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Category Archives: Exterior Painting

How A Painter Can Help You Insulate Your Home

What is one of your biggest concerns and costs when it comes to your home? Chances are its keeping the warm air inside in the winter, and the cold air inside in the summer.

Every year those energy bills come in and inch upward, causing you to spend more and more of your paycheck just to heat and cool your home. So when its time to make updates to your home and improve your home’s efficiency, its natural to want to go “green” or find top quality products that will end up saving you in the long run.

How A Painter Can Help You Insulate Your HomeWhen people think of lowering energy bills, they typically will look into replacing windows and doors, or upgrade their heating and cooling system with something more efficient. But there is another way – something that few home owners may have considered. Thermal reflective coatings.

Many homes and buildings built throughout the Denver Metro area contain little or inappropriate insulation. Which means when you’re heating or cooling your home, some of it seeps through the walls, cracks and joints of your home, causing you to continue to turn on the heat/air again and again to maintain an appropriate temperature.

That’s where thermal reflective coatings come into play. This paint like coating has a technology, that when painted on and cured, prevents heat and cold from moving through it. Which means with a simple paint-like process, your home could be warmer almost immediately.

The process isn’t complex – its simply spray painted on. It can adhere to a variety of materials and surfaces – from water heaters and roofing. In most cases it doesn’t need a lot of prep work, primers or surface preparation. And it provides full coverage and sealant on lead containing paint, and can even provide you with a mold resistant barrier.

All while making your home a more efficient place to live.

Give us a call today and discuss how this process can help you conserve energy and save money on your energy bills.

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What Your Paint Color Choice Says About You

The paint color you choose for the rooms in your home says a lot about your personality. Whether you purposely chose them to suit your mood or you select paint colors on a subconscious level, your choices reveal a lot about you.

Your paint choices have an impact on your home and the people that live in it. They also affect your guests and their mood when they visit your home. Your paint color choice is a very important decision when it comes to selling your home as well.

What Your Paint Color Choice Says About YouSome popular colors and what they say about your personality:

Purple- If you love purple, you probably have a calming demeanor. Relaxing yet stimulating, purple and other shades of violet can spark creativity. They also invoke calmness in the brain. Purple is great for children’s rooms and offices

Blue- If you choose blue for the paint in your room, Blue is a very relaxing shade that actually slows down the heart rate. Blues also make some rooms look larger than what they really are.

Red- The warm color of red usually indicates that you are an intense and passionate person. Red is a great choice for kitchens and dining rooms because it is actually an appetite stimulant.

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Green- If you choose green for the paint color in your home, it means that you value security in your life. Green invokes a feeling of peace and harmony, and it’s a great color for studies or bedrooms. Green is also the easiest color for your eyes to see and read in.

Brown- Rich brown choices in paint mean that you are a very serious and respectful person. You also have a great sense of style. Blue looks fabulous with light blue accents.

Yellow- A love for yellow paint means that you value happiness and joy. You are a very energetic person, and yellow saturates a room with cheerful, vibrant energy that is perfect for your personality.

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The Hazards Of Using VOC Paint

Think back to the last time you painted a room in your home. What did you focus on most?

Chances are it was choosing the best colors.

The last thing on your mind is the potential danger of the paint that you plan to put on your walls. After all, lead-based paint is out of the picture, so everything should be okay, right?

Well, that depends. Everything will be okay as long as you choose the right paint – the right paint being paint that is low in VOC levels.

Volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs, are the chemicals used in paint to make it solidify. When the paint goes on wet, then dries, the VOCs are released through evaporation. The problem with VOCs is that they are not always eliminated through evaporation. VOCs can continue to enter the air that you breathe inside your home for many years.

VOCs pose a health risk because they are carcinogens. When you breathe in too much of VOC-tainted air, such as when you are painting a room, you will likely develop a headache. If you breathe in VOC-tainted air over an extended period of time, you run the risk of developing health problems, such as allergies and asthma.

