Q: How long will my paint job last?
A: Paint applied to a wood surface will typically last seven to 10 years, while paint applied to a stucco substrate should last 15 years.
Q: Are your crewmembers employees or subcontractors?
A: Everyone who works here is an employee of our company—we’ve never used subcontractors and we never will. Our painters are experienced, knowledgeable and properly trained to identify the right paint product for each situation.
Q: Will you move furniture during my interior painting project?
A: Yes, we’ll move all furniture to the center of the room and cover it with tarps for protection. We’ll also cover the floors with rosin paper (a thick butcher paper that’s taped down to ensure total protection), cover all light fixtures and remove the switch plates in each room. You should never expect to find paint on anything but the surfaces we’re painting.
Q: What is elastomeric paint?
A: Elastomeric paint is a water intrusion product that’s primarily used on stucco and other masonry substrates. It represents an efficient and aesthetically pleasing option if your stucco has a lot of hairline cracks in it. After application, the paint expands up to one-sixteenth of an inch, which virtually erases the cracks and seals and makes the exterior watertight.
Q: Is elastomeric paint a good option for my house?
A: Elastomeric paint can be a great option in the right situation, but it’s more expensive to apply than most paint materials, so make sure you consult with a painting contractor before making a final decision. It covers about 120 square feet per gallon, whereas regular paint covers about 350 square feet per gallon, so if you apply it correctly, you’ll use almost three times as much as regular paint.
Q: Should I paint the exterior of my house during the winter?
A: That depends on a variety of factors. If the moisture level of wood substrates is below 12 percent in the winter (which is actually quite common in California), it’s safe to paint the outside of your house. Temperature is also an issue to consider. Sometimes during the heat of summer, the substrate will actually be too hot to paint because the paint dries faster than it absorbs. In that case, winter is the best time to paint your house. In fact, if you live in a coastal region like Pacifica or Daly City, it’s actually preferable to paint during the winter because there’s less chance of fog coming in and getting moisture in or behind the paint.
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