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Why You Should Only Use A Painting Company That Chooses Low VOC Paint

Thinking of hiring a painting company for your next home improvement project? There are many things to consider as you make your final selection. Professionalism. References. All of this matters when choosing a painting company.

But there may be one thing more that you’ve never considered before.

What type of paint do they use?Why You Should Only Use A Painting Company That Chooses Low VOC Paint

Professional painting companies select and use all kinds of paint. Some choose their paints based on performance. Some based on color. But what about overall impact of the paint?

Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, solvents and pigments. The binders provide the ability to adhere to the surface you are painting. The solvents keep the paint liquid until its applied. And the pigments give the paint the color you desire.

Though all types of paints contain these three chemicals, not all paints are the same. In some cases, the paint manufacturer concerns itself more with profits and output rather that what goes in the paint. In which case the paint will contain more of the dangerous chemicals we are now finding out affect us in a variety of ways. These paints will contain higher concentrations of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can harm us in a variety of ways.

Health Problems

Most VOCs are found in the solvents. Solvents are the part of the paint that keep it liquid for application and allow it to dry quickly once its applied. When paint is applied to the interior of your space, the VOCs will become a part of your indoor air quality as this process takes place. Which means it can contaminate that air not just for the short term, but in some cases for extended periods of time. Yes, that fresh paint smell might not be so good after all. VOCs have been known to cause a variety of health concerns, including respiratory problems. Low VOC paints use alternative solvents, often water based, which means they have lower concentrations of toxic chemicals. By choosing a company that uses low VOCs, you are safeguarding the health of your family or your employees.

Environmental Problems

Painting the exterior of your home or building still has its own repercussions. Depending on the size of your structure, the paint you use will still off-gas during the drying process. High VOCs will enter our environment during the painting process and often for years to come. We also face many environmental problems when paints are disposed of improperly. Imagine paint buckets with high VOCs continually contaminating both the air and water supplies as it sits leaking in a landfill.

Now that we are aware of the potential problems and damage high VOCs cause our world, why choose a paint company that uses anything but low VOC paint? If you hire us, you’ll be hiring a company that always chooses the lowest VOC paints, and cares equally about the footprint we leave in our environment.

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Painting A Ceiling

You’ve decided to update a room in your home. What color will you paint it? How will you renovate your décor?

For most homeowners, painting a room centers around these basic concepts. They head straight to the paint chips at the local hardware store, and focus in on color combinations for the walls.Painting A Ceiling

What about the ceiling? Its frequently overlooked, and can often go double or even triple the amount of time standard walls receive paint.

Yet ceilings can have a large effect on the overall ambiance and lighting of your room. Walls carry the color at eye level. Ceilings set the tone for the character of your home. Because ceilings are much more difficult to paint then walls, it is wise to carefully consider your options before painting, and know when to call in an expert to avoid the DIY look.

1. Texture

Look up at your ceiling before you start the project. Are they textured? Do you have an acoustic ceiling, better known as a popcorn ceiling? In order to fully cover a ceiling with lots of texture, spraying paint to fully cover is best. For this reason, a professional contractor who knows how to do the job is your best bet.

2. Drywall or Flat

Just because your ceiling is flat and smooth doesn’t mean its any easier to paint. Put on too much paint and you’ll find drip marks and uneven texture. If your ceiling has sustained damage, without properly fixing it first it will seep through your new paint job.

3. Proper Prep Work

For ceilings, they require a little extra work over standard walls. Thick nap rollers with extension poles are necessary rather than working with a brush to gain a smooth layer without bumps or bubbles. Move as much of the furniture and other décor out of the room before painting. What is left, thoroughly cover with drop clothes to prevent paint from dripping. Also make sure you cover all flooring with drop cloth rather than plastic, as plastic tends to bunch and shift, possibly leaving some areas exposed. You’ll also have to cover all windows, sills and floorboards. If its in the room, it risks being painted when it comes to painting a ceiling.

4. Choosing Color

Most people stick with standard white because they aren’t sure about adding color. Yet it is one of the best places to add color to change the tone and mood of the room. If you choose to stick with white, make sure it is a mellow shade of white in the eggshell line. Anything brighter will cause distraction throughout the room. Flat paint is best, because of its smooth viscosity and its ability to hide imperfections. If you have any questions about ceiling color, now is the time to rely on your professional painter. Because they work with color every day, they can help you choose the right color for the room and the ambiance you are looking for.

5. Blending

When it comes to the painting process, blending is best. A painter will always work in a zigzag motion to help even out the paint and provide a firm visual affect. With a proper primer, two coats is rarely necessary unless you are changing colors or are using a color that needs extra touch ups to create a smooth, finished look.

