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Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For Trim

One of the biggest changes you can make to a room in your home is to change the colors of the walls. But adding color to the walls isn’t the only way to make big changes; look at your room’s trim as well.

Interior trim gives a room balance, definition and proportion. It can highlight points of interest. It can set the tone and character of your room.

Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For TrimTrim includes many different features of your room: door and window casings, baseboards, wainscoting and paneling, pillars and mantles, crown moudling, picture moulding and chair rails all can be impacted with color. Think of your trim as you would a picture frame – it simply defines, outlines and highlights the beauty of what is inside.

Trim can be purely definitional and act as a way to define where one room ends and another begins. Trim provides strong lines around the baseboards, door or window casings, breaking up a room to clearly define the wall space. These lines announce the transition between wall and feature, merely blending together to define the space.

Trim can also enhance the beauty of the room, standing out in its own right. Today you’ll find things like wainscoting and crown moulding, doing as much for the aesthetic appeal as the color of the walls and the décor you place in the room itself.

With trim, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting its final look. In many cases it depends on the style and period of the the home itself, as much as it has to do with a clients personality and tastes. Typically you wouldn’t use a heavy Victorian stained trim in a modern ranch home, just like you wouldn’t use minimalist techniques in a turn of the century historic two story.

Trims typically come in one of three forms:

Wood – pine, poplar and basswood are all common types, each made from single layers perfect for accepting stain or paint.

Medium density fiberboard (MDF) – moulding that is paint grade and less expensive than wood. Its smooth and easy to work with, having more resistance to dings and dents, the perfect choice in high traffic areas.

High density polyurethane – a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to wood, comes in many patterns and provides great resistance to severe chances in temperature or humidity.

Once installed, let your imagination run free.

For a classic look, keep your trim lighter in color, usually off white or white in color. A beautiful white will truly accent a dark jewel toned wall, giving a crisp clean look in any room in your home.

Or for a new trend, select a darker color for your trim. Dark trim gives a room more depth and can effectively frame views when used around window casings. While dark paints may be the perfect choice, you can also choose dark stains, increasing the hue even into the black shades. Black provides perfect color coordination especially in historic or period homes.

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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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How To Maintain Your Exterior Paint Job To Keep It Looking New

What’s one of the biggest jobs you’ll have done this summer? Having the exterior of your home painted. Between picking out colors, making minor repairs, powerwashing, and having every inch of your home painted with new color, you can sit back and enjoy the new look of your home.

How To Maintain Your Exterior Paint Job To Keep It Looking NewWhether you’ve done the work yourself, or hired a contractor to complete it for you, painting the exterior is a big investment both in time and in money. Its not something you want to repeat in the near future. Which is why its important to maintain your new paint job and keep it looking like new for as long as possible.

Frequency

Paint isn’t meant to last forever. And when it comes to your exterior, the frequency of your paint job depends on a variety of things. What type of siding is your home made of? Stucco in general holds paint longer than wood. Which means homeowners with wood siding should expect to repaint their homes more than neighbors with homes made out of stucco. The environment can also play a crucial role in the life of your pain job. Harsher climates mean more exposure to elements – a house in the foothills may require more paint than a home in a Denver community. In general, expect to repaint on a frequency of every six to ten years.

Cleaning and Pressure Washing

Dust storms. Wind. Sleet. Snow. Pollen. There are many things that impact the condition of your paint job. Are you located near an empty lot, with dust blowing in your direction regularly? Did we have an unusually windy spring? Weather and elements change all the time. And occasionally your home will have areas that take the brunt of it all. Don’t ignore your home until the next paint cycle; watch the condition of your home throughout the year. With a simple garden hose, you can spray off shutters and under eaves after a heavy storm. Don’t allow mud and debris to build up in corners. They can seal in salts and other harsh chemicals, which eat at the paint.

Mold, Mildew and Rot

Mold and mildew in Colorado? While many people think we simply don’t have the water or humidity for mold and mildew problems, it is possible. If the north side of your home is shaded with large trees, and its not uncommon to have piles of snow against your home for months on end, mold, mildew and rot can set it quicker than you think. When water sits for extended periods of time, your siding can be impacted quickly if not painted properly, or you don’t have the right amount of protection. During the summer months, check these places thoroughly for any damage and repair right away to avoid further potential problems.

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Why Powerwashing Extends Your Paint Job

If you’ve ever researched professional painting companies before, chances are you’ve come across the term “powerwashing”. But what is it, and do you really need it to be a part of your exterior painting process?

