Do not fall for the empty promises. It is easy to throw out claims like “never paint again” or “25 year warranty”. It is much harder to stay in business forever or even 25 years. Most painting companies do not get to year 3…let alone 25 years.
Length of business aside, there is no paint or vinyl or coating out there that lasts forever. The giant gaseous ball of fire in the sky fades everything. That’s right…the sun ruins everything. This is the number one thing to think about when you are considering a “lifetime paint” company…EVERYTHING FADES.
There are, however, paints that last a long time when prep work is done properly. But you do not have to buy into a “lifelong paint” scheme…you just need to use premium paint. Premium paint rarely goes away. If applied correctly, good paint, like Sherwin Williams Super Paint, will stay where you put it. There can be surrounding circumstances that affect the length of the job, but normally, in 25 years, the paint is still there. BUT IT FADES…BECAUSE EVERYTHING FADES.
There are lifetime paint companies out there that are claiming that their paint has an “E” rating. The thing is, everything has an “E” rating. Mentioning an E rating as a reason to paint is like saying that you should wash your car because it makes it more aerodynamic. Sure it does…but so does wiping your fingers across the dust on your car. The bottom line is if you need a higher E rating on your home, paint is not a solution.
The basic business structure of many of the never paint again companies are that they can charge three times what a traditional job costs, re-paint the home under warranty, and still be ahead. The problem is, many of them change business names, go out of business, or re-locate to other markets where warranties are not screaming at them. Yes, many make a run in a market as long as they can, until they have too many unsatisfied clients, and then they jet. They also bank on you not staying at your home for the length of their proposed warranty.
Personally, I cannot look someone in the eye and promise them that a paint job will last forever, when I know that it is not possible. I cannot look someone in the eye and tell them that they will never need to paint again. The cans of paint that my company uses say “25 year warranty” and lifetime warranty, and I refuse to tell my clients about it because it is misleading.
If you are deciding on which paint to use, or which painting contractor to use, based on the warranty on a paint can, you are using the incorrect data available to make a good decision.
I would even question any company that is promoting the length of years that is read on their paint can.
In review, do not buy a 30 year warranty from a business that has only been around for a few years. Do not buy into a lifetime or 25 year warranty on paint because everything fades. Do look up complaints online for never paint again companies that do not live up to their long, un-achievable warranties.
Our warranty, at Elite Pro Painting is simple. We will come out one year after we paint your home to re-check our work and make sure that you are still happy with our work. Our jobs last a long time…and we have 5,000 past satisfied clients that will back us up in our claims.