I was told that the best way to paint my house is by roller instead of sprayer. Is this correct and is this how you would be painting the house?
From a nationally accredited professional painter’s standpoint, the “best” way to apply the paint only depends on the on-site conditions. With your home, I am not aware of any circumstances such as special dust control issues, level 5 smooth drywall texture, or worry’s of touch-up-ability (our paint types touch up well). Professionally, there is no difference between spray and brush & roll, MTS’s consistent crew member training solves any such issues. Plus, there is more labor costs involved with brush & roll in your situation.
Also, it was recommended to me that I have 2 coats of paint on the walls and I think your bid only calls for one. What do you recommend?
When the existing coatings are adhering well and will allow good adhesion of the topcoat such as in your home’s case, two coats are usually only needed for radical color changes. Which, from our discussions is not the case. Also the quality of the coating can affect it’s hiding ability. Another advantage of professional spray (evenly applied) type application is we can apply the paint at a heavier rate for more hide. Additional coats of paint are always better for durability and scrub-ability but, is it cost effective? I would suggest not. For better coatings characteristics see question 3 below. Also, if 2 coats are contracted for, make sure the proper drying time is performed between coats. Believe it or not, I’ve heard of some painters considering just rolling up then down as a 2 coat process.
And about the paint, I was told there were specialty paints from Dunn Edwards which are easy to clean that do not smudge or come off easily if I was to bump the wall or rub up against it. Is this the type of paint you use?
There are many choices of topcoats to improve durability, the greatest factor for your case will be cost. Also, the sheen can make a paint more burnish resistant (smudging), but the more shinier the paint the more harsh it feels and effects the aesthetics greatly. The better the paint characteristics the more the cost. MTS’s basic product selection, included in my proposal, is either Sherwin Williams (SWP) Pro Mar 400 or Dunn Edwards (DE) Versasatin. Both a medium grade with very good durability and usually competitive with most decent painters. If you would like to pursue a better quality I can suggest a range of products that best fit your needs ranging from $20 to $50 per gallon. See www.sherwin-williams.com or http://www.dunnedwards.com/ to help with choices and characteristics if you like.