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The Best Painting Companies in Lee County FL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire


Painting contractors in Lee County FL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the painters proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency, reliability and value, have 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 Lee County FL, including interior painters and exterior painters.

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Lee County FL

Steve's Painting Inc
(239) 458-9889
829 NE Pine Island Ln # 109
Cape Coral, FL 33909

Areas Served: Iona FL,Fort Myers FL,Estero FL,Cape Coral FL,Villas FL,Lehigh Acres FL,Lee County
Services: good painting company & house painters for interior painting, exterior painting

Noel Painting Inc
(239) 466-7343
11615 Marshwood Ln
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Areas Served: Lehigh Acres FL,Lee County FL,Bonita Springs FL,Cape Coral FL,Fort Myers FL,Iona FL
Services: painting contractors, residential painters, house painters, commercial painters

Painted Perfection Inc
(239) 354-0077
28440 Old 41 Rd # 6
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Areas Served: Lee County FL,Iona FL,Cape Coral FL,San Carlos Park FL,Lehigh Acres FL,Cypress Lake
Services: painting & repainting, commercial painters, residential painters, home painting

Mike's Custom Painting
(239) 549-5226
3445 Sanibel Captiva Rd
Sanibel, FL 33957

Areas Served: Cape Coral FL,Estero FL,Lee County,North Fort Myers FL,Lehigh Acres FL,Bonita Springs
Services: local painters for residential painting, commercial painting, house painters

Brian Edwards Painting Co
(239) 825-8754
4911 Barth St
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

Areas Served: South Fort Myers FL,Lehigh Acres FL,Bonita Springs FL,Lee County FL,North Fort Myers
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting for homes, apartments, condos

Premier Painting
(239) 254-1100
27244 Jolly Roger Ln
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Areas Served: Bonita Springs FL,Lee County FL,South Fort Myers FL,Lehigh Acres FL,Cape Coral FL
Services: house painters & residential painting contractors for interior house painting

The Best Painting Companies in Lee County FL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire 


The state of Florida doesn't require painting contractors in Lee County FL to have any state license, so there is no state standard for competancy among painting companies.

So there is no guarantee that any particular commercial or house painter in Lee County FL is even competent, is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all commercial painters and house painters in Lee County FL 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, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.



Things To Look For with Painters in Lee County FL

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 Lee 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 Lee 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. 


Paint Quality
Price quotes from painting companies in Lee 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 Lee County will specify in writing the
1) Brand
2) Grade
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 Lee 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 Lee 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.


Paint Application
Many painting companies in Lee 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.   


Color consultation
The best painters in Lee 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 Lee 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. 

Labor
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 Lee County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Lee 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 Lee County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Lee 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 Lee County FL 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 Lee 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 Lee 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 Lee 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.

Some Painters in Lee County FL Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Lee County FL: Steve's Painting Inc, Painted Perfection Inc, Noel Painting Inc, Brian Edwards Painting Co, Mike's Custom Painting, Premier Painting, Messery Painting. Other painting contractors in Lee County FL who might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

Question To Ask Painting Companies in Lee County FL Before Hiring 


Before you hire painters, ask the following questions about their process, experience and qualifications:

• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in Lee County? (This is key because different places have varied rainfall, sunlight exposure, salt water spray, which can all affect choices in types of paint, amounts, or methods and substantial experience in your geographical area specifically means a greater chance they will be familiar with these aspects.)


• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Lee County?


• Can the painting companies give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All painting  contractors in Lee County FL 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.)

• How much experience do they have in the same kind of project as yours, such as same size of job, interiors versus exterior painting, residential versus commercial painting?


• How do they determine pricing?

• What application method will they be using, sprayers or brushes and rollers, and why?


•  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 Lee 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 our research staff.)


• 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.?


• Do they give a written guarantee on their work, (aside from any manufacturer guarantees) and if so, what does it cover and for how long and can you see a copy?

• 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?


• Do they do all of the work with their employees or do they hire subcontractors or anything? If so, what are the names of those subcontractors so you can research them?

• How long should it take to finish the painting once they begin?


• 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 how long have they worked for the company?



• How and when do the painting contractors clean up the job site?



• Will you have access to your home while the painters are working?

 •  Is the individual you're speaking to prior to signing a contract (and who might be making promises) the same one doing or managing the project, or will it be handed off to someone else and if so, who?

• 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 chosen  the best painters in Lee County FL for your specific needs, make sure they are licensed in good standing by the state of Florida or by Lee County. (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their county or state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


 

 

Resources About Painting Companies in Lee County FL 


Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Lee County FL

BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com)
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/)
Florida PDCA www.floridapdca.com
IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League) www.decorativeartisans.org


Painting and Decorating Media & Web Resources
The Faux Finisher Magazine
Painting Magazine
PaintPRO Magazine
Painting and Wallcovering Magazine
Faux Effects World Magazine



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Contractors in Lee County FL within the following zip codes:

34135, 33905, 33917, 33920, 33912, 34136, 33973, 33904, 33929, 33970, 34133, 34104, 33971, 33956, 33945, 33919, 33907, 34224, 33931, 33910, 34110, 33994, 33974, 33990, 33924, 33067, 33913, 33906, 34711, 34112, 33908, 33966, 33993, 33955, 33928, 33967, 33922, 33903, 33921, 33914, 33915, 34108, 33918, 33911, 33936, 33901, 33916, 33991, 32802, 33951, 33932, 33902, 33976, 34119, 34134, 33972, 33909 and 33957


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Lee County FL within the following cities:

Sanibel, Estero, Gateway, Cypress Lake, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Iona, Suncoast Estates, Villas, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, Tice, South Fort Myers, Buckingham, Estero Island, Fort Myers, San Carlos Park, McGregor, Bonita Springs, Whiskey Creek, Fort Myers Beach, Three Oaks, St James City and Pine Manor