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Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers certainly have their hands full! Apartment managers have a duty to make sure ALL tenants are taken care of and happy. The more tenants there are, the more difficult it can be to keep everyone happy.

This is especially true when it comes to painting safety. When one apartment in an apartment building is being painted, it can affect the rest of the apartments in the building. How does this happen? The fumes from the painted apartment can travel to the other apartments through the ventilation system and other types of “shared air.” This means that someone a floor above or below the painted apartment could suffer the ill effects of the paint fumes.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers must make sure that everyone in the building is safe from the potentially harmful fumes of the fresh paint. Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Managers should schedule painting for the fall or the spring when possible. These seasons make it easier for windows to be opened for ventilation while still maintaining the comfort of the tenants.
  • Managers should also notify neighbors in the community about the upcoming paint job. This will help them prepare for the possibility of fumes.
  • Managers need to ensure that only licensed professionals are hired to do the painting. Professionals will have access to the right equipment to ensure the least amount of fumes.
  • Managers should also choose the paint that has the least amount of fumes. Painting professionals can help managers choose the right paint for the job.
  • Managers need to inspect the painted unit while it is being painted and for about 3 days after the project is complete. This inspection should ensure that box fans and other forms of proper ventilation are being used to keep the fumes from bothering tenants.
  • Managers can also offer box fans to neighboring apartments to help remove fumes that manage to escape the painted apartment.

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How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?

“I moved into my home three years ago. The previous owners stated they had painted the outside the year before. I’ve noticed a little bit of peeling on the south side of my home. Is that normal? How long does an exterior paint job last?”

Excellent question, and one we get all the time.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?Like most questions, there is no definitive answer. How long an exterior paint job will last depends on many things, including:

  • What type of paint was used
  • The quality of the paint
  • How much prep work was done
  • The condition of the home before painting
  • The surface being painted
  • How the elements impact the home
  • Maintenance
  • Weather conditions

And that’s just the start.

Overall, there are a few guidelines you can use to determine longevity of your paint job.

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Paint

Typically will last 4 to 10 years on wood, 20 years or more on aluminum or vinyl siding, or 7 to 10 years on stucco. If one side of your home is subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will reduce to 3 to 6 years for that side of the home.

Stain

Typically will last 5 to 10 years on wood, 7 to 10 years on stucco. For the side of your home subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will drop to 4 to 7.

Again, these are just estimates, and will change depending on all the factors that make up your home.

One of the biggest indicators of the need for paint is exactly what you described – signs of wear, peeling or cracking. When you begin to see this on any area of your home, it’s a warning sign that its time to paint the exterior of your home.

By catching it early and painting it at this stage, you will have minimal destruction to the structure of your home, and with good prep work, can fix it, seal it, and have it covered again in time for the next season.

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Exterior Painting in Cold Weather – What You Should Know In Colorado

Finally, spring is upon us. In Colorado, spring can mean a variety of things. One day you’ll have temperatures soaring to 70 degrees and beyond. The next, beware of those springtime blizzards; the occasional one to two feet is always possible.

But along with spring comes the possibility of heading back out into the great outdoors for as long as you possibly can. That’s why we love Colorado, right?

As you head outdoors and start uncovering the landscaping around your home and taking a look at projects you’ll have to accomplish this year, take a good look at the exterior of your home.Exterior Painting in Cold Weather – What You Should Know In Colorado

Exterior paint typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 10 years in normal conditions. If its been a few years, its definitely time to start watching the areas most susceptible to problems – corner and angles where water can accumulate and begin to destroy the finish, sides of your home exposed to harsh sunlight, and areas near landscaping where branches can scrape and bang.

Paint Failure and the Exterior of Your Home

Did you find signs of wear? This may be the year you schedule an exterior paint job. Here in Colorado, a professional painter will tell you we only have a few months in which outside painting is possible. Why?

Designing a good mixture for a paint formula has always been an art form. Manufacturers continually experiment with providing a paint that gives the greatest coverage, with maximum retention, and be able to go on smoothly in all kinds of conditions. Paints from a few decades ago obviously aren’t as refined as they are today. But while manufacturers keep improving their products, paint still has its limitations.

A decade ago, you would still find paint cans that warned not to apply unless temperatures were at least 50 degrees. Now you’ll find paint cans that allow you to work as low as the 35 degree mark. Which is good news for us here in Colorado, as we can have a 50 degree variance in one day, almost any time of the year.

