When you are planning a decorating project understanding an Oxford painters workmanship warranty is important to ensure you get the best return on your investment. When you’re requesting an estimate for painting work at your home, rental property or business, there are a few things you’ll want to discuss with your painting contractor during the quotation stage to ensure you are getting value you for money and not just the cheapest price.
The product warranty and workmanship warranty are two of the most important of these questions.
We have seen many times where an inferior decorator or handyman has completed sub-standard painting work whilst providing no warranty. The client, who has no come back to that original contractor, has then come to us for it to be done properly, having to pay a second time.
Talking about the product warranty and workmanship warranty with your Oxford painting contractor may not be, initially, at the forefront of your mind when there are colours, availability and price.. But it can save you a lot of time, money and arguments with your painting project and contractor afterwards – which is why we suggest it is the first question you ask at the enquiry stage before booking the quotation visit.
What is a Painters and Decorators Warranty?
The first thing to be aware of is that there are two different parts of any warranty when it comes to a painting and decorating contractor. There us the manufacturer’s warranty for the paint itself, and the painting company’s warranty for the workmanship undertaken.
What does the Paint Manufacturers Warranty Cover?
Always remember to ask which brand of paint the contractors use for their painting projects and ask about the details of the product warranty that paint manufacturer offers. A contractor aiming to provide the cheapest quote possible will use the cheapest paint possible which will come with little or no warranty itself and are the most likely to leave you with issues down the line.
The most important thing to note about warranties offered by paint manufacturers is that if you need to claim against it, it is only the paint itself that is replaced or refunded.
They will not cover the cost of labour part of redoing the work where there is an issue. Equally they will not provide for replacing the paint if in fact the failure is due to incorrect application in the first place.
It is for these two reasons that it is most important to consider the workmanship warranty being offered by the Oxford painting company over everything else.
What is a Painting Contractors Workmanship Warranty?
A painting company’s workmanship warranty should protect you against issues caused by substandard workmanship. Any painter should provide you with a warranty against flaking, peeling and blistering where the workmanship – either in application or initial surface preparation – was the cause.
It should be noted that it is not uncommon for it to take two or three years for issues to arise from inferior workmanship so you want your contractor to, at the very least, offer a warranty that extends this far.
The level of warranty that an Oxford Painting and Decorating contractor offers on their workmanship is indicative of how confident they are about the quality of work they are providing.
Ask yourself how long you expect the work to last?
Will you be happy to pay for the work to be don’t again in one year? Two years? If not shouldn’t the warranty extend beyond this?
At Lets Decorate we are so confident in the quality of our work that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all our workmanship. This means we will return any time to put right any issues that arise after completion of your painting project in Oxford.
Consider Warranty in the Cost of your Painting Project
When you’re working out the budget and comparing estimates for painting work, it is vital to look deeper than just the price quotes to determine which Oxford painter is right for you.
Painting and decorating is not the type of service that you don’t want to cut corners on by going with the absolute cheapest quote you can find.
When painting projects are completed by sub-standard contractors who don’t provide you with a significant (or any) warranty, or who don’t follow the correct levels of preparation required by the manufacturers of the paint, then you are far more likely to face future problems and costs.
Having to refresh your paintwork long before it should need to be done when undertake properly is not economical. Its also not fair on you the client who has placed their trust in the Oxford painting contractor, so it’s wise to be fully informed to help you choose a painter who has your best interests in mind.
If you choose a Oxford painting and decorating contractor with all the right warranties, experience and procedures in place, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your paintwork is going to look good for many years before you have to consider investing time and money in painting again.
So remember – the very first question to ask your Oxford painter and decorator, when you make an enquiry to them is – What level of workmanship warranty do you offer?
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