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Pros and Cons of Paint Finishes – Free Guide

You have selected every single paint color you want to use to renovate your home. However, have you started thinking about what finish is the most prudent to match up with each color? A single paint color can look completely different based on the finish you choose. We know it can be an intimidating process to select the right finish, especially when there are so many options available and each of them produces a very unique effect.

That is why we created this guide. This article is for you. From the basics to the peculiar aspects, we describe here the major differences among the most commonly used finishes. From the durability to what project each finish type is perfect for, learn not only what glossiness paint finishes have but also how hard it is to work with each of them, which will impact directly on the cost of your project. Currently, among the best paint brands, we have seven types of finishes.

The most common are: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss.

Flat: no-sheen, good to hide minor imperfections, doesn’t offer protection, durable and washable
Only recommended to be used on ceilings. Since ceilings are areas where people don’t usually touch we recommend this type of finish to be used only for ceiling projects. This type of finish doesn’t offer great protection to the surface where it is applied. Since it doesn’t reflect any light and color, it is not recommended to be used in walls since it can easily move or be removed with a stronger touch.


Matte: similar to flat finish, has low-sheen and offers protection
Commonly used in interior projects, similar to “flat finish”, in the past, matte finishes didn’t offer any protection. With the advance of technology, nowadays we can find matte finishes with protection. Mattes are very washable which makes it extremely popular among homeowners. This type of finish produces a “velour effect”, which is good to match with an inspiring decoration placed in social areas of the house, such as family rooms and kitchens.

Eggshell: smooth, low-sheen, offers protection
This finish is easy to be cleaned – it can be scrubbed – however, it is not recommended for retouches. It is recommended for high traffic areas, such as stairways, hallways. This finish was extremely popular at the beginning of the 2000s. The best benefit of this finish is protection.


Satin: silky, multi-purpose, low-sheen, easy to be cleaned
Extremely popular nowadays, in the past this finish was most used in areas with a lot of activity, such as hallways, play & kids’ rooms. However, nowadays satin finishes are most used in trims. Although it is very easy to be cleaned, it doesn’t work well with touch-ups. It matches really well when it is applied in trims of rooms that have walls painted with a matte finish.

Semi-gloss: mid-sheen, durable, scrubbable, high stain and moist resistance
A very durable finish that 90% of the time is used in wood, such as trims, doors, and crown molding. Although it is very hard to be touched-up, it is very easy to be cleaned. It is rarely used in walls and ceilings – unless it is a requirement coming from the interior designer or homeowner.


Gloss: bright sheen, stain-resistant, and washable
The gloss finish stays in between the semi-gloss and the high-gloss finishes. Very easy to clean and almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is much more stain-resistant than the satin and flat types. Gloss finishes are strictly used for trims, accent built-ins, cabinets, and doors.

High-gloss: “lacquered effect”/”glass-like sheen”, hardest to apply out of all the paint finishes, super durable
Very popular nowadays, different from other glosses, this one can be used not just on wood, but also on walls and ceilings, depending on the brand – we recommend Fine Paints of Europe. Since it shows all imperfections of the surface when applied if you choose to have this finish in your project make sure to be aware that it will be a very labor-intensive one. Almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is a very challenging finish to work with. This finish requires the painter a lot of precision, attention, and care. On the flip side, it is super easy to clean and a super light-reflective and statement-making.

Protecting Our Team and Your Painting Project From COVID-19

In the middle of a world of uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 outbreak, Level Five Painting, LLC. is making sure our team is taking extra steps to continue keeping our employees and clients’ safety in the first place. In a challenging time to all, we are monitoring up-to-minute COVID-19 information and updates. As an organization committed to wellness and excellence, we will continue to operate responsibly providing a safe environment for both our clients and staff. By following all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) steps, we are assuring our crew is properly trained and healthy while our client’s homes are protected.

We understand that some clients prefer to cancel their projects or postpone their conclusion dates. For those who will prefer to continue their projects schedule normally, our company will make sure to accommodate all requirements to keep everyone’s safe. If clients prefer to not have any contact with our crew, Level Five Painting, LLC. is open to coordinate project details with transparency, follow our clients’ preferences while continuing a safe work. Our contact line is always open to anyone at (617) 869-9446 and contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.

