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Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

The outside of your home is looking a little shabby. You know it probably needed a coat of paint last year, or even the year before. Who has time?

This year you know you can’t put it off any longer. A few buckets of paint. A couple of weekends worth of work. You should be able to get the job done as quickly as possible and move on. Should be easy, right?

Think again.Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

A successful exterior paint job isn’t in the paint itself. Rather, it’s the prep work of the house before the paint is applied that will determine ultimate success.

Chipping and Peeling Paint

Paint adheres to a smooth, clean surface. If paint is applied to chipping and peeling paint, or a surface covered in dirt and grime, the paint won’t be able to properly adhere to the surface. The result will be a paint job that begins to chip and peel almost immediately. Which means all of your time and energy will be in vain.

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Dirt and Oil

If your exterior is dirty and oily from years exposed to the harsh elements, covering it with a coat of paint won’t make it go away. In fact, instead of leaving your home looking fresh and vibrant, it will continue looking old and rundown. And if you use a light color, the dirt and grime can actually show through the paint. To get a good clean look, you have to have a good clean base.

Uneven Paint

Ever see a home where the paint looks bumpy and uneven? In order to create a smooth appearance, you have to start with a smooth base. If the exterior of your home has deep cracks or holes, spend time sanding down the flaws and filling the holes with caulk.

To avoid the problems and have your home painted the right way the first time, give us a call today. We never start a paint job without thoroughly prepping your home completely.

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Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Choosing what color can be a daunting task. Couple that with having to choose another color for the trim, and for many people its enough to make them put the entire project on hold.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

There are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect color that will warm your home’s exterior and make you fall in love with your house all over again.Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

  • When painting the window and door frames, in general they will look better when painted the main color of your home.
  • Window sashes and shutters should be the darkest parts of your color scheme. This is what builds depth in your home, and will make the windows blend into the overall appeal of your home.
  • The window sash color is usually repeated for the front door and for any porch steps you may have. If your windows require painting, this color can be repeated there as well.
  • Gutters and drain spouts should be painted to be as inconspicuous as possible. Gutters may be painted the trip color to blend in with the trim, while drain spouts may be painted the color of the body of the house to blend in with the overall siding.
  • The ceilings on your porch, eaves or other areas should be painted the main color of the body of your house.
  • If you have a multi story home and want to use more than one body color, make sure the darkest shade is on the bottom, lightening as you go up. To put the darker color on top with the lighter color on the bottom will make it appear top heavy.

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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.

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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.

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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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How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

Have you ever fallen in love with a paint color at the store on a paint swatch, only to paint your room with it and feel nothing but shock? We’ve all done it.

How are you supposed to tell what an entire room will look like based on a 2×3 sample you hold in your hand?

To start, never choose a paint color from a swatch alone. Tiny swatches may look good in the store, but what you see is not always what you get. Take your time when selecting color.How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

When you have a color in mind, choose a variety of sample paint swatches within the tone and hue you are considering. Bring them home and observe them in the room you’ll be painting.

Its important to view colors at different times of the day. Morning light is different than afternoon light, is different than the artificial light from your lamps.

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Also take the sample paint swatches and compare them to things that will remain in your room. Will the hue for your wall match the tone of your furniture? Will it bring out the color in your accessories, or clash?

As you start making choices, you’ll quickly see a trend in what you are selecting. You may determine that you like whites with a green undertone, or a blue with a gray base.

Once you start honing in on a color, visit the paint samples one more time. You may have missed a selection of paint chips the first time around when you were more broad based with your selection. Now that you know you’re looking for a particular hue, pull things in the range you’ve narrowed it down to and head back home to start the testing process once again.

In many cases you’ll wind up with a selection of paints you can’t make a decision about. When you get it down to two to four, now is the time to call in your professional painter.

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He can supply you with small samples of each color. Paint a section of the wall in your room of each color and live with it for a couple of days. Make sure you focus in on the color morning, noon and night, in artificial and natural light.

Very quickly you’ll gravitate to one color. This is your final selection. This is the color that will resonate with your moods, blend with your décor. It will be the one you’ll be happy with now and well into the future.

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Why Powerwashing Your Home Before Painting It Is Important

What’s the first thing you have to do before the exterior of your home is painted? Powerwash it.

Powerwashing is important for two distinct reasons.

First, it removes any dirt, grime or other substances from your home. This is important because a clean surface allows your new paint to adhere to your home better, meaning your overall paint quality will be better and last longer over time.why-powerwashing-your-home-before-painting-it-is-important

Second, it will also be more resistant to rain, snow and heat, meaning it will give your home stronger protection from the elements.

A professional painter knows how important powerwashing is. That’s why you’ll always find the best names in the business caring just as much about the prep work – including powerwashing – as they do the actual painting process.

Is powerwashing really necessary?

When a homeowner decides to save money and paint themselves, they usually look at it from the cost of paint alone. A powerwasher is expensive; which is why a great majority of homeowners simply skip the process. Yet this one simple step can in some cases add years to your paint job.

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Can I use a garden hose instead?

Instead of powerwashing it, some homeowners will pull out the garden hose and attempt to do the job on a budget. But is it truly the same thing?

Powerwashing puts the emphasis on power. You can’t get the same kind of force from a garden hose that you can from a powerwasher. Yes, a garden hose may get off little bits of dirt and other stuff clinging to your home. But it won’t be able to take off the dirt and grime that has been cemented into the paint and wood after months and years of harsh weather.

Can I use a powerwasher if I’ve never done it before?

Yes, anyone can rent a powerwasher from a garden supply store. But beware that powerwashers do have a lot of power. Depending on the machine you rent and the tip you use, powerwashing has the ability to etch and erode concrete. So imagine what it can do to a human or animal, composite decking, or the wood or vinyl siding on your home.

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