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Get Ready For Summer With A Garage Floor Epoxy

Want to know the one place in your home that has the toughest time during the winter months? Your garage. It deals with extreme cold as you open and close the garage doors throughout the day; water, ice and snow as you drag it in on your tires; and even chemicals and sand that lie eating away at your concrete after the snow melts.

As we get ready for summer, and will spend a lot of our time outside enjoying the weather, why not turn your garage into something more than a dingy, old storage place?Get Ready For Summer With A Garage Floor Epoxy

Today’s garages can be a whole lot more. And one of the easiest and most impressive places to start is from the ground up.

If your garage floor is stained with oil, grease, dirt and rust, you can easily give it new life with a paint made exclusively for garages: a garage floor epoxy. These paints are made exclusively for concrete floors and will provide adequate slip resistance for when the floor gets wet (guaranteed here in Colorado). They come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns.

Regardless of the product you choose, the results will be dependent on how well the product is laid. Like all painting projects, prep work is everything.

Floors need to be solid surface, free of cracks and chips, free of grease and grime. If you have cracks in the flooring, a concrete filler should be used to make it a smooth surface. Also make sure you use a floor cleaner, including a degreaser, to make the surface as clean as possible.

Most garage floor epoxy projects fail because the surface wasn’t prepared in the correct manner, or the surface temperature was too low to allow sufficient bonding. Temperature guidelines are in place for a reason; waiting the extra week or two will ensure a proper application and a longer life overall.

Also remember that the garage floor epoxy should have a chance to bond before use. The floor may be dry to the touch in a matter of hours, but its best if you give it a full day to cure before walking on it, and a full week before driving your car on it.

Give your garage a new look this summer; schedule your garage floor epoxy project today.

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Paint or Stain Your Deck: Which Is Right For You?

The deck of your home is undoubtedly a place where your family can relax and have fun. Age, weather, and usage can cause wear and tear that may result in warp, decay, or may even accumulate fungi that can be harmful to health.

Aside from aesthetic factors, wood needs to be coated with protecting layers to make it last and keep it from getting damaged. But which should you choose for your deck: paint or stain?Paint or Stain Your Deck: Which Is Right For You?

While both offer various levels of treatment and protection, there are also advantages and disadvantages for each:

Wood stain is rather translucent in form and does not mask certain characteristics of wood such as wood grains and patterns. It adds more character to the furniture or the wood surface.

Although easy to apply and can be done even by novice carpenters, wood stains need constant maintenance. It won’t take long before the wooden furniture or wooden surface requires another layer of application, which means that the furniture would need to be stripped, sanded, treated, and stained periodically.

One advantage of wood stain is that it allows wood to breathe and age naturally, adding more charm to the surface of your deck.

Painting your wooden deck may be a bit more complex, as it requires several layers of application, drying times, and various other materials like paint thinners and tints. An advantage of paint is that it has the ability to last for an average of three years resulting in less maintenance.

Since paint is also opaque in nature, it provides more protection from UV light and weathering. Color also adds a playful and whimsical effect to your deck as well.

Whether you decide to stain or paint your deck, it will provide protection from UV light that can cause wood to fade, expand, or bend.

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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Want to make a dramatic change in your kitchen without the dramatic price tag to go along with it? Why not transform your kitchen’s look by painting your kitchen cabinets.

One of the most expensive and time consuming tasks in a kitchen remodel is replacing the kitchen cabinets. But if your cabinets are in good shape, a high quality wood – just an old, out of date color – painting them may be the perfect opportunity to give your kitchen a fresh new look.Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

While it might seem to be a simple DIY project, there is a key point to keep in mind. Most cabinets have a lot of intricate detail; woodwork that can be hard to finish and have it look professional too. Kitchen cabinets are covered in a glossy product designed to be wipeable, scrubable, and take the daily use you give it. That high glossy look is what prevents paint from sticking to it. Which means if you don’t use the proper prep work and the proper paint, your look will be anything but professional.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, where do you begin?

Take a door or drawer to your local paint supplier; he or she can help you find the right paint for your surface.

Remove all hardware and hinges. Thoroughly clean surfaces before starting. Kitchen cabinets can have stuck on grease, oil, wax and grime. Paint is a very forgiving material, but it won’t adhere to a dirty, greasy surface.

You should also sand the surfaces to be open to paint. If there are any dents or marks, now is the time to fill them in with a good wood filler first.

Then prime the surfaces with a good primer designed to block the stain and adhere to paint. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of paint, depending on the paint and the color you’ve chosen. Always remember to allow each process to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Have a system in place for each drawer, door and hardware. While you may think it will go back easily, nothing is more frustrating than having hardware that simply won’t match up.

While painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a quick, easy job, nothing says “DIY” more than an incomplete or unprofessional job. Your kitchen is the one area that is always on display when guests arrive.

