If your house was built prior to 1978, chances are it has lead paint on it. A lab test can be done if you want to make sure.
It is very beneficial to both you, the customer and us, the company if you are able to get the colors as soon as possible. It is pertinent that the colors have been chosen by the time the first crew arrives on the job site. We are more than happy to help answer any questions about the color schemes as well as anything about the products being used.
Of course! Our estimates are completely free, no-obligation and we can typically write up a quote right there on the spot.
Cost depends on what the scope of work is, what the conditions are, what the desired color scheme is and how much materials will be needed. The best way to understand cost is to schedule a free quote where we get a complete understanding of what your goals are and what will be required to complete the project.
Large pieces of furniture are moved to the middle of the room – where possible – and protected with new drop cloths or plastic.
As each job varies in size, number of colors, and condition of the house, it is hard to give an exact time frame. We promise to do the best and most efficient work possible depending upon the situation. There are always variables that can change the timing of a job such as weather or other events out of our control.
Yes. Although we have always taken extreme caution to protect your home or property and its valuables from damage, you can rest assured that in the unfortunate event of an accident, you will be protected
This used to be a big question. Good quality water-based or latex paint is the way to go to for residential painting. However, in a very few instances, it may be better to use an oil or alkyd-based paint. Here a list of the strengths and weaknesses of latex paint from the Paint Quality Institute:
Quality interior latex paints provide better long-term flexibility, and resistance to cracking and chipping. Latex paints emit fewer odors, clean up with water and are not flammable. Latex paint takes a shorter amount of time to dry than oil paint.
- Low odor
- Faster dry time
- Water clean-up
- Long-term flexibility
- Not combustible
- Relatively little amount of time paint can be brushed before it begins to set up.
The problem here is moisture. Usually, only the top and ends of the boards used on a deck are painted. This leaves the sides and bottom uncoated and able to absorb moisture from rain, sprinklers, hoses, and the soil under the deck. The moisture, drawn to the surface by the heat of the sun, destroys the adhesive bond between the wood and the paint, causing it to blister and peel. The best way to prevent peeling is to have all boards of the deck given a complete coating before the deck is built. Install the deck completely finished. Touch up the visible portion of the deck after it is completely installed. The best way to keep a new deck from peeling is to apply a deck sealer/toner or semi-transparent stain. Often these finishes must be reapplied yearly
Latex paints contain chemicals called plasticizers that assist in proper film formation and keep the coating flexible. Many vinyl and plastic weather-stripping materials also contain plasticizers to make them flexible. When the two surfaces come in contact with each other, they have a tendency to stick to each other. This condition, known as blocking, generally occurs during the early curing time of the coating, but it can continue for some time. Blocking can also occur on, interior doors, cabinets, double-hung windows and garage doors. The easiest way to prevent blocking is to use a non-blocking acrylic paint
Spraying and “brush & roll” are both acceptable ways to apply paint as long as the paint is put on at the proper spread rate (sq. ft./gallon). Spraying will provide a smoother appearance but is difficult to touch up. Brushing and rolling paint doesn’t give as smooth an appearance as spraying, but is easier to touch up. Some people say that sprayed paint will not adhere as well as brushed & rolled paint but, if the surface is totally clean, both methods will adhere properly. Peeling problems can arise when sprayed paint is applied to a partially cleaned or dirty wall or surface. Depending on the surface to be painted and the condition and location it is in, a quality paint applicator will decide whether a spray or brush & rolled application technique is the best choice for the project.
High moisture rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms wear better with enamel paints. Once completely cured, (30 days) enamels are more moisture and humidity resistant, dirt resistant, washable, and scrubbable than flat paints.
The success of any paint job depends on a properly prepared surface. Some surfaces require priming others don’t. Since items being painted vary in porosity, gloss level and texture, priming can help provide an even and uniform surface for finish coats of paint.
The answer is no. It is not recommend to use an interior-labeled paint on exterior surfaces. Interior paints are designed specifically for use on interior surfaces. Interior paints don’t have the flexibility, strength or UV protective elements to stand up to exterior conditions. If you use interior paint on your exterior, expect it to fail, get moldy, or peel quickly.
Do not use exterior paints for interior painting. Exterior paints have flex and other chemical qualities that make them suitable for exterior use only. Exterior paints are engineered to flex with heat and cooling of temperature changes. They don’t get to do this on interiors and will crack and peel prematurely.
Use interior paints on interiors and use exterior paints for exteriors. There is a good reason why paints are labeled for interior or exterior use.
We generally work M-F, 8-4:30 We can do work at other hours if needed, but these are our standard working hours.
On interiors, after you have removed your delicate items, all areas or remaining items, will be covered with clean drop cloths or plastic sheeting. On exteriors, shrubs and surrounding areas will be protected so that no evidence of paint splatter or paint peelings remains
Sheen refers to the light reflectivity of the painted or varnished surface. There are varying degrees of sheen, from no sheen to high gloss. Though some paint manufacturers may refer to their paint sheens by different names, generally, from lowest to highest, paint sheens correspond to these reflective degrees:
- Flat finish
- Eggshell finish
- Satin finish
- Semi gloss finish
- High gloss finish
There are procedures set by Lead Paint Ordinance on how any work involving lead paint is to be done. These procedures are worked into our approach to the painting work and our painters are trained on all the necessary steps to take. We start with having a containment barrier to ensure that the paint chips do not go where they’re not suppose to, that being onto your or your neighbor’s property, or the inside of your home.
We clean up daily and bag the paint chips for proper disposal.
For more information on lead paint call 1-800-424-LEAD
Please let our office know about it or feel free to contact your estimator directly. Most of the time it is more cost-effective for us to make a change or do additional during the course of the project than to have us come back after the project is complete
A payment schedule is outlined in our contact. We will invoice you accordingly and will expect to be paid at that time.
Generally an exterior painting job will need to be redone every 5-10 years. Stucco tends to last longer, wood on the other hand expands and contracts more with changing temperatures which loosens the paint sooner.
It is best not to put off your exterior painting until the house is badly peeling. When it gets to that condition, it will end up costing you more in preparation time and possibly dry rot repair work.
If however the property is in a bad condition when you get to it, do yourself a favor – go the extra length and ensure that thorough surface preparation is done. The idea is to create a sound surface for the new coats to adhere to. This requires more time but is necessary for the paint job to last.
All painting contractors are definitely NOT created the equal. There are many factors that should be considered when choosing who is going to work on your home or business. You can save yourself a good amount of aggravation if you choose the a good one
On a regular basis you should walk around the exterior of your home looking for dryrot, water penetration, cracks, and chalking. About once a year it is a good idea to pressure wash your home to remove the accumulation of surface dirt.
Interior paint typically gets dirty in many situations: hand prints around switches and knobs; splashes in kitchens and bathrooms; marks on hallways and corridors; “soot” accumulating above electric lamps and other heat sources. Removing dirt before it accumulates not only improves appearance, it reduces chances of it getting permanently embedded in the paint film.
Check for dirt periodically and assume it will be present in and near cooking areas (airborne cooking oil) and at all places at hand height. Always initially clean the surface with a mild detergent using a sponge or a soft cloth. Resort to harsher cleaners only when necessary, recognizing that alkaline cleaners can dull the sheen or gloss of oil based paint. Abrasive cleaner will burnish nearly any paint and will dull the gloss of satin, semigloss and gloss products. Washed surfaces should be rinsed thoroughly because residual cleaner can interfere with adhesion of paint applied later.