I recently had one of Brandon's crews mud and paint the master bath's walls. Upon completion I was very disappointed in the uneven/inconsistent textures on the wall and in the paint job. I contacted Brandon, who responded immediately. He acknowledged the poor workmanship and made no excuses. He apologized and said the problems would be fixed. Within 3 working days he sent "Super" Dave Trent to even out the textures to one consistent texture and to re-paint the walls. Kudos to Brandon for making sure the job was done right and to this customer's complete satisfaction. I would/ will contract with Elite Painting in the future. Thanks Brandon and Dave.
I would highly encourage you to use Elite Painting. We just moved from New Braunfels, Texas to Benton, Louisiana and we needed to hire a good painter to paint the interior of our new home before our possessions got delivered from the moving van. We went to the local Sherwin Williams store and we just lucked out. Brandon was in picking up supplies and he was able to meet us at our new home within a few hours and give us a bid. He had his crew start on our home the very next day! They did a great job and our new home looks fantastic. They were very reasonable and very professional.
Elite Painting stands up to their name!! These guys do more than just painting, and they do it quick and professional. I tried to tackle a renovation job on my house by myself, and found out I was in over my head. I called Brandon and he came out with his crew and bailed me out!! Finished hanging the drywall, textured my ceilings, painted the walls to my custom color, and did the carpenter work on my floor trim. Fantastic job!! Next time I will go straight to them instead of trying to do anymore of my own projects.
Brandon and Mike were awesome today. They came in to paint a wall from water damage in our home. Brandon matched the color exactly and even bought new paint. Mike did the prep work so none of our furniture was damaged. VERY satisfied with their work and will DEFINITELY call on them again. ALSO found the handyman for other jobs we have been looking for. So all in all it was an awesome experience. I highly recommend them to anyone needing paint or etc. done. They do stand by their word.
I vary rarely write reviews, however, Elite painting does deserve a 5 star rating here. Brandon, the painters Paul & Cody, as well his carpenters were very skillful & wonderful workers. I never normally let anyone work on the things I do myself, but this time I had to allow others to assist me. Myself & Kelley very highly recommend Elite painting to anyone interested in having their exterior house painted. Thanks again very much!
We recently had the exterior of our home repainted. Despite all of the weather challenges we faced, Brandon and his staff stayed in touch continuously and were able to complete the work in the most timely fashion possible. They showed superb professionalism and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. I would highly recommend Elite Painting, and will use them for any future home improvement needs we have.
After receiving several quotes from contractors in the area, my husband and I decided on Elite Painting. We were so pleased with the quality of work and the efficiency in which it was done. So much in fact that we are having his team come back out and paint our home exterior along with our out buildings this fall. Thank you Brandon for your professionalism. It has been a pleasure working with you.
I seldom leave reviews of any kind, but I was so impressed with this company. After buying and renovating several homes, Elite Painting is without question, the most professional painting contractor that I have worked with. The crew was very respectful, and I was always able to reach Brandon. Kudos to this up and coming company. They will do great!
Great company! We had a small bathroom with high ceilings that needed painting and within a short timeline. Super Dave completed the job on time and did a great job on walls with many imperfections. Not the cheapest bid but the company's service and dedication to a job well done was worth the peace of mind. We'll definitely use these guys again!
Brandon is easily one of the most professional, dedicated business owners in the Shreveport area. I have never had the pleasure of working with him, but I have had the opportunity to witness his work. There really aren't enough stars in place to rate this business fairly. I will continue to highly recommend Elite Painting Company.
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.