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Interior House Painting Tips

Interior House Painting Tips

Ready for a change? Tired of walking through the same old rooms every day? With one quick change, you can make any room look brand new.  Don’t shop for furniture or new carpet – paint your walls instead.

The following house painting tips will help you make your interior paint job a success.

Use the right tools for the job. The reason a professional gives professional results is they have the right tools for the job. They don’t walk into a painting project with one brush and a roller. They have many sizes and styles, and know when to use each.

Don’t try to paint over difficult surfaces.  Just like a professional knows what tool to use in every situation, they also understand that different finishes take different types of paint. If you’re painting vinyl columns or fabric surfaces, check with a professional first for ideas.

Use high quality paint. Even the best painter in the world will have less than perfect results with a low quality paint. Spending a little more upfront can give you many more months to the life of your paint.

Choose the right paint for the job. Kitchens and bathrooms receive more wear than a closet or a spare bedroom. They also require different types of paint to ensure quality throughout your normal living routines. Use a high gloss on kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and windowsills. Use semi-gloss on  kitchen & bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim. Use eggshell in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Use flat for general use on walls & ceilings.

Be conscious of the safety of your paint. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are fumes found in paints from the solvents added to make them easier to apply. They have been linked to respiratory problems in adults and children, as well as ozone pollution. The EPA has even pegged some of the painting VOCs as being possibly carcinogenic. That’s why you need to use paints certified to contain low or no VOCs by industry-independent testing organizations such as Greenguard, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and Green Seal.

Now that you are armed with a few interior house painting tips, start the planning and have fun. Think painting is anything but fun? Hire a professional instead. We’re happy to give you a quote on any upcoming project, big or small. Just give us a call.

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Tips For Finding Environmentally Friendly Paints

Tips For Finding Environmentally Friendly Paints

Remember the new paint smell? Even if the smallest room in your house – the room all the way back in a far corner – was painted, you could smell it all over your home for days? You knew you could only paint in the summer months; opening a window barely had any affect.

Thanks to the media and various environmental organizations, we are becoming more aware of household product safety and the impact they have on our environment.  Paint was once taken for granted and judged solely on the effect it had on the surface area.  We now realize, however, there are many harmful chemicals in some paint products on the market today.  Researchers have found a group of toxic compounds commonly found in paint called Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) which are both carcinogenic, or cancer causing agents, and destructive to the ozone layer.

Anyone who has ever painted a bedroom or taken on any other painting project has smelled paint and knows how strong the odor can be. Exposure to the neurotoxins over an extended period of time may do irreparable damage to the body.  From an environmental standpoint, the chemicals break down over time due to climate change, time, and other airborne chemicals.  This may result in tiny particles being carried by the wind into the air we breathe, or into our water supply.  Or end up in the digestive systems of our children, as we’re discovering with lead paint issues.

Recent laws outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency make it illegal for painting contractors to use lead based paint on any surface larger that six (6) square feet. This means anyone involved in commercial painting must become certified and licensed in order to continue working in their chosen profession.  For the average individual simply looking to take on a home improvement project obviously those requirements do not apply.  Yet just knowing the laws are in existence tells us about the dangers, and how we need to change the way we look at what we are using in the homes we live in.

Indoor air quality is of major concern as we learn more about the affects. Recent studies have found the air inside the average house is more polluted than outside.  As we move towards a greener planet void of harmful chemicals, making smarter choices is critical.   Here are some helpful hints in locating eco-friendly paints:

1. New EPA regulations require house paints to have low VOC (Volatile Organic Chemical) labels.  Low VOC warnings allow a maximum of 200 grams of VOC content per liter of paint.  Read the label carefully or talk with your professional painter first about making smart choices.

2. For those who are more environmentally conscious, there are Ultra Low VOC paint products available.  The VOC limitations are 5 grams per liter of paint.  Expect to pay more for safer and environmentally friendly paints.

3. Look for paint ingredients that are known to be harmful to the environment and to health.  Some of the hazardous chemicals to avoid are xylene, benzene, ammonia, kerosene, and formaldehyde.

