Preferred Paints for a Home’s Interior
The high expense areas of fix and flip or rental renovations need the most attention. Repair or replacement of roofing materials, exterior coverings such as vinyl siding, plumbing and other infrastructure repair, and flooring are among some of the most critical and expensive. Paint and other interior wall coverings are critical as well. Each finish has a purpose beyond its visual appeal.
Flat paints are typically used for a base treatment to help hide small imperfections in coverings such as dry wall. Though good for coverage, they often do not stand up to excessive cleaning over time. If the fix and flip project is to be marketed to retirement couples or empty nesters, the easy touch up of flat paints is a good choice. Flat paints range from $27-$40 per gallon.
Eggshell paints have a faint hint of shine just as bird eggs do. These paints are not as dull as flat paint but lack the solid shine of a satin finish. Being more durable than a flat paint, eggshell paints are often used in dining rooms, living rooms, and dens. Eggshell paints range between $24-$40 per gallon.
Satin paints have an impressive sheen rather than the reflective nature of semi-gloss and high-gloss paints. Though it can stand up to cleaning better than flat or eggshell, the sheen can be hard to match for touch ups. Satin paints are often used for children’s bedrooms, play areas, and hallways. Being in the middle of the cost range and looking better than a simple flat paint, satin paints are often chosen for renovation projects. Satin paints range between $29-$42 per gallon.
Semi-gloss paints are most notably used for trim and moldings. They are easy to clean, help fight against moisture, and have an excellent visual quality. Semi-gloss paints are often used in bathrooms due to moisture and kitchens due to the accumulation of cooking residues. Typically, semi-gloss paints range between $33-$56 per gallon.
High-gloss paints sit at the top of the expense chart for a reason. The impressive shine is an immediate eye catcher. It is durable, and easily cleaned for the long haul. It is very difficult to apply without imperfections due to the high shine, and is commonly used for trim, moldings, baseboards, chair rails and cabinets. The high cost and difficulty in application makes it a rare choice for fix and flip or rental renovation projects. High gloss paints range between $30-$120 per gallon.
For some projects the additional cost of a primer coat may be needed. Some paints offer the additional coverage of paint and primer in one. Primer and primer paint combinations are often used if the wall color is changed or if additional moisture protection or stain coverage is needed. Most professional interior painters will recommend a good mid-range paint of a neutral color that is durable, looks good, and doesn’t break the budget. Some mid-range paints are eco-friendly with ease of clean-up as well.