Adding Interest with an Accent Wall

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Creating an accent wall is a great way to revive your décor and add interest to your space. Also called feature walls, accent walls delightfully interrupt the color, texture, or pattern of the other walls in a room. Most accent walls use a deep or contrasting color to grab attention, add pop, or emphasize a feature in the home, such as a fireplace or piece of art.

For extra drama, a faux finishing technique can be used to beautifully mimic texture and dimension with paint. It’s used a lot in residential as well as commercial interiors, such as restaurants and senior living facilities. The most popular faux finishes look like natural materials, such as marble, fabric, stone, cork, grass, wood planks, or even feathers. Other techniques simply blend colors in a mottled pattern for a soft effect, or add deeper areas of the same color to bring about a soft look. Although some do-it-yourselfers get good results trying their hand at faux, the more complex techniques are better left to the pros.

An easy way to create a striking accent wall is by simply covering it in wallpaper. Imagine three walls in a room painted light green, with the fourth wall papered in a floral pattern where that same shade of green appears in some of the foliage. In general, you’ll get the best results by repeating a color from the wallpaper in the paint on the surrounding walls. With the endless choices of wallpaper, you can go with something really fun, busy, or unconventional on an accent wall that you wouldn’t dare put in the whole room. The subtle approach is also effective: try using textured wallpaper in the same color as the adjacent walls for a difference in feel but not hue.

If you’d like some advice on your accent wall, let Arch help. Remember: we’re color experts, and we can guide you toward the best choices based on existing tones, furniture, fixtures, and other elements that you won’t be changing in the space. Get in touch with us at 844-272-4724 today!

Paint Shield® Antimicrobial Paint by Sherwin-Williams

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Patented Interior Paint Formula Kills Microbes that Cause Infection

 

Now, more than ever, we all need to be concerned about cleanliness – especially when it comes to what we can’t see. Invisible pathogens – bacteria and viruses – can make us seriously ill, especially anyone whose immune system is compromised. Sherwin-Williams makes it easier to limit germs in your home with a wonderful product line called Paint Shield®.
Paint Shield is a patented latex eggshell-finish paint for interior use that is formulated with effective and enduring microbicidal agents. These antibacterial/antiviral properties kill pathogens on the painted surface within two hours of contact and continue working for as long as four years. It’s an extra layer of protection that works silently, day and night, to give you more peace of mind.

Effectiveness Against Common Illnesses
Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Shield is the very first antimicrobial paint to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Initially developed for use in hospitals, it passed rigorous third-party testing to prove its ability to kill common illness-causing bacteria when they come into contact with the painted surface. Paint Shield specifically eliminates 99.9% of E. coli (Escherichia coli), Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of contact.

Uses and Coverage
While Paint Shield is an obvious choice for bathrooms and kitchens, it makes great sense to use it in any room – on the walls, ceilings, doors, window framing, and trim. Its germ-killing properties stand up to years of normal conditions, including regular scrubbing, as long as the surface’s integrity is maintained. Like all Sherwin-Williams products, it provides smooth, durable coverage that maintains its beauty for years. The Paint Shield base can be tinted in your choice of 550 Sherwin-Williams interior latex colors. Application is the same as with any other interior latex paint: two coats on a clean, primed (or previously painted) surface.

 

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Is Vinyl Really Final? The Drawbacks to PVC Siding

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“Vinyl is final,” the saying goes. But is that a good thing – or a bad thing?

When fans of vinyl use this adage, they mean to say that polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in a home’s exterior calls for little to no maintenance. The truth is it’s not that simple. Whereas it doesn’t need to be painted, it does need to be cleaned – more frequently, actually, than you would be sanding and re-painting wood siding. This is just one factor to consider if you’re thinking of going with vinyl instead of painting your house.

Installation is crucial, too. If vinyl siding is installed poorly, or if it ends up cracking, moisture can collect under it (whereas wood can “breathe”) and rot the wood and framing behind it while you are oblivious to the hidden damage. Mold is also a very really danger here. And don’t think that house-wrap will help prevent moisture damage: this layer gets nailed through, inviting water in.

One thing that surely is final about vinyl siding is the color. You’d better like the hue you choose, because you’ll be looking at it for a long time, until the day comes that you have to tear it all off and start over again during a costly replacement project. With a painted wood-sided house, though, you can change your exterior house colors as you see fit, and the cost will be considerably less than tearing down and replacing vinyl siding. There are far more options for outside house paint colors than there are for vinyl siding colors – in fact, the choices with paint are limitless since custom colors can be mixed. This reminds us of another saying: If it’s not moving, you can paint it. For sure, some people do paint their vinyl siding, but the results never last long.

