About Steady Hand Painting Professionals
We are an insured and licensed (953050), bonded, insured, and EPA Lead-Safe trained and certified full-service commercial and residential painting firm serving all of San Francisco Bay area.
We offer a wide range of services that increases curb appeal and value, as well as maximizes your working or living space. These services include:
- Mildew washing
- Wood refinishing
- Pressure washing
- Exterior and interior painting
- Concrete staining, and more
- Exterior and interior painting of homes and businesses
- Wood restoration and refinishing (varnishing, staining, etc.)
- Pressure washing
- Mildew washing
- Tile and tub resurfacing in kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
- Oil stain removal on concrete
- Concrete staining
We use coatings manufactured by Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Kelly-Moore, Behr, General Finishes, H&C, and Armstrong-Clark.
You may also request that we use a material of your choosing, provided it meets our standards of quality.
Questions and Answers
How can we save money hiring you?
A lot of potential customers try to save money by doing painting work themselves, or by trying to complete portions of their project (preperation, things they can reach, etc.), before hiring a painting contractor to complete the remainder. While this might seem like a good way to save money, it can actually have a negative effect on the overall appearance and longevity of your project. Having to hire a contractor to fix what has been done or to come back not long after its completion, isn't very cost-effective. It really does cost less to do it right the first time.
What types of jobs are the most common?
This depends a lot on the time of year. When the weather is warm and dry enough, we do a lot of exterior projects. In the later fall and winter months, most of our projects are interior. We prefer to work through the entire year doing all facets of our trade, unlike some companies who are seasonal or who specialize in either interior or exterior projects.
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
- Is this contractor licensed?
- Is this contractor insured?
- Does this contractor have positive references?
- Does this contractor have a portfolio of past projects?
- Are job proposals provided for free and in writing?
How many projects do you average in a year?
As this is only our second year in business in California, we are still fairly small, and can only base estimates of average amount of projects on our first year in business. However our experience in the trade, good client relations, and high-quality workmanship, helped give us a faster start than one would normally expect. We usually average 4 full interior or exterior projects (entire house) and a few smaller project each month.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
Why do estimates vary so widely between contractors?When will you start my project?How long will my project take?
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
We offer a five-year warranty on interior and exterior painting. We also offer a two-year warranty on deck and floor projects. The details of which can be viewed on our Web site.
What is important to know about your profession?
It's not as easy as it may look. Proper surface preparation and material application takes training and many years of experience to master.
What are you most proud of?
Last summer we did a wood restoration project on a 104 year old home in San Francisco with cedar shake siding. Nothing had been done with the siding since the owner purchased the property in 1986. Needless to say, it wasn't in very good shape. The natural cedar tone was completely faded out with gray patina, and the majority of the home was covered in black algae and moss.We removed the algae and moss with a special oxygenated cleaner, and a little light brushing. We then applied two coats of Armstrong-Clark Semi-Transparent Wood Stain to all of the siding and wood trim. It came out beautifully, and should stay that way for many years to come. You can see pictures of this project on our website Portfolio page.
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
Most potential customers get 2 or more comparative estimates before making a decision on a project. The biggest difficulty we run in to with this, is when the customer isn't certain of exactly what they want done. They're uncertain of which areas they want painted, colors, whether flooring is being replaced, etc. These things can have a major effect on the scope and cost of your project. And when you aren't certain of these things, it's difficult to compare estimates, as each contractor may not be bidding on the same thing.We recommend figuring out what the scope of your project will be as best as possible, before you solicit bids. If you want onsite suggestions from a bidding contractor definitely utilize his or her expertise. But make sure to take into account that you may not be comparing apples to apples when comparing your estimates, before making a final decision.