We were very pleased with Ron and Carina‘s work, they were very professional, on time, kind and tidy… Thank you!
I know Ron and Carina personally. I live in Florida and when it was time to paint the exterior of my house I contacted Ron for advice on what type of paint to use. Following his advice I contacted a local painter and I purchased the paint Ron recommended and my house looks like a new house. I only rated his expertise as Ron and Carina didn't actually do the work. Thanks Ron for the advice.
Sommers Painting is trustworthy and very easy to deal with. The reason I use them for all our painting needs, is that this is a family owned business. Ron or his wife Carina are always on the job. Their name is at stake and it shows in the quality of work, their professional recommendations and the patience they always have for my wife and I. I recommend Sommers Painting to anyone looking to get a quality job without much worry. They show up, give you all the time you need for questions or recommendations and they do the job very well! If you want what you pay for...hire this family. Great work..bottom line.
Sommers Painting contracted to paint vacant, interior office space with heavy red-toned residue and aged wallpaper. They completed the job quickly and efficiently. Ron and Carina were kind, courteous, and pleasant to interact with.
As vice president of our condo association I was given the job of finding someone to paint our two, five unit buildings in Racine, WI. I contacted six different companies. I gave each one the same specifications for the job. I did a lot of research on what paint to use and had several paint company reps come and look at the job. I ultimately chose Benjamin-Moore Aura paint for the project. The decision was based on the paint reps recommendation and Ron Sommers painting, and my research. Ron was the only painter that made a paint recommendation. The reason I chose the Benjamin-Moore paint is because it only required one coat to do the job. Our two, two story buildings are about 45' wide and about 120' long. The siding needed a lot of scraping and prep work prior to the painting. We chose Ron because he gave us a lot of information and a good price. (not the lowest) At the time the paint was over fifty dollars per gallon.Ron and his crew did the prep work (I watched some of it) and applied the paint. On completion, the job made the buildings look like they were brand new. The job was perfect. That was over seven years ago and since then I have moved away. I had the occasion to visit the condos again this last June and I walked around the buildings to see how they were holding up. To my surprise, both buildings look like they were just painted. Over the years I've done a lot of project shopping and I'm proud to say this is without a doubt the best result I've ever gotten. Ron and his crew did an excellent job. The work site was perfectly cleaned at the finish. It was completed on time and for the price quoted and all ten families were amazed at how well the job turned out. Here's my recommendation. If you have a painting project, call Ron Sommers. You will get a good price and a great job!
We hired Sommers Painting LLC to paint the entire inside of a 3 bedroom house. We met with them and later received their estimate, which we considered high, but were over a barrel to get it done, so we hired them. They were to paint all ceilings and closets one coat of paint, and all walls two coats. When I saw the finished job I was quite disappointed in how it looked. Dingy. Not fresh and clean like new paint usually looks. As a lay person, I figured I must have chosen a poor color (white) and that was why it looked so blah. Coincidentally or not, we later discovered five gallons of wall paint in the basement - four unopened and one with barely any of it used. We hired a professional painter to paint the walls, using the paint left in the basement, and the different was remarkable. The house now looked the way it should have.Old paint bleeding through was clearly visible in areas, which would not have been the case had two coats been applied. Nothing was caulked. Cracks were visible. Mrs. Sommers attributed that to not being in the contract. In my experience, caulking and repair of minor cracks is part of a professional job. Our new painter told us that they didn't even remove the electrical plates when they painted. Behind the plates was a former paint color. There was a water stain on a ceiling that was still there when Sommers completed their work. I contacted the Sommers. They claimed to have prepped and taped the house and applied all paint (ceilings, closets, and two coats on all walls) in A DAY AND A HALF. They insisted that they did all the work contracted. They attributed having so much leftover paint to mistakenly ordering twice as much as they needed. They never asked to see the house or to do anything to make it right. My request for a partial refund was flatly refused.In view of how the house looked and their lame excuse for having so much leftover paint, we found their claims to be not credible.
We are building a new house and contacted Ron and Carina for an estimate. They responded very promptly and gave us a great price for a pretty big project and were able to do the work on a tight schedule. As if that wasn't good enough! Their paint work is awesomel! - perfect lines and beautiful walls and tray ceilings. And the bonus is they are really, really nice people. We highly recommend them - you will not find a better value or quality.
We contacted Ron and Carina after experiencing much difficulty with other painting companies. Both Ron and Carina came to our home, investigated our requirements and the next day provided us with a great estimate for the work we needed. We set a tentative date for completion but before that date, we contacted them with an additional area to be painted. This didn't faze them a bit and on the appointed day they arrived, set up and completed the job in a very satisfactory manner. We will have them back to complete additional areas we need to have done and would highly recommend them to anyone!
Sommers Painting did an excelent job, completing our job freaky fast, with superior care and prep work I would recommend them to anyone.
Sommers Painting just completed an extensive painting project in our home which included removing wallpaper,repairing walls and painting walls and window trim. Sommers Painting was respectful of our home and of our time schedule. We recommend Sommers Painting due to the quality of their work and their integrity.
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.