Most painting projects go well, especially when you’ve carefully chosen a qualified painting company from your area of Alameda County that has a record of customer satisfaction.

But what if something goes wrong in spite of your best efforts? Follow the useful tips below to resolve your difficulty quickly with contractors in Alameda County cities including Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont, Oakland and Pleasanton.

The most direct route to ending conflict is to talk with the company owner or supervisor. Most painting contractors in Alameda County are professionals who have a vested interest in keeping customers happy. Don’t wait until the job is finished to voice your concerns. By sharing concerns as soon as they happen, you may ward off potential problems before they even start.

  • Review the contract specifications and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person with your contractor.
  • Document your complaints and concerns in writing. Take photos if you are unhappy with the quality of painting materials or workmanship.
  • Set a deadline for resolution of the grievances, and tell the painting company representative that you are open to finding a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • You may legally withhold payment from your painting contractor until the dispute is resolved to your satisfaction.
  • If you do not get an appropriate response to your concerns, consider hiring a local building inspector or painting expert to evaluate the problem from a neutral standpoint. This will let you know if you truly have a claim, or if you should lower your expectations.
  • Fire the painters as a last resort. This can lead to ill will between you and the painting company, and can result in work delays or even lawsuits for breach of contract or non-payment.
  • File serious complaints with the Contractors State License Board.
  • Contact your state attorney general if the problems you experienced with your painting company are serious enough to merit filing charges.
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Glossary of Terms
House Painting Glossary for Customers in Alameda County
Exterior house painting by Diamond Certified painting contractors.
A house painter from a local painting company works on an exterior paint job. Photo: J & D Painting (2012)

acrylic paint
Acrylic paints are water-based synthetic paints known for performance and long-lasting color. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when wet but become flexible, durable and water-resistant once dry. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and can be mixed together to create new paint colors.

Also known as: acrylic house paint, acrylic latex paint, acrylic enamel, acrylic interior paint, acrylic exterior paint, acrylic painting, acrylics

antique finish / antique faux finishing...

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acrylic paint
Acrylic paints are water-based synthetic paints known for performance and long-lasting color. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when wet but become flexible, durable and water-resistant once dry. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and can be mixed together to create new paint colors.

Also known as: acrylic house paint, acrylic latex paint, acrylic enamel, acrylic interior paint, acrylic exterior paint, acrylic painting, acrylics

antique finish / antique faux finishing
A specialized finish usually applied to furniture and woodwork to give the appearance of age and antiquing. Antique finishes may appear worn, cracked, rough or hand-rubbed and are often used on furniture, accent walls and room trim to complement décor.
Also known as: antiquing, antiqued wood painting, faux antique finish, antique oil finish, shabby chic painting, antique painting, distressed paint, distressing, aged-look painting, country-antique finish

curing
Curing is the time it takes for paint to fully bond and become dry and stable. While the surface of paint may dry quickly, making the surface appear dry, most paints take up to two weeks to dry down to the base. Care should be taken not to scratch, dent or scar curing paint. Ask your painting contractor how long your new paint should be left to cure.

Also known as: paint curing, paint drying, drying paint, high-temperature paint curing

cutting in
The painting technique that creates a neat line where two edges or colors meet as “cutting in.” When cutting in, painters usually use a trim brush with beveled or angled bristles to apply a finished-line edge.

Also known as: cutting, cutting in paint, cut-in, cut-in walls, cutting-in ceilings, cut-in paint

eggshell finish
Eggshell finish is a type of paint finish that has a slight sheen and appears mildly shiny. It often has the same appearance as an eggshell, hence its name.

Also known as: egg shell finish, eggshell paint finish, satin finish paint, eggshell paint, egg-shell paint

elastomeric paint
Elastomeric finishes are thick, flexible and waterproof rubberized paints. Elastomerics create a waterproof barrier on almost any surface, including masonry and stucco. Elastomeric paints are generally used on home exteriors and are available in almost every brand and color.