Knowing the risks of COVID-19, Level Five Painting, LLC. is taking specific steps and precautions to keep our team safe not only while is working in our clients’ projects but also when they are at their own homes. Our company conducted a small training with all our crew in our office last Friday (March, 13th). We showed all of our employees the risks and complications originated from COVID-19 contamination. We talked about how to prevent the virus and the steps to avoid getting sick.

Steps Being Taken By Level Five Painting, LLC. to Ensure Safety:

  • Temperature Measurement: Every morning, Level Five Painting, LLC. is measuring the temperature of all our employees before they go to the job site. Employees who present any symptoms of COVID-19 contamination, such as fever, will not be allowed to work. Those will be sent either to their homes or to a primary care office to get proper treatment and care. Level Five Painting, LLC. is prohibiting any employees who present any symptoms of cold and regular flu (Influenza) to come to work. As far as we know, none of our employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Indirect Virus Transmission: For the time being, our employees are discouraged to shake hands and play with clients’ kids and pets. Our goal is to avoid spreading COVID-19 to all – employees, clients and our community, as people can carry and transmit the virus without showing any symptoms.
  • Photo ID Badge: To ensure transparent and easy communication, all our employees are carrying their photo IDs badge while working in our clients’ houses. If clients need to communicate with anyone working on-site, they will know their names and roles. This will help our company to streamline communication between our crew and our clients.

  • Clean and Disinfect: EPA-registered household disinfectants are being used in our clients’ houses multiple times every day during this outbreak – with the exception of clients who are allergic to a specific cleaning product (substitutions can be made). Our team is cleaning all surfaces in every project multiple times throughout the day. At the end of every single day that we are working in our clients’ houses, our team will disinfect doorknobs and main surfaces with 70% alcohol. If clients prefer, we can also provide portable toilets – this way, our employees will not be using our clients’ bathrooms.
  • Gloves and Face Masks: Our team is fully equipped and wearing latex gloves and face masks at all times while working in our clients’ projects. Our goal is to avoid any type of contamination and to keep our employees as well as our clients safe.

While we coordinate steps to ensure our community’s safety, Level Five Painting, LLC. would like everyone to remember that we are a small business. As part of our history, we support our employees, therefore their families depend on our business to have a comfortable, dignified and honest life. At this moment of uncertain and tough decisions, we ask our clients and partners to continue helping and collaborating with the job we do on a daily basis. Since the situation is complex and things are evolving rapidly, we will continue to keep our communication open with everyone that has any questions or concerns. If our plans change, we will let everyone know. Be safe!

Winter Offer: schedule two rooms to paint and we’ll paint one bathroom for free*

Winter is here! Between the month of January and March of 2020, everyone who decides to sign a contract with us to paint two rooms will get the bathroom labor for free. The client will only pay for the paint costs. It’s the perfect opportunity to transform your house and get ready for 2020.


Terms and conditions: the work must be scheduled between January 6th and March 31st, 2020, and the rooms must be the minimum size of 12ft. x 12ft. The bathroom service must follow the same specs as the painted rooms. The bathroom service does not include wallpapers, special finishes, and mirrors. While signing the contract, remember, this offer is not valid with other promotions. *We will give the bathroom labor for free. You will pay only for the paint costs.

To get your project scheduled just contact our team, get a quote and enjoy!

Website: www.levelfivepaintingllc.com/contact-us/

E-mail address: contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com

Phone number: (617) 869-9446

Level Five Painting: always delivering the best

The founder of Level Five Painting, Jorge Aurichi, spoke to the magazine Wellesley Hills Living. He talked about his experience with interior and exterior painting projects in the past decade. The article will be featured in the January 2020 printed issue. Our team shares with you the completed article here. We just wanted to say thanks to the N2 & the Wellesley Hills Living teams for giving us a chance to be featured in the first issue of 2020.

Jorge Aurichi doesn’t believe in being second best. His company, Level 5 Painting, is meticulous, detail-oriented, and is willing to work to do the job right. “I love making clients happy and delivering a good product. I named my company Level 5, because, in construction, level 5 means the highest quality walls. I wanted to make sure that my clients have the best quality product and experience. And simply, I like to make things pretty!” Jorge laughed.

