For most homeowners, the answer to this question seems to be pretty straightforward: it seems more logical to have the painting done before the new carpet is laid so there is no chance of getting paint stains on the new carpeting. And while this is a rational train of thought, it is not the only one. There are a lot of considerations that go along with making this type of decision.

In the following post, we will discuss the pros and cons of painting before and after new carpet is laid. As always, you can call on us here at Century Painting for all your interior and exterior painting needs. But for now, let’s discuss the issue of whether or not you should paint before or after your new carpet is down.

Who is doing the Work?

A big determining factor will be who is actually doing the work. If you are planning to handle the painting project yourself, it may be a better idea to do the actual painting before the carpet guys come in. That’s because if you are doing the work yourself, you can handle any touch ups or paint repairs that may be required once the carpet guys have come in and done the work.

Painting before carpeting is also a good idea because, as mentioned in the intro, you don’t run the risk of getting new paint on your new carpet – although you do have to be extra careful if there are going to be any touch-ups required.

If you are hiring a contractor to do the painting work, the contractor will almost always want to get the painting done before the carpet guys come in especially if they are painting baseboards and trim. Painting baseboards and trim after new carpet has been installed makes the painters’ job exponentially harder – especially if the new carpet being installed is high pile.

The problem is that your carpet guys may not want to come in after the painting guys for fear that they will damage the new paint and be unable to remedy it. This may drive up their costs, which is why you have to consider who is actually doing the work before you decide to install new carpet before or after painting.

Other Considerations

So up to now, in most cases, you will want to have the painting taken care of before the new carpet comes in. But there are still more considerations:

  • How long should paint dry before installing carpet? – You should wait at least 24 hours to let the paint dry before installing carpet.
  • Should I paint trim before or after installing? – In most cases, you should paint the trim before it goes on your walls. Some touchups will almost always still be required to fill in nail marks and divots, but it beats trying to work around your carpeting and flooring once the trim is affixed to your wall.

If you are ever in doubt, it is always best to call a professional out. For more information or to schedule an estimate for interior painting, contact us (704) 245-9409 at Century Painting.