builder paints ceilings in semi-gloss???

Skyangel23April 27, 2014

So we are getting close to interior paint time. I had to specifically ask what areas came in what finishes, and we were told on Friday that ceilings, with knockdown/lace texture, are semi-gloss as standard. I don't think I have ever seen a shiny ceiling before in real life, and was aghast at the pictures in my google search.

Now I am assuming they will want us to pay some upgrade fee just to get a decent flat finish paint ceiling (their model homes are flat paint, btw). Oh, and five panel interior doors are also semi-gloss as standard.

Anyone else have a builder who does this? I can't imagine I would want a shiny ceiling. I was planning on doing: ceilings flat, walls eggshell, trim semi-glass, and doors maybe eggshell or flat, I wasn't sure.

Good grief. What if I hadn't asked? What a surprise that would have been!

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Ceilings - Flat
Trim and Doors - semi-gloss
Walls - I prefer flat/matte (more easily touched up)

Doors get dirty from hands touching them, so you want semi-gloss which is easily cleaned.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:04PM
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My goodness - I cannot imagine semi-gloss ceilings. That seems very odd to me. I agree with chispa on what paint to use. I would be unhappy if I was charged more for flat paint on ceilings. Good luck!

How exciting to be at the painting stage!


    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:39PM
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Some folks prefer eggshell or semi-gloss ceilings since they tend to reflect light and brighten a space.

Sounds like you may not be one of those folks!

The more reflective the paint, the better the job needs to be on the drywall and finishing since imperfections become more noticeable with shiny surfaces reflecting the light.

A textured ceiling (which may be common to conceal materials and workmanship shortcomings) with a semi-gloss finish is an unusual combination, IMO.

I'm not sure why it would cost more to paint a ceiling with flat paint than semi-gloss. Sounds to me like a builder's "preference", rather than yours. You should get what you prefer.

Good luck with your project.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:40PM
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I also agree with chispa. I have absolutely never heard of a semi-gloss ceiling. Doors do need to be semi-gloss, though...they are like trim.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:43PM
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Thanks, everyone. I wasn't sure on satin or semi-gloss for the doors, so I guess the semi-gloss will be good. I emailed the builder, waiting to hear back. I am hoping it was just a mistype on the semi-gloss ceiling. If not, I will fight to get flat without having to pay extra for it. Since paying extra just to get flat paint on a ceiling seems bizarre to me. Glad I am not alone in that thought!
I will update when I hear more.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 3:42PM
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Skyangel, if it really is semi-gloss, might you be able to see one of your builder's houses that has this same ceiling finish before deciding?

Our architect specified some non-flat finish for our ceilings to "bounce the light around" -- but we won't have a textured ceiling.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 3:53PM
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Most of my ceilings are semi gloss and I love it. All the spaces feel bright and open. I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 10:56PM
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threepinktrees, but are your ceilings textured too?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 5:11PM
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They do have texture-- a skip trowel in the traditional plaster finish look. I do not find that the semi gloss makes the texture more obvious. I do think it makes the house seem cleaner and brighter.

I realize this is largely a preference thing. I do have a ceiling that is still flat paint and I really wish I felt like repainting it!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 7:06PM
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Semi-gloss ceilings and walls in bright colours were once the de facto standard in parts of downtown TO occupied by immigrants from the Azores.

Moving on up, most homeowners seem to prefer satin on the walls and flat on the ceilings.

When our children were younger, we had many walls treated with a glossy topcoat. After six years, you still didn't see a handprint.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 7:29PM
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We are in the northwest and I know here it's standard for flat on the ceiling as well. I just think it looks dull. The semigloss does cause a lot more light to play on the walls and I just like it. Our home is an older farmhouse.

Not trying to convince you to try it Skyangel! Just pointing out that there are people who want and like it. :)

As a side note, our house is currently for sale and no one has ever commented now (or guests before) on the ceiling finish. We do, however, get a lot of comments on how bright and open the spaces feel. I attribute that in part to the paint :).

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:30PM
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I'd love to see some pics if you're up to it! :-)

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:52PM
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Builder agreed to flat at no cost, so whew. If the ceilings weren't textured, I might consider a different finish. But flat is what I'm used to, so I'll stick with it. :-)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:47AM
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