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How To Hire A Great Painting Contractor

You are excited about redoing your room. A new color will be the perfect way to breathe new life into it. Now all you need is to find a great painting contractor to do the job.

The final look is the goal. But finding the company to do the job can be difficult at best. Not every business is set up in a professional way. Trust a fly-by-night operation, and you may find one of the worst paint jobs you’ve ever experienced. And you’ll be repainting in not time at all – no fun when you expect your new room to last for awhile.How To Hire A Great Painting Contractor

How do you go about finding a great painting contractor? Give these simple guidelines a try.

A Great Painting Contractor Presents Proof Of Insurance

What happens if your property is damaged during the process? What happens if bodily injury occurs? A Great Painting Contractor is in business for the long haul, and will be covered in the event anything happens while on the job. Ask about the type of coverage the company has – its for your protection as well as theirs.

A Great Painting Contractor Offers Written Warranties

A smile and a handshake may have worked in years gone by. But in today’s world, getting it in writing is more important than ever. A Great Painting Contractor will offer written guidance for the job at hand. There are two types of warranties in play – a labor and a material warranty. Labor warranties cover the quality of work performed, material warranties ensure the product they are using will withstand the test of time. Make sure you understand the nuances of each before you sign on the dotted line.

A Great Painting Contractor Offers Customer Service

What does a Great Painting Contractor do? If you said “paint”, that’s only a part of the professional service. How about power washing your home to get it clean and ready for painting? How about fixing loose and broken boards, and preparing the surface so you’ll receive a quality job? How about color matching services to provide you with the paint you’ve fallen in love with in years gone by? Or how about a color consultation to help you select the right color for your room? Painting is only a part of the job – if that’s all a company has to offer, find a more professional painting contractor.

A Great Painting Contractor Gives Professional Quotes

A Great Painting Contractor will give you a detailed, professional quote that covers all aspects of the job. If you see one line, one charge, question the validity of the quote. A Great Painting Contractor will show you how much all aspects of the job will cost, from power washing, to caulking, to wood repair, to touch up work. If a business doesn’t appear professional at this critical point, it may be because they aren’t. Many painting companies start up in the summer hoping to make a little extra cash during the busy season. Only a professional will operate it throughout the year in a professional manner.

A Great Painting Contractor Can Provide References

The proof of a Great Painting Contractor is in his final product. Can you drive around your neighborhood and see the work he’s completed? Can he offer a variety of references that show you his longevity in the field and how busy he is during the year? Check his website, look at online reference sites like Yelp, and ask for personal references face to face. The more you see, the more you’ll know you’ve found the perfect painting contractor for your job.

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The Perfect Color Choice For Your Room Is …

“I want it to be purple, but not too purple. You know, a great purple-purple that really shows off the room. A purple that will stand the test of time.”

How would you define your perfect color?

Color isn’t as easy as choosing the basics – red, green, yellow, blue. Within every color spectrum, within every shade of color, there are many subtleties that make the options endless. Want it lighter? Not a problem. A little more to the blue side? Sure, its possible.

Because there is an endless possibility it can also be hard to make a decision. Remember, colors represent emotion. Choose the “color emotion” perfect for your room, and you’ll love it every time you enter.

White is a traditional color that is associated with being clean and pure. Add white to a deep, vibrant color and it can make your room pop. Or use it alone to bring out the brightness of your home, allowing you to show off vibrant artwork or beautiful furniture and accessories.

Red is the color of energy, strength, power, passion and love. Hues can range from the very lightest of pinks to the darkest of reds. Add a touch of pink to your daughter’s bedroom and it can symbolize love and energy. Add a fiery red to your dining room and it can create a feeling of drama and passion.

The Perfect Color Choice For Your Room Is …

Yellow is the color of happiness, creativity and intelligence. Think of a sunny, tropical day when you view a room in yellow. Yellow is vibrant, alive. It can stimulate activity and creativity, making it the perfect choice for your work spaces. A light yellow is soft and delicate, making it the perfect choice for a nursery. Head to the dark yellows with shades of orange and it stimulate your appetite, making it the perfect choice for a kitchen or breakfast nook.

Green is always all around us in nature. Green will compliment most colors, and signifies growth, nature and harmony. Because of its connection with nature, it is associated with being a relaxing color, making it the perfect choice for every room in your home.

Blues represent the skies and the oceans. Its color represents trust, loyalty, truth, luxury and nobility. Softer blues are associated with youth and innocence. Deeper colors tend to bring out thoughts of richness and royalty.

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A Basic Guide To Understanding Paint

Think painting a room is as easy as picking up the first can of paint you see at the hardware store? Think again. Choosing the right paint can be just as important as choosing the right color. Here are a few tips to understanding the different types of paint on the market today.

Talk to someone who understands paint, and one of the first buzzwords you’ll here is “sheen”. The sheen of paint determines how glossy the paint will be on your walls, and how much light will reflect off of the paint. The higher the sheen, the higher the gloss of the paint, the more you will find imperfections within the wall itself.
A Basic Guide To Understanding Paint
Flat paint is the lowest on the sheen spectrum. It has little sheen, and therefore works well in low moisture rooms, and rooms without a lot of traffic. Flat paint cannot be washed, and will mar and show flaws fairly easily.

Eggshell paint is probably the most popular formula with homeowners today. It offers a look similar to flat paint, but won’t mar and show wear as easily, and can be washed on a limited basis.

