Indoor painting can be a cost-effective way to renovate and refresh the look of the home. Most homeowners have a variety of questions before they start a new painting project. Below, the contractors at Gerlach Home Improvements in Rochester, NY, answer a few of them to help with your project.
What to Know About Painting the Interior of the Home
What Will You Need Before the Painter Begins?
Have plenty of drop cloths or old sheets and blankets handy to protect the floors and furniture when the contractor works. You’ll also need to decide which paint you want on the walls—a flat or matte finish will show more flaws, while gloss or eggshell will hide wall imperfections and generally be easier to clean. For trim and millwork, a gloss paint is generally used.
Should I Open My Windows?
Opening the windows after indoor painting can air out the room and help the paint dry faster. Ceiling fans can also assist with drying the paint more quickly. If the humidity level is high on the day you are having the home painted, it may take longer to dry.
Do I Need to Leave My House When My Painting Contractor Is Working?
If the project is for a new house and you haven’t moved in yet, you won’t need to be on site. If you’re having the home painted while living there, you can stay while the contractors work, but give them enough space to work, especially if the room is small and they are using a ladder. Your presence inside the room can interrupt the contractor’s workflow and risk their safety.
Can My Pet Be Present During the Project?
Paint sites are dangerous for pets. Toxic fumes are not healthy for them, and painting materials can create a choking hazard. For the safety of your pet and painting team, keep your furry friend clear of the rooms where the contractor is working. Consider taking them to a doggy day care or a friend’s house for the day, so they won’t disturb the project.
If you’re considering painting the home, contact the team at Gerlach Home Improvements. They have been serving Monroe County for more than 42 years. To learn more about their variety of home services including indoor painting, roof repairs, and window installations, call (585) 381-5547 or visit them online.