Many years ago, the only way to paint was with a paintbrush. In contrast, very few people would paint with a brush alone today. You have different options, including a roller and a sprayer. The roller makes painting faster and allows the paint to go on evenly. Spraying is also faster, and it allows you to apply the paint evenly. However, there are a few key differences.
People often factor in the time when they are deciding how to paint. Rolling doesn’t take nearly as much time to prep, although you will want to tape off surfaces that are contiguous to what you are painting. When you spray, you need to cover everything that you don’t want to be painted, including the ceiling, windows, door, and floor. The prep time is far greater for spraying.
However, it takes a lot longer to roll paint than to spray. Rolling is more accurate because you can choose exactly what you paint. You need to use a small brush in the corners, whereas spraying will cover all of the surfaces that you do not tape off. The two methods take about the same amount of time when you consider the prep work and the actual time spent painting.
If you hire a professional painter, they might use all three methods because they will use the style of painting that is ideal for the surface they are painting. Using a roller is more precise than spraying, but spraying can cover a greater surface area more quickly. There are times when each is the best to use, and it depends on the location of the surface and the size.
If you are painting the exterior of your house, spraying can make the job go faster and it is much easier. However, for your interior walls, the roller is ideal. It takes a lot of time to cover the floors, windows, doors, and ceiling to spray indoors. You can also use a sprayer if you are painting fences or other items outdoors where you want to cover the surface with paint and you don’t need to worry about getting the paint on other objects.
You will use the same type of paint no matter which you use, so the only difference is in the method of applying the paint. You will likely use more paint when you are spraying, and you have to be careful not to get your fingers near the nozzle because they use a great deal of force. However, as long as you are careful, it is easy to learn how to use it.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using both rollers and sprayers, so you should choose the one that is best for the job. If you are painting the exterior of your house, a sprayer can cut down on the amount of time it takes. However, when you are painting the interior of your home, a roller will be a lot easier to use.