The Best Painting Companies in Wilmington DE Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Painting contractors in Wilmington DE bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the painters that have exceeded the minimum Delaware regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who have agreed to hire only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as commercial painters or house painters in Wilmington DE, including decorative painters, muralists, and faux finish painters.
Updated December 23, 2016
|Sundew Painting Co|
301 E Ayre St # 1
Newport, DE 19804
Areas Served: New Castle County,Lower Christiana DE,Glasgow DE,Wilmington DE,Brandywine,New Castle
Services: local painting company for house painting, decorative painting, faux finish
|Burke Painting Co LLC|
25 Brookside Dr
Wilmington, DE 19804
Areas Served: Wilmington DE,New Castle County,Upper Christiana DE,Brandywine DE,Glasgow DE,Bear DE
Services: good painting company & house painters for interior painting, exterior painting
48 Castle Run Dr
Bear, DE 19701
Areas Served: New Castle County,Central Kirkwood DE,Pike Creek DE,Piedmont DE,Wilmington DE
Services: residential painting contractors, commercial painting company, custom painting
|Delaware Green Painters LLC|
1631 E Ayre St
Wilmington, DE 19804
Areas Served: Wilmington Delaware,New Castle DE,Middletown DE,Brookside DE,Brandywine DE,Bear DE
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting for homes, apartments, condos
102 Cassidy Dr
Newport, DE 19804
Areas Served: Glasgow DE,New Castle DE,Wilmington DE,Pike Creek DE,Brandywine DE,New Castle County
Services: painting contractors & house painters, residential painters, commercial painters,
473 Old Airport Rd
New Castle, DE 19720
Areas Served: New Castle County,Piedmont DE,Brandywine DE,Lower Christiana DE,Wilmington Delaware
Services: painting contractors, residential painters, house painters, commercial painters
Painting companies in Wilmington DE are not required to have any state license and they must merely be registered with the state of Delaware for any work over $500. Not even that mere registration is required to perform as commercial painters. So there is no state enforced standard for competency among painting companies. Registered painters are required by Delaware state to show proof of liability insurance as protection for the customer, but no such proof is required for workers comp insurance which is a significant issue since you will be on the hook for worker injuries that occur on your property for those painting companies that do not have coverage.
Obviously then, state registration is no guarantee that any particular painting contractor in Wilmington DE is even competent, is doing business ethically, providing lasting value, or satisfying their customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all commercial painters or house painters in Wilmington DE who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as research phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, proof of liability insurance and workers comp insurance for your protection, good complaint record, verified state registration (for residential painters only), only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.
Things To Look For with Painters in Wilmington DE
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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 New Castle County 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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington 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 might claim 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 Wilmington DE (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Wilmington DE)
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 Wilmington DE are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Wilmington DE 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 full service painting contractor. However, all decorative painters in Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington DE 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 Wilmington 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.
Some Painters in Wilmington Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Wilmington DE: Excel Painting, Cassidy Painting, Burke Painting Co LLC, Cassidy Painting, Delaware Green Painters LLC, Sundew Painting Co. Other painting contractors in Wilmington DE who might still be in business include: .
When it comes to painting contractors in Wilmington DE, ask some questions about the abilities, experience, and methods of the commercial painters or residential painters you're considering spending with.
• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in Wilmington DE?
• 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 our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Do the painting companies have experience in the same kind of project as yours, such as residential painting versus commercial painting, 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 Wilmington DE have active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• 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?
• 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 once they start?
• 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?
• Does the owner personally hire and train their painting crew and are they long term employees or merely day laborers?
• How and when do the painting contractors clean up the job site?
• Will you have access to your home, office, or commercial property while the painters are working?
When you've selected the most suitable house painting or commercial painting contractor in Wilmington DE, make sure they are registered with the state of Delaware if the painting is residential, since that's required by state law. (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state registration verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Wilmington DE
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
FCA Finishing Contractors Association www.finishingcontractors.org
MPDA Master Painters and Decorators Association www.mpda.net
MPI Master Painters Institute 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 www.pdca.org
IDAL International Decorative Artisans League www.decorativeartisans.org
SDP Society of Decorative Painters www.decorativepainters.org
Media & Web Resources Relevant to Painting Companies in Wilmington DE
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 Wilmington DE within the following zip codes:
19713, 19730, 19733, 19807, 19810, 19802, 19708, 19803, 19709, 19809, 19977, 19718, 19731, 19710, 19808, 19720, 19714, 19850, 19734, 19895, 19801, 19706, 19703, 19736, 19899, 19806, 19805, 19804, 19938, 19707, 19702, 19701, 19715 and 19711
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Wilmington DE within the following cities:
Pike Creek Valley, Greenville, Glasgow, Wilmington Manor, New Castle, Wilmington, Bear, Pike Creek, Lower Christiana, Red Lion, Piedmont, Middletown, Brandywine, Newark, Hockessin, Elsmere, North Star, Pike Creek-Central Kirkwood, Townsend, Brookside, Claymont, Upper Christiana and Edgemoor