Is it really that important to hire a professional painter? Can't
I do it myself? Before you decide to hire the least expensive painter you can find, or "do it yourself," here are
important points to consider that suggest the lowest price may not be the best value.
Painting can be hazardous work, whether it’s working on a ladder or dealing with solvents and
dust. Hiring a professional contractor means you don’t have to worry about these problems. Our employees have completed
a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Training Course under standards set by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
Our employees undergo continuous training in job safety and customer service.
If your home or business was built before 1978, it may have been painted with lead-based paint, which can cause serious health effects when it is scraped or sanded in preparation for repainting. Professional contractors
will take appropriate steps to protect you. Painting contractors are required to furnish EPA-produced pamphlets to their residential
customers before they begin a job that involves disturbing lead-based paint in or on a residence. Professional painting contractors
will understand and be willing to follow the recommendations on this pamphlet.
Getting the surface properly prepared makes all the difference. Professional contractors
know the value of preparation and will do it right.
Knowing Paints and How to Apply
The choices today are more complicated than just oil or latex, and professional contractors will
know what works, how to use it, and will have the right tools for the job.
Hiring a professional contractor means you don’t have to worry about dealing with
paint residues and other leftovers. Professionals will know how to handle hazardous wastes that may be part of the job.
Once you've decided to hire a professional, learn how to choose the right contractor.
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America is a full-service national trade association representing over 3,100 companies engaged in all sectors of the coatings application
industry. PDCA has developed this article to assist you in making an informed decision when you next contemplate a painting
or decorating project.