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Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Here in Colorado, we only have a few months where painting the exterior of your home is possible. As we near the months that are best for painting, there are a few tips to make the process run smooth.

The most difficult step when painting the exterior of your home doesn’t involve the paintbrush, instead it involved the paint scraping tools. In the painting world, most outside walls have a process called substrate. This involves the adhesion of the paint to the surface below. The reason paint fails to adhere properly is because the surface isn’t prepped correctly. Its dirty, wet, or the paint from before is loose and cracked. Making sure your painting surface is clean, dry and free from grease, oils or old flaking paint will give your primer and your paint a good surface in which to bond.Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior of your home over an improperly prepared surface is like building a home on a poorly constructed foundation; its possible, but the potential problems add up quickly and can turn into very damaging and costly mistakes.

Prep work involves both scraping and power washing. Which means the potential for damage around your home is also a probability. So that nothing gets damaged in the process, make sure everything around your home is covered and turned off.

· Turn off power to air conditioner condensing units.

· Tun off gas to grills, outdoor kitchens, and gas firepits.

· Use canvas drop cloths to cover exterior appliances and landscaping. Plastic will not allow your plants to breathe, and can do extensive damage in a relatively short period of time.

· For tall trees and bushes close to the home, you may wish to tie a cord around them and pull branches away from your home. Stake it to the ground to prevent it from damaging the paint before it adheres to the surface. You may also wish to have your landscaping trimmed before the paint job.

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Also remove anything affixed to the home: mailboxes, decorations, light fixtures, etc.

Power washing is a powerful step to remove loose paint and clean your home’s surface. But in the hands of an inexperienced person, it can cause extensive damage. High pressured water can etch wood, brick or blast mortar from joints; it can soak the wall extensively so that it required additional dry time; it can also weaken surrounding areas that were in good shape before the process. Make sure you know what you’re doing if you are going to use this step.

Before the paint is applied, its important that the surface is in good shape for bonding. All surfaces should be thoroughly scraped, sanded and rubbed clean. Cracks, holes or gouges should be filled with a good epoxy wood filler and allowed to dry. All surfaces that wont be painted – windows, doors, etc – should be properly covered and taped off. Wood in bad shape should be replaced. Areas with mold or mildew should be thoroughly cleaned. Caulk should be used to fill any gaps between windows, doors, between siding, molding columns, etc.

Only then is your house ready to paint.

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Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

You love your home. But there’s always room for improvement, right?

And if you’re like a lot of people, chances are the one area you’d like to see change in more than any other room is the kitchen. Why? Because the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place we spend the most amount of time.

So you start looking through the home decorating magazines. And very soon you start pulling together images that show you exactly how you want your kitchen to look. But when you look a little closer, you may find you have one big question that has to be answered before you move any further.

Should you choose painted or stained kitchen cabinets?Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

The choice you make will have a huge bearing on how the cabinets look, and how they will hold up over time.

Most manufacturers provide stained cabinets because it’s the easiest application method in their warehouses. Your current cabinets probably entered your home pre-stained and ready for hanging and use. If you like the stained look, purchasing pre-stained cabinets may be your best option. But there is always cost involved in a complete remodel.

When you choose to have painted cabinets, you have a couple of options. Yes, you can visit your kitchen dealer and install cabinetry ready made for paint.

5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

But if you have good bones and structure already in your kitchen, you may be able to use the cabinets already in your kitchen (saving you both time and money).

The kind of paint used on your cabinets will impact how they look, how they wear, and how much they chip and peel over time. It also will determine how durable they are to the normal wear and tear of the kitchen environment, including its susceptibility to water.

There are many paint options – oil based and water based paints. Even in these choices there are some that have a better overall impact on the durability. High glosses and varnishes will give you better wear when it comes to clean up. And if you visit the paint store, you’ll notice there are wide array of “green” options as well. If off-gassing is an issue you’re worried about, a lower VOC may give you the results you are looking for.

Remember, your cabinets aren’t like your walls; they do take extra effort to completely cover every nook and cranny in a smooth, professional way. The type of paint, the type of application method, the amount of prep work all matters in giving you the best coverage possible. Working with a professional can give you the professional results you desire.

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5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

Ready to change your home up a bit this year? Want to start in the kitchen? It is after all, the number one room that people remodel.

Yet if you visit with a remodeler and start pricing out all of the options you would love to see in your new kitchen, you can get overwhelmed very quickly. Did you really want to invest in the mid-five figure range for all of your dream features?

There may be another way.5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

If your kitchen cabinets are still in great shape, they are good quality wood installed by a brand name manufacturer, you may be able to paint your cabinets instead.

Keep in mind that painting your cabinets isn’t as easy as some of the other projects in your home. A can of paint and a paint brush may work on some projects, but not your kitchen cabinets. They will be on display for all to see. They will be used every day. And nothing says “amateur” more than a sloppy job on the intricate details that make up your cabinetry.

Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

Spray on or Paintbrush?

