We provide a detailed proposal…
including a comprehensive Scope of Work Report; so you understand exactly what you are paying for and why it is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few commonly asked questions about how the process of painting your home or business. If you can’t find your answer here, simply call us at 678-386-7899 orContact Us
When evaluating a painting estimate, it is important to understand that not all painting companies approach a project the same way. For instance, you may have one proposal that includes necessary surface preparation and another company, trying to be more competitive, may completely omit it. Clear project specifications are the key to evaluating a painting quote.
Flawless Painting estimators are professionally trained to inspect a range of factors that may affect the price including the condition of your home’s painted surfaces, site and surface preparation, required repairs (if any), required color changes (strong base colors require more paint and primer, for example), and the type of paint currently on your surfaces, just to name a few considerations.
Once we have done a thorough inspection of your home’s project, we provide a detailed proposal including a comprehensive Scope of Work Report; so you understand exactly what you are paying for and why it is required. So ask for the details, understand what you are paying for and you should be able to identify the differences to make an informed decision.
You can start by asking for references, following referrals and checking online reviews, but how do you truly know your project is going to turn out just right?
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself and your contractor before signing the work order. (Forgive us for telling you how we fare, but we want to make sure you know we meet our own criteria.)
- Are they licensed and insured? (We are licensed, bonded, and insured.)
- How long have they been in business? (We’ve been around since 2000, long enough to establish a clear track record.)
- Do they provide training programs for their employees? (We provide comprehensive training for all our employees.)
- What are their professional affiliations and accolades? (We have a few.)
- How’s their record with the Better Business Bureau? (We’re an A+ Accredited Member.)
- Check on their references and online reviews. (See our testimonials if you have any questions.)
- Do they provide a warranty and if yes, what does it include? (We offer a two-year warranty on all workmanship-related concerns.)
While lower-quality paints cost less per gallon, they end up costing more, as they tend to have a shorter lifespan and require more coats than a higher-grade paint. Saving you money is one of many reasons why Flawless Painting recommends Sherwin Williams® high quality paints and coatings. The excellent look of Sherwin Williams® is another. However, if your color or process needs require another brand we are happy to discuss alternatives
We recommend selecting a soft, neutral color for your foyers or hallways. Then you can select complimentary colors based on your existing furnishings in the adjoining rooms.
Many of our clients do not have the time or interest in learning how to select their paint colors. We understand the value of a beautiful color scheme and how it can transform a home’s architectural features. Flawless Painting™ partners with recognized interior decorators in your area to help you create your perfect color palette at discounted rates.
- Chalking: Chalking on painted surfaces (stucco, wood etc) is a fine powder that easily rubs off on your hand. Over time chalking causes colors to fade and degrades the paint’s protection of exterior surfaces.
- Cracking: If cracking paint isn’t repaired, in time the paint will start to flake and peel off, exposing exterior surfaces to the elements and resulting in serious damage. Another serious cracked pattern in the paint, called alligatoring, results in deep fissures resembling alligator skin.
- Mildew & Algae: These biological defects usually appear as tiny black or gray spots over exterior surfaces. This is a direct result of excessive moisture and poor air circulation. Mildew, unchecked, can lead to paint cracking or flaking and can shorten the life span of the paint.
- Blistering: This defect is when all or some layers of the paint start to peel off and bubble. Moisture is seeping into the wood at unpainted joints or even coming through from the interior leading to disrepair.
If you see any of these signs, contact us. The longer you wait to deal with these serious problems, the greater the expense in the long run.
Staining or painting your deck or patio can extend the life of these structures, check out our Handy Wood Deck & Patio Maintenance Checklist Below to check the condition of your deck or patio.
- Check for damaged boards. First, carefully examine the surface boards on your deck and steps. These boards can wear out or rot due to excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes. Check for signs of stress like excessive cracking, rotting, curling, or broken boards. These boards will need to be replaced, stained or painted, and resealed.
- Check for loose screws, bolts, popped nails. Next, inspect your deck surfaces for any loose screws, bolts, and nails. Popped nails are a common problem on deck surfaces; simply use a hammer to put them back in place. For loose screws use a screwdriver or drill to retighten them. To tighten bolts, properly tighten them with wrenches or sockets.
- Check for insect or animal damage to structural supports. Left unchecked, bugs and animals can ultimately destroy a deck! With a high-beam flashlight, carefully inspect the structural supports and beams underneath your deck. Look for any signs of chewed or brittle wood, cobwebs or termites. If you find damage, call your pest control service to correct the problem. If unwanted critters are residing under your deck; consider adding a barrier around the exposed areas of your deck to keep them out—after having a pest control service remove them, of course.
Beyond painting, staining and sealing, we offer light carpentry and referrals to trusted partners for large jobs. See our services page for details.
Our clients tend to be conscious of the environment, and everyone cares about the health of their family. That’s why we recommend using low-VOC or VOC-free paints whenever possible. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals in paints that are not only harmful to human health, but also contribute to smog and pollution.
Our favorite green painting products are Sherwin Williams® new environmentally friendly paints to protect your family and your home’s interior and exterior surfaces. These new “green paints” are focused on reducing their impact on the environment and delivering maximum performance.
In place of synthetic solvents and oils, these products use sustainable raw materials, like soy and sunflower oil, so fewer harmful vapors are emitted into the atmosphere. Many formulas are actually easier to clean than conventional paint and better resist mildew and harmful bacteria, improving the indoor and outdoor environments.
Duration Home® Interior Latex. This environmentally preferred product is specially formulated to be low in odor, resist mildew and has lower levels of smog-producing VOCs. Most stains wipe clean with mild soap and water so no harsh chemicals are needed for cleanup. This durable formula reduces frequent repaints, providing the ultimate in beauty and washability.
Harmony® Interior Latex. Harmony® is a natural choice for environmentally preferred interior paint. With low odor, you can immediately move into your newly painted spaces. It contains lower levels of solvents than conventional paints and zero VOCs.
Exterior Painting Project. Remove any items that are close to or near your house. This includes lawn furniture, potted plants, outdoor pottery, tools, wood, and other materials. If you plan on being away during the painting, please make prior arrangements to have any pets looked after.
We will cover all trees, plants and flowers to protect them from any paint. We may need to trim bushes or tree branches to provide access to the siding of your house. We will discuss this with you prior to starting and recommend that you have all trimming done before our arrival.
Interior Painting Project. Remove all pictures and wall hangings. Remove unwanted nails so the holes can be filled. Remove all small and fragile accessories from table, shelves, and floors.
Depending on your project, we may require all window treatments or some area rugs to be removed as well. All electronic equipment (including TVs, audio, computers, etc.) must be disconnected from all electrical outlets. We will discuss additional details as required.
All of your furniture and belongings will be carefully covered for maximum protection and moved as required. All floors are equally protected and covered with drop cloths. Upon completion, all furniture and belongings will be returned to their original locations.
View “Getting Your Home Ready for Your Flawless Painting Project” for a comprehensive checklist for your upcoming Interior or Exterior Painting project.