These days most people are trying to save money where they can, and taking advantage of sales and deep discounts can be a good idea - usually. I'm a fan of discounts for the most part, except when it comes to paints. Whether you're doing it yourself or hiring a professional painting contractor such as North Pine Painting for updating your Bellingham home, choosing cheap paints is usually a bad idea, and here's why.
- Inexpensive brands - generic, off-label, etc. - don't cover as well as the premium paint brands such as Sherwin Williams (my favorite). That means to get the same coverage as a higher-quality paint, you're going to need to buy more of the bargain stuff. You'll probably end up spending as much in the long run, and since it will take more coats, it will take more time. If you're doing it yourself this is really important - you won't actually save money and it will take longer than you originally thought.
- Cheap paint doesn't wear as well. It could be less resistant to scrubbing and most likely will need to be repainted soon. Also, if you're using a paint with any depth of color, cheaper paints often fade faster, so you'll quickly lose the look you loved at first.
- Professional painting contractors usually get a discount anyway - a professional painter can probably get the good stuff for what you're paying for the cheap paint.
- Sometimes great deals can be had on closeouts of name-brand paint, but you've got to ask yourself the question, 'If it's so good, why are they closing it out?'