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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.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

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.

Want help with your painting process this year? Give us a call today to be added to our schedule. Times fill up quickly.

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Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

What’s the most common cause of peeling paint on the exterior of your home? You guessed it, its water.

Water vapor accumulates beneath the paint and/or primer. It begins to separate the coating from the surface, which eventually leads to cracking paint. The more it cracks, the more water seeps in, which causes bigger cracks. And soon you’ll start to notice peeling paint coming off your home in chunks, telling you something isn’t right.Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

When a house is painted here in Colorado, it undergoes a variety of weather changes, all throughout the year. It can be cool and damp in the morning, hot and dry in the afternoon. It can be subjected to sprinkler systems or the afternoon rain shower. Summer turns to winter and your home must deal with freezing weather, snow buildup, even ice in nooks and cracks.

If a house is painted without the proper priming and prep work, problems can start literally at the time of painting. A great painter knows that prep work is the most important part of the painting process. A top quality caulk applied skillfully will prevent water from seeping in for many years to come. If a problem is noticeable at the time of painting, a thorough clean up and prepping needs to be performed before paint is applied.

Special attention should also be placed on the most vulnerable areas of a home. The undersides of a roof’s overhang, or soffits, are vulnerable to leaks from flashing and gutters. The fascia boards, or trim boards mounted on exposed rafter ends, also are a weak point. Make sure they are properly installed and properly protected before paint is applied.

While water is one of the biggest reasons for peeling paint, it isn’t the only one.

Many homes are made to have the “Colorado” look and feel. Meaning they were built with a natural wood, stained to reflect a mountain home. Some types of woods – cedar for instance – is extremely porous and is likely to crack if painted. Staining is the only approach to this type of wood to fully protect it from the elements.

Its also important to know what type of paint you are using. Interior paint isn’t meant for cold conditions. If you use it on the outside, cracking may be the least of your troubles as we hit our subzero temperatures in the winter months. Also, mixing oil based paint with latex paints are a recipe for disaster. Oil based paints must be treated with a primer before latex paints are applied over it. Oil paint is more rigid than latex paints. Latex will actually stretch during normal weather conditions, and because of how oil based paints adhere to the wood, the two will fight each other, causing cracks in the surface.

Whatever the cause, the moment you notice peeling paint, its time to get it fixed and have a fresh coat of exterior paint applied in its place. Give us a call today for a quote.

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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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