The Best Painting Companies in Philadelphia County PA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Painting contractors in Philadelphia County PA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report Top Ten symbol are the painters that have exceeded the minimum Pennsylvania regulatory standard. They are the ones 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 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 Philadelphia County PA, including decorative painters, muralists, and faux finish painters.
Updated August 16, 2019
The Best Painting Companies in Philadelphia County PA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Painting companies in Philadelphia County PA are not required to have a state license and must merely be registered with the state of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania state to show proof of liability insurance as protection for the customer, but if those painting companies don't have workers comp insurance that covers their employees or hire day laborers or independent contractors that aren't their company employees, those workers won't be covered by workers comp insurance. This is a significant issue, since you can be held liable for worker injuries that occur on your property for those painting companies and workers that do not have coverage.
Obviously then, state registration is no guarantee that any particular painting contractor in Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA
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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia 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 noticeably in as little as a few months.
The best painting companies in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia 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 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 Philadelphia County PA (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Philadelphia County PA)
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 Philadelphia County PA are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Philadelphia County PA: . Other painting contractors in Philadelphia County PA who might still be in business include: .
Questions To Ask Painters in Philadelphia County PA
When it comes to painting contractors in Philadelphia County PA, 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 Philadelphia County PA?
• 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 Philadelphia County PA have active worker's 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 Philadelphia County PA, make sure they are registered with the state of Pennsylvania 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.)
Resources About Painting Companies in Philadelphia County PA
Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Philadelphia County PA
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 Philadelphia County PA
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 Philadelphia County PA within the following zip codes:
19105, 19113, 19122, 19130, 19138, 19146, 19154, 19104, 19112, 19121, 19129, 19137, 19145, 19153, 19103, 19111, 19120, 19128, 19136, 19144, 19152, 19102, 19110, 19119, 19127, 19135, 19143, 19151, 19109, 19118, 19126, 19134, 19142, 19150, 19108, 19116, 19125, 19133, 19141, 19149, 19107, 19115, 19124, 19132, 19140, 19148, 19106, 19114, 19123, 19131, 19139, 19147 and 19192
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Philadelphia County PA within the following cities:
Philadelphia, Center City, Olney, Oak Lane, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Roxborough, Manayunk and Kensington