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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.

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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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Using Epoxy Floor Coating For Your Industrial Operation

When it comes to your industrial or commercial operation, some things have to be done the right way the first time. Your floors, for instance, will be in constant use once your operation gets underway. Finding the downtime to carry out floor repairs will cost you in time, money and efficiency.

One of the best choices for floor coverings is an epoxy coating. Epoxy coatings were developed to toughen the flooring and make it more durable. Its an obvious choice when protecting the floor and making it safe for employees and customers alike.Using Epoxy Floor Coating For Your Industrial Operation

Epoxy coatings are suitable for concrete and metal flooring types, and have been used in all kinds of business operations: manufacturing plants, warehouses, healthcare facilities, airline hangars, auto dealer showroom floors, and garage bays.

Epoxy floor coatings are painted on in liquid format which hardens into a new surface material over the old one. The old concrete or metal is the base, so it needs to be clean from dirt and grime, and repaired so large chips or cracks won’t impact the final results.

What makes it so powerful?

Its resistant to liquid spills. Industrial flooring is often subjected to a lot of foot traffic and a variety of spills. Epoxy flooring is resistant to liquid spills and will prevent seepage into the floor material, while maintaining its original finish. If you’re used to the qualities of concrete, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in a floor coated with epoxy.

It protects from abrasion. As an industrial operation, you probably have a variety of heavy equipment in use every day. Epoxy coatings help protect the floor from damage produced by equipment and machinery.

Its easy to clean. Since epoxy coatings are resistant to water, chemicals, oil, grease and other solvents, you’ll find it much easier to clean than a traditional flooring surface. Dirt can easily be mopped away. For tougher stains, a soft cleaning solution will remove most spills. Meaning your facility costs will go down because you won’t have to replace the flooring or have major cleaning on a regular basis.

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Is Painting A DIY Project or One For The Professionals?

Some home projects feel like more of a DIY task. And in many cases, painting is one of those projects. After all, it can’t be that hard, can it? With a bucket of paint and a brush in hand, you can easily do it yourself. Plus its cheaper too, right?

What these DIY homeowners don’t realize is that painting is a project that is both technical and time consuming, and in some cases a lot of hard work.Is Painting A DIY Project or One For The Professionals?

There are a number of problems with taking on painting your home, either inside or out, as a do it yourself project. And at the top of the list is the massive time commitment required to finish the job in a professional way. For most, they try and squeeze it into a weekend project. But this can take several weekends or even months of time, depending on the size of the project. Do you really want to spend every weekend during the summer painting the exterior of your home?

Lack of knowledge is also one of the top things homeowners don’t realize until they are well into the project. For example, you can’t begin painting the outside of your home without a lot of prep work first. Paint over chipped or dirty paint, and your new paint won’t adhere properly to the siding. Or if you paint a water based enamel over a surface previously painted with an oil based enamel, and you’ll quickly see adhesion problems that make your current paint job look anything but professional.

Which leads us to the money aspect of painting. You see the ads in the paper for paint at a reasonable rate. But painting requires a lot more than a bucket of paint and a brush. What about tools for prep work: powerwasher, drop clothes, rollers, caulking and tape? Before long you’ll wind up with a huge array of tools and materials attempting to paint your home – and you haven’t even started the work yet. How much is your time worth? Do you really want to spend all of your free time for the next several weeks or months painting?

And there is another problem we see frequently. After investing in paint, tools, materials and more, something happens and the paint job looks anything but professional. You attempt to fix it; which of course makes it look even worse. So you wind up calling in a professional to fix the project and bring it back up to standards. How much is this going to cost?

Instead of trying to save a little money upfront, get the job done right the first time. You’ll be happier with the results and you can enjoy it in a much shorter period of time. And the results will last you many years into the future.

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Paint Denver Celebrates Earth Day 2014

For 44 years, we’ve been celebrating Earth Day as a way to focus in on making earth a better place to live. Over the years, Earth Day has focused in on a wide variety of issues, from problems with our water supply to sustainability with our energy sources.

This year as we continue to see people moving from the country into the cities, Earth Day is focusing in on making the process more effective along the way. People living in wide open spaces have different issues then people in an urban environment. And part of the process is looking for ways to reduce toxic ways of living and replacing them with healthier options.Earth Day

We all want to live our lives in comfort. But doing so in a sustainable way will help us now and for many years to come.

As a professional painter, I know there are two major areas where we can help with this process.

1. Make paints more earth friendly

If we look at the history of paint, we’ll quickly find that paints of yesteryear were filled with toxic chemicals. Not only did they harm the environment overall, they also impacted the environment of our homes and living conditions. When you breathe in the fumes, it ultimately can harm your health.

Low or no VOC paints are now being produced by most major paint companies. Keep in mind that no VOC doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t VOCs in the paint. It simply means the base is VOC-free; pigments added later may contain VOCs, giving it a low level of emissions.

When you decide to paint your home, demand the lowest VOC paints you can find. If you have your home painted by a professional, specifically ask about the paint used. It’s the only way you’ll ensure a top qualitfy product with the lowest amount of damage to our environment as possible.

2. Make our clean up process more earth friendly

Once your painting process is over, two other issues arise.

First, make sure your clean up process is toxic free. Latex paint is water soluble, meaning you can clean up with water rather than harmful chemicals.

Second, never buy more paint then you’ll use. Paint is toxic to our landfills, yet millions of gallons make their way there each year. Look for recycling options whenever possible.

Happy Earth Day!

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