Exterior Painting: Price and Value
Does the price of the paint job really correlate to the quality of the paint job?
Yes, price does correlate to the quality of a paint job on many levels.
In general, the more skilled man hours of labor are applied to a project, the higher the quality.
This does not necessarily mean that the highest-priced contractor will always produce the highest-quality job.
When determining value as a function of price and quality you should look very carefully at 5 specific elements of the painting process.
Ask yourself and your contractor these sets of questions:
Do you want someone to quickly rinse your house? (Poor Quality)
Do you want a contractor to pressure wash your house without even using a ladder? Just a lot of solution and a high-distance nozzle? This means they are shooting water at your shingles or clapboard from below… (Average Quality)
Do you want a professional to pressure wash your house using a variety of different solutions and always pressure washing the surface straight-on or slightly downward to avoid damaging your property? (Excellent Quality)
Do you want only loose paint scraped? (Poor Quality)
Do you want your house lightly sanded? (Average Quality)
Do you want all the loose edges feather sanded to smooth out any differences in mil thickness? (Excellent Quality)
Do you want to use a latex primer that is easy to apply and ready to re-coat very quickly but barely soaks into the surface? (Poor Quality)
Do you want to use a fast-drying oil primer which will dry quickly but only penetrate a bit deeper than the latex primer? (Average Quality)
Do you want to use a slow-drying oil primer which will take time to dry properly but will also penetrate the deepest and anchor your substrate the best? (Excellent Quality)
Do you want “cheap labor”—slow workers, sloppy workmanship? (Poor Quality)
Do you want “average labor”—average speed, lines are not sharp, things look “okay” but some corners are cut to save time? (Average Quality)
Do you want “great labor”—excellent speed, sharp lines, no corners cut and longest lasting finish? (Excellent Quality)
Do you want contactor grade paint used on your home (lasts 2 years and costs approximately $19/gallon)?
Do you want standard grade paint used on your home (lasts 5 years and costs approximately $24/gallon)?
Do you want top grade paint used on your home (lasts 7 years and costs approximately $35/gallon)?
Do you want premium grade paint used on your home (lasts 10+ years and costs approximately $55/gallon)?
Not every homeowner wants the highest-quality job, but by answering these questions you can determine your particular needs.
Value is a function of quality and price and everyone’s version of their “best value” is usually different.