Elite Painting Company
When choosing a paint company in the Indianapolis area there are quite a few considerations you should take into account. Consider the below questions before hiring a contractor:
Q: Does the company “Guarantee” their work?
A: At Elite Pro Painting, we offer the only ALL INCLUSIVE WARRANTY in the industry. What that means is we warranty ALL painted surfaces on your home. While other contractors use tricky phrases written by lawyers to exclude them from any liability, we at Elite Pro Painting believe in integrity. Our warranty includes horizontal surfaces (window ledges) and previous coating failure. We also call you just before the warranty is up to make sure that your are still satisfied with our work. See our warranty page for more details.
Q: What materials are the painter using?
A: Many companies will take shortcuts on the materials they apply to your home to save money. The truth is materials are a fraction of the painting cost. Make sure that a high quality line of paint is used during the painting process. This will add life to your paint job.
Q: In what weather conditions can you paint exterior?
A: It has to be at least 40° or above and stay above freezing for 6 hours in order for the paint to go on and stay on properly.
There are products available when painting as low as 38°, but we prefer the weather to be a little bit warmer to insure a reliable and long lasting paint job.
Q: The weather forecast says that it could rain this afternoon. Are you still going to paint my home?
A: It really depends on the % of rain, the radar, and when they are predicting the rain. In Indiana, if we only painted on days with 0% chance of rain, we would never paint. Everyday has the chance of precipitation. We watch the radar on a constant basis. Paint only takes a couple of minutes to tack. Rain will not affect it after 8 minutes.
Q: What if it rains or storms between the pressure wash and my start date?
A: It does not matter if it storms after the pressure wash.
Q: My house was built 5 years ago. Why do I already need to paint again?
A: Different builders use different methods to initially paint a new home. Many builders (not all) use the quickest, cheapest method possible. Their contractor’s name is not at stake, so they are not responsible for the job. On average, new homes need painted between 4-6 years after they are initially built. Even more importantly is that new homes almost always need re-caulked.
Q: What technique do you use to paint? (Spray or Brush & Back Roll)
A: Siding – we spray and back roll the first coat. Then we come back and spray the second coat. This will give you the best of both worlds. You are getting the smooth finish of a spray, with the adhesion of rolling.
Trim – we normally brush and roll trim. It just depends on the situation.
Gutters/downspouts – we normally spray gutters and downspouts. It really just depends on the job. We will discuss with you the plan of action during the pre-job walk through before we begin painting.
Q: What is included in the Prep Work?
A: The crews will caulk holes, cracks, seems, siding, and seal up the house. Next, they will tape off windows, scrape and prime all areas where needed. They will wipe down house with a rag, removing any spider/cob webs, hornet nests, etc.
Q: What is the purpose of the pressure wash?
A: The purpose of the pressure wash is to rinse away the chalky residue, removes dust, mildew and some loose paint; may be preformed up to a month prior to painting. If the washer happens to miss something or could not reach something on the house, during the prep time, the painters will wipe down the house removing all cobwebs, nests, etc. No one has to be home for the pressure wash; we only need access to your back yard and to your water spigot. Please be sure that your animals are not loose. Although we love dogs, we do not want one of your pets escaping because we were not aware of them being there.
Q: Do you remove old caulk?
A: Yes and no. If the caulk is coming off of the windows or cracks, we will pull it off. Most caulk that is failing still sticks to the substrate. We caulk right over that. This is normal practice, and is the best practice. Removing older caulk can cause gaps that cannot be re-filled. If you insist on caulk being removed, we can do that for an additional charge. (not recommended)
Q: What kind of caulk do you use?
A: We always use the best. We use an elastomeric caulk. It moves with the material more than your normal latex caulk. More elastic = more moveable = less cracking = less wood rot. Great math in our opinion.
Q: I see paint labels that say “Alkyd” and “Acrylic” What does that mean?
A: ALKYD – technically means a synthetic (man-made) resin. Alkyd is OIL PAINT using a man made oil.
ACRYLIC – is Synthetic latex.
Q: What are the different sheens of paint?
A: FLAT PAINT reflects little light. It looks rich and velvety, especially in deep colors. It doesn’t show all the imperfections in plaster or drywall. It’s great in a living room or a room frequented by adults who do not damage or touch their walls. It’s the least washable. Most builders use flat paint when you buy a new home.
SATIN PAINT is a step shinier than Flat. It’s one of the less common sheens. A lot of paints jump right up to eggshell from flat. It’s usually pretty close to eggshell.
EGGSHELL PAINT is a little shinier still. It is very popular as an all around sheen. Not too shiny but still pretty washable. Good for offices, bathrooms, and public areas and rooms with kids in them with dirty little hands.
SEMI-GLOSS PAINT is good for doors and trim. It’s not super shiny but still gives a nice glow to the painted surface. Bathroom and kitchen walls do well in semi-gloss because it is even more washable than eggshell. The problem with semi-gloss is it shows drywall imperfections.
GLOSS/HIGH GLOSS/PLASTIC GLOSS are very shiny paints. They often look good on older traditional woodwork. The flaws really show with this paint but that can also be part of the beauty.
Q: How long will the paint take to dry?
A: Acrylic (latex) paint dries much faster than Alkyd (oil). Paint tacks in only a couple of minutes. If we can see rain coming, we will stop. It only takes a few minutes for the paint to be tacked enough to not affect the job.