This is a professional who paints exterior and interior walls, the trim, and porches on a home. Professional residential painting contractors have specialized knowledge in knowing what the right types of paint to use for a job along with adding details to the painting job such as borders or texturing. There are some that also have the equipment that will allow them to reach places up high such as window shutters or second stories. Their primary job will be to provide paint applications in various homes. They may also work for a builder painting the homes that are being built.
Due to many homes now having vinyl siding that is paint-free homeowners no longer need the outside of their homes painted. There are some homeowners who do prefer the authentic wood look and may still need an exterior painter to do this work. Some residential painting contractors have their own business and will hire work out to subcontractors if they are extremely busy or have a rush job. Other times they may do all the work themselves so they will make a bigger profit.
There are benefits of hiring residential painting contractors instead of the homeowner doing all the painting. In addition to there being less painting for the homeowner the contractor has the special equipment and tools that can help the job go faster, the paint job will have a more professional look to it, and the contractor may have employees to help with the work. Some examples of special equipment and tools can include specialized lifts or ladders, extensions to attach to paint rollers so they can reach higher areas, knowledge how to do decorative details and more. Residential painting contractors are often skilled in many other tasks besides painting. They know how to get walls ready for painting by being able to sand and prime the walls and how to fill in holes and cracks so when it is painted it looks like nothing was wrong with the wall.
When hiring residential painting contractors you want to make sure that they have the experience to do the job. You can find a local contractor by checking with their local phone directory, asking friends and family for references, or looking online. Ask to see their license because in some areas they have to take the same exam as the general contractors. You should also ask how long they have been in business and what specialize training they have. You should also ask if they charge by the hour or by the job and if they give free estimates. Get everything in writing in the contract.