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Professional House Painting-Why It’s Important to Hire a Professional

Is your house looking a little shabby?

Does it need a new coat of paint?

Think you can do as good a job as a professional?

Think you can bribe your spouse, children or family members to help with this project to save a little money?

If that is your plan for the summer, you might want to think a while on that.  Here are the realities of painting the house yourself:

Typical costs:

Exterior paint averages $25-$40 a gallon, and a 3,000-square-foot home takes 15 or more gallons of paint, or $375-$600 just for the paint. However, premium paint can easily cost $50-$100 a gallon, or $750-$1,500 for that same large home.Professional House Painting-Why It’s Important to Hire a Professional

Doing it yourself also requires renting a pressure washer or sprayer for $50-$100 a day; extra-long ladders or scaffolding at $20-$75 daily; and a power sprayer for $50-$100 daily, plus masking tape, drop cloths and other supplies.  This is a labor intensive process.

Now lets add in labor. Will you be taking a week off work to work non-stop on the project? Or maybe you’ll be dedicating every weekend over the next couple of months to the project. How much is your time worth? What will you be missing?

If you are not prepared to cope with all of the above, then hiring a painting contractor is the smartest and best way to go.

A professional will tell you there are two sides to every paint job: the preparation and the painting. How much time and commitment you spend preparing can be the difference between painting every year, and a great paint job that will last for years. Preparation is what separates the do it yourselfer, and the professional.

Make sure you have at least three estimates from three different companies. The least inexpensive bid may not be the best choice. Ask questions, and do your homework up front.   After you choose the company make sure to read the contract all the way through, ask any questions you have and don’t sign it until everything is agreed upon by both parties.

The best benefit of hiring a Professional Paint Company is that you are getting a licensed, bonded, accountable way to paint your home.  You don’t have to deal with the prep work, actual labor, clean up or disgruntled family members.

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Tips For Your Residential Painting Projects

Tips For Your Residential Painting Projects

Nothing makes a house look better than a fresh coat of paint.

Making the commitment to take on a painting project yourself, however, is a major undertaking.  Which is why more people are turning to the pros.

Today’s architecture features vaulted ceilings, along with intricate wood workings and crown moldings.  These provide beautiful details to your home, yet painting them is difficult at best.  It is virtually impossible to paint high vaulted ceilings without renting the proper equipment.

Add to it our desire for both color and change. Nothing can be easier than a coat of paint to completely change the appearance of your home. Or take it to the next level and become more creative utilizing bold colors, stripes, and elaborate patterns and designs on walls and ceilings.  Or how about faux painting, or even a brightly colored mural? The more elaborate you get, the more at risk you are for not doing the best job possible.

Enter the professional painter. They have the tools, knowledge and experience to help you decide on the best look for you, and give you the results you are looking for.

Having product knowledge along with a firm understanding of how to maximize return on investment, professionals are transforming ordinary homes into showpieces.  No matter what your painting and redesign projects may entail, using a professional saves you time, money, and ultimately takes the project to new heights.  Most important, you will have peace of mind and know the job was done right and all your expectations have been wonderfully fulfilled.

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Lead Based Paint Removal

Lead Based Paint Removal

Renovation can be an exciting time in any homeowners life. After months of planning and preparation, the big day comes and its time to get the rooms you’ve been dreaming of.

Part of the process of renovation is knowing what can and can’t hurt you. Ripping out a 1980’s style kitchen and bringing it into modern times can be a lot of fun. Yet it can also expose you and your family to things you don’t want – things like asbestos and lead paint.

In 1978, when the Environmental Protection Agency became aware of the possible health hazards associated with lead poisoning, they banned the use of lead based paint.

Since that time, lead has continued to present a number of health related issues, most notably in young children.  In recent years, awareness of the dangers of lead has grown tremendously.  However, the problems associated with lead poisoning is still very much a part of our everyday lives.

If your older home has walls painted with lead base paint, its a perfectly safe environment – as long as the paint remains intact to the wall. During renovation projects, the lead paint is disturbed. The big misconception is that old paint can be removed without any health issues arising, if done with care while wearing a mask. Not true. There is a right and wrong way to do it.

On April 22, 2010, the EPA enacted Rule 40 CFR Part 745 – commonly referred to as the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.  The rule states any contractor working on more than six (6) square feet of painted surface must be a certified lead renovator and practice lead safe practices handed down by the EPA.  Safe practices prohibit removing lead using any methods that creates dust, chips, or any air borne particles subject to inhalation.

Which means renovating isn’t a matter of simply knocking down walls, and scraping off old paint and wallpaper. If you live in an older home that may be affected by these rules, make sure you find a reputable painting service that is well versed in handling lead based paint removal.

