There are plenty of reasons to hire professional painters to paint your home or commercial space. You might not have the right tools, experience, or time to get the job done yourself. Additionally, homes and buildings feature internal and external spaces that are incredibly difficult to reach. If you don’t know what you’re doing, attempting to paint these areas can be dangerous. Here are four hard to reach places that are best left painted by the pros.

1. Dormers

If you’re not involved in architecture, construction, or painting, you might not know what dormers are. You’ve likely seen them, though. Dormers are those windowed, roofed protrusions that stick out of the larger roof. These areas are meant to increase the interior space of the top floor. They’re also incredibly difficult to paint, especially if painters cannot safely stand on the roof itself.

Residential painting contractors will use a tall ladder to reach the dormer’s level. However, a painter’s arm may not be able to reach the sides of the dormer. In this case, they’ll have to use a paintbrush extender to cover these spots. This tool acts as an extension of one’s arm, making it possible to reach further across the horizontal and vertical plane.

2. Crevices and Tight Spaces

For the most part, painting behind objects and between tight spaces isn’t dangerous, but it can be frustrating. When it comes to interior painting, some people might not even think it’s worth it to paint inside these crevices if no one will see the area anyway. Still, the more coverage the better, and professionals will know which tools to use in these situations. They may use a straight-edge or pivoting tool with a special flat brush attached to squeeze into these crevices. An extending handle is also useful for maximum coverage.

3. Stairwell Walls

Painting stairwells can be tricky and dangerous. There may be no flat ground to place a ladder, making it difficult to reach ceilings or the higher portions of walls. There are clever ways to “jerry-rig” a solution by setting up two ladders and placing a sturdy board between level steps of each ladder. While this can work, it’s still risky and requires a lot of effort to set up properly.

Fortunately, brilliant engineers have developed a much better solution to this problem. Tools such as Ladder-Aide create a sturdy level surface beneath a ladder using a non-slip base that stands upright and has a locking mechanism. This allows painting contractors to secure their ladder on any staircase, making it safer and much easier to reach ceilings and walls.

4. High Ceilings

Buildings and homes with high ceilings are beautiful but can be a pain to paint. Some ladders will reach high enough, but the task is often still uncomfortable for even the tallest painter. Not to worry – experienced painting services will use extension poles for their brushes and rollers, helping them completely cover all ceilings. They’ll also do extensive prep work so that no paint drips onto the floor, furniture, or other parts of the room.

If any of these areas need to be painted, it’s best to contact the professionals. They have the experience and equipment to do the job safely. All American Painting Plus has been helping homeowners and businesses paint every inch of their property for over 25 years. Call us at 703-620-5563 or email us at for more information and a free estimate!