Level 5 Painting has been around for five years, and their reviews are stellar, correlating to Jorge’s mission. Johanna, a local resident, recently used them for a project. “Dealing with Level 5 has been an excellent experience,” she began. “They do fabulous work and are neat, polite, and meticulous. Jorge and his team are fabulous to work with. They are all very respectful of your home. They did everything in my new house that I asked for and more. They were very fast and accommodating with all my additions to the work I initially hired them for…I would never hire anyone else. Pricing is very fair for the professional, perfect job they do.”


Level 5 can complete any job, big or small, and is experienced and interior and exterior work. But where this company really shines is in the details. They always deliver sharp lines, clean trim and will even wallpaper or refinish cabinets. The entire crew is highly skilled, so that way they can ensure that a job is truly done right. “When we do painting and plasterwork, we make sure that it is the best,” explained Jorge. “We don’t want clients to see lumps in patching; we are perfectionists. I work on quality control. If the patching isn’t to my standards, then we have to re-do it. I’m very proud of the work that my team does. I want my clients to know that I’m even pickier than they are about the quality of work. I want only five-star reviews for our company.”

Level 5 depends entirely on word of mouth to develop its customer base, and Jorge makes sure that his reputation is always stellar. He and his crew carefully clean each day, and they’re happy to pick up calls during and after a job.  “We’re perfectionists!” he laughed. For more information, visit http://www.levelfivepaintingllc.com/.

Cabinet Painting 1:1 – What to Request and Expect

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Dover (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Lacquer

Cabinet painting is one of the most prestigious painting processes. It shows sophistication and care in any residency. Although it’s such a powerful service, capable of transforming an entire kitchen, it must be done properly. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes that no one deserves to waste time and money with miss information. To celebrate the upcoming season and start our series of Autumn Articles, our team prepared a guide that you must read if you are thinking about starting any cabinet painting project. Here you will find everything you can expect from a well-executed cabinet painting service as well as a list of criteria that will define a perfect painting contractor for you and your home.

What to expect from a cabinet painting service executed by reliable professionals:

Communication is the key: the first thing Level Five Painting, LLC. does when we meet clients is talking to them to understand their needs and what results they expect. The contractor-client relationship should be based on communication and trust. From the painting contractor perspective, it’s extremely important to inform the client how the painting process will work based on what the client is looking for.

Requests & Services: not just because you want to transform your cabinets that it means you only have one option to choose from the range of services. Here are some of the most common requests our team has received over the past years:

  • Request I: some clients ask to change the color of its cabinets’ stain – to darker or lighter – but keep the same finish. In this case, our team must start the process by stripping the entire cabinetry to be able to see and touch the bare wood which those cabinets were made of. To prep the cabinets to stain we have to the following procedures; first cleaning, chemical stripping, and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, after all, display the exact stain color selected by the client. After that, we apply 2 coats of stain – lacquer clear or polyurethane clear.
  • Request II: another common scenario is when the client wants to change the stain to a solid color. It can be done with any paint color or hard coating finish (lacquer). In both cases, the following procedure consists of first cleaning and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, then applying the sanding sealer; applying 2 coats of primer followed by 2 coats of solid lacquer (hard coating with any color), or paint color (latex or oil paint).

Note: it’s also necessary to know if the client wants the painting contractor to change the puller and doorknobs – in this case, it’s required to patch all holes and then re-drill the hardware.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Orleans (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Satin

Process and deadlines: Level Five Painting, LLC.’s process includes our team explaining to clients that:

If the job will be done in existing cabinets, our painting team will paint the cabinets box in the own client’s house. The front door of drawers and cabinet doors will be painted in our warehouse in the spray booth. This way, the client has access to its kitchen right after we finish painting the cabinets boxes.

  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets
  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in the South End (MA) with High Gloss Lacquer

Product selection: it’s extremely important to hire professionals that can work with the most different types of products. Here are the most used products in cabinet painting projects:

  • Original/Solvent-base lacquer: It’s very important to emphasize that although the original lacquer has a hard finish, offers strong protection against stains, long durability, and smooth results, it is made from a solvent base and it has a strong smell
  • Water-based lacquer: allergic individuals don’t have to worry about suffering during a cabinet painting process. Our team is also able to work with water-based lacquer. It offers a great finish with a weaker smell. It’s important to note that this type of lacquer is not as durable as solvent-based lacquer
  • Paint: paint products range from oil to latex base. Oil-base products are more durable, but lighter colors tend to yellow when the time goes by. Latex-based products are more sensitive to stains and it’s not so durable as the oil-base. It requires a way more detailed and time-consuming surface preparation

Color selection: receiving the most complete information about available colors and its processes is a basic right of any client. Some products, such as lacquer itself and lacquer-based products, require more time to be prepared, some products can be found in stores ready to be used.