Satin paint is a step above eggshell and offers a slightly brighter look than eggshell. Satin paint is a good choice for rooms with a higher level of moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom where a homeowner doesn’t want a glossy look to the walls.

Semi-gloss is next in line, offering a bright sheen to the surfaces. It’s a great choice for woodwork, including trim, and is widely used in bathrooms and kitchens because of its durability. It can be easily cleaned and will wear well through all kinds of traffic.

Gloss paint is at the highest level of sheen, and is used in kitchens and bathrooms where homeowners don’t mind a shiny surface. A pure gloss formula will show fingerprints and smudges more easily than a semi-gloss, so it is usually used in a home without a log of traffic, kids and pets.

Underneath whatever coat of paint you choose is a primer. Primer can be a valuable tool in creating a professional look. It will greatly reduce the number of coats your wall will take, and will improve the appearance of the finished job.

And finally, the quality of paint should come into factor as well. In today’s paint industry, you can find low or no VOC paints – volatile organic compound paint. VOCs are what gives paint its distinct odor. Continuous studies and tests have been performed to determine what VOCs do to humans and pets. If you have any concerns, live with small children, are pregnant, or have a family member with health issues, discuss it with a paint professional before making your final decision. With so many options, there is a perfect choice for your situation every time.

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Does Your Spring Cleaning Chores Show A Need For Exterior Painting?

Ahhh, warm days, green trees, afternoon showers, and barbecues with family and friends. All point to springtime in the Rockies. And while its been late in coming this year, springtime is upon us, which means its time to do the necessary chores to get your outside ready for the season.

Turn on the lawn sprinklers. Check.

Pull out the patio furniture. Check.

See how much maintenance the outside of your home will need this year. Um, what?

When was the last time your home had an exterior paint job? There are a lot of things that factor in to how long your paint job will last. Did you use a professional paint? Was the wood primed and ready for painting?
Does Your Spring Cleaning Chores Show A Need For Exterior Painting
And while there are many questions that may influence the current state of your home, there are a few ways you can tell if your home is in need of painting.

Start by looking for peeling paint. You may see small amounts of chipping or peeling paint that exposes the wood underneath. This will show up in many places, especially around areas with high water traffic – wear your sprinkler system hits it every week – and where its exposed to un all day long. This is a sign that your top coat of paint is no longer doing its job.

You can also run your hand along the painted surfaces. Do your fingers come back with a chalky residue? Quality paint will never leave a film on your hand. If you do find a residue on your hand, it is a sign that the paint is breaking down – oxidizing – and is in need of a fresh coat of paint.

Every day your home is subject to harsh elements. Wind. Rain. Sleet. Snow. Sunshine. With changing weather conditions, some areas of your home may show signs of mildew. Mildew will look like dark spots on the paint, or little grey spores accumulating together in nooks and crannies. If you see mildew, a new paint job isn’t enough. To start, your home needs an effective power wash to remove mildew and its problem areas, followed with a fresh coat of quality paint with a mildewcide as part of the formula to prevent future growth.

Think a professional paint job is only about the paint? Think again. Caulking and finishing touches are equally important. Caulking can prevent loss of energy from inside and outside your home, can prevent elements like wind and rain from entering unnecessarily, and can provide an easy entrance to insects and critters. Caulking is also what makes a professional job standout – if done properly, it will secure the gaps and joints that exist all around your home, making the color flow seamlessly from place to place.

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7 Tips For Finding The Best Home Painting Service In Denver

7 Tips For Finding The Best Home Painting Service In Denver

Every weekend you’ll find the big box stores filled with do it yourselfers. People ready to save a few dollars in exchange for giving up endless hours of time to take on a home improvement project. And at the top of the list is house painting. What could be easier than buying a few gallons of paint, grabbing a brush and a roller, and spending a few weeks climbing up and down your house?

While it may sound easy, few do it yourself projects are as easy as they sound. If you’ve decided to leave the paint at the big box store this summer, and hire a house painting company instead, here are 7 tips for finding the best home painting service in Denver.

1. Start with a free estimate. All reputable house painting companies will provide you with a free estimate before they begin. Be cautious of anyone who quotes over the phone. In order to properly quote for the job, the home should be evaluated carefully.

2. How long has the company been in business? While age isn’t always a sign of quality, it’s a good start. If someone can survive in the very competitive world of house painting, they take pride in both their quality and their customer service.

3. Ask for accreditation. What professional groups do they belong to? Accreditation shows pride in being a business owner, and in maintaining certain standards both in business, and in the painting industry.

4. What about changes? Ever started painting with a color, and you simply don’t like it? What are the policies about changing colors partially into the project? Knowing your timelines and policies ahead of time can help you determine the flexibility of the company.

5. How quickly can you move from estimate to completion? Some companies have single crews, some have many. Colorado has a small window of opportunity for getting a house painted; miss the window and you’ll be waiting until next spring. It’s important to understand the timeline upfront before you sign the contract.

6. Look for professionalism. A true professional will care about their image from top to bottom. Do they have a professional website that’s updated regularly? Can they be reached easily by phone?  Is that image maintained throughout the business, including recognizable trucks and uniforms?

7. Ask for referrals. What are others saying? Read through testimonials and referrals carefully. Ask friends and neighbors, especially if you see or hear of a good experience. Search online – there are a variety of ways to find out how others feel about a company you are considering.

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