How to Select the Best Painters in Alameda CountyWhen it comes time to paint your home, you have a choice: You can paint it yourself, or you can hire a high-quality Alameda County house painter. There are a number of professional painters who do everything from the prep work to the final coat in a fraction of the time it would take you. There are also some decorative painters who specialize in faux painting & faux finishes.
The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best painting companies in Alameda County and issues related to hiring them.
Updated May 16, 2013
Top 10 Painting Companies in Alameda County
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(510) 636-9997, (510) 917-4647
1533 142nd Ave
San Leandro, CA 94578
State Contractor's License #584808
Areas Served: Alameda County incl. San Leandro CA, Oakland CA, Berkeley CA, Alameda, Albany, ...
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting for homes, apartments, condos, ...
Key Brands: Behr Paints, Kelly Moore Paints
|Pacific Coast Painting and Waterproofing Co., Inc.|
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(650) 355-7780, (650) 270-6260 (cell)
1745 Adrian Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
State Contractors License #434682, EPA Lead license #20001
Areas Served: Alameda County incl. Berkeley CA, Oakland CA, Livermore CA, Pleasanton CA, Hayward CA
Services: painting contractors & house painters, residential painters, commercial painters, ...
Key Brands: Kelly-Moore, Benjamin Moore, Pratt & Lambert, Fuller O'Brien, Dunn Edwards, Sherwin-...
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21 Woodland Drive
Alamo, CA 94507
State Contractor's License #928243
Areas Served: East Bay including Alameda County
Services: decorative painters for faux finishes, decorative finishes, murals, residential & ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherman-Williams Paint, Vero Italian Plasters, Faux Effects, ...
|Sunrise Painting Inc|
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80-Q N. Cabrillo Hwy, #515
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Contractor's License #465702
Areas Served: Alameda County & Bay Area incl. Berkeley CA, Oakland CA, Livermore CA, Pleasanton CA,...
Services: Painting contractors, residential painters, house painters, commercial painters
Key Brands: Sherwin-Williams, Kelly-Moore, Benjamin Moore, Mythic Paint, RustOleum
|Old Time Quality Painting|
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(408) 243-3335, Cell: (408) 981-6835
P.O. Box 1308
Campbell, CA 95009
State Contractor's License #401645
Areas Served: Berkeley, Oakland CA, Dublin CA, Hayward, Fremont, Newark CA, Pleasanton CA, Emeryville
Services: Quality painting company & house painters for interior painting, exterior painting, ...
Key Brands: Kelly-Moore, Dunn Edwards, Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams
If the painting contractors have employees, they're required to carry workers' compensation insurance. If a worker is injured on your property and the contractor doesn't have this insurance, you could be liable to pay for their injuries and your homeowner's insurance may not cover those costs.
Painters in Alameda County are not legally required to have liability insurance; however, all painting contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their customers in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.
Things To Look For with Painters in Alameda County
Preparation Work Should Be Done By The Painter
Preparing the surface that's to be painted (prep work) is critical because a poorly prepared surface won't hold paint properly no matter how good the paint is or how well it's applied. The best painting companies in Alameda County will do thorough prep work. Preparing the surface can include pressure washing, possibly with a product that kills fungus and mildew, hand scraping surfaces, sanding, filling holes with caulk or epoxy filler, treating rusty nails, and removing wood rot. And prep work is labor time so the cheap painters in Alameda County often promote cut-rate pricing because unknown to you, they're not preparing the surface like they should, and this can mean the paint begins to flake and chip within months, or comes off the next time your home or building is power washed.
Price quotes from painting companies in Alameda County can differ and one reason might be the paint they're planning to use because paint costs can vary widely from $12 to $45 per gallon. And it's not just about the brand. Every brand, even the best ones, have starter grades that aren't meant to last as long. In fact, the starter grade of a high quality brand will not perform as well as a higher grade paint within a less expensive brand. These cheap paints can fade noticably in as little as a few months.
