When you invite guests to your home, whether they are friends or
coworkers, first impressions are crucial. When entering your residence,
each and every feature of the room is important towards creating a sense
of your personality. This first impression can be the difference that
makes people remember you in a positive way. Hiring a professional to
keep your indoor or outdoor stairwell tidy and presentable is a great
investment towards the overall image of your home.
A key feature of most buildings is the stairway that leads
to the building and the stairway that provides access from the ground
floor to the higher floors or basement. As a result, the stairway is a
part of your building that is viewed and used by friends and family on a
regular basis. This means that a shabby stairwell will not go unnoticed
by your visitors and should be kept in top shape. Not only is a
run-down stairwell unattractive, but it can become a safety hazard as
well. When a stairwell is worn out enough to lose patches of paint, such
as safety stripes that mark high steps or uneven surfaces on stairwells
to a basement or garage, there is also a risk of the staircase becoming
slippery when wet from rain or even routine mopping.
Another important aspect to consider is that without paint
as a protective barrier, excessive moisture can quickly damage wooden
stairwells and will eventually damage a concrete or steel stairwell.
Replacing or repairing your stairwell is certainly more expensive than
keeping the painted surfaces in good shape.
How to Select a Color
When it comes to stairwells, choosing a color is the easiest
part. Often, stairwells are painted to match the room that they are
surrounded by or can represent favorite colours. Changing the color is
not always necessary, but when a change is desired it is the exterior
stairwells that are most flexible when it comes to colour choice. Bright
colours can suit the muted exterior colors of most buildings and can
attract positive attention to your home.
In most cases, visibility and safety are very important
features to be considered when repainting. Adding brightly-colored
safety stripes can help prevent accidents on uneven or unusually steep
stairwells. Non-slip coatings are often available from professional
painting companies if safety is a concern or a more durable coating is
required, such as a basement stairwell. No matter what, a freshly
painted stairwell will improve the overall aesthetics and safety of your
How to Prepare your Stairs for Paint
Once you’ve made the decision to paint your stairs, it is
important to follow the appropriate steps to ensure that your stairs can
be painted successfully to create the polished and professional look
that you are seeking. The first step is to clean the surfaces of the
stairs that you intend to paint. This can involve only the treads (where
you step) or can go as far as painting the banisters and spindles to
match the style of the room around the stairwell. In either case, all
surfaces that will be painted need to have the old, flaky paint removed.
This can be accomplished with a sander or chemical paint removers.
Nails that protrude from wooden stairs should be removed and
replaced for a neat paint job. Any excessive grease should also be
removed. Once this preparation is complete, the stairs can be masked off
from surrounding structures and primed for paint. Although this
cleaning and masking step can appear tedious, it is crucial to the
lifespan of the paint that you choose to apply. Professional residential
painters are well-equipped to handle this challenge and can get the
work completed quickly to avoid disturbing your home. A professional
painter is also able to ensure that masked off areas stay neatly masked
off and that painted surfaces are free from imperfections.
How to Apply Paint and Non-Slip Coatings
Applying the paint or resistant coating to your stairwell is
a task best left to professionals. Often, the best products for the job
are only available to licensed painters or require special equipment
for optimal results. If you choose to apply the paint yourself, using a
brush or a roller are your best options. Be careful to protect your
knees during this job, as sitting on your knees for long periods of time
is common when painting stairs with a brush or roller. This method is
also time-consuming and may prevent the staircase from being used for
longer than necessary.
A professional will typically use a spray gun to achieve an
even and crisp finish for your steps. It is also important to allow
sufficient cure times between primer application and the application of
each coat of colour. Failure to do so can result in a paint job that
peels prematurely or simply doesn’t resist dirt and grime in the way
that a proper industrial coating is capable of withstanding. You can
feel confident that your home will run smoothly during the repainting of
your stairwell and that beautiful results can be enjoyed for a long
time when you choose to hire residential painters who know exactly how
to provide you with tasteful, durable results.
If you have any questions or would like to get a free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.600.1418.