You’ve heard it before, quality over quantity.
It’s a saying that applies to essentially anything and everything, but perhaps nothing is more applicable than the topic of paint. Choosing to spend an extra few bucks on high-quality paint could be the difference in loving your newly painted walls or deciding how long you’re willing to live with them before you decide to paint over them again.
Higher quality paint is often more expensive, but entirely worth it in the long run. If you’re currently weighing the pros and cons between choosing a more expensive, high-quality paint versus an inexpensive, lower-quality option then you should know the influence a high-quality paint has over the outcome of your new paint job.
Easier to Apply
Choosing to use a high-quality paint typically means the application process will be an easier one. There are fewer splatters overall which means less cleanup once the job has been completed. No more paint freckled skin and clothing, as is the case with cheaper, low-quality paint. With high-quality paint, coverage is more uniformed and works with you instead of against you. As you paint, the color will attempt to hide any imperfections and the paint will spread out and flow evenly and consistently during the application process. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy when things are easier? Why put yourself through the struggle of using lower quality paint?
It Lasts Longer
Think of the more expensive price tag as an investment. By spending more on the higher quality paint upfront, you’ll be saving yourself more money in the end. High-quality paint tends to last longer, extending the life and time between needing another paint job down the road. Also, because of the quality, fewer coats are needed to achieve the necessary amount of coverage and the desired result. Fewer coats mean fewer cans of paint, which is a more pleasing option versus purchasing many cans of lower quality paint in hopes of achieving the same look. The paint itself often provides a smoother, uniformed appearance ultimately defining high quality. The choice is important, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
While attempting to make our walls as attractive as we can, there’s no denying they also serve a purpose. Our walls house our families and protect us and, as a result, are subject to the day-to-day stress of a bustling household. With a high-quality paint covering them, walls are more resistant to the everyday scuffs and scratches. A lower quality paint gives in and gives way to those types of events and reveals them at every turn making the wall look dirty or abused or in need of another paint job. High-quality paints are designed to resist dirt and grime and other signs of wear. In the event, signs of having children and pets start to show on your walls, high-quality paint allows the walls to be cleaned without affecting the actual paint job itself.
Two Things to Look for When Choosing High-Quality Paint
Since all paint cans look remotely similar by design standards, it can be increasingly difficult to determine what is high-quality paint and what is low-quality paint by container alone. However, there are two things to look for on the label: volume of solids and titanium dioxide.
The volume of solids such as binders and pigments should be higher than the rate found in other paint choices. The higher the volume of solids, the higher the quality. The amount of titanium dioxide should be in the 20-25% range, which helps cover surfaces more evenly using fewer coats.
Don’t Forget the Prep Work
Remember to prep your walls by cleaning them before priming and painting. Any areas that require patching should be tended to and allowed to dry completely before beginning the actual task of painting. Regardless of the quality of paint, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you don’t take the proper steps in prepping the surface before you start.
If you’re doing the painting yourself, you should make a point to always opt for higher quality paint as it will make the job easier for you and save you more money in the long run. However, there are professionals that not only do the work for you but also use the best paint offered in the process.
Our knowledgeable team at The Painting Company always uses the highest quality paint to ensure you receive the results you’re looking for each time. Reach out to us today to make an appointment. We’ll transform the walls of your living space and have you thinking of color options for the other rooms of your home before the paint dries. Guaranteed.