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Painting  /  October 5, 2021

Saskatoon Home Renovations: Paint Brushes vs Paint Rollers

paint brush vs rollers

If you ever need to complete a paint job, you may wonder what size or type of paint tool to use. Unless you are a professional who deals with painting services in Saskatoon, you could probably use a little guidance when choosing between a paint brush or roller. Ultimately, both devices have their pros and cons depending on what your particular paint job entails. Here are key things to ask yourself when choosing between a brush or roller for a painting task. 

What Size Surface Are You Painting?

Paint brushes are much better than rollers for painting small surfaces or objects containing intricate details. Brushes have a much greater level of flexibility, which allows you to paint hard-to-reach areas such as corners, crevices and edges. Brushes are also much better than rollers for coating uneven surfaces, such as window frames and wall baseboards in homes. 

If you are painting a large, flat surface, then paint rollers are by far your best bet. Such surfaces include ceilings, walls, doors and many sections of large furniture. Because rollers have a porous surface, they are able to hold more paint at one time and can therefore apply an even layer of paint over a wide area much more quickly than a brush. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Each Tool?

It is beneficial to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of brushes versus rollers and learn what makes them different from one another:

  • Brushes are prone to leaving streaks and brush marks, while rollers are much better at providing a uniform appearance.
  • Brushes are much more precise but slower at achieving the desired result, while rollers are less precise but designed for speed and efficiency. 
  • Brushes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, adding to their ability to be precise, while rollers do not vary as much in shape.
  • Unlike brushes, rollers are available in a large variety of pile depths, or thicknesses. This variety in pile depths ensures that rollers can be used on all kinds of surfaces from smooth indoor walls to rough concrete.

What Other Factors Should You Consider?

There are still several other factors to consider if you are still deciding between a paint brush and paint roller. Think about how the tool feels in your hand. It is important to choose a brush or roller that is comfortable to you so your hands and wrists avoid getting sore when completing the paint job, lessening the possibility of developing a repetitive strain injury. Fortunately, it is easy to hold and test out these devices at the store before purchasing.

Another consideration is the type of paint you are using. For instance, latex paints do well with nylon and polyester brush and roller materials, while oil-based paints do better with natural materials. Natural materials may include hog bristle, ox hair or pony hair. Because they are made from real animal hair, natural brushes and rollers tend to be more expensive than their nylon or polyester components. Along with cost, availability can be a factor when selecting a material for your brush or roller. 

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A new paint job can bring new life to the inside or outside of your house as well as to your furniture. You can do the research to determine what paint to use as well as whether to purchase a paint brush or roller. However, it may be best to hire trained professionals who already possess the appropriate tools and knowledge for the job to avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes in the painting process. Contact Handyman Connection to talk about the options for any paint jobs that you need to have completed. 

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