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Question DetailsAsked on 3/9/2014

What occurs 1st, painting a room and then laying a hardwood floor or paint and then lay the hardwood floor?

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Certainly paint before flooring to minimize risk of damaging new flooring, plus if the painter knows existing flooring is scrap should cut his bid a bid because he does not have to protect it from drips and ladder imprints. Generally, baseboard and base trim should be removed before painting so the paint does not end at the trim or leave a blob of paint along the edge, then the trim reinstalled (or new) after the flooring, with careful touchup painting as required.

Basic rule - do the least intrusive and least potentially damaging work last - so concrete first, then rough carpentry and framing, then rough flooring (subfloor) and roofing, then siding, then windows and doors (may require integration and simultaneous or prior installation with some types of siding), then plumbing and electrical rough-in (sometimes starts before roof and siding done in warmer climates), then drywall and plaster, then cabinetry and finish plumbing and electrical, then painting (sometimes before cabinets and finish electrical/plumbing), then finish flooring and stair finishes, then finish (prepainted) trim. Obviously there is some work around in specific cases, and because of contractor coordination problems, but this would typically be the ideal. Windows is sort of an exception - logically they would be just before finished floors to prevent breakage, but in the interest of drying in they are moved quite a ways up the list. A smart contractor puts up cardboard or plywood protection on the larger, more expensive or long lead time units to prevent damage.

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