Also known as: elastomeric exterior paint, elastomeric masonry, elastomeric stucco paint, elastomeric rubberized paint, rubber paint, elastomeric coatings, waterproof paint barrier.

enamel finish
A type of household paint that dries to a hard finish. Enamel finishes may be flat paint, gloss paint or semi-gloss paint.

Also known as: enamel interior paint, enamel exterior paint, hard enamel finish, glossy enamel paint

epoxy
Epoxy is a type of paint that is made from tightly-binding chemicals. Epoxies resist standing water and extreme surface conditions, so epoxy finishes are a good choice for industrial painting and other areas that need a tough, protective coating.

Also known as: polyester epoxy, fusion bonded epoxy powder coatings (FBE), epoxy resin, powder coatings, two-part epoxy coatings

faux finishing
Faux finishing encompasses a wide range of decorative painting techniques used to make one surface appear like another. Some faux painting creates an illusion of depth or texture. Common faux finishes include: texturizing, color washing, paint combing, marbleizing, wood graining, stria, rag painting, stenciling, metallic paints, glazing, plaster of paris, sponge painting, faux brick finishes, wall murals, smooth finishes, and other similar wall treatments.

Also known as: faux painting, faux finishes, faux finish painting, faux paint texture, decorative painting, decorative faux finishes

finish coat
The final coat of paint applied to walls, ceilings and other structures is referred to as the finish coat.

Also known as: finishing coat, final coat, top coat, finished coat

flaking paint
When paint fails and small pieces flake off, the paint is said to be flaking. Like peeling, cracking and blistering paint, flaking paint occurs when a layer of paint detaches from the surface it has been applied to. Once a paint job starts flaking, the best fix is to completely strip and sand the surface and reapply a better quality paint.

Also known as: paint flakes, flaking paint, chipped paint, peeling paint, paint flaking off

flat finish paint
Flat finish is the most common paint finish used for interior painting. Flat finishes reflect the least amount of light, and have no sheen or gloss. They are common interior and exterior paint choices.

Also known as: flat paint finish, flat finishes, no-gloss paints, flat paint, flat paint colors

gloss paint finish
Glossy paints have a shiny sheen and reflect light. Gloss finishes are shiny and durable, although they may be more prone to scratching and flaws than flat paints. Glossy finishes are generally used as accent paints on cabinets, trim and furnishings.

Also known as: glossy paint, glossy paint finish, gloss finish, high gloss paints, demi-gloss finish, gloss paints, semi-gloss

lacquer
Lacquers are fast-drying, clear or lightly-pigmented varnishes. Lacquer dries as solvents evaporate and often requires a curing process to develop a hard coating. Lacquer is most commonly applied to wood and furniture.

Also known as: lacquer spray, gloss lacquer, clear lacquer, lacquer sealant, lacquer sealer, shellac, varnish

latex paint
Latex paint are synthetic, water-based paints that dry quickly and are easy to clean. Latex paints are opaque and are easy to paint over with another latex-based paint.

Also known as: acrylic paint, acrylic latex paint

metallic paints
Metallic paints are interior paints that have metal flecks in them. The metal flakes are reflective and create a shimmery, luminous appearance.

Also known as: metallic paints, polychromatic paint, metal flake paint, metal paint, metallic-finish paint, metallics

paint fading
Paints that are exposed to high amounts of light, heat and weathering can experience fading. Fading can be postponed by choosing higher quality paints, choosing lighter colors and applying more coats of paint.

Also known as: paint fading, residential paint fading, faded paint, paint fade restoration, sun faded paint, sun fading paint

paint thinner
Paint thinners are solvents used to thin and clean up oil-based paints. Many paint thinners are made of toxic or potentially dangerous chemicals. Paint thinners should be used carefully and sparingly. Using a water-based paint will make it unnecessary to use paint thinners.

