Often, the phrase “builder grade” is used as a synonym for the bare minimum in building supplies and home décor. It may conjure images of fake brass door handles and faucets. Shoddy landscaping that dies 3 hours after you closing. Or even virtually transparent paint that washes off if you try to clean it.
We take exception to, and challenge, those sentiments. Though we also understand them and that’s why we’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about something as simple as the paint we use – the builder grade paint we use – in every home we build: Duron Supreme.
We start with Duron because they work more with contractors than individual homeowners. Duron actually offers three different grades of builders paint:
- Supreme – this one is the best
We use the Supreme because it’s a quality paint that offers exceptional coverage. It’s not thin or runny like others that you can almost see through. Paint thickness is measured in mils (1 mil = 1/1000th inch), and the Supreme gives a 3 mil buildup. Most other builder grade paints will dry (unevenly) to a 1 or 2 mil thickness.
That extra bit of thickness can not only be the difference between a great looking paint job, but it also helps to seal and protect the drywall from moisture. Drywall is by no means a perfect wall covering, and it was never meant to be. The only way to truly remove all the surface imperfections is to put on a skim coat, but that’s an expensive step in most of today’s production homes. So the quality and finish of the paint is very important.
We use a flat finish, as opposed to semi-gloss or eggshell, on all the walls throughout the home. The Supreme paint provides a wipe-able surface for easy cleaning without removing any of the paint. Additionally, it hides many of the imperfections in the drywall. For trim, we use the highest grade Duron trim paint, which is a practically scrub-able white semi-gloss.
Application – spraying isn’t enough
Most builders will have a contractor spray two coats of 1 or 2 mil paint throughout your house in quick succession and move on to the next item on their list. Not us. Our crew does come into the home and spray the first coat. But then we send our drywall crews back in so that they can better see any spots they may have missed and fill them with drywall mud. Then the painters come back and rather than spray on the second coat, they roll it on to ensure an even thickness and then hand cut in all the trim. The difference is noticeable.
We offer 3 different colors of the Duron Supreme paint. Duron guarantees those three colors to match in touch up, so if you ever have to repair a spot or cover stains, the new paint won’t stand our from the old. We leave a touch up kit in every home so that those types of quick fixes can be handled quickly and easily by the homeowners. In the event the touch up doesn’t match, Duron will come back and repaint the entire wall for free. We do offer some custom colors as well, but they aren’t guaranteed to match, especially if it requires a deep base.
At the beginning of this post, we called our paint choice a simple one. And even with all of the expertise that went into the choice itself, we think you’ll agree now that you know the facts. It really is simple: no other paint would do for your house.