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Paint Sprayer vs. Rollers & Brushes: What’s Best For Your Project?

Paint sprayers used to be reserved for professional house painters. But now, with a number of easy-to-use models available, more and more do-it-yourselfers are opting for the speed of the sprayer over traditional brushes and rollers. So, when it comes to painting the interior of your home, which method should you choose?

Rollers & Brushes

PRO: Using a roller on large areas is a great way to get good even coverage without having to go through a whole lot of setup beforehand. All you need to do is simply mask the areas you don’t want painted and get to work. Then once you’re done with the larger areas, use your brushes to finish off those fine edges and corners.

CON: Using rollers and brushes is time consuming and physically taxing. Between holding your roller over your head for hours and taking multiple trips up and down a step ladder, be prepared to get exhausted when using a roller on your large walls and ceiling.

PRO: Using rollers and brushes will save you money on paint. When spraying, only about 70 percent of your paint ends up on the intended surface, whereas with a roller practically every drop of paint sticks to the surface.

Paint Sprayer

PRO: Spraying is faster and less exhausting. With a sprayer, you can get the same amount of work done in just a fraction of the time. However, with a sprayer, paint goes everywhere. This means that you will have to spend a lot more time prepping and masking every square inch of the surfaces you don’t want painted.

CON: It’s more expensive. As mentioned above, sprayers waste more paint than rollers and brushes. And on top of that, they are considerably more expensive to rent. Renting a good paint sprayer will generally cost you more than buying the rollers, brushes, paint trays and liners you need to complete your project.

PRO: Sprayers are better for textured surfaces. When it comes to detail work and textured surfaces, such as crown molding and popcorn ceilings, a paint sprayer is the way to go. If you use brushes and rollers on these surfaces, you’re likely to be there all day.


When it comes down to it, your choice in painting tools really depends on the nature of your project and your budget. If you just need to paint a couple rooms in your home, and don’t want to have to cover every last inch of your house in drop cloths and masking tape, opt for rollers and brushes. If you are painting a new home, or full remodel, a sprayer might be the way to go since you won’t have to worry as much about getting paint all over the place. But no matter what the size and scope of your project might be, if you want the best possible results in the shortest possible time, your always better off leaving it to the professionals. For interior and exterior painting in the Atlanta area, as well as siding, roofing and gutters, contact Freeland Painting today to get a quote on your next home improvement project.

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