I would like to commend J&J Pro Painting for their expertise and professionalism while working with members of the Woman's Club of Auburn during our recent restoration and renovation projects. Their work came in on budget and on time and they were always willing to come back for consultations. Their expertise in working with historic homes is impressive. In addition to their paint and sheet rock work inside our clubhouse, they were able to pressure wash our exterior wooden siding and windows to remove mold without doing any damage to the window glass, much of which is original to the house which was built in 1853. I recommend this company without any reservations. Cathy Jones, Custodian Woman's Club of Auburn
I was requesting for an estimate for ceramic tile installation, Tony returned my call after 30minutes, He assisted me and he came over to check the …
For the summer of 2014 and also 2015, the Womans' Club of Auburn, Alabama has had a very positive experience with J & J Pro Painting, LLC. They painted the inside of this very historic house repainted and a new sheet rock ceiling put up in two of the rooms. Jacob Rodgers and his crew did a remarkable job! They are very careful to do quality work. The painted walls, trim and ceilings are beautifully done. They did a good job sanding the woodwork before painting. I was also pleased with the way they cleaned up upon completion of a job. It was my pleasure working with this group because they were very friendly , conscientious, and easy to work with. Betty Letlow, Project manager.
These painters have painted almost every room in my house and I can say they are the very best painters I have ever used. They are prompt and there when they say they will be there, do a perfect job, and stay right on schedule. They are also very neat and clean while working in your home and DO NOT make a mess. They just painted my kitchen (walls, ceilings, cabinets, and plantation shutters) and it turned out just beautiful. It is a wonderful experience working with professionals such as J & J Pro Painting. They also did painting for my sister in Opelika and she had the same wonderful experience as I did. Very trustworthy gentlemen! Thank you for a great job.
Jake and Jason are hard to find professionals!!!! They are honest, always on time and do an excellent job. They repaired ceilings, door, joists under the house and painted throughout. They did what they say they do and more (Jake even replaced a broken door knob for no charge). They paid attention to every detail and left the house spotless after they were done. I recommend them to everybody. Thank you for a job well done.
Jake and his crew did a PHENOMENAL job painting the interior of my home. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He gave a time frame to have the job completed and nailed it! Unlike many other home improvement experiences I've had... he surely overexceeded my expectations. I highly recommend J and J Painting for all your Residential and Commercial needs!!!
Jake and Jason have not only painted my home but many of my decorating clients' homes. They do great work and if an issue arises they address it quickly and professionally. They do quality work and use quality products. They are experts in residential as well as commercial painting. I recommend them for any painting job you may have. Tony Hickman
This was a great experience! we had several rooms painted and in different colors. They were very courteous and I hardly noticed they were there. The colors are flat and even and the lines between trim and window casings look perfect. Great job!
I called this painter after seeing some ideas on a home show. I decided to repaint a few rooms, but wanted the lines to be sharp and professional. I called the right person and my little project turned out great.
I couldn't be more impressed with the job they did on the interior of my home. The colors look great, and it has really transformed the look of my entire lower level. Great quality of painting and service.
I had several rooms painted and it took a few days. Each day they showed up right at 9 and got straight to work. The results were good and they worked quickly considering they painted most of the house.
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.