The best painting companies in Alameda County will specify in writing the
3) Product number
Getting that information allows you to see why price quotes might differ. Also, some painting contractors water down the paint in order to use less of it. It's another way that cheap painters in Alameda County can appear like a bargain when they really aren't. So make sure the written bid includes the number of gallons to be used, and if it seems low compared to someone else, be sure to ask why.
The type of paint to be used also influences price quotes. Flat finish paints may be water based, where semi-gloss can be oil-based or latex-based paints. Oil-based is considered more durable so the job will last longer but latex will hold its sheen better. If you have a preference, make sure the painting company has experience with it, since some new painters have never worked with oil-based paints. Many painting companies in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont CA have experience working with organic paints, no-VOC and low-VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds). These options can cost a little more but some consumers prefer these paints as more environmentally friendly, or better for interior painting since they can have less of a smell with less off-gassing of chemical components. Other options include elastomeric paint, which boasts increased durability and flexibility, and water repellent finishes, which last longer in outdoor environments.
Many painting companies in Alameda County use only brushes and rollers, insisting that this traditional method means a longer lasting paint job because the paint adheres to the surface more completely, and allows for better detail work. Other painting companies use airless sprayers, a modern method that can cut the time it takes to paint. Some painting contractors might use a combination, starting with airless sprayers and then going over it with brushes and rollers.
Experienced painters in Alameda County will have seen different designs and color combinations over hundreds of previous painting jobs that they can share with you. They may also know what color combinations are among the latest trends in painting. Some painting companies in Alameda County provide virtual computer color consultation so you can really see the potential result of your choices. These devices have virtually eliminated the guesswork involved in optimizing your new color scheme.
If you have custom colors done, ask the painting contractors to provide you with a custom color card with actual samples of the paint that was used as a record for the future, including what brand and the exact mix formula. Then if you need touch ups in the future, you'll know the exact match for your existing paint.
The owner of the painting company is a state-licensed painting contractor and may have years of industry experience, but what about the crew who will actually be doing the painting? The best painting companies use experienced, long-term employees and journeyman painters who know how to apply paint in a way that lasts for many years. Cheap painting companies often hire day laborers off the street with dubious levels of experience and whom the painting contractor doesn't even really know.
Faux Painting in Alameda County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Alameda County)
Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used for a wide variety of decorative painting techniques. Sometimes the intent is for the painted surface to look like some other material such as marble (faux marble) or wood grain (faux wood). Decorative painters in Alameda County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Alameda County can paint scenic murals, or ones that create an optical illusion (trompe l'oeil) such as painting the illusion of three-dimensional depth on that flat wall or ceiling.
Some painting contractors do offer faux painting services or decorative painting services in addition to their house painting. A company that is decorative painting or faux finish painting only, need not be a licensed painting contractor. However, all decorative painters in Alameda County recommended by The Prime Buyer's Report still needed to show our research staff proof of general liability insurance, and if they have employees, proof of worker's comp insurance as protection for you.
Faux painting is more than just faux finishes and decorative finishes. Decorative painters in Alameda County can create texturing effects too. Sponge painting (or ‘sponging') is one commonly used method of adding texture to fresh paint.
The cost of faux finishing & decorative painters in Alameda County varies greatly depending on the skill and experience of the faux painters, the type of faux finish desired and on the complexity of decorative painting effects. Many good decorative painters in Alameda County will want to see the space to get decorative painting treatment, in order to give you a detailed estimate for the faux finishing or decorative painting you desire.
Not All Painters in Alameda County Are Equal
Our editors and researchers have compiled a list of local painters who are known for both quality and fair prices. The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Alameda County: Gene's Painting, Pacific Coast Painting and Waterproofing Co., Inc., Creative Walls, Sunrise Painting Inc, Old Time Quality Painting, Pacific Trim Painting Co., Ace Painting, McKinley Painting, Davis Painting & Decorating, Bay Cities Painting. Other painting companies that might still serve Alameda County include: Certapro Painters, Certapro Painters, Pro-Touch Painting & Decorating. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Alameda County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.
• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in Alameda County?
• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Alameda County?
• Can the painting companies give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All painting contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
• Do the painting companies have experience in the same kind of project as yours, such as residential painting versus commercial painting in Alameda County, or interior painters versus exterior painting?
• What are their hours of availability?
• How do the painting contractors determine pricing for residential painting or commercial painting jobs?
• Can the painters vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All painting companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Do the commercial or residential painting contractors in Alameda County have active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
• Will the painting contractors provide written estimates and if so, will it detail the exact brand of paint, grade of paint within that brand, number of gallons to be applied, and number of coats to be applied, allowing you to make accurate comparisons among bids? For the same purpose, will it specify how many hours of prep work will be done, what tasks are included in that prep work, i.e. sanding, filling small holes, removing rot, etc.?
• Does the painting contractor provide written warranties for their labor beyond the 1 year warranty mandated by the state of California for C-33 licensed contractors?
• If the existing paint contains lead as is typical with paint applied many years ago, is the painting contractor EPA Lead Safe Certified for safe removal of the old paint and will they be following the required protocols to ensure your safety and avoid causing you legal liabilities from improper removal of lead paint?
• Does the painting contractor perform all phases of the work or do they hire subcontractors to finish the job?
• How long should it take the painting crews to complete the work?
• Are there any measures you should take before the painters show up (moving furniture, covering valuables, patching nail holes, etc.), or will the painting contractors provide such services?
• Do the licensed owner personally hire and train their painting crew?
• How and when do the painting contractors clean up the job site?
• Will you have access to your home while the painters are working?
• Will they provide a written contract and will it detail the amount of paint to be used, the brand, the grade, the product number, the number of coats, and the number of hours to be spent preparing the surface?
When you've selected the most suitable house painting or commercial painting contractor in Alameda County, make sure they are still licensed in good standing with a C33 contractors license to perform your painting services. (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Alameda County
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com)
CSLB Contractors State Licensing Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
FCA Finishing Contractors Association (www.finishingcontractors.org)
MPDA Master Painters and Decorators Association (www.mpda.net)
MPI Master Painters Institute (http://www.mpi.net/)
NAPP National Alliance of Professional Painters (www.thenapp.com)
NPCA National Paint and Coatings Association (www.paint.org)
PDCA Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (http://www.pdca.org/)
IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League) www.decorativeartisans.org
Painting and Decorating Media & Web Resources
The Faux Finisher Magazine
Painting and Wallcovering Magazine
Faux Effects World Magazine
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Contractors in Alameda County within the following zip codes:
