Painting is a cost-effective way to refresh and renew your home. In many cases, painting can be a DIY project. However, there are other instances where health and safety concerns call for the services of professional painters. Here are some situations where it’s best to get professional help with painting.
The age of the structure will help you determine if lead paint is a concern. Lead paint was banned in 1977, so any structure built before that time could have paint that contains lead, a toxic substance that is linked to a number of serious health problems. It’s important to note that lead paint doesn’t have to be flaking to be dangerous. Paint ages and fades over time, and if your home was coated with lead paint, the space will likely have more lead in the air and on hard surfaces than buildings not painted with lead paint. Consider hiring a professional to get the space tested before painting so that you can remediate the space if necessary.
If the previous owner of your home was a smoker, or if you have recently quit smoking and want to freshen the space, be aware that the combination of cigarette toxins and Florida humidity can be a sticky problem. This smoke residue will stick to your walls and ceilings and may make it difficult for a new layer of paint to adhere properly. Tar and other chemicals can adhere to the walls and can be difficult to remove if you don’t know what you’re doing. You may need to have your walls professionally stripped to remove the toxins or get a special primer applied to make sure your new topcoat clings and looks great.
Open concept homes offer a great sense of space and the easy movement of light and air, but they can make painting a hazardous challenge. Additionally, if your space has a stairwell or open railing, painting the space will likely take specialty ladders or even scaffolding to reach all areas. One misstep on a stairwell can be catastrophic, especially when everything is coated in plastic or if you’re wearing safety goggles, which can impede your vision.
Your personal safety and time restrictions need to be taken into consideration when planning a paint job. Paint chemistry is an ever-changing industry. Consider getting a quote from a professional before you embark on a painting project to protect your health and the value of your home.