A common question for homeowners making improvements in their home is “should I paint or do the flooring first?”. Here are a few things to consider:
Flooring and new interior paint are tasks that are often done in conjunction with each other.
Painting can be done either before or after new flooring is installed; there are pros and cons to both and typically painting is done last.
If painting is done first, the following could occur with the new flooring install:
- The flooring installer could scratch or “ding” the newly painted baseboards, requiring “touch-up” painting to be needed after the install.
- The new flooring could be thinner the old flooring, thus showing a line where painted.
If painting is done after the new flooring, the following could occur with the painting:
- New paint could be spilled or dripped on the new flooring.
- This point should not be an issue if proper set up techniques are taken, and the paint is applied by a professional painting firm.