94501, 94502, 94536, 94537, 94538, 94539, 94540, 94541, 94542, 94543, 94544, 94545, 94546, 94550, 94551, 94552, 94555, 94557, 94560, 94566, 94568, 94577, 94578, 94579, 94580, 94586, 94587, 94588, 94601, 94602, 94603, 94604, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94612, 94613, 94614, 94615, 94617, 94618, 94619, 94620, 94621, 94623, 94624, 94661, 94662, 94701, 94702, 94703, 94704, 94705, 94706, 94707, 94708, 94709, 94710 and 94712
Painting Companies Alameda CA
Andriani Painting Alameda CA 94501
Gallagher Painting Alameda CA 94501
Island Painting Alameda CA 94501
Mark C Dougherty Painting Alameda CA 94501
Pacific Northwest Painters Alameda CA 94501
Signature Painting Alameda CA 94501
Painting Companies Albany CA
Paint Co Albany CA 94706
Top Coat Painters Albany CA 94706
Painting Companies Berkeley CA
Barry's Painting Berkeley CA 94702
Barry's Painting Berkeley CA 94702
Berkeley Painting Berkeley CA 94701
Brian Sweet Decorative Arts Berkeley CA 94709
CertaPro Painters Berkeley CA 94703
Davis Painting Berkeley CA 94702
Family Painting Berkeley CA 94704
GB Painting Berkeley CA 94704
JP Painting Berkeley CA 94708
Mertens Painting Berkeley CA 94708
Philmo Painting Berkeley CA 94704
Sundance Painting Contractors Berkeley CA 94709
Painting Companies Castro Valley CA
Allstar Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Always Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Billy's Painting Service - S&S Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Full Spectrum Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Golden Gate Enterprises Castro Valley CA 94546
Herb Munoz Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Ivy Painting Castro Valley CA 94552
J&D Painting Co Castro Valley CA 94546
Mark Dobel Painting & Restoration Castro Valley CA 94546
Merkouris Painting Castro Valley CA 94552
P&D Co Painting Castro Valley CA 94552
Painting Contractors Castro Valley CA 94546
Preferred Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Rob's Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
State Wide Painting Castro Valley CA 94552
ZK Painting Castro Valley CA 94546
Painting Companies Emeryville CA
Allied Painters Emeryville CA 94608
Armstrong Painting & Coatings Emeryville CA 94608
Caton & Associates Emeryville CA 94608
Dudley Painting & Coating Emeryville CA 94608
Giampolini Inc Emeryville CA 94608
Painting Companies Fremont CA
Allcity Painting Fremont CA 94536
Artisan Plastering Fremont CA 94539
Billy's Painting Service Fremont CA 94555
Central Bay Painting Fremont CA 94538
Color Key Painting Fremont CA 94538
Custom Painting Fremont CA 94536
D&D Painting Fremont CA 94555
D&H Painting Fremont CA 94539
Durable Painting Fremont CA 94538
Evergreen Painting Fremont CA 94555
Faux You & Faux Me Fremont CA 94536
Five Star Painting Fremont CA 94536
Golden Brush Painting Fremont CA 94538
Jimmy's Painting Fremont CA 94539
Kokopelli Painting Fremont CA 94538
Landa's Painting Fremont CA 94538
Moualem Painting Fremont CA 94539
Professional Painting Fremont CA 94539
Property Maintenance Service Fremont CA 94536
Romero Painting Fremont CA 94555
S&S European Painting Fremont CA 94539
S&Y Fremont CA 94536
Painting Companies Hayward CA
AM Painting Hayward CA 94541
AM-PM Painting Hayward CA 94542
Bay Cities Painting Hayward CA 94541
CC Commercial Coatings Hayward CA 94545
Capers Painting Hayward CA 94541
Five Star Painting Hayward CA 94545
Fuller's Painting Hayward CA 94544
Goldwest Hayward CA 94545
Hulburt Painting Hayward CA 94545
JR Painting Hayward CA 94545
KCL Painting Hayward CA 94541
Marquez Painting Hayward CA 94545
McNabb Painting & Wall Covering Hayward CA 94545
Metro Painting Hayward CA 94541
Metro Painting Hayward CA 94541
Metro Painting Hayward CA 94544
Michael's Painting Service Hayward CA 94544
New International Painting Hayward CA 94544
Oasis Painting Hayward CA 94544
Polyzos Painting Hayward CA 94541
Romano's Painting & Paper Hayward CA 94545
Shine Painting Hayward CA 94544
Splash of Class Painting Hayward CA 94544
Steve's Painting Service Hayward CA 94541
United Pro Painting Hayward CA 94541
Painting Companies Kensington CA
Bridge Painting Kensington CA 94707
Painting Companies Livermore CA
Alvis Co Painting Livermore CA 94551
Bond Painting Livermore CA 94550