Make sure you have the time to devote to the job, and the patience to see it through. If you feel unsure, look into hiring a professional painter instead. They can save you time and money in the long run, and give you a high quality look and feel every time.

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Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

What’s the most common cause of peeling paint on the exterior of your home? You guessed it, its water.

Water vapor accumulates beneath the paint and/or primer. It begins to separate the coating from the surface, which eventually leads to cracking paint. The more it cracks, the more water seeps in, which causes bigger cracks. And soon you’ll start to notice peeling paint coming off your home in chunks, telling you something isn’t right.Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

When a house is painted here in Colorado, it undergoes a variety of weather changes, all throughout the year. It can be cool and damp in the morning, hot and dry in the afternoon. It can be subjected to sprinkler systems or the afternoon rain shower. Summer turns to winter and your home must deal with freezing weather, snow buildup, even ice in nooks and cracks.

If a house is painted without the proper priming and prep work, problems can start literally at the time of painting. A great painter knows that prep work is the most important part of the painting process. A top quality caulk applied skillfully will prevent water from seeping in for many years to come. If a problem is noticeable at the time of painting, a thorough clean up and prepping needs to be performed before paint is applied.

Special attention should also be placed on the most vulnerable areas of a home. The undersides of a roof’s overhang, or soffits, are vulnerable to leaks from flashing and gutters. The fascia boards, or trim boards mounted on exposed rafter ends, also are a weak point. Make sure they are properly installed and properly protected before paint is applied.

While water is one of the biggest reasons for peeling paint, it isn’t the only one.

Many homes are made to have the “Colorado” look and feel. Meaning they were built with a natural wood, stained to reflect a mountain home. Some types of woods – cedar for instance – is extremely porous and is likely to crack if painted. Staining is the only approach to this type of wood to fully protect it from the elements.

Its also important to know what type of paint you are using. Interior paint isn’t meant for cold conditions. If you use it on the outside, cracking may be the least of your troubles as we hit our subzero temperatures in the winter months. Also, mixing oil based paint with latex paints are a recipe for disaster. Oil based paints must be treated with a primer before latex paints are applied over it. Oil paint is more rigid than latex paints. Latex will actually stretch during normal weather conditions, and because of how oil based paints adhere to the wood, the two will fight each other, causing cracks in the surface.

Whatever the cause, the moment you notice peeling paint, its time to get it fixed and have a fresh coat of exterior paint applied in its place. Give us a call today for a quote.

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What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

“I once lived in an apartment where the tenant before me went crazy with wall color. All down the hall, in the bedroom and living area I could see remnants of red paint. There were red patches down by the base boards, around the trim, and even a little left over color around the wall plates.

It was an apartment; I lived with it.What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

But now that I’m in my own home, I realize how tacky that truly looked. The previous owner also liked color – color I’m not fond of. But I’m scared to paint it. What if I have those same remnants like in my apartment? I want my home to be beautiful.”

Oh, the wonders of paint.

When you go from white to white, every time you paint, even a little drip here or a missed spot there really won’t show very much. But forget to cover a spot of red when you’re changing back to white, and it might as well have a spotlight on it. Everyone that enters your home will see it. Or at least you’ll think they do.

When you’re ready to go from a bright or dark color that penetrates your walls back to a subtle color like white, it takes a little more work that one coat of paint.

Clean walls and painting tools – Before you start painting your walls, clean them first with a mild dish detergent to remove accumulated dirt, grease or grime. Also make sure your painting materials are clean with no trace of the red you painted the walls with in the first place. Its happened many times before; you assume the paint brush or roller cover is clean, you dip it into the white paint, and it goes onto the walls in a sickly color pink.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

Primer – If you listen to the marketing for paints that you can buy at the big box stores, one of their biggest benefits is that the primer is included – only one coat necessary. That’s fine when you’re painting white over white. But when you’re making severe changes – white to red, or red back to white, a little more work is needed. That’s where a primer comes into play. A primer covers the existing paint and gives it a clean coating for the new paint about to be applied.

Paint – Yes, paint matters. If you use a low quality paint, it will provide poor results when hiding the bright or dark color beneath it. What’s worse is it sometimes takes a day or two to show. If you’re in a rush – painting before you move out of an apartment, lets say – your landlord may be upset by the red and white walls left behind.

Drying time – This is one of the most important parts of the job. Its easy to want to rush through and get everything cleaned up and back to normal. If you don’t allow each coat – primer too – to dry completely, it may contribute to poor color and color showing through in certain areas on your walls. Temperature, humidity, type of paint – all matters in drying time. When in doubt, give it extra time.

Want an easier way for guaranteed results? Hire a professional painter instead. Your walls will be the perfect shade of color – whatever you choose – with results you can be proud of every time.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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