These guys we so great! They stripped our ugly wallpaper, patched the walls and repainted for us! Now it looks SHARP! Meticulously painted walls and all trim make our house shine again! Totally worth it and I am tempted to do more rooms! ;) also the house was left clean and I saw how many details were very thoughtfully done! thank you so much!!
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This is the second time that we have hired Costa Painting. They painted the interior of our previous house and we here very pleased with the results. We bought a new house this summer with a lot of old paint in a number of rooms and we hired them to paint the interior again. They repaired cracks and painted the walls, The trim on the doors and windows had a lot of bubbles and was peeling in spots. Now it looks really sharp! They also painted the doors and we had some new knobs that we wanted to install and they did so perfectly. Leandro and his crew are very detail-oriented, and very thorough. They started early in morning and worked long days to finish the job on time. They were careful with our furniture, carpets, and hardwood floors. They left the house very clean with no paint stains anywhere. We would absolutely hire them again in the future when we are ready to paint the outside of our house.
Leandro and his crew did fantastic work. We hired them to paint the 2 floors of our home plus all of the trim and moulding. They were fast, thorough and did a great job. As you can imagine having 2 floors of your house getting painted can be disruptive, but at the end of each work day the house was put back together and cleaned so we could live our lives. The crew was respectful and we would certainly hire them again. Thanks for the great work!
In the fall 2017 I had my exterior house painted. I received a handful of estimates and Leandro was by far the best price for the amount of detailed work. He answered all my questions without any sign of frustration. After the first coat was applied for our porch ceiling, we changed it and he was gracious enough to not charge us the additional labor. We enjoyed our experience so much we didn't hesitant to bring him back in December to paint our interior. The detailed work on our railings was top notch. You should consider Costa painting and I would be happy to share my experience over the phone. Mark
I hired Costa Painting to paint two interior rooms. Leandro Costa and his team did an outstanding job. I was extremely impressed with their professionalism, attention to detail and their clean-up when the work was done. I am having them back in January to some additional rooms. I highly recommend them for your next painting project.
I contracted with Costa Painting for exterior painting in September 2017. The crew Leandro provided listened well to what I needed (I'm a retired contractor) worked well together, they were respectful in discussing the few picky details I brought up, and the were thorough in their work. I recommend them highly.
A superior job from the estimate to completion of work. We are pleased to have such a reliable service. We would recommend highly and will call again as needed.
I recently asked Julio to fix the water leaking problem for my front window. It was a small project to start with, but it quickly turned out to be a bigger issue since the water got inside the frame. Julio did an excellent job to not only fix the issues, but also did them in a very efficient and economic way. I was very happy about what he had done for us. Also, I would like to point out that he's got a great help hand. Jose (julio guy) was helping him on the project and Jose was awesome.
Thanks for the great work that you did at my office in Julio the other day , your team was very professional and the work that was done was marvelous. The color was beautiful and i'm so thankful that i found you guys on google search. Keep up the good work. Thanks All American Painting. I highly recommend your company.
This was our second time using All American Painting, this time for one of our bathrooms. Julio did an incredible job, and blistered through the job with a work ethic that would put most to shame. Really and truly terrific work, and Julio was awesome as always in giving direction and making sure the best products were used. They take such genuine care on the job, and are enormously detail-oriented. Everything is done with the utmost level of professionalism. Thanks so much again, Julio!
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.