Also known as: paint solvent, acetone, mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, touline, xylene, MEK, DMF, liquid thinner

peeling paint
When a layer of paint detaches from the lower layers of paint, it is referred to as peeling paint. Paint peeling can be caused by moisture or poor adhesion due to improper preparation. Peeling paint must be stripped, sanded and reapplied to a clean surface.

Also known as: paint peeling, interior peeling paint, exterior paint peeling, fixing peeling paint, peeling house paint, peeling bathroom paint, peeling paint texture

priming
Priming is applying a coat of primer paint to a surface before applying paint and finish coat. Primers assure a strong bond and prevent paint from peeling, chipping and flaking.

Also known as: primer, paint prepping, preparation, primer coat, wood primers, primer sealer, primer spray

satin finish
Satin finishes have a rich texture and a slight glossy finish. They are also known as eggshell finishes. Satin finish paints are hard-wearing and easy to clean.

Also known as: satin interior paints, satin finishes, satin wall finish, satin-finish paint

stain
Stain is a water-based or oil-based glaze that is applied to surfaces to add color. Unlike paint, which sits on the top of the surface, stain is absorbed into the surfaces. Stain is often used on wood and to permanently stain the surface.

Also known as: wood stain, staining, interior stains, exterior stains, surface stains, wall staining, paint staining

textured paint
Textured paint has grainy material within the paint or that can be applied with brushes, rollers, trowels or other tools to create special effects. Textured paint effects are often used to hide flaws, imperfections, accent furniture and decor, or hide stains and wall damage.

Also known as: texture paint, texturized paint, paint texturing, applying texture to paint
 

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Alameda County Painting Company FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor in Alameda County?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor in Alameda County?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a painter with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only painting companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified painting company.

Q: What is lead paint? Should I be concerned about it?
A: Lead paint is the leading source of lead poisoning in children and adults, which can cause brain damage and slow physical development. Lead-based paints were applied to interior and exterior surfaces of older homes before 1978.Lead paint contamination isn’t usually a problem if the old paint is covered with new, lead-free paint. However, when the old paint chips, cracks, peels or is scraped, lead paint underneath can become exposed and pose a threat to children and pets.

If your home painting contains lead, your contractors legally need to take precautions when removing it. These containment procedures usually include sealing off the rest of the home, wearing respirators while removing the paint, disposing of the clothes worn while removing lead paint, and using filtration systems and post-removal cleaning procedures to remove all lead particles from the home and area surrounding the home. If your contractor doesn’t use proper lead paint removal techniques, you can legally be held responsible for contamination.

Q: How do I know if my home was covered in lead paint?
A: Most homes built before 1978 were painted with lead paint. An easy lab test can prove if your paint contains lead. Some painting contractors in Alameda County will test for lead paint, and lead paint tests are available at most hardware stores for DIY lead paint testing.

Q: Can I paint my house myself?
A: As with many home improvement projects, it is possible to apply new paint to your home yourself. If the area you want to paint is small or you have experience painting, you may be up for doing the job yourself. However, painting is often time-intensive, messy work. And depending on the size of your project, you may be wise to hire a professional to do the job. Professional painters have the knowledge, skill and the tools to do the job right. Most will also guarantee their work, so you’ll be more assured of getting a quality paint job that lasts for years longer.

Q: Does it matter what quality of paint I choose?
A: With paint, you usually get what you pay for. Top-quality paints are more expensive, but they often have better components that make them smoother, more durable and last longer than cheap paint. You’ll have to repaint less frequently and your home will look better between painting.

Q: What is the difference between paint finishes?
A: Exterior and interior paint is labeled according to sheen and gloss. The higher the sheen, the more light reflects off of the paint and the shinier it appears. Your choice of paint depends on the area and surface, the color of paint and whether you’ll need to clean the painted surface or hide imperfections.

Matte and flat paints have very little or no gloss. They are often used on walls and ceilings and hide surface imperfections. Eggshell finish has a slight sheen and a lustrous appearance. It is often used on interior walls. Satin and silk finish paints have a finish that is in between that of eggshell and semigloss. They are easier to clean than flat paint. Semi-gloss finish is shinier, glossier paint. It is easy to clean and resists staining. However, the glossier a finish is, the more likely imperfections in the paint will be noticeable.