As a professional painter, we want to give you a professional job every time. That means we want to use the highest quality paint, provide the best in prepping the area to make sure the paint adheres properly, and make sure the overall job will give you the highest longevity possible.

We begin booking for exterior paint jobs now starting in the spring and moving into the summer months. If the weather turns cold, we put your project on hold. The last thing we want to do is provide you with an inferior job.

But because we do have limited times, our schedules begin to fill up fairly quickly.

Are you in the market for a professional paint job this year? Call us today to make sure your name is filled into our timetables. You’ll be glad you did.

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Common Defects in Paint

Applying wall paint to the surface of a home or a room entails a bit of knowledge on the types of paints, types of surface, and the process that it requires. To make wall paints last longer, you should know about common defects in wall paint application to help avoid mistakes. Here are a few:

Surface preparationCommon Defects in Paint

When painting your home, choosing paint color often becomes the focus while other factors that can affect paint quality and durability are overlooked. Surface preparation, is very crucial in the application of paint on walls and other surfaces. Skipping this step may cause defects such as formation of salt deposits and chalking caused by excess moisture on the surface and around it.

Why Interior Wall Color Is Important

You can avoid this problem by checking and cleaning all surfaces before applying paint. Repair plumbing, ceiling, floors, and other home features that may cause moisture to build up. In some cases, paint fails to hide underlying blemishes and stains. Knowing what type of paint to use as well as the application process, thinning solution, and drying time can most likely help you to avoid this defect.

Moisture under paint

A few other common defects that can be quite noticeable are warping, blistering, and bubbling. These defects occur when moisture gets trapped under layers of paint. Before applying paint, make sure that surface is dry, clean, and free of salt build-up. Going through these steps will also ensure that paint will adhere well on the surface.

Use of different types of paint

Coating surface beyond prescribed number of coatings, painting over wet paint, or using different types of paint on one surface may cause peeling, sagging, or dripping. To avoid these common defects in paint, always use high quality paints, and choose the type of paint that best matches the type of surface to be applied on. Also, be sure to always follow directions as indicated.

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Spring Maintenance: Your Best Tip Is An Exterior Paint Job

Its supposed to be a beautiful weekend in Colorado this week. That’s why we love Colorado, right? Sure, there might be a chance of snow later on in the week, but right now its nothing but blue sky and sunshine. Time to take a look outside to see how you can get ready for the warmer weather.

In some cases a little fix up now can save you many headaches in the months to come. Fixing a small problem is faster, cheaper and easier when its small. Which means the sooner you get out and discover the problems, the easier the fix, and the more time you’ll have to enjoy what you love to do most – instead of those pesky little projects that quickly eat away at your time.Spring Maintenance: Your Best Tip Is An Exterior Paint Job

Gutters

When the snow comes, it melts faster. And in addition to snow, the rain will start coming in between storms. If your gutters are filled with leaves, twigs, and what ever else has managed to accumulate there, your house may be at risk. Rot can quickly start occurring, and after spillover or accumulation occurs around the eaves of your home, the wood can be at risk as well. Clean those gutters out now and you’ll be ready for the entire season.

Landscaping

When trees, bushes and other landscaping goes dormant, branches may break off or hang and scrape into your home. Has the landscaping been damaged? Has it damaged your home? Before growth starts in and your landscaping comes to life, trim things back so it won’t impact your home.

Garage and Driveway

Snow pileups. Salt and ice melt. Muck from the roads. In the winter, you have one concern – getting your car into the garage and getting inside to stay warm. Now that its nice, take some time to clean off the garage floors and driveway, and assess any damage. You know how Colorado roads are compromised every year due to weather conditions? The same can apply to the cement on your garage floors and driveway. Look for growing cracks and areas beginning to crumble. Fixing it now will mean less of a problem in the future.

Now what? You’ve discovered some areas that are in need of repair? What should you do?

Call in your local professional painter.

By scheduling your home painting project now, you’ll be first in line when the temperatures are warm enough day and night for us to paint. Not only will we add a fresh coat of paint in your choice of colors, we will also inspect your home for areas that need mending – new wood, new boards, filling in cracks and smoothing out problem areas.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?

And if you have concerns in your garage as well, now is the best time to add an epoxy finish to your garage floor as well. Not only will it fill in the cracks, mend damaged areas, and seal it for future protection, it will give you one of the cleanest, most good looking garages on the block.

And that’s the perfect way to start out the spring right here in Colorado.

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