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What type of interior paint is best?

Paint with reduced VOC levels is best for the health of your home’s air quality. Remodeling is one of the most odorous, chemical-laden projects you can undertake in your home. Any savvy homeowner knows that choosing the right paint can go a long way to achieving a nice aesthetic that also provides healthy air quality during construction, but what kind should you choose? Luckily, there are many high-quality paints on the market that reduce or eliminate potentially hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which means they’re friendlier on our planet and safer for us too. Choosing lower VOC paints facilitates improved indoor environmental conditions by keeping emissions low and thereby reducing toxic exposures for homeowners themselves as well as their children, pets, and visitors. Enamel paints are primarily used where a high-quality finish is desired such as in kitchens and bathrooms. Latex paint, on the other hand, is primarily used in rooms you spend less time in such as hallways or pantries because of its lower cost and ease of cleanup. That said, pleasing colors with various finishes are available no matter what your project is. Contact House Painters Denver today to discuss your interior home painting project and receive competitive pricing with your free estimate!

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What are the four types of paint?

There are numerous paints to choose from for your home, and many to consider when painting the interior. The key distinguishing factors between different varieties of paint are their drying characteristics, such as matte or glossy, how long it takes for them to dry prior to application of a second coat, and final surface properties after being painted with a sealant/varnish mixture.

1) Flat  – Flat paints give an interesting finish that is great for hiding surface imperfections and helps keep the room looking clean. This type of paint can often be found on ceilings, walls in areas with little traffic, and living room and bedroom ceilings. It’s usually used for trims, ceilings, and other less visible areas. 

2) Eggshell – Also known as satin finish, eggshell is a type of paint that provides an elegant sheen to any surface. The durability and stain resistance make this durable for use in areas such as children’s rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. It can also be used throughout other parts of your home like hallways and stairs if you’re looking for something more traditional.

3) Semi-gloss or satin – Semi-gloss paint is a durable, easy to clean, and stain-resistant option that’s most often used on heavy wear surfaces or areas which are frequently cleaned such as kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be applied to the wood trim of cabinets for added protection against dirt buildup. The semi-gloss finish not only makes your walls look better but keeps them looking new longer!

4) Gloss – Gloss paint has a finish that is the toughest of all the paints. It’s also more durable, stain-resistant, and easier to clean than its counterparts – with only one drawback: it can make imperfections more noticeable.

Should you prime before interior painting?

It’s very important to prime before painting the interior of a home. Primer ensures that paint goes on more smoothly, with little to no brush strokes or drip marks. If you don’t, problems with paint peeling and chipping will happen sooner rather than later. Primers can make all the difference in your quality of finish when it comes to painting inside the house. Priming is key in creating a much smoother surface for paint so it doesn’t chip off, preventing them from fading faster, reducing colors seeping through the surface, and any other unsightly effects that can result from not priming prior to painting the interior of a home. It’s important because the primer coat resides on the surface to provide protection for the next paint layers without adding much weight or thickness to them. If you want your topcoats to last longer and avoid leaking through, investing in a primer is worth it. Luckily, our team of professional painters has decades of combined experience in navigating the painting process for both residential and commercial properties, so you can rest easy knowing you are in good hands.

Should I scrape off old interior paint before painting?

Old paint can contain lead, asbestos, and other environmental hazards that are no good for you or your family to breathe in. It can be better to scrape the old paint off before applying new paint for several reasons. Older homes may still contain lead-based paints that need to be removed, and it will also keep your home cleaner with fewer dust particles flying through your air vents. Scraping off old paint also allows for a seamless surface that helps avoid streaks with newly applied colors. Once the old paint is removed, a fresh primer can be applied, which will result in a smoother surface to apply new coats of paint as well as less chipping and cracking down the road. Scraping the old paint off removes the old layer of finish, allowing the new layer to adhere properly. This process inhibits dirt and dust particles from embedding themselves in your fresh coat of paint, which can cause chips and nicks, and it also provides a much more durable surface that is stain-resistant and easier to clean. There is potential for discoloration, if not done correctly, that can produce strange colors or clear coat irregularities. That is why contacting the professionals at House Painters Denver can save you time and money in the long run. Reach out to our team of representatives today!

How much does it cost to paint the interior of a house?

Depending on the size of your home, color scheme, and finish coat of paint you choose, the cost to paint the interior of your home can range from $1 – $5 per square foot. Paint isn’t cheap if you use quality materials that are designed to last longer than cheaper paints that often don’t even cover well and chip easily. So costs vary widely based on what type of product is being used. We understand our customers expect professional painters who take time at their job and get it done right the first time. It can also save you quite a bit of money, in the long run, to do everything at once, for instance having House Painters Denver do both the interior painting as well as painting the exterior of your home at the same time. Our estimates include all labor and supplies such as primer, paint, brushes, painter’s tape, sanding, and sealer, scrubbing pads for grout, tack cloths, or tackless strips for wiping off any residual silicone before the painting starts. Any specialty items such as stain-based paints will be priced upon request. Contact us today for the most accurate idea of what the cost is to paint the interior of your home!

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