The Hazards Of Using VOC PaintTo avoid the risk of VOC-related health problems, you can try an all-natural paint product. The internet is full of homemade paint recipes. However, making these paints is a hassle of its own – and the results may not be long-lasting.

You can also take an easier route and simply pay attention to the label on your paint. Choose a paint that is low in VOCs. Yes, low-VOC paint is going to cost more – but when you compare the price of a gallon of paint to the price of your overall health, there is no comparison.

You can also ask your painting professional what paints he prefers. As a painter, I am in a different home every day of the week. I work with paint several hours a day. Therefore I also care about the quality of paint I use in my business because I know it will impact my health as well as the families I’m painting for. I’ve done the research. I know what choices are best. And I’m happy to share them with you.

The health of your family and yourself are much more important in the long run than saving a few bucks on a bucket of paint. Ask for low VOC the next time your room needs a change.

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Recycling Leftover Paint

When you think about house paint, chances are you think about the colors. Painting can be a lot of fun when you’re making a change to either the interior or exterior of your home.

Recycling Leftover PaintBut with the painting process comes the other side as well – the disposal side. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every homeowner in America has 3 to 4 gallons of leftover paints in their garages or basements. And at least 10 percent of those unused gallons of paint will end up in the landfill. Combine that with the more than 1 billion gallons of paint sold each year – of which around 15 percent will end up in the landfills – and you have a lot of unused paint.

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That leads to startling facts. Did you one gallon of improperly disposed paint has the ability to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water? And simply by recycling one gallon of leftover paint, you could save up to 13 gallons of water?

Instead of throwing away your leftover paint, look for recycling centers that will take back your used paints. These paints are sent to recycling centers all across the US – Amazon Environmental, Visions Paint Recycling and Williams Paint Recycling Company to name just a few.

Once there, the highest quality of latex paint will be sorted out and turned back int recycled paint that can be used all over again. Since it was high quality to begin with and maintains its quality throughout the recycling process, it is comparable to any paint you can buy on the market today. Reusable paints are pumped into a tank where the material is mixed and tested. Then it is adjusted with additives and colorants to give it its new uniform color. Finally the paint is filtered and packaged for sale.

If the paint is determined to be unusable for turning back into paint, it can still be used for environmentally friendly uses. For instance it can be made into a product that is used in cement manufacturing, meaning we can turn virtually 100 percent of all recycled paints back into a usable product.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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The Common Failures Of Paint

Have you ever painted a room, only to walk back in a few hours later and immediately know something is wrong? There are many reasons for paint failure, ranging from application problems to improper treatment of the surface.

Dilution

Dilution occurs when the paint is not used according to manufacturers recommendation. Problems can range from a weak application, and the paint not covering properly, to intense coverage with heavy concentrations.

The Common Failures Of PaintContamination

What did you stir the paint with? Did you pour the paint into a can or tray with dust or dirt? If the paint isn’t pure, you probably won’t get the results you were hoping for.

Peeling

This usually occurs when the surface wasn’t treated properly before the paint was applied. In many cases it can come from moisture or dampness on the surface.

Chalking

Chalking comes from a progressive powdering of the the paint film on the painted surface. Chalking is usually an exterior problem, and comes from exposure to UV radiation from the sun and condensation from dew. If not properly controlled before painting, it will continue to be a problem.

Cracking

Cracking comes from painting more than one coat of paint before the first had time to dry. When the paint film expands or contracts due to interaction with a new coat of paint on top, it will crack underneath, giving your entire paint job the “cracked” look.

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Erosion

Erosion is a very quick chalking process. When your home is subject to quick chances in the weather – cold, heat, rain, wind – it can effect the quality of the current paint applied to your home.

Blistering

Blistering is caused by improper surface exposure to strong sunshine. To ensure a quality paint job, the area must be prepped thoroughly before application, with the paint job occurring during top weather conditions.

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