There are many painters out there that can give you great quality results with either method. It isn’t so much the method you use as the professionalism of the job in the first place. Cabinetry has detail; from multiple angles and corners, to hinges and accessories. If you don’t prep properly, provide the proper coats of paint, or leave a sloppy mess inside or out, it will look anything but professional.

Proper Prepping

As with any paint job, the key to success isn’t in the painting process, its in the prepping process. Dirt, grease and grime can be imbedded into old cabinets; if you don’t remove it first it will cause problems down the road. It may mean sanding out rough patches. It may be fixing cracks and problem spots. It may be taping to avoid spills and drips. Before you start the project, make sure you are completely ready for the paint to be applied.

Labeling is crucial

You can’t paint your cabinets the way they exist in the kitchen. Each drawer front must be removed. Each door must be taken off the hinges. And all accessories – hinges and handles – must be taken off and set aside (or replaced). Yet when all of these things are scattered across the room, its very easy to lose sight of which piece goes where. Make sure you label every piece so you know exactly where it returns after the painting is completed.

Remove the existing paint

No matter what your current cabinets are made of, they have a high gloss coating used to protect the finish. Paint doesn’t adhere to this coating; try it and you’ll quickly find paint chipping, cracking and peeling. You must remove it with a liquid deglosser or even a sander in some cases to get down to the material that paint will adhere to.

Paint thoroughly

Nothing says amateur more than half a paint job. Painting cabinets means covering every inch of the cabinet completely. Drawers, doors, shelves, walls, backs, sides, tops and bottoms. If any of the old color shows through, your professionalism deteriorates quickly. This applies to the entire process – from paint to finish.

Your final presentation will last for years. Make sure you do it in a complete way. The finished results will be worth it.

Rather hire a professional and get the job finished the right way the first time? Give us a call today.

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Get Ready For Summer With A Garage Floor Epoxy

Want to know the one place in your home that has the toughest time during the winter months? Your garage. It deals with extreme cold as you open and close the garage doors throughout the day; water, ice and snow as you drag it in on your tires; and even chemicals and sand that lie eating away at your concrete after the snow melts.

As we get ready for summer, and will spend a lot of our time outside enjoying the weather, why not turn your garage into something more than a dingy, old storage place?Get Ready For Summer With A Garage Floor Epoxy

Today’s garages can be a whole lot more. And one of the easiest and most impressive places to start is from the ground up.

If your garage floor is stained with oil, grease, dirt and rust, you can easily give it new life with a paint made exclusively for garages: a garage floor epoxy. These paints are made exclusively for concrete floors and will provide adequate slip resistance for when the floor gets wet (guaranteed here in Colorado). They come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns.

Regardless of the product you choose, the results will be dependent on how well the product is laid. Like all painting projects, prep work is everything.

Floors need to be solid surface, free of cracks and chips, free of grease and grime. If you have cracks in the flooring, a concrete filler should be used to make it a smooth surface. Also make sure you use a floor cleaner, including a degreaser, to make the surface as clean as possible.

Most garage floor epoxy projects fail because the surface wasn’t prepared in the correct manner, or the surface temperature was too low to allow sufficient bonding. Temperature guidelines are in place for a reason; waiting the extra week or two will ensure a proper application and a longer life overall.

Also remember that the garage floor epoxy should have a chance to bond before use. The floor may be dry to the touch in a matter of hours, but its best if you give it a full day to cure before walking on it, and a full week before driving your car on it.

Give your garage a new look this summer; schedule your garage floor epoxy project today.

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Paint or Stain Your Deck: Which Is Right For You?

The deck of your home is undoubtedly a place where your family can relax and have fun. Age, weather, and usage can cause wear and tear that may result in warp, decay, or may even accumulate fungi that can be harmful to health.

Aside from aesthetic factors, wood needs to be coated with protecting layers to make it last and keep it from getting damaged. But which should you choose for your deck: paint or stain?Paint or Stain Your Deck: Which Is Right For You?

While both offer various levels of treatment and protection, there are also advantages and disadvantages for each:

Wood stain is rather translucent in form and does not mask certain characteristics of wood such as wood grains and patterns. It adds more character to the furniture or the wood surface.

Although easy to apply and can be done even by novice carpenters, wood stains need constant maintenance. It won’t take long before the wooden furniture or wooden surface requires another layer of application, which means that the furniture would need to be stripped, sanded, treated, and stained periodically.

One advantage of wood stain is that it allows wood to breathe and age naturally, adding more charm to the surface of your deck.

Painting your wooden deck may be a bit more complex, as it requires several layers of application, drying times, and various other materials like paint thinners and tints. An advantage of paint is that it has the ability to last for an average of three years resulting in less maintenance.

Since paint is also opaque in nature, it provides more protection from UV light and weathering. Color also adds a playful and whimsical effect to your deck as well.

Whether you decide to stain or paint your deck, it will provide protection from UV light that can cause wood to fade, expand, or bend.

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