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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.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

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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Spring Maintenance: What Exterior Painting Can Do

Its almost that time of year. The days are getting longer. The warmer days are mixed in with the cold, snowy ones. Soon we’ll back to enjoying what we love most about Colorado – being outside as much as possible.

With the warmer weather means preparing the outside so we can enjoy a fun-filled spring, summer and fall. That means getting into the garden, pulling out the outdoor furniture, and making sure everything outside is in top shape. The sooner we complete our spring maintenance projects, the quicker we can start enjoying everything.Spring Maintenance: What Exterior Painting Can Do

Where should you begin? What can you do to save time, money and energy in your strategy? The easiest place to start looking may be at your home itself. A lot of maintenance projects can be accomplished simply by looking at the condition of your paint; it can tell you a lot of things, and point you in the direction of what to do next.

Start at the top

A damaged roof will start showing signs quickly. Asphalt may peal off and begin to accumulate on the eaves or siding. If you notice grit or dirt with asphalt mixed in around the base of your home or attached to your siding, head up to the roof and take a quick look around. The sooner you get it fixed, the less damage you will sustain.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?

Look for water stains

A gutter that isn’t working properly will quickly leave clues. You may find build up that causes a drain system to work incorrectly, causing stains or spots to accumulate either on your trim or where the water drains. Before mold and mildew set in, clean up and blockages, and look for ways to prevent blocks in the future.

What your landscaping may say

You know that bush you’ve been meaning to trim … for years? It may finally have overgrown a little too much, scraping and digging into the side of your home. Landscaping is designed to protect your home. But branches, twigs and other debris can harm your paint, and ultimately your siding if its too close for too long.

Look inside on exterior walls

Paint is designed to protect the siding, which ultimately protects all of the internal parts that make your house a home. If siding is exposed, it can penetrate and impact your structure, your insulation, even your interior wall boards. Take a quick look around at all the exterior walls inside your home. Do you see signs of damage – little spots or stains that weren’t there before? Water can travel long paths before it shows itself, so its important to find its origination point as quickly as possible.

Then schedule your exterior painting project now. Professional painters here in Colorado fill up fast for the warm spring, summer and fall months. A fresh coat of paint will help fix existing problems that have occurred over the winter, protect your home in the coming months and years, and even help you find small issues you didn’t even know existed. If its been more than a few years since your last painting project, don’t delay. Now is the time to schedule your exterior painting job, and improve your home today.

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Professional Painting Tips for the Best Results

If you’ve finally decided to get your home professionally painted after debating on whether or not to do it yourself, chances are good that you made the right decision. While it may save a little money to do the job yourself, nothing beats the efficiency and expertise of a professional painter. Whether you are getting your entire home’s exterior or interior painted, you can rely on a professional to use techniques that they have mastered and their own trade secrets.

Professional Painting Tips for the Best ResultsWhile the process of choosing a painter and trusting their service might be stressful, the end results will add value to your property and enhance your living experience. Be sure to do your homework before you choose a painter. Get referrals by asking around, and look up companies’ reviews online. Choosing a painter is only the first step in the process.

Consider the following tips to help you get the best results from a professional painter:

Know that there will be delays. Factors such as weather and shortages of materials can delay a painting project. Optimal painting conditions are desired, and professionals can’t paint in the rain.

Don’t expect perfection. While the painter will do their best to create your desired results, they can’t guarantee a “perfect” paint job. If they miss some spots, call them back to correct the errors.

Be prepared for glitches. Sometimes, painting jobs don’t go as smoothly as you’d like. Just remember: Things happen, and Murphy’s Law applies to many home improvement projects.

Interior painting may involve disruption.  Keep in mind that while the painting is done, your furniture and everything else will be covered up. It may make your home seem like a mess temporarily, but the end result will be worth the clutter.

Have trust in the painter. You hired them for a reason, so relax and give them your trust with your painting project!

