20 Jul Which should come first: floor or paint?
- A rule of thumb is to paint before installing new flooring if you won’t need to return to paint the trim.
- If your new floor installation includes new baseboards or trims with a pre-finished, matching stain.
- If the baseboards abut the new flooring.
- If you’re installing a tile floor with matching tile bull-nose.
- If you are installing linoleum or laminate floor with a stained trim around the walls.
- If you will need to prime and paint new baseboards when you’re installing new floors.
- If you need to caulk new baseboards after painting them.
- Anytime trim is reinstalled after linoleum is laid.
- Anytime that you risk damaging the trim, baseboards, or new paint while installing the floors.
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.