Reliable, clean, hardworking, fair painter. I enjoyed seeing this young man take pride in how beautiful he made my home look. I have a modest 1700 square foot home A young looking man came to my home (after finding his number on yellow pages.com) to give me an estimate that was clearly written and detailed in every single need my home required. We walked around the home and he quietly wrote down notes as he listened to what I wanted, and as it turns out everything that it required. After reading the proposal I realized I was getting a great deal. Ray washed my home early the first day. We spent the afternoon going over the colors and Ray ordered the paint and picked up all the materials to begin the preparations of my home. On Sunday my home was caulked, sealed, and ready for paint. Yesterday, at 9:00 am sharp Ray showed up to cover my windows with plastic and up went the primer. Shortly after up went my top color. Ray was right tinting the primer to match the paint really gave the topcoatings a custom look. Well with my home painted Ray took lunch at three and returned at four to begin trimming out my home. By 5;30 p.m my home was complete. Ray worked this whole weekend that was my only free one as I am a full time teacher and part time barber. I have one more appointment with Ray to discuss any imperfections but as of this morning my home looks beautiful. Like a freshly built home. It's 15 yrs old!!!!! Thank you Mr. Bernal for keeping your word and painting my home like I wanted.
2006 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78210
From Business: At COUNTYWIDE EXTERIORS our professionalism shows in the craftsmanship of our work. It's good to know there are credible companies that still want to earn your business. We specialize in all exterior products and improvements for your home updating and modernizing the exterior of your home in a professional manner, but mos…
1133 Arbor PlSan Antonio, TX 78207
From Business: Welcome to South West Texas Environmental Contractors, Inc. We are dedicated to providing superior asbestos & lead-based paint abatement, residential remodeling, and commercial/residential painting services.
1654 S General McMullen DrSan Antonio, TX 78237
From Business: McCoy’s is a supplier of lumber, building materials, roofing supplies and farm & ranch equipment with stores in Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
San Antonio, TX 78245
From Business: We offer a general Contracting service that is 2nd to none when it comes to quality. We can do bathroom tile enclosures from the shower valve tub replacement to tile and trim kit. We are a small company consisting of a former Marine and Navy Vet. We are honest and realistic. We can Pressure wash, clear clogs, carpentry, si…
8400 Jamestown Drive, Suite 20San Antonio, TX 78070
From Business: Quality Painting is a properly insured company that has provided professional painting services to the state of Texas for years. We specialize in offering quality workmanship at reasonable pricing.
These guys were really great! We got two estimates before them and they were the best deal by far, not only with prices, but with quality. They gave us a military discount and the three wonderfully friendly guys finished the whole downstairs in a day! They came early (it's my pet peeve when peop…
15. Alamo Handyman
Alamo Handyman did a great job at our home!! They were called first to provide new flooring and ceiling treatments. They were very prompt, courteous, professional, and their crews were on time and completed the job quickly. We loved them so much that we called them back to put in a brick patio, …
16. Tellez Painting
I hired this company and Jesse the owner came out to give me an estimate. I hired them to come out and paint the exterior of my home after the damage from all the rain that occurred a couple of months ago. He gave me a great price and completed the job in 4 days. He said it would take 7 days and…
19. The Home Depot
This store, this one on Military, has to have the most amazing management that you will find anywhere! We built a 6,000 SF home in 2015. Our GC allowed us to select and purchase as many of our construction materials as we desired. We selected this store for the majority of those purchases. Store…
20. The Home Depot
This particular store generally stays clean. Selection and prices on building materials are fair. Customer service is hit and miss. Generally, the “greeter” says hello and occasionally someone else but too many associates will walk by you without even acknowledging the customers. This …
21. The Home Depot
You'll find the same glowing review for all Home Depots in SA. I'm sure it was written by someone with Home Depot. It's a big store, with lots of stuff, some high quality, some garbage. Forget the ""ubiquitous"" staff mentioned in the review. Like all big stores, Wal Mart, Target, etc., staf…
22. The Home Depot
This is the closest location to us and we drive out of or way to stay as far from it as we can. Very crowded, little customer service and nine out of times I can guarantee it will take at least 30min. to an hour to check out.
28. The Home Depot
20740 US Highway 281 NSan Antonio, TX 78258
From Business: The Home Depot #6550 isn't just a hardware store. We provide tools, appliances, outdoor furniture, building materials to San Antonio, TX residents. Let us help with your project!
1011 E Southcross BlvdSan Antonio, TX 78214
From Business: Our variety of clientele include retail, office and institutional entities to include HEB Headquarters, Country Home Learning Center, Witte Museum, AVANCE, Hendry Investments, Judson Independent School District, Tanger Outlets, Randolph Airforce Base, Clear Channel, and more.Our commitment to professionalism and customer s…
Sergio Tubilla performs quality work on pretty much anything you need done. I originally had him come over for a free estimate on some water damage repairs that were extensive. He repaired the damages for a much lower cost then previous companies estimates. Before he left he told me if I needed anything fixed or installed to let him know so I asked him if he installed french doors. He said yes and went to Lowes, picked up the one I selected and installed it. There was some extra work that needed to be done so the doors would fit and he didn't charge extra. On his way out I inquired about ceiling fan installation and he did that for me too. His great workmanship is evident because he treats every project as if he was performing the task on his own house. I pointed out a spot that I wanted fixed and I told him I didn't mean to be picky, his reply was, "No you need to tell me what you don't like, it needs to be done right." He loves his work and you can see that through the finished product. He has over 14 years of experience and he even has a Masters degree which I found to be quite impressive. He goes beyond what is expected so eveything looks great. He work is quality and I will definitely be using him again. I highly recommend him to anyone that is looking for an honest contractor.
We were referred to Dennis and his company by some good friends who are even more particular than we are. Whenever they are happy with a company then we know they have passed the ultimate test and we can count on that company to do a 1st class job. They are very professional, were patient with our changes (thanks Ozzie), very through, and they're not satisfied until you're satisfied. In the past we've had contractors who seemed to think they knew better than we what we wanted, and were more interested in getting paid than ultimately doing a good job. But with Constructors Division 9 they listened, gave good advice and we ended up with a great job for which we were very satisfied and happy. In other words they go beyond what is expected. For anyone getting ready to paint, it would be in your best interest to give Dennis a call. That way you're not giving him a call to redo a job when someone else's job only lasts two years in our hot Texas sun.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Types of Interior Paint
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Types of Exterior Paint
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
Hiring a Painter
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
- Whether they had issues with the crew
- If the painters were messy or neat
- How the paint has held up since the project was completed
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
- Is established and well-known
- Cares about its customers
- Is confident in their work
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
Trade Organizations for Painters
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.