Q: Why do painting estimates vary so widely?
A: Painting contractors base their prices on the cost of labor, the time needed for painting preparation and repairs, the quality of paint applied and the number of coats. Cheaper bids may be a sign of a lower quality of work or less knowledgeable painters. However, you’re wise to ask the contractors when one bid is much lower or much higher than the others you’ve received to make sure the painting company is bidding on the same project and same details within the project. You can avoid most of this uncertainty by requesting detailed bids that are itemized to include quality and brand of paint materials, details about paint application and number of coats.

Q: Why is my exterior paint is peeling and what can I do about it?
A: Some paint will peel when overexposed to moisture and weathering. Your paint may be peeling because it is the wrong type of paint for the surface, it was applied poorly, or the surface was not properly prepared before painting. If your paint is peeling, there isn’t much you can do. The peeling paint will need to be scraped and removed, the surface sanded and prepared, and a new coat of paint applied. If you hired a local painter in Alameda County, call them back to address the situation. Good painters will usually stand behind their work, and they may repair or repaint your home based on the warranty they promised when they first did the job.

Your best course for dealing with peeling paint is to remove the entire coat of paint, not just the peeling area. That’s because the rest of the paint will most likely also fail since it was applied in the same way to the same surface. Contact a local Alameda County painting company to assess the damage and advise you on your specific situation.

Q: What are low-VOC and no-VOC paints? Should I consider using them?
A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds, or chemicals that emit potentially harmful gasses over time. Paint, lacquers, varnishes, paint thinners and paint removers often contain these chemicals. Paints with lower concentrations of these toxic compounds have become available recently.

There are also some paint brands that offer products with no VOC content. These natural paints and finishes are durable, cost effective and less harmful. Talk with your painting contractor and ask if they are familiar with low-VOC paints and whether they would recommend them for your home. Most customers who chose low VOC paints or no VOC paints do so because they are concerned about indoor air quality or have children or pets they want to protect over the long term.

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Consumer Agencies
Painting Company Associations & Consumer Agencies

Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) (www.finishingcontractors.org)
National Alliance of Professional Painters (NAPP) (www.thenapp.com)
National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) (www.paint.org)
Master Painters and Decorators Association (MPDA) (www.mpda.net)...

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Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) (www.finishingcontractors.org)
National Alliance of Professional Painters (NAPP) (www.thenapp.com)
National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) (www.paint.org)
Master Painters and Decorators Association (MPDA) (www.mpda.net)
Master Painters Institute (MPI) (http://www.mpi.net/)
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) (http://www.pdca.org/)

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Industry Information
Alameda County Painting Contractor Information
Popular Paint BrandsTypes of Painting Services Available in Alameda County Cities Served Zip Codes Served
Krylon Painthouse paintAlameda
Albany
Ashland
Berkeley
Castro Valley
Cherryland
Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
Hayward
Komandorski Village
Livermore
Mount Eden
Newark
Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
Russell City
San Leandro
San Lorenzo
Sunol
Union City
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Kilz Paintcustom paint
Dulux Paintexterior paint
Rustoleuminterior paint
Valspar Paintsfaux painting
Kelly-Moore Paintsdecorative painting
Benjamin-Moore Paintscommercial painting
Glidden Paintstextured painting
ICI Professional Paintsstaining
Ralph Lauren Paintsspray painting
Mythic Paintretexturing
Behr Paintelastomeric finishes
Cabot Paintspainting restoration
Dutch Boy Patinpaint color matching
Pratt and Lambert Patinsgreen painting
Dunn-Edwards Paintlow VOC paints / no VOC paints
Sherwin-Williams Paintglazing
PPG Paintscolor consulting
Devoe Paintswood preservation
Fuller O’Brien Paintrepainting
Milk Paintnew construction painting
Frazee Paintscustom refinishing