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Exterior Painting – What You Should Know Before Painting Brick

“I bought a house I love in the suburbs. Unfortunately, the people before me decided to paint the brick. I’m now considering hiring a professional painter to paint the outside of my house, but want to know my options. Is painting brick as easy as the siding? Should I have the paint removed and return it to “brick”? What are my options?”

Exterior Painting – What You Should Know Before Painting BrickOne of the reasons people love having brick homes is the low maintenance side of owning a brick house. You don’t need to paint it. It requires little care. It looks good and protects in all seasons, in all kinds of weather.

Until you get sick of the color. Which in the case of the former owners of your home is what obviously happened. At some point they grew tired of the “brick” color and decided to paint it to make it fit in with the times. Unfortunately for you, you are now stuck with the maintenance of caring for painted brick.

Brick in itself is a durable building material with built in color. Brick was never intended to be painted. However that doesn’t stop some people from painting it to change the color of their home.

Once it has been painted, you have two options: maintaining the paint or remove the paint.

Just like wood siding, once brick has been painted, it needs to be painted on a regular basis. How often is determined by the quality of the brick. If brick is in good quality and repair, on average it will need to be repainted every three to five years. It the brick is chipping, deteriorating, molding or in overall bad condition, it will be a bad candidate for paint. And therefore show wear on a much quicker basis.

To remove paint from brick, it requires chemicals and a lot of cleaning. In some cases the paint will never entirely come off, meaning you’re stuck with a spotted look of brick and left over color chips. If you don’t like the look, you’re either stuck with it or will be required to repaint it.

While brick is a hard surface, there are many places water can enter – one area that is always a big concern for color longevity. Water can enter through brick pores, incomplete mortar joints, sills, and gaps.And once moisture gets in, the risk begins. Moisture will cause paint to not adhere, and eventually chip away from the brick itself.

If painting brick is in your future, the key is quality. Make sure your brick is clean and ready for paint. It should be completely sealed to avoid moisture problems. Seal cracks, repair mortar joings, and make sure the brick is completely dry before applying paint. And before doing anything, talk with your professional painter first. He will have all kinds of advice on how to create a color and style that works for you.

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Choosing Paint Colors to Help Sell Your Home

Choosing Paint Colors to Help Sell Your HomeFirst impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. Staging is an important part of creating a first impression that will wow potential home buyers and entice them to buy your property. Part of prepping your home for staging is painting it with the right colors to sell. While paint is fairly simple to change and apply, many homeowners don’t know where to begin when it comes to color.

The paint on the exterior and interior of your home should be up-to-date and attractive, with fresh appeal that is livable and inviting. You can achieve this with the following tips:

Exterior colors

When picking an exterior color, remember to consider the type of house. The color you choose should coordinate with other features of your home, taking into account details such as the stonework, bricks and roof. Earth tones are always a great choice, and be careful to select colors that blend in with your neighborhood. Beige, light gray or blue are good exterior colors that work well.

Interior colors

The living room is where you can be slightly creative with olives, browns and reds to create a warm look and feel. Yellow is a cheery option for the kitchen while cool blues with brown accents look lovely in bedrooms. Cool grays and blues turn a bathroom into a luxurious spa retreat.

Painting don’ts

  • Don’t experiment. Now is not the time to make a fashion statement with the look of your house. You are going for a clean, fresh and inviting look to make potential buyers want to live there.
  • Avoid using white. While white is a great accent color, it is a harsh color for the exterior and interior walls. It creates a cold feel that you want to avoid. Instead, opt for warmer, neutral colors that are more inviting.
  • Stay away from darker colors. Deep reds, browns, yellows and blues make bathroom walls leap toward a viewer. This makes the room look extremely small.
  • Don’t forget the patio and garage! If you choose not to paint them, at least make sure that they are power washed to match the fresh new painted look of your home.

The right paint color and placement of color can make a huge difference when you are selling your home. It can increase your price and make your home look more high-end.

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