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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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How Often Should I Paint The Exterior Of My Home?

How Often Should I Paint The Exterior Of My Home

Here in Colorado, your house paint isn’t just something that makes your home look good; it also acts as protection against the weather. Harsh winter snows and over 300 days of sunshine every year can take its toll on your home if it isn’t painted right.

When was the last time you had it painted?

While there are different types of paint products on the market, paint quality is ultimately what will determine how often you need to repaint. While a good quality paint with primer may adhere well to the wood, and provide you protection for 5 to 10 years, a lesser quality may reduce the time substantially. Watch your home for signs of peeling or cracking, and paint as needed.

Was it painted by a professional, or did you touch it up yourself?

A quality professional painting service will use high quality paints and materials, and will ultimately give your paint longer life. Many of the big box stores or discount supply stores sell lower quality paints at bargain prices. The adage “you get what you pay for” applies here.

Has the wood been exposed to the elements?

As paint begins to age and wear, it will crack and peel away from the wood itself. If you don’t correct it along the way, the wood itself will continually be exposed to the elements. Wind, snow, rain, and intense sunlight can take its toll on the wood, warping it or allowing it to chip away from your home. Fixing small problems early and as soon as you find them can mean less cost and trouble down the road.

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Guide to Hiring a Painting Contractor

One of the easiest ways to change your room’s appearance is with a fresh coat of paint.

No matter if your room is a small bathroom or a large multi-story family room, hiring a painting contractor can be very beneficial. Painting contractors are experts in this field, and are sure to save you a lot of time and effort.

Painting can be hazardous and risky due to the solvents and dust involved. Do you know which paints are safe? Do you know how to handle potential problems with Lead Based paint? Not to worry; professional painting contractors deal with this every day, and will take the appropriate steps in order to protect you.

From preparation and painting to cleanup and disposal, painting contractors will make your home repainting and remodeling a whole lot easier. There are hundreds of companies that offer assistance to those who need help in a painting or decorating project. Selecting the most qualified painting contractor may not be an easy task, but with the following tips, you might just find the most appropriate and skillful one.Guide to Hiring a Painting Contractor

1. Choose a legitimate painting company that is a part of the community.Some fly-by-night companies are only in it for the quick buck. They set up for the summer to earn some fast money … at your expense. Ask questions and make sure they have experience, and will be in the painting business for the foreseeable future.

2. Choose a licensed contractor. Licensed painting contractors guarantee that they can do the roles and responsibilities that are expected of them. These individuals have undergone extensive training and have passed various compliance programs, making them the most qualified individuals to do the painting, repainting or remodeling of your home.

3. Choose a contractor who has credible references. Of course, painting contractors will inform you about how high quality their previous jobs are, but you should definitely ask for proof. Get in contact with their previous clients and find out whether or not they were able to live up to their expectations in terms of the quality of work, time and cleanliness.

4. Choose a contractor who guarantees maximum support to customers. Most of today’s painting companies employ technology to ensure that their customers receive the best support and follow-up that they deserve. Some companies make use of computer-aided scheduling and contact management software for more efficient transactions.

5. Choose a contractor who you feel is polite and pleasant to work with. It is crucial that you find a contractor you’re comfortable to work with and with whom you can communicate well. You definitely will have to talk a lot with your contractor during the painting and remodeling project, and a polite and pleasant person is sure to save you from a lot of stress.

The most important of all is to ensure that the painting contractor you have chosen puts everything you’ve agreed upon in writing. Elements such as the price, payment procedures, warranty, and the surfaces to be painted should be stated in the contract.

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