What color would you like your ceiling to be? Let us help you change the look of your room today.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Choosing what color can be a daunting task. Couple that with having to choose another color for the trim, and for many people its enough to make them put the entire project on hold.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

There are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect color that will warm your home’s exterior and make you fall in love with your house all over again.Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

  • When painting the window and door frames, in general they will look better when painted the main color of your home.
  • Window sashes and shutters should be the darkest parts of your color scheme. This is what builds depth in your home, and will make the windows blend into the overall appeal of your home.
  • The window sash color is usually repeated for the front door and for any porch steps you may have. If your windows require painting, this color can be repeated there as well.
  • Gutters and drain spouts should be painted to be as inconspicuous as possible. Gutters may be painted the trip color to blend in with the trim, while drain spouts may be painted the color of the body of the house to blend in with the overall siding.
  • The ceilings on your porch, eaves or other areas should be painted the main color of the body of your house.
  • If you have a multi story home and want to use more than one body color, make sure the darkest shade is on the bottom, lightening as you go up. To put the darker color on top with the lighter color on the bottom will make it appear top heavy.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

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Tips From A Commercial Painting Contractor

Do you have a commercial location in need of paint? When you call in a commercial painting contractor, they can help you with a lot more than just a coat of paint. They can help you:

  • Cover your area with anti-graffiti and an anti-pollutant finishTips From A Commercial Painting Contractor
  • Provide textured coatings
  • Provide fire resistant coatings
  • Use low VOC paints and finishes
  • Diamond grinding or acid etching for prep to protect against grease and chemicals
  • Provide floor coatings, including epoxies, polyurethane and anti-slip coatings
  • Provide thermal reflective coatings for insulation

Because some of these chemicals are toxic when applied, using a commercial painting contractor will ensure they know what they are doing and how to apply to product safely for you and your environment. They also understand they are working in a public place in many cases, and will take the appropriate precaution against exposing the public to dangerous particles and fumes.

Because commercial painting contractors typically work with a variety of different products, its important to hire an expert that has the experience working with commercial locations. You don’t want your building or property to be the first for an inexperienced painter trying to make his way into the business.

In order to choose a contractor, follow the standard rules when finding and hiring a company.

1. Choose at least three companies and ask for quotes

2. Check their qualifications, including experience, licensing, insurance, and how active they are in the community

3. Get references

In some fields – plumbing or electricians for example – a license is required in order to do business. That isn’t the case here in Colorado when it comes to painting. Painters are required to get the standard business permits, but it is possible to find unlicensed painters working out of the back of a truck, low-balling a bid to earn a few extra dollars on the side. That’s a big risk for anyone spending days on a commercial job site, or working with hazardous materials. A licensed commercial painting contractor is someone who takes their business and reputation seriously, and will make sure you receive a quality job at a fair price.

Ready for a quote for your next project? Give us a call today.

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Painting For Curb Appeal

Whether you are thinking about selling your home this summer, or simply want to be one of the best kept houses on the block, curb appeal will speak highly to show off a well maintained home.

While there are many things you can do, few can have as dramatic an effect as a coat of paint. Not only does paint protect your home’s materials, it can instantly give you a fresh appearance that adds value too.Painting For Curb Appeal

If the exterior is in bad shape and hasn’t been painted in a while, any home improvement project will make a drastic difference. But there is a difference between looking better and a house that looks great.

For most homes, starting with a great base is what ensures a great final look. Its not as easy as picking up a bucket of paint and painting the entire house in one color. Time and care should be put into prepping the home to make sure the paint adheres and looks good. It should also be placed on choosing the right color palate to use and make the home blend into the neighborhood.

Color is important; no one wants to have the home that everyone knows – the bright orange house up on Main Street, for instance. If you haven’t thought about home color in a while, one of the easiest ways to start is to drive or walk around your own neighborhood. What colors jump out at you? What do you like best? Look at all factors of color, including the body and the trim.

Next look at the parts of your home you can’t change. Brick or stone is a permanent part of your home that sets the tone for your overall color scheme. Gray toned brick or stone should have color choices with gray undertones. Brown toned brick or stone should stick with the natural colors such as beige and browns.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

If you have trouble selecting a color, a professional painter has experience in selecting colors for homes throughout the Denver area. He can make suggestions and show you how to choose colors that will create a pleasing visual affect on your property.

Before you paint, step back and look at the landscaping. Are there bushes or trees that encroach on your home? Cutting them back or taking them out now can allow for a wide open look and feel, and not cause problems to a fresh coat of paint. It can also help you choose what plants to take out to improve the look of your home, and give you ideas of where to buy and plant new landscaping to add more color and depth to your home.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

Remember, curb appeal is a work in progress. By starting with the largest part – a fresh coat of paint – you’ll improve your look instantaneously.

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