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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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How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Interior Painting Project

How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Interior Painting Project

When the sad state of your walls starts to wear on you, freshening up your space with a new coat of paint can not only spruce up your living space; it can also add value to your home. Before you can start your painting project, you have to choose a paint color that complements your personal style, the function of the room and the décor of the rest of your house. Though no paint job is permanent, you will save yourself a lot of time and money if you are able to pick the perfect color the first time around.

Get inspired. Grab an empty binder and start creating inspiration collages. Scan through old magazines and pull images that draw you in, even if they aren’t pictures of rooms. After you have a sizable collection, review your images to see if there are any patterns that may reveal your perfect interior paint color. Perhaps you collected images of sweeping blue skies and oceans, or images of lush green forests and rich suede boots; either of these collages might point you in the direction of a blue scheme or an earth-tone space.

Consider style and function. Even if you fall in love with bright orange, it might not be the best fit for your newborn’s nursery or your relaxing bedroom retreat. When looking for the perfect interior paint color, try to spend time in rooms of your house that make you feel comfortable; you may even investigate the rooms in your friends’ houses. Try to notice any consistencies in color in the rooms your want to spend more time in.

Take your ideas to an expert. The professionals at a painting company spend hours upon hours discussing colors and designing color pallets for customers. Once you have a general idea about what you want your room to look like, pick up some samples at a paint store, or go through the painting company’s charts and ask for input. Painting experts can tell you the colors that make rooms feel small (dark, saturated colors) or large (light neutrals), or the colors that stimulate (yellows and oranges) or subdue (blues and light greens).

Test it out.  If you finally decide on a basic color or color family, select several chips or samples in a variety of shades (darker) or tones (lighter). Don’t trust the look of the chip; see them in the light of the room you’ll be painting.  Your painting expert may even be willing to add several colors to a room in small proportions at a very minimal cost; apply a coat or two to a small part of a wall and check it out in the morning to see if it’s perfect for your wall color.

Be true to yourself. Color and style experts are up-to-date on the latest trends: monochromatic modern rooms in grays and whites, bold accent walls in jewel tones, or earth-tone rooms in browns and greens.  You don’t have to be a slave to the experts; if you are in love with the idea of a sapphire room with a bold orange accent stripe, commit and try it out. If you are feeling adventurous, go ahead and test something out. Remember, a new color is just a paint roller away.

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How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Exterior Painting Project

How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Exterior Painting Project

A fresh coat of exterior paint can completely revitalize the look of your home as well as increase the curb appeal and value of the home. Whether you are planning on tackling the task on your own or hiring a team of professionals to get the job done, the success of an exterior paint project largely relies on choosing the right color for your needs and aesthetic. With a dizzying array of colors to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the process, but a few simple tips will keep you on the right track.

Take a drive through your favorite neighborhoods. Make notes of what draws you to the houses. Note the color of the siding as well as the trim around windows, doors, porches or shutters. For an even more complete trip, carry a digital camera and take photos of your favorite homes. When you get home, review the pictures and look for trends. Maybe you lean towards brightly colored homes with white trim or elegant dark homes with natural woodwork.

Consider your home’s surroundings. Your neighborhood, lawn and landscaping can have a huge impact on the color palette of your home. If you live in a southwestern home with hard packed clay and limited foliage, consider earth tones that complement the yellows and browns of your surroundings. If you live in a wooded area, consider classic combinations like green and cream for exterior siding and fixtures.

Work with the fixtures that are permanent. It’s possible but costly to paint or renovate exterior features like gutters, run offs and roofs.  Your best bet is to work with the colors of such features and pair them to your new exterior colors. For example, a brown roof will pair well with white, red and brown but may clash with deep blues, which work best with gray roofs.

Think outside the box. You aren’t necessarily limited to single colors, traditional colors or matching trim. Beautiful homes can be created from unexpected color combinations like a pale yellow house with bright blue trim. Consult a color wheel and look for complementary colors that pair well together in unexpected ways.

Be true to your aesthetic. What’s right for someone else’s home may drive you crazy a few years down the road. If you are in love with country style homes with whitewashed features and contrasting shutters, don’t shy away from the design just because your neighbors don’t use it. Choose a color that you know you will love five years down the road.

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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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