Why Powerwashing Extends Your Paint JobPowerwashing, or pressure washing, is defined as using machine, wand and water to spray surfaces with high pressured water and sometimes chemicals to clean a certain area. As a professional painter, I know powerwashing is an imperative first step when preparing any surface that will be painted or stained. Without a proper cleaning, dirt, chalk and loose particles of paint can flake off underneath the new coat of paint, taking it with it. Which means your brand new paint job will be nothing but wasted effort.

Powerwashing cleans and prepares the surface to be painted by removing dirt, mildew, mold, pollutants, pollen and dust. It also removes cobwebs and wasp nests that have built up under eaves and in corners. Depending on the quality of paint currently on the house, powerwashing may also remove paint chips in the process.

While the purpose of powerwashing is to clean the surface, in some cases not all stains will be removed. Some stains are actually discolorations from years of weathering, and will not disappear with a simple powerwash. Powerwashing will clean the surface; two coats of paint will cover up the discoloration and create a fresh new look for the surface.

Powerwashing isn’t as simple as spraying the garden hose over the surface of your home. Instead, it’s a specialized stream of water coming from a proper nozzle size at an appropriate angle. Different locations need different treatment. Spray with too hard of a stream or too much pressure and you’ll end up with wand marks, or etching of the surface. If the spray isn’t powerful enough, it will have little effect on the surface of your home. Meaning it won’t clean the surface as much as needed, putting your new paint at risk of not adhering in a proper way.

A great Denver paint job allows the fresh paint to penetrate into the wood surface, bonding to provide a clean, smooth line. Without powerwashing, other materials may get in the way – paint chips, dirt molecules, debris, even mold and mildew. Even with the fresh coat of paint, these extraneous items will continue to deteriorate underneath the paint. And as time goes by, the problem begins to fester and get worse. Cutting your new paint job’s longevity down considerably.

Want the best paint job possible? Don’t put your entire focus on the paint. There’s just as much importance as to what’s under the paint as to the final color you choose. Work with a reputable painting contractor and your home will look great for a long time to come.

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Painting The Exterior Of Your Home … Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?

Want to know the fastest, easiest way to add value to your home? Change the look with a new coat of paint.

If itPainting The Exterior Of Your Home … Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?s been a while, your house may be fading or even looking like it belongs in a time gone by. Fresh new colors can bring it into today’s time, and make it the most impressive house on the block.

Once you decide to paint your house, your first choice will be to decide whether to do it yourself, or hire a professional painting company to do it for you. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

Do it yourselfers tend to forget one of the most important aspects of the paint job … the prep work. The first step in any quality exterior painting job is to start with a clean surface. That means powerwashing the area, scraping away old bits of paint, and making repairs to make sure the surface is as good as new. Powerwashing using an extreme water pressure to remove chalk, dust, debris and old paint chips, as well as killing and preventing mildew and mold. If you do decide to do it yourself, you can rent the machine, buy the proper chemicals for the job, and even rent ladders if needed. But don’t forget, it will add into your final cost, and you should plan to do it well before you start applying paint – it needs time to dry.

Once the surface is dry, you can begin preparing the work surface for the paint. All gaps in the wood and joints should be filled in with a high quality siliconized latex caulk. It comes in colors to match your paint, or you can use white if you play to apply two or more coats of paint to your home. Make sure the caulk is paintable.

From there, its time to go over every inch of the surface and make sure all loose paint has been removed and you are down to a clean wood source. You should then begin taping up windows, landscaping, exterior items that can’t be moved, such as decks and grills, and anything else that should remain paint-free during the process. Remember tarps can kill bushes, plants and landscaping. Work quickly and remove the tarps as you finish an area, especially if its extremely hot and you’re working in the sun.

Paint brush or spraying? As a do it yourselfer, the paint brush may seem like the best choice. Its cheaper after all. Professionals can go both ways. A sprayer can provide a perfect finish, which fills in all cracks and holes and provides a nice, even coat of paint. It will also speed up the painting process by as much as four times. A professional also is an expert when it comes to operating a sprayer – yes there is a knack to it. If you don’t know how to operate it correctly, you run the risk of overpainting everything around you, including the roof, decks and patios, the fence, the cars in your immediate location, and more. Yes, your neighbors might not be happy with you if they find paint all over – and it could be a costly mistake for repair purposes.

Do do you really save by doing it yourself? When comparing a few cans of paint from your local hardware store to the quote you receive from the professional, it may seem like a tremendous savings. But studies show the do it yourselfer actually underestimates costs by as much as 6 times the amount. Sure, the paint seems like a bargain. But then you’re back and forth to the store for more tape, more tarps, more paint brushes, a few rental items, and even more clean up items for the things that happen along the way.

Add in the countless hours you’ll spend on your “little” project, and the quoted price may seem like a bargain after all.

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