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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.


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.


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.


Interior House Painting Tips

Interior House Painting Tips

Ready for a change? Tired of walking through the same old rooms every day? With one quick change, you can make any room look brand new.  Don’t shop for furniture or new carpet – paint your walls instead.

The following house painting tips will help you make your interior paint job a success.

Use the right tools for the job. The reason a professional gives professional results is they have the right tools for the job. They don’t walk into a painting project with one brush and a roller. They have many sizes and styles, and know when to use each.

Don’t try to paint over difficult surfaces.  Just like a professional knows what tool to use in every situation, they also understand that different finishes take different types of paint. If you’re painting vinyl columns or fabric surfaces, check with a professional first for ideas.

Use high quality paint. Even the best painter in the world will have less than perfect results with a low quality paint. Spending a little more upfront can give you many more months to the life of your paint.

Choose the right paint for the job. Kitchens and bathrooms receive more wear than a closet or a spare bedroom. They also require different types of paint to ensure quality throughout your normal living routines. Use a high gloss on kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and windowsills. Use semi-gloss on  kitchen & bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim. Use eggshell in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Use flat for general use on walls & ceilings.

Be conscious of the safety of your paint. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are fumes found in paints from the solvents added to make them easier to apply. They have been linked to respiratory problems in adults and children, as well as ozone pollution. The EPA has even pegged some of the painting VOCs as being possibly carcinogenic. That’s why you need to use paints certified to contain low or no VOCs by industry-independent testing organizations such as Greenguard, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and Green Seal.

Now that you are armed with a few interior house painting tips, start the planning and have fun. Think painting is anything but fun? Hire a professional instead. We’re happy to give you a quote on any upcoming project, big or small. Just give us a call.


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.