Example: if the client wants to paint its cabinets with a lacquer that matches a specific color from Benjamin Moore, it requires us 3-4 days to prepare and achieve that perfect match. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes the client should be aware of any deadlines.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Beacon Hill (MA) Resistant Satin

Why choose Level Five Painting, LLC. as your cabinet painting contractor:

Level Five Painting, LLC. always communicate with clients that cabinets are the most expensive part of their houses, so its painting process must be done with detail and attention. It requires time and expertise. Because of the quality of our work, our respect put in every wood project, Level Five won the first place in the M.L Campbell “We Respect Wood” contest.

Level Five Painting, LLC. assures rigid quality control of the entire painting process to make sure every detail will be taken care of. Level 5 means the highest quality that your painting project deserves. By hiring Level Five Painting, LLC. clients can expect the best result and quality of cabinets.

Our team works to satisfy our clients and our own quality control. “Many times, we started jobs that we were hired to fix mistakes that other painting contractor did to cabinets. If the client had hired our team in the first place it would have cost less them they ended up paying to fix horrendous mistakes by non-professional painters”, said Jorge Aurichi, founder of Level Five Painting, LLC.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Hingham (MA) Resistant Satin

Level Five Painting, LLC. is located at 950 Watertown Street Suite 6, Newton (MA). You can contact the office by emailing at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com or calling at (617) 869-9446.

Wallpaper is Back

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Wellesley (MA) with Thibaut Grasscloth

Very common in the 60s to mid-70s, when houses were made from horsehair plaster, contractors, developers, and homeowners used wallpaper to mainly cover wall imperfections. Over the years, wallpaper changed a lot – not only in terms of the materials those coverings are made from but also its purpose. As trends come and go, wallpaper never went out of style, but some people may have forgotten how valuable this type of covering can be. Nowadays, as technology allows, manufacturers can develop many styles of wallpapers from the most diverse materials. Today, wallpapers are not used to cover imperfection – but to decor houses and add sophistication to any ambient.

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Marblehead (MA) with Schumacher Grasscloth

Pre-service

One of the main services offered by Level Five Painting, LLC. is wallpaper removal & hanging. If you are wondering how to get a wallpaper installed at your project, here are how Level Five Painting handles the process of a wallpaper hanging project.

When a client calls Level Five Painting, LLC. the first step to being taken care of is to schedule an in-person meeting at the project location.

The second step of the process is to question what type of wallpaper the client wants to be installed. This is a key question because the type of wallpaper will determine the pricing of installation as well as the quantity of wallpaper to be ordered and the duration the project will take.

Types of wallpaper

  • Pre-pasted wallpaper has the adhesive applied to its back
  • Unpasted wallpaper requires adding adhesive to its back to being hanged on walls
  • Grasscloth: very commonly used nowadays, this type of material is texturized, with a random pattern and heavy height. It can be made from natural or synthetic fibers. Within this material, perfect seams are not possible. The client must be aware that every project done with grasscloth is different from others because of the uniqueness of this type of material
  • Abstract: this type of wallpaper doesn’t display a repeated pattern. It can be done in a grasscloth or vinyl printed or linen (fabric)
  • Illustrated: this type of wallpaper displays repeated patterns. Some of these wallpapers display their repeats horizontally or vertically, within the most diverse distance
  • Murals: Murals are the most sophisticated wallpaper that can be handed printed, reproductions of art word, custom landscape, and etc. Those are sold by each panel

The third step of the process is to measure the dimensions by analyzing wall by wall that the wallpaper will be installed as well as if the room has doors and windows.

The fourth key question is to determine if the wallpaper has any repeats in it. It’s extremely important to emphasize that more repeats within a wallpaper it means more waste.

Wallpaper Installation Process

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Newton (MA) using the Abstract Wallpaper type

Once the project is approved it’s necessary to prepare walls. The preparation phase of any project is highly important. Nowadays, wallpapers are not created to cover imperfection, it means if your walls are not proper preparation you are wasting money. The preparation includes patching walls to fix any holes and uneven surfaces; sanding, cleaning, and priming walls (with vinyl primer) to finally install the wallpaper.

