If you’re preparing to make home improvements, a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to ensure return on investment. When you walk into your local home improvement store, you’ll be faced with a plethora of choices to make, like paint color, brand, and other materials. Most homeowners lack an extensive background in painting projects, so you may be wondering whether it’s easiest to tackle the job with a brush or roller. Both of these products are available at most home goods stores, so understanding the differences between the options before proceeding with your project is recommended. Here, we share what you’ll need to know about painting with a brush vs. a roller so you can make the best decision for your needs.
Painting With a Brush
When you think of painting, a brush is likely the first image that comes to mind. However, painting with a brush isn’t always the best choice for every job. If you’re hoping to create a natural, authentic look, it may be beneficial to opt for a brush. In most cases, painting with a brush is reserved for small areas, such as corners and trim. If you’d like to create special effects with a brush, it’s important to learn how to select the ideal tool for the task. When choosing a brush, you should evaluate the bristles and size. Most brushes come in three different materials: natural bristles, blended nylon/polyester, and polyester. Natural bristles are helpful when you’re applying oil-based paints or varnish, while polyester bristles are versatile and easiest to clean. After selecting the bristle material, you’ll need to choose the best size (or sizes) for your project. Brushes that are one to two inches in width are perfect for painting windows and trim. If you’re preparing to paint doors or cabinets, opt for a paintbrush that’s three inches in width. For large, flat areas like walls, pick up a brush with a width of four inches or more.
Painting With a Roller
For most indoor DIY paint jobs, it’s convenient to go with a roller. When you use this tool, you’ll have the ability to cover more surface area with as little effort as possible. A roller isn’t as precise as a brush, but if you’re painting broad areas like walls, this product will handle the task well. Like paintbrushes, there’s more to choosing a roller than you might imagine. When selecting a roller, you’ll have similar options to brushes: roller covers are available in synthetic, natural, or blended materials. One of the perks of using a roller includes the variety of pile depth options so you can choose the best nap thickness for the project. In general, most companies offer rollers in six different finishes, including very smooth, smooth, semi-smooth, semi-rough, rough, and very rough. If you’re unsure about which option is best, don’t hesitate to reach out to our crew of professional painters or the manager of your favorite paint store.
Regardless of the type of project you have in mind, painting is a long process that requires patience and precision. To bypass the frustration of handling this task alone, please reach out to our team. We have 40 of years of experience, and we’d love to help you achieve the desired results for your residential or commercial needs.
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