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Often in life, things aren’t exactly what they seem. When asked if floors or paint should come first, the knee-jerk reaction is to opt for paint to avoid any unwanted splatters or drips on brand new flooring, but is this truly the best course of action? Well, that depends on whether or not you hire professional house painters.

Why You Should Lay Floors Before Painting

Drop Cloth Utilization

Simply put, any house painter worth their salt will not let paint fall on the floor, even if it were just subfloor. Whether you consider it to be a point of pride, professional expertise, or just understanding gravity, professional painters know how to prevent even the smallest drops from reaching the floor, no matter how new or old it may be. If you were going to have your home painted, would you remove your flooring before doing so? Of course not. The age of the floors has little to do with whether or not your house painting should be done carefully, which it always should.

Benefits of Flooring First

If it makes almost no difference whether or not the floors are installed before or after the painting to the house painters, then what potential benefits could be gained by installing the flooring first? Here is why we like to see flooring done before we paint Brooklyn homes.

Things are done, which makes the painter’s job far easier. If this doesn’t seem clear right away, consider this: Until flooring is installed, it is unclear to the house painter whether the trim will fit to the new flooring exactly as it did to the old, and gauging this wrong could result in a thin strip of trim that is not painted or, worse, trim that needs to be moved, potentially exposing unpainted portions of the wall.

Walls can get damaged during flooring installation or last minute projects. While it may seem like a great idea to get the painting out of the way, it should really be saved for last in terms of the construction elements. There’s a reason we call it a fresh coat of paint, largely because it brings a freshness and newness to the room. If you think of a few last minute projects, cut tiles or wood to install, or even just scrape the walls while installing carpeting, you’re risking scratches, dust, grime and more on your (once) fresh paint.

Contact Steven’s Perfect Paint

If you would still like to see the walls painted before you move forward with flooring installation, that is just fine; in either case, be sure to contact Steven’s Perfect Paint for your Brooklyn house painting. Our professional painters have the skills and experience necessary to leave your house looking ready to decorate.

Contact us today to learn more or get started!

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