BEFORE | AFTER of a Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Foxborough (MA)


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It is important to emphasize that each type of wallpaper has different pricing. Level Five Painting, LLC. recommend to everyone that is thinking about having a wallpaper installed at home, to work with interior designers. Some wallpaper stores don’t sell wallpaper rolls direct to the client themselves, and when it does is commonly overpriced. Interior designers have access to where and how to buy the best wallpapers for you and your project without overcharging you for service and the material itself.


Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Marblehead (MA) using the Printed Wallpaper type

Wallpaper is an investment. That’s why is so important to work with professionals that won’t make you waste your time and money. Level Five Painting, LLC. works with the best interior designers of New England with years of experience.

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Needham (MA) using the Textured/Metallic Wallpaper type

Our team is ready to recommend a professional interior designer that will fit your needs, will not overcharge you and will also help you select the best wallpaper to suit your style. From our side, we only charge our clients for the preparation of walls as well as the installation of
the wallpaper. Contact us at (617) 869-9446 or contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.

Transform Your Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Transformation done by Level Five Painting, LLC.

Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for houses and small apartment buildings, used for decoration and weatherproofing. Although this engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, is commonly installed in residential construction in the United States and until a few years ago it was not recommended painting it to color-changing a vinyl siding.

Fortunately, nowadays painting contractors can work with premium products specially designed to transform houses. Without re-siding necessary, with the right products, and painting techniques, painters can now provide exceptional work changing the color of houses and buildings with vinyl siding while locking in optimal performance.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After and Before

Debunking the misconception that you can’t paint your vinyl siding, our team strongly recommend using the product “Revive”, from Benjamin Moore. This product is offered in a large color palette and was exclusively created to rapidly give a new face to your vinyl siding. Although the “Revive” product can be found in many colors, you can’t find it in any “black” shade or any colors that contain black in the formula because it retains more heat than the other colors and can bend any vinyl siding. Another product option is a paint called “Duration” from Sherwin Williams which is a very good product, but whoever is painting the house have to disclose that the choosing color is going to be applied on vinyl siding and it cannot contains any type of black tint to the formula.

Now that you know that is possible to find the right product to color-change your vinyl siding, you can also find the perfect painting contractor to provide you this type of service. Level Five Painting, LLC. can change the color of your vinyl siding without overcharging you and taking longer than necessary to complete your project. According to the owner of our company, Jorge Aurichi, the secret to complete a perfect job involving any vinyl siding is to certify that your team will follow all steps of this procedure with knowledge and attention to detail. “The first thing you have to do in a vinyl siding project is power washing the house – maybe 2 or 3 times if necessary – to completely remove all chalk. Then you tape all the windows and isolate all areas you don’t want to paint. After that, you apply the Revive product either with a brush, rollers or spray, but the ideal is to apply it using a spray machine”.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): Before

It is extremely important to proceed with this type of project only during convenient weather – it’s not recommended to be done under extremely hot and sunny days nor during rainy days. According to Aurichi, perfect temperatures are between 53°F and 70°F, that’s why the end of spring and beginning of summer are the perfect days to hire someone to change the color of your vinyl siding.

Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior REVIVE for Vinyl Siding

Once the weather allows your contractor to get the job done, your project can be finished within a short time. “If you have time you can get those 2 or 3 power washing done on the same day. Once vinyl sidings don’t absorb the water, you can paint the house the next day. It takes around 4 days to get the color-changing of the vinyl siding of a 2,500 square ft. house is done”.

Vinyl siding projects are less pricy than any wood painting project. Once a reliable painting contractor got the job done, you paint with last long. “The “Revive” product costs around US$60/70 per gallon. It takes approximately 20 gallons to paint a 2,500 square ft. house”, said Aurichi. While any paint can fad naturally by time and weather, the only maintenance required is power washing your vinyl siding each spring in order to extend the life of your paint job.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After

Are you interested in color-changing your vinyl siding? Contact our talented team of painters here. Call us at (617) 869-9446. E-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.

Protect Your Family From Exposures To Lead

                                                                                                 Somerville Lead-Safe banner

Lead paint is still present in millions of homes. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint, and you may be exposed to it. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. It can cause serious health issues, especially for children (less than 6 years old).