The EPA takes the matter of lead paint removal very seriously and has gone to great lengths to put into place safeguards to protect the public and contractors. If you have any questions about renovation projects and how it will impact your family, speak with a reputable painting company that can provide you with safe, quality work throughout your home.

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Tips For Finding Environmentally Friendly Paints

Tips For Finding Environmentally Friendly Paints

Remember the new paint smell? Even if the smallest room in your house – the room all the way back in a far corner – was painted, you could smell it all over your home for days? You knew you could only paint in the summer months; opening a window barely had any affect.

Thanks to the media and various environmental organizations, we are becoming more aware of household product safety and the impact they have on our environment.  Paint was once taken for granted and judged solely on the effect it had on the surface area.  We now realize, however, there are many harmful chemicals in some paint products on the market today.  Researchers have found a group of toxic compounds commonly found in paint called Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) which are both carcinogenic, or cancer causing agents, and destructive to the ozone layer.

Anyone who has ever painted a bedroom or taken on any other painting project has smelled paint and knows how strong the odor can be. Exposure to the neurotoxins over an extended period of time may do irreparable damage to the body.  From an environmental standpoint, the chemicals break down over time due to climate change, time, and other airborne chemicals.  This may result in tiny particles being carried by the wind into the air we breathe, or into our water supply.  Or end up in the digestive systems of our children, as we’re discovering with lead paint issues.

Recent laws outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency make it illegal for painting contractors to use lead based paint on any surface larger that six (6) square feet. This means anyone involved in commercial painting must become certified and licensed in order to continue working in their chosen profession.  For the average individual simply looking to take on a home improvement project obviously those requirements do not apply.  Yet just knowing the laws are in existence tells us about the dangers, and how we need to change the way we look at what we are using in the homes we live in.

Indoor air quality is of major concern as we learn more about the affects. Recent studies have found the air inside the average house is more polluted than outside.  As we move towards a greener planet void of harmful chemicals, making smarter choices is critical.   Here are some helpful hints in locating eco-friendly paints:

1. New EPA regulations require house paints to have low VOC (Volatile Organic Chemical) labels.  Low VOC warnings allow a maximum of 200 grams of VOC content per liter of paint.  Read the label carefully or talk with your professional painter first about making smart choices.

2. For those who are more environmentally conscious, there are Ultra Low VOC paint products available.  The VOC limitations are 5 grams per liter of paint.  Expect to pay more for safer and environmentally friendly paints.

3. Look for paint ingredients that are known to be harmful to the environment and to health.  Some of the hazardous chemicals to avoid are xylene, benzene, ammonia, kerosene, and formaldehyde.

4. Conduct the smell test.  Paints with low chemical content are not as toxic and do not emit strong odors.  Check the label for the “green” symbol and a “low odor” warning.

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How To Hire A Professional House Painting Company

Now more than ever, homeowners are taking on huge home projects on their own. Though some DIY projects can save some time and money, others projects have more benefit by hiring a professional contractor to get the job done right the first time.

If painting the exterior of your home is on your list this summer, should you attempt to do it yourself? Or should you hire a professional? While it may seem like an “easy” task to take on, ask yourself a few questions first.

Do you have the time to complete the project? It may take anywhere from a few weekends to the entire summer, depending on weather and the size of your home.

Do you have the right tools? It takes more than a can of paint and a roller. Tarps, ladders, rollers and brushes – there are many things you’ll need (and have to buy) to do a decent job.How To Hire A Professional House Painting Company

Already getting a headache thinking about all there is to do? By hiring a professional, the job will be complete in just a few days – not weeks or months.

Before you hire a professional house painting company, here are some tips about finding the best company for the job.

Pool your resources. Ask around the neighborhood for references and referrals. Call friends or relatives who have recently had their house painted. Don’t feel obligated to utilize someone’s referral; what was right for one person may not be right for you.

Ask the professionals. Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a few reputable companies, do a little research. Look up the company through the Better Business Bureau or read reviews on a website to get an idea of the company’s business record. If you see any red flags like a complaint file or largely negative reviews, move on to another company. Don’t be overly concerned with one bad review – everyone has disagreements from time to time. But don’t discount multiple bad reviews.

Meet in person. If you settle on a few house painting companies, ask to meet the owner in person for an estimate. Usually the contractor will agree to meet you at your home to evaluate the scope of the work and provide an accurate estimate. If a contractor gives you a hard time about meeting or providing an estimate, keep searching; it may be a sign of poor business practices.

Get it in writing. Never allow a contractor to start a job without a clear written estimate in your possession. A professional painting company will be willing to provide you with a written estimate that clearly outlines the scope of the work, estimate materials cost, estimated labor cost and time line for completing the job. If changes come up during the job, have it added to the contract.

Set a start date. Once you have your written contract, arrange to be home on the start date of the project. Not only will it ensure the project will start on time, but you can provide any additional information of material the painters might need that would otherwise delay the project.

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