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Frequently Asked Questions about Alpen Painting services

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Have a painting-related question? We have the answer! Check out our FAQs below to learn more about our company and services.

1. Are You Doing One Coat or Two? What Thickness Are You Applying the Paint?

There are a lot of factors that determine whether you should apply one coat or multiple. For exteriors, in our experience as a house painting contractor, we like to apply a single thick coat of paint using our professional paint sprayers.

If the client is interested in adding a second coat, we can apply another layer of paint which may be necessary in some applications where there is an extreme change of color or the siding material will partially absorb the first coat.

With this in mind, we do not always recommend two coats. Contrary to popular belief, applying two coats to your home's exterior doesn't always add extra protection to your siding or life to your paint job.

Improper application can also cause complications between the first and second coats such as early bubbling and cracking as the bottom coat dries.

For interiors, it is very common to apply anywhere from two to five coats to get proper coverage, color, and finish. If you have a new wall that has never been painted before, it will need as many as five total coats before it's fully ready, the same can go for changing the color of an existing wall and going from a very dark color to a very light color.

As a general rule of thumb, two coats do the trick on interiors. There are a lot of factors that determine whether you should apply one coat or multiple. For exteriors, we like to apply a single thick coat of paint using our professional paint sprayers. If the client is interested in adding a second coat, we can apply other layer of paint which may be necessary in some applications where there is an extreme change of color or the siding material will partially absorb the first coat. With this in mind, we do not always recommend two coats. Contrary to popular belief, applying two coats to your homes exterior doesn't always add extra protection to your siding or life to your paint job.

Improper application can also cause complications between the first and second coats such as early bubbling and cracking as the bottom coat dries.

For interiors, it is very common to apply anywhere from two to five coats to get proper coverage, color and finish. If you have a new wall that has never been painted before, it will need as many as five total coats before it's fully ready, the same can go for changing the color of an existing wall and going from a very dark color to a very light color. As a general rule of thumb, two coats does the trick on interiors.

2. Are You Licensed and Bonded?

Yes! We are licensed as general contractors with the state of Washington, We carry a $10,000 bond and a $2,000,000 General Liability Aggregate policy. Feel free to verify our information on the state website or ask for certificates in person. UBI LIC #604-401-596. Contact us if you are in need of expert house painting contractors.

3. What does a painter's license mean?

There are multiple kinds of licenses for every trade in Washington. We are licensed as a general contractor and not a specialty contractor. This means that we are able to perform more than two different types of work.

For example, a painter with a specialty contractor's license might not be allowed to do any carpentry work, popcorn ceiling removal, or small handyman tasks, but we can in addition to being a house painting contractor.

4. What Kind of Estimate Can I Expect?

As a trusted house painting contractor, we provide all of our customers with free in-person estimates. We will schedule a time that works best for you to have us come to your home or business.

We will then conduct a thorough walkthrough of the job site and collect information on the project. We will explain our process, point out what we see, tell you about our company, answer any questions, and then provide you with a written estimate.

On complicated or large projects, we may need a few days to put together the estimate and then we can either deliver it in person or email it, depending on your preference.

5. How Often Should I Paint My Home's Exterior and Interior?

The exterior paint of a home can last anywhere from 1 to 15 years, depending on the quality of the paint, if proper prep-work was completed and the paint was applied evenly and with a thick coating.

This means there is no right answer. However, a good paint job will reasonably last from 7 to 12 years but extreme weather can reduce its life. In general, it is a good idea to assess your home's exterior for issues every year and prevent small defects from becoming expensive problems. A house that is way past its paint job can be up to three times more expensive to paint than a house that is in good condition and requires only minor repairs and prep-work.

For interiors, it is almost entirely up to the owner. If you do not have a busy or messy household, interior paint can last 50 years or more. What will most likely cause the need for new interior painting is very outdated colors, themes, and styles, or damage over time from scrapes, dirt, or smoking. In this case, it is a good idea to consult a professional house painting contractor for tips on how to best update, protect, and repair your interior walls. According to Painters In Bergen County NJ, painting the interior has a 107% ROI while exterior house paint has about 55% ROI.

6. Which paint brand is best?

In our experience as house painting contractors, we feel that Sherwin-Williams provides quality paint and superior customer service. However, Benjamin Moore does produce a quality product and at a similar price point. We can see why they are popular.

We recommend avoiding any budget or store-brand paint. Names will not be spoken, but it sounds a lot like "bear." While the much lower price tag may be tempting, we find the quality and reliability to be too low to put our name anywhere near it.

7. How long can I expect my paint job to last?

There are too many variables in house painting to provide a definitive blanket answer to this question but we can give you an idea.

In the Seattle area, rain, wind and fluctuating temperatures generally lower the life of an exterior paint job and we haven't seen anyone willing to warranty their work past seven years.

This doesn't mean your paint won't last much longer than that. With some houses, we've seen managing to make it as much as 20 years before needing new paint. We generally do work designed to last 15 years or more under perfect conditions but weather, siding material, and miscellaneous events over time can reduce the life of your paint. Give us a call if you're in need of a house painting contractor.

8. What paint color will work best for me?

House painting contractors can provide customized paint color consultations, providing virtual mockups, inspirational materials, color wheels, and guidance.

One thing you may enjoy is downloading the Sherwin-Williams app ColorSnap, on an iPad or laptop, which allows you to take a picture of your home or room and then paint it with actual Sherwin-Williams colors.

Sherwin-Williams "Naval 6244" is its color of the year, and having used it multiple times, we agree. Modern color trends are leaning toward grays, blues, blacks, and whites.

More and more people are choosing striking colors to add more contrast, appeal, and style to their homes. This includes mixing dark gray, black, and white on its exterior with a blue or yellow door. Our owner's personal favorite is a nice darker blue with extra white trim and either a red, white, or yellow door.

However, every house is different and, at the end of the day, it's your decision.

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An accredited, professional painting company

Alpen Painting is a Better Business Bureau accredited business logo
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Washington logo
Alpen Painting is a member of Painting Contractors Association
Alpen Painting is a member of National Association of Home Builders
Angies List certified logo
Alpen Painting is a Better Business Bureau accredited business logo
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Washington logo
Alpen Painting is a member of Painting Contractors Association
Alpen Painting is a member of National Association of Home Builders
Angies List certified logo

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Kenmore, WA
Kirkland, WA
Redmond, WA
Bellevue, WA
Clyde, WA 99348
Medina, WA 98039
Bothell, WA
Woodinville, WA
Issaquah, WA
Edmonds, WA
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
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