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the paint in your house is in good shape you, probably, don’t have to worry about anything. But sometimes, deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. If your income matches the restrictions, you may be able to apply for the “Lead Paint Safe” program in your city and get assistance to control lead hazards in your house unit.

                                                                     EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although this is a very serious problem, nowadays, you don’t have to spend tons of money in order to be safe. If your house still contains lead, you don’t need to hire a “deleading” service. You just need to choose a certified company that can works where lead can be found. By renovating your unit, you are making sure your walls are encapsulated and it will be extremely hard for your family to get in contact with lead.

EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although our team can’t remove lead from your house at the moment, our crew is certified by EPA with the “Lead-Safe Renovation for Homeowners” license, which means every single employee of Level Five Painting, LLC. can help you if lead can still be found in your house, in case if you live in Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island. Is extremely important to emphasize that a renovator’s intent is never to permanently eliminate lead paint hazards or make a “lead-free” claim about a home, building, or structure. The “Lead-Safe” renovation service is an option that fits your pocket and offers another layer of protection.

                                                                         Festool HEPA Vacuum used during Vinyl Siding projects

Currently, homeowners that face lead issues in their houses but don’t pay enough attention to this problem, end up hiring painting companies that are not licensed which can cause bigger and even more expensive problems in the future. By hiring “professionals” that can’t prove any “lead-safe” certifications, you and your beloved ones are exposed daily to risks of lead-poisoning, by inhaling and/or eating it. 

Example of  a Lead-Base House that needs a renovation

If you need help protecting your house, contact us. Our team is ready to help you. Call us at (617) 869-9446 or e-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com. Here you can download the EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations brochure.

Level Five Painting, LLC. Lead-Safe Renovation Contractor License

Level Five Painting, LLC. owner Lead-Safe Renovator Supervisor Initial Course Certification

Everything You Must Know Before Hiring A Painting Contractor

Patio done in South Boston (MA)

One of the busiest seasons for painters is here. Spring starts this March 20th and our painting schedule is already getting booked. Many homeowners wait until the weather is warmer to start their painting project. This makes all sense once it’s the perfect condition for painters to deal with exterior parts of houses. Because of the high volume of people looking for painters our team created a list with everything you must know before hiring a painting contractor.

WHAT YOU MUST CONSIDER:

1) Open communication: If you are planning on starting a painting project you must keep your communication open with your prospect contractor. You must tell the professional what quality you are expecting the project to be done and what it is your real budget. Those are important things to tell anyone that you are getting quotes from. This is the only way to get an ethical estimate;

2) Great recommendations: When you are searching for companies to provide an estimate you must identify companies with good online reviews and companies with references upon request – from real clients and home improvement professionals;

Take a look at this review: “The Level 5 Painting crew was extremely clean. Seriously clean. They made sure every surface was covered before taking out the old drywall, replacing it, and then painting the ceilings and walls. They were meticulous about making sure the rest of the house was undisturbed. And they did a lovely job on the drywall and paint itself.”
Paul Lim

3) License and insurance: Verify if the contractor has insurance and license to work either with exterior and interior projects. Reliable contractors must have a Home Improvement license and asbestos/lead-safe certifications as well as trained professionals to work in those areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. has all cited insurances as well as: Workers’ Compensation; Liability and Additional Umbrella Insurance. Our team is certificated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);

4) Knowledge and network: What differs a great painting contractor from a regular one is knowledge. A reliable painting contractor must know not only about painting products and services but other areas of home improvement as well as know great professional references. Level Five Painting, LLC. keeps great relationships with clients and other contractors. Proudly, we are a source of contacts and recommendations for clients and collaborators. Our vast network has not only home improvement contractors but other types of professionals, such as financial ones;

5) Ask for detailed estimated: Ask for detailed estimates with EVERYTHING you need from a painting contractor. Ask for material details and if the painting crew starting your project will be the same one finishing it. Level Five Painting, LLC. maintains the same crew from the beginning to the end of each project. We keep open lines of communication during the entire painting process. On the first day of work, we introduce our painting crew to the clients and ask if they are comfortable working with them on their project. For us, this is the best way to produce an ethical work and control the quality of it;

6) Cleaning: Only hire companies that keep cleaning as a priority. Level Five Painting, LLC. is proud to be rigorous about this subject.

