Taking care of moisture issues and not properly installing overlapping jointless drywall are a few issues that need to be addressed before painting, according to Ramone Gumke, co-owner of Decorating by Charlie.
Gumke said it’s good for a contractor to check what will be painted to see if there are any issues and to get accurate measurements.
“Maybe in a corner or something we bump into where they want to repaint it because (the) paint doesn’t look good anymore, but it’s really a mold or mildew problem. because they have water leaking from somewhere,” he mentioned.
A do-it-yourself drywall installation without overlapping seams will cause the paint or joint compound to crack as the house moves over the years, he said. For example, he said the owners didn’t want the seam to run the full length of the ceiling where the sheets meet.
“Let’s say it’s all 8 by 4 sheets where one meets the other and if you … started in a corner and just hung the whole 8 by 4 sheet and did it all the way, all the end joints would be in a straight line all the way up the wall and it will completely crack and the tape will run wild probably in a year or two,” Gumke said.
He said that when the seam is poured on a line, a flexible caulk should be used to create an expansion joint so the house can move and move without the paint cracking.
Generally, it’s best to call a contractor about six months in advance to complete any project, Gumke said.
When someone contacts Decorating by Charlie to perform any service they offer – interior and exterior painting, wood finishing, tape and texture, wallpaper and epoxy floors – the General Manager will speak with the client and set a moment to review the project and go over the details to generate an estimate for the work.
The company has color chip books and someone will help pick out the colors and point people in the right direction.
“Get it where it looks the way they want it,” he said.
Latex is the most common interior or exterior paint due to its cost and ease of application and cleanup, Gumke said. He said Decorating by Charlie has paint from PPG but will order Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore paint if that’s what the customer prefers.
If homeowners buy paint for projects, they’ll want a little more for future touch-ups.
“That being said, paint tinting has gotten really good with the equipment and technology that’s out there,” he said. “Let’s say you buy paint at (a retail store) and you run out and take an extra gallon, there’s usually no problem matching it.”
When Decorating by Charlie completes a paint project, the company mixes up some extra and leaves it up to the customer, Gumke said.