Should I Paint Before Or After Installing Flooring? !
Most of the time the order we do things in is obvious: cereal before milk, pants before shoes, wash before dry. Sometimes, however, the order is not so clear. Homeowners often wonder, when refreshing or updating a whole room, whether to install new flooring or to repaint the walls and trim first. While either order can work when done right, MB Jessee recommends installing flooring first for several reasons.
There are two main problems that can easily occur if flooring is installed after painting. One of them is potential damage to the new paint job. Since a roll of carpet is always the width of the room, it is easy to scrape walls as you enter and place the new floor covering. When tiling a floor, working with a trowel near the walls can often lead to dents in the baseboards. Installing a wood or laminate floor can also entail using glue and tools near your baseboards and lower walls, often leading to unsightly mishaps and damage. Any of these dents, scratches, and scrapes will take time and money to repair correctly.
A second reason to finish floors before walls is that the new flooring might be a different height than the previous flooring. This could leave you with a small stripe of unpainted baseboard that the old floor covered but the new floor does not. You might also find yourself needing to lower your baseboards, which is not something you want to have to do after repainting your walls.
The main hesitation that homeowners have in finishing floors before walls is the fear of drips, splatters and spills on their new wood or carpet. This problem, however, can be easily prevented, and is not nearly as serious a risk as those involved in painting first. A professional painting contractor should take proper care in setting up the room to prevent any possibility of damage to your new flooring. They should ensure in writing that they will take responsibility for protecting the new flooring
If you need more information or would like our team of professional painters in San Francisco, East Bay and Contra Costa counties to work on your next project, contact us today for a free estimate.