7) High standards: Hire painter contractors that offer support from beginning to end of any painting process. Contractors should always ask for their clients’ feedback – not only at the end of the project. Your opinion is essential in every step of the painting project. Contractors do a great job when the client gets satisfied with all results done in the project. If a company crew doesn’t promptly pay attention to their clients’ concerns it’s a great sign that they should not trust them. Level Five Painting, LLC. doesn’t finish a job without our clients’ approval. If a client tells us the project needs touch-ups or any additional services we will do it;

8) Trained and qualified professionals: Hire a company that has trained professionals in different areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. is specialized in lacquer; wallpaper; upholstery; exterior paint; glaze finish; cabinetry; stains; restoring furniture; high gloss finishes; industrial coating (epoxy, textures); Venetian plaster; faux finishes and murals.

We hope you’ve got informed with our tips. Get inspired by our exterior project selection down below. If you are thinking about starting a new project, get an estimate from us (click here). Our Spring Schedule is open and our team is ready. Have an amazing Spring!

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)


Exterior Painting Project done in Wayland (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Winchester (MA)

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Find us at: 950 Watertown Street (Suite 6) Newton, MA, United States

Decks: Everything You Should Know About It

Spring is upon us and the exterior painting project season is already open for our painting crew. One of the main services provided during the hottest days of the year is deck painting/staining and renovation. Decks are an amazing way to add value to your property. According to the “Remodeling Calculator” website, compared to an attic, building a deck costs a lot less, but provides one of the top ROI’s of all remodeling projects. If you are thinking about selling your house we strongly recommend you to pay more attention to the quality and attractiveness of decks. According to “Remodeling Magazine’s” cost vs. value report, “A homeowner can recoup an average of 80% of the cost of building a new wood deck, during resale. […] Compare this with 78% recouped for a bathroom remodel and 69% recouped for a family room addition.”

Even though decks are amazing options to attract buyers, not all decks have the same value. It’s very important to make sure you will trust your deck in only professional hands. Our team has an extensive deck portfolio. That’s the main reason why the CEO of our company, Jorge Aurichio, came up with some tips to help you when you are investing in a deck.

Inspection and Repair:

1) The first step is to make sure you will hire a professional capable of properly inspect your existing deck in order to access rotted woods and repair it. We from Level Five Painting, during the first day of the meeting, access the deck and verify if it has any damage that can affect the whole deck – from its structure to the final product. In our wood inspection, we identify what type of wood the deck is made of (it can be Mahogany, Oak, Ipe, etc). This part is extremely important because different woods have distinct tones and colors. If a professional doesn’t precisely know what type of wood is dealing with it, is not possible to know exactly what product to use on it. It will result in a job that will cost more and takes more time to repair the mistakes;

Cleaning/Power Washing:

2) One of the most important steps during this process in order to have amazing results is to provide great quality deck cleaning. A great professional knows exactly the types of cleaning products go with existing decks wood and its finishes. Our company always make sure we only work with eco-friendly products. All our products don’t offer damage to plants, animals, sole, pets and people – especially babies/kids;

3) It’s very important to provide proper power washing. The pressure of the machine should be adapted accordingly to the type of wood. If there’s more pressure than the wood supports you will end up with damages and flaws in the substrate that didn’t even have in there before this procedure;

Prep work/staining/sealing/painting:

4) The prep work includes scrapping, sanding, cleaning, and priming (if the deck was previously painted). The prep work should always be done with the correct and great quality materials because one mistake can cause delays and a lot of loss;

5) The correct products are important tools during the entire process, especially after the prep work is done. One common mistake done by non-professionals is using products that are not suitable for exterior areas. Decks should always be painted by using exterior premium products. We know those products cost more but it also protects the deck for a longer time if compared to other brands. Lastly, keep in mind – when hiring a contractor – that only real professionals have vast knowledge and experience with decks. The wrong person can’t do exactly what and with the excellence a professional do. The wrong contractor can cost you more than if you start your project with the correct person taking care of it.

To finish up, here are some of our deck projects done in the last years. Get inspired and have a great Spring!


Ipe deck done in Newton, MA

Mahogany/Cedar deck done in Brookline, MA


Cedar deck done in Newton, MA



Ipe deck done in Chestnut Hill, MA


Pressured Treated deck done in Needham, MA


Mahogany deck done in East Falmouth, MA


Mahogany deck done in Waban, MA