Certapro Painters Livermore CA 94551
Custom Painting Livermore CA 94550
Custom Painting Livermore CA 94551
Dave Casteel Quality Custom Painting Livermore CA 94551
Don L King & Son Paint Contractor Livermore CA 94550
E Turman & Co Livermore CA 94550
Jerry's Painting Service Livermore CA 94551
John Steiger Painting Livermore CA 94550
K Kowal Painting Livermore CA 94551
Laffoon & Laffoon Livermore CA 94551
Leal's Painting Service Livermore CA 94551
Legacy Painting Livermore CA 94551
Lux Brothers Painting Livermore CA 94550
MacPainting Livermore CA 94550
Mahoney's Painting Livermore CA 94551
Michael's Painting Livermore CA 94551
Mike Champlin Painting Livermore CA 94551
Musselman Painting Livermore CA 94551
Peterson Painting Livermore CA 94550
Protect Painting Livermore CA 94551
RJ Sweeney's Custom Painting Livermore CA 94551
Ray Tech Painting Livermore CA 94551
Rick Jensen Painting Livermore CA 94550
Service Painting Livermore CA 94551
Painting Companies Newark CA
All Professional Painting Newark CA 94560
K Painting Newark CA 94560
La Esperanza Mex Newark CA 94560
Paul's Professional Painting Newark CA 94560
Y&J Painting Newark CA 94560
Zeigler Painting Newark CA 94560
Painting Companies Oakland CA
A&B Painting Oakland CA 94607
Applied Imagination Decorative Oakland CA 94606
Aster Painting Oakland CA 94619
Citywide Painting Oakland CA 94607
Classic Painting Oakland CA 94619
Custom Quality Painting Oakland CA 94601
Cydney Ortzow Painting Oakland CA 94612
D Wernholm & Son Oakland CA 94601
Deco Art Oakland CA 94618
Duplessis Painting Contractor Oakland CA 94610
George E Masker Oakland CA 94621
Golden State Painting Oakland CA 94604
Harry Clewans Fine Finishes Oakland CA 94607
M B Jessee Paint Oakland CA 94608
MDL Painting Oakland CA 94601
Merkouris Painting Oakland CA 94607
Mike's Painting Oakland CA 94610
Omni Painting Oakland CA 94618
Painting Concepts Oakland CA 94602
Peterson Painting Oakland CA 94611
Piedmont Painting Oakland CA 94602
Ruben's House Painting Oakland CA 94603
S Jones Oakland CA 94610
Safeway Building & Painting Co Oakland CA 94602
Smart Painting Oakland CA 94601
T Shober Anderson Painting Oakland CA 94611
Top Flight Quality Painting Oakland CA 94614
Turn-Key Painting & Home Oakland CA 94605
Walter Blumert & Co Painters Oakland CA 94621
Painting Companies Piedmont CA
Andy's Painting Piedmont CA 94611
Faux Pro Piedmont CA 94611
Painting Companies Pleasanton CA
ABC Bay Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Almeida & Son Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Amaral Painting Pleasanton CA 94588
Daniel Larsen's Quality Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Lux Brothers Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Nor Cal Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Olsen Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Primitivo's Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Primitivo's Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
SR Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Scott's Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
So Unique Painting Pleasanton CA 94566
Sunrise Painting Pleasanton CA 94588
Painting Companies San Leandro CA
ABC Painting San Lorenzo CA 94580
Able Painting San Leandro CA 94577
Cataldo Painting San Leandro CA 94577
Cunha Brothers Painting San Leandro CA 94578
D&D Painting San Leandro CA 94578
Ed Morrow Painting San Leandro CA 94578
Fresh & Clean Painting San Leandro CA 94579
Gene's Painting San Leandro CA 94578
Home Plus Painting San Leandro CA 94578
KB Painting San Leandro CA 94579
Maffei Painting San Leandro CA 94579
Tricolor Painting San Leandro CA 94577
Victor Villatoro Painting San Leandro CA 94578
Painting Companies Union City CA
Bruce Painting Union City CA 94587
Call Painting Union City CA 94587
Colocho's Painting Union City CA 94587
Color Schemes Union City CA 94587
De La Cruz Painting Union City CA 94587
Michael Painting Union City CA 94587
Mihos Painting Co Union City CA 94587
New International Painting Union City CA 94587