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The Best Painting Companies in Albany County NY Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Painting contractors in Albany County NY bearing The Prime Buyer's Report Top Ten symbol are the painters proven by our independent research to have passed the Top Ten requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who hire only documented workers, and for whom our staff have called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as commercial painters or house painters in Albany County NY, including decorative painters, muralists, and faux finish painters.

The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Albany County NY

The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Albany County NY

Dunston’s Painting Contractors

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(518) 768-8279
2059 Delaware Tpke
Voorheesville, NY 12186

Areas Served: Albany NY, New Scotland NY, Coeymans NY, Menands NY, Westerlo…
Services: house painting, decorative painting, commercial painters, residential painters

Fresh Coat Painters

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(518) 952-4950
1971 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203

Areas Served: all Albany County, Guilderland NY, Colonie NY, Cohoes NY, Bethlehem…
Services: house painters & residential painting contractors for interior house painting

Empire State Painting Contractors

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(518) 369-7379
PO Box 3192
Albany, NY 12203

Areas Served: Guilderland NY, New Scotland NY, Albany NY, Bethlehem NY, Coeymans…
Services: local painters for residential painting, commercial painting, house painters

Highline Painting Contractors

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(518) 489-3773
74 Ahl Ave
Albany, NY 12205

Areas Served: Bethlehem NY, Albany NY, Colonie NY, Watervliet NY, Cohoes NY,…
Services: painting & repainting, commercial painters, residential painters, home painting

KC’s Painting

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(518) 869-7617
5 Stirrup Dr
Albany, NY 12205

Areas Served: Cohoes NY, Bethlehem NY, Albany NY, New Scotland NY, Watervliet…
Services: painting contractors, color consultants, custom painting, faux finish painting

The Best Painting Companies in Albany County NY Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

The state of New York does not require any state license of painting companies in Albany County NY, so there is no state standard for competency in painting.  Since there is no state license, there is no requirement that painting companies in Albany County NY first show the state proof of worker's comp insurance or liability insurance before performing as painters, and both are critical to you. If an employee of theirs were injured on your property and the painting contractors don't have workers' comp, you will be held liable. Similarly if any accidental damage occurs to your property and the painters have no liability insurance, you will be on the hook for it.

So there's no guarantee that any particular house painter or commercial painting company in Albany County NY is even competent, is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all commercial painters or house painters in Albany County NY bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as having passed all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

Things To Look For From Professional Painters in Albany County NY

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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany 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 or more.

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 Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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
Experienced painters in Albany County NY 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 Albany 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 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 Albany County NY (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Albany County NY)
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 Albany County NY are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County NY 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 Albany County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Albany County NY: Dunston's Painting Contractors Voorheesville NY, Fresh Coat Painters Albany NY, Empire State Painting Contractors Albany NY, Highline Painting Contractors Albany NY, KC's Painting Albany NY. Other painting contractors in Albany County NY who might still be in business include: .

Questions To Ask Painters in Albany County NY

When it comes to  painting contractors in Albany County NY, 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 Albany County NY?A local painting contractor provides interior house painting services for a client.

• 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 Albany County NY have active worker's 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?

• 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 Albany County NY, make sure they are licensed in good standing with your county or city if such a license is required, since New York doesn't require any state license of painting contractors. (All painting  contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their county or city license verified, if required by law, by our research staff so you don't have to.)

Resources About Painting Companies in Albany County NY

Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Albany County NY

Association of Master Painters of New York www.masterpaintersny.com
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
FCA Finishing Contractors Association www.finishingcontractors.orgA house painter rolls paint onto a wall to create a beautiful and welcoming finish.
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

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 Albany County NY within the following zip codes:

12186, 12059, 12204, 12110, 12009, 12210, 12183, 12054, 12203, 12107, 12209, 12159, 12047, 12469, 12202, 12085, 12208, 12158, 12046, 12304, 12201, 12084, 12207, 12147, 12045, 12223, 12193, 12077, 12206, 12143, 12041, 12212, 12189, 12067, 12205, 12120, 12023 and 12211

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

Albany, Altamont, Berne, Bethlehem, Coeymans, Cohoes, Colonie, Green Island, Guilderland, Knox, Menands, New Scotland, Ravena, Rensselaerville, Voorheesville, Watervliet and Westerlo