4. Conduct the smell test.  Paints with low chemical content are not as toxic and do not emit strong odors.  Check the label for the “green” symbol and a “low odor” warning.

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Flat, Semi Gloss, Gloss – What’s The Best Paint For Your Room?

Flat Semi Gloss Gloss  Whats The Best Paint For Your Room

Ready to change the look of a room? The easiest way to do it is with a coat of paint. But choosing the color is only the start of the process. Do you know what’s the best paint for your room? Is it flat, semi-gloss or gloss?

Start by asking yourself, “how active are we in this room?” Different rooms have different needs. And different paints offer different durability levels. It’s important to match the use of the room with the type of paint that will give you the best coverage, and wear well overall over the next few years.

Let’s take a look at the qualities of flat, semi gloss, and gloss paint.

Flat paint

Going with a flat finish is an excellent selection for a room with a low amount of traffic or activity.  The finish goes on dull, but will hide most imperfections on the surface area it covers.  It adheres well to any finish, and is especially effective on rough surfaces. The disadvantage with flat paint is that it is difficult to clean, and therefore should be avoided in high traffic areas like bathrooms and kitchens where it will quickly pick up dust, dirt and grease.

Semi Gloss paint

The next option is semi gloss, which is a popular choice because of its versatility.  Semi gloss is generally used for most family rooms and living areas, as well as children’s bedrooms and kitchens.  It has a slightly shiny finish when dried and will cover some imperfections. Semi gloss is easy to wipe clean and looks good in almost any room of the house.

Gloss paint

Finally, gloss paint is recommended for high activity areas such as doors, cabinets, and kitchens. While it will not cover up surface imperfections, gloss has a tough shiny finish that will hold up to repeated cleanings.

Make your painting project one to remember by going with a color that reflects your personality, and a finish that meets your active lifestyle.

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How To Hire A Professional House Painting Company

Now more than ever, homeowners are taking on huge home projects on their own. Though some DIY projects can save some time and money, others projects have more benefit by hiring a professional contractor to get the job done right the first time.

If painting the exterior of your home is on your list this summer, should you attempt to do it yourself? Or should you hire a professional? While it may seem like an “easy” task to take on, ask yourself a few questions first.

Do you have the time to complete the project? It may take anywhere from a few weekends to the entire summer, depending on weather and the size of your home.

Do you have the right tools? It takes more than a can of paint and a roller. Tarps, ladders, rollers and brushes – there are many things you’ll need (and have to buy) to do a decent job.How To Hire A Professional House Painting Company

Already getting a headache thinking about all there is to do? By hiring a professional, the job will be complete in just a few days – not weeks or months.

Before you hire a professional house painting company, here are some tips about finding the best company for the job.

Pool your resources. Ask around the neighborhood for references and referrals. Call friends or relatives who have recently had their house painted. Don’t feel obligated to utilize someone’s referral; what was right for one person may not be right for you.

Ask the professionals. Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a few reputable companies, do a little research. Look up the company through the Better Business Bureau or read reviews on a website to get an idea of the company’s business record. If you see any red flags like a complaint file or largely negative reviews, move on to another company. Don’t be overly concerned with one bad review – everyone has disagreements from time to time. But don’t discount multiple bad reviews.

Meet in person. If you settle on a few house painting companies, ask to meet the owner in person for an estimate. Usually the contractor will agree to meet you at your home to evaluate the scope of the work and provide an accurate estimate. If a contractor gives you a hard time about meeting or providing an estimate, keep searching; it may be a sign of poor business practices.

Get it in writing. Never allow a contractor to start a job without a clear written estimate in your possession. A professional painting company will be willing to provide you with a written estimate that clearly outlines the scope of the work, estimate materials cost, estimated labor cost and time line for completing the job. If changes come up during the job, have it added to the contract.

Set a start date. Once you have your written contract, arrange to be home on the start date of the project. Not only will it ensure the project will start on time, but you can provide any additional information of material the painters might need that would otherwise delay the project.

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