I would say the number one thing to look for is time in business. Painting is a very easy business to get into, especially in Montana. There a lot of painters out there with little to no experience. They are here today and gone tomorrow. Paints Well with Colors has been in business for almost 20 years. Although I am a Montana native, graduated from Billings West High 1987, I was living in Arizona when I started painting. In order be licensed in Arizona you must show years of experience, go to contractors school, and pass an in-depth test through the registrar of contractors, showing working knowledge of all paint related materials, proper application techniques, and business knowledge. I was a licensed painter in AZ for 5 years prior to returning to my home state of Montana. In my early years as a painter I was mentored by Doug Click, President of the PDAC (Painting and decorating contractors of America). I am confident there is no more knowledgeable painting contractor in the State of Montana than myself.
lso of great importance is employees. I believe in paying men a livable wage, not the least amount I can by with. My painters are all top notch, highly skilled, and experienced. Painters like this are hard to come by and I don't take them for granted. I make sure they are well compensated in the form of hourly wage, company paid medical care, and company contribution to retirement plans. I don't tolerate illegal drug use or any questionable behavior in my employees. I take great pride in my crew and you will understand why after working with them.
You can call the MT dept of labor and industry to confirm. Unfortunately there website is not a good option as its often not up to date. My MT contractors registration number is 161522
Absolutely, I have complete faith in the trustworthiness of my employees and would be happy to give unlimited references of previous clients upon request.
We primarily use Sherwin Williams but not exclusively. We use only to tier paint. Not contractor grade.
Yes, we provide a 2 year warranty. Written copy of warranty is available upon request.
Summer is best for exterior although the min application requirement for exterior paint is 35 degrees. Interior is year round.
We ask that the work area be generally clean, personal items removed and for exterior we also ask that trees bushes and other landscaping be trimmed away for house.
Myself or my foreman will always be on the jobsite and available to answer any question or address any concern.
We always offer free estimates. You can call me personally to request a free estimate @ 406-530-1200
We take a lazer measurement of the entire area and then apply the applicable Per square foot or per linear foot price to those measurement. As part of the estimate you will receive a detailed breakdown of all charges.
If we find dry rot or any other necessary repairs outside of painting, we have a number of highly skilled contractors in every trade that we work closely with. We would happy to subcontract them to do the work prior to painting and include all work in one final bill.
It depend on the size. Most houses, interior or exterior, take less than one week. Often times we can complete jobs in as little as 1-3 days.
Our standard hours are Mon-Fri 8 AM to 5 PM. However during the long days of summer we regularly work later than 5:00.
Protecting your property is a top priority. Prior to paint application the surrounding area is masked and tarped to protect from paint overspray or drips.
Color is a very personal choice. I am happy to offer suggestions if you would like my help or I can refer a decorated/color consultant upon request.
Today you have a lot of choices in sheens. These include, high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, matte, flat, low luster and more.
Flat and lower sheen paints reduce glare creating a more comfortable atmosphere. Flat paints are also excellent for hiding surface imperfections such as drywall repairs or weathered siding.
Higher sheen paints tend to harden more that low sheen paints making them better for high traffic areas where you expect to be cleaning wall often. On doors and trim high sheen paints also offer the look many people prefer.
Payment terms can vary depending on the size of the project. I most cases we ask for payment in full upon completion.
We use to accept credit cards but due to lack of interest, we no longer accept them. Cash or Check will be fine.