Gearing up for interior painting in New Jersey? It’s an exciting process, but we know that it can raise a lot of good questions too. Like this one: does the quality of your interior paint matter?
Maybe it’s all the same, and the more premium brands are just better at marketing. Or how about those big box store products that claim to cover in just one coat, with no primer needed?
In reality, the quality of your interior paint really does matter and has a direct impact on both the immediate painting process and the long-term performance you can expect. Let’s dig into why.
What’s in Paint Anyway?
Before we unpack the reasons why quality paint matters, let’s take a quick look at what’s actually in paint. There are three key ingredients that make up most types of paint:
- Pigments: These are what give the paint its color.
- Binders: These hold the pigment particles together and allow them to adhere to the surface being painted.
- Solvents: These keep the paint in a liquid state and help it spread evenly.
So, why does the quality of these ingredients matter when it comes to the final result of your paint job?
Better Coverage and Durability
One of the main benefits of using high-quality paint is that it typically offers better coverage and durability than cheaper options. This means that you’ll likely need fewer coats of paint to achieve the color and finish you’re going for, and the paint will be less likely to chip, peel, or fade over time. In the long run this will save you time, money, and hassle since you won’t need to repaint as often.
Don’t fall for the “Paint and primer in one!” products. They’re appealing, but definitely a gimmick. Primer is a completely separate product that offers very specific benefits, especially when you’re painting over raw (unpainted) surfaces, repairs, or helping with a stark color transition. Combining the products and expecting the same benefits just isn’t realistic.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Another reason to opt for high-quality paint is that it tends to have lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are chemicals that evaporate into the air as the paint dries and potentially cause health problems, such as headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues. Low-VOC or zero-VOC paint options are becoming increasingly popular and are often a better choice for those with allergies or sensitivities to chemicals.
Better Color Consistency
Have you ever started painting a room only to realize that the color looks different in certain areas or that the finish is uneven? This can happen with lower-quality paints that contain inconsistent levels of pigment or binder. High-quality paints, on the other hand, tend to have better color consistency and spread more evenly, resulting in a more professional-looking finish.
Finally, high-quality paint can often be easier to apply than cheaper options. This is because it tends to have a smoother texture and better flow, allowing it to spread more easily and evenly. It may also be less likely to splatter or drip. What’s not to love about that, right?
What’s the takeaway?
It may not be exciting to hear, but the quality of your paint really does matter. Get the best product you can, or ask your professional interior painter which manufacturer they recommend (and why).
If you have more questions about your interior painting project in New Jersey, contact us at Brennan Contracting! It would be our pleasure to serve you and your home, ensuring that just the right paint is used for the job.