Let’s Talk About the Disadvantages of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is not just used for siding and exterior trim. It’s also become a very popular material choice for fences and accessories (planters, window boxes, posts, etc.). No matter how it’s used, exterior vinyl has quite a few disadvantages, including the following:

It fades. We’ve all seen a vinyl-sided house that’s long past its prime. While some vinyl siding can look vibrant when it’s new, years of strong sun beating on it can really take its toll, resulting in unsightly outer wall discoloration. The same goes for those vinyl fences that start out looking unnaturally bright but turn gray within a few years.

It gets brittle. Vinyl is more prone to expand and contract in extreme temperatures, and over time this leaves it brittle. New England painting professionals can tell you that wood with exterior paint, on the other hand, can last virtually forever in our climate if it gets simple regular maintenance.

It stains. Most vinyl will permanently stain from the build-up of dirt, mildew, or algae. Unlike paint, it is hard to get clean once this staining sets in. You can try pressure-washing it, but if there are cracks or other openings, such as ill-fitting seams, you’re just going to force water behind the siding and cause a whole lot of havoc.

It looks unnatural. Remember that unnaturally bright-white PVC fence? Well, there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood. Whether it’s painted a fresh, beautiful color or it’s stained or left to weather with the grain showing through, it provides warmth and appeal that no manmade product ever could.

There’s a wide range of quality. That applies to the material itself and the installation – and once it’s on your house, it’s too late. Whereas Azek is a name-brand, high-quality type of blown cellular PVC that is warranted and backed by a manufacturer with a sound reputation, common vinyl siding comes in a wide range of pricing – and, of course, quality.

It’s bad for the environment. Vinyl is made from petroleum, and its production creates greenhouse gases and carcinogenic by-products. Then, when the time comes to scrap it, it sits in landfills and doesn’t decompose (only about 1% of vinyl siding gets recycled); in fact, it’s very likely that it will be burned, sending toxic chemicals into the air. And, we don’t like to think about house fires, but if a sided building burns, the chemical vapors that are produced are noxious – or even deadly. Remember: vinyl siding started out as crude oil, and that stuff is quite combustible.

It could hurt your home’s resale value. Not everyone wants “low maintenance,” especially when there’s an aesthetic tradeoff. Quite frankly, vinyl looks cheap compared to real wood, and more home buyers than not will see that as a negative, especially in areas with historic or upscale homes. Imagine a lovely Victorian with its intricate gingerbread trim hidden under a plain sheath of white vinyl. It’s enough to make a historic home painter cry.

It’s inferior to wood as an insulator. The R-value of natural wood is higher than that of vinyl siding, meaning that it’ll do a better job helping you maintain your home’s interior temperature in both cold and hot weather.

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Pool Finishing & Resurfacing Service

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There comes a time in the life of a pool when it will need to be resurfaced. Since this requires draining the pool, the job is best done out of season (for outdoor pools), so that no swimming time is lost. For an indoor commercial pool that’s used year-round, there’s more flexibility in timing. But there will likely be busier times at any facility where pool use would be heavier, so a less-busy time would work better for putting the pool out of commission for the days it takes to drain, resurface, and refill it. A commercial painting service or industrial floor coating contractor experienced in pool resurfacing is the best choice for this critical project.

The materials used in pool resurfacing will depend on what the pool is made of, what its existing finish is, and the temperature range it’s exposed to (for outdoor pools). The floor coatings experts at Arch Painting will select and apply the appropriate products to ensure the longest life. They will also work with you to fully determine your needs and preferences – for example, the smoothness and color of the pool material, where there are options.

Epoxy paint is the most durable choice for concrete pools. You’ll get smoothness, durability, and brilliance with industrial epoxy floor coating on your pool’s shell. Arch Painting uses environmentally friendly solutions to minimize impact on nature. Call us today to discuss your pool resurfacing project with one of our specialists.

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Spring Has Sprung! It’s Time for Fresh, New Paint!

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Get your home or business exterior painted in April or May for the best results.

The days are long and the sun is strong: it’s finally spring in New England. We’re all enjoying warm weather, opening our windows, and feeling more energetic. Many of us are using that extra energy to get some spring cleaning and yardwork done, to beautify our surroundings after the not-so-pretty months of winter. And there’s no better way to refresh your home’s or business’s exterior than with a fresh coat of paint.

Those who know painting know that this is the best time of year for recoating exteriors, because the temperature is just right for proper drying. When the paint gets to dry and cure under these ideal conditions, the results will be optimal, giving your building many years of fantastic curb appeal. So, don’t miss out: schedule your project today to get the best results for your home or business exterior.

Our crews at Arch Painting are working hard this spring, and we’re ready to help you with all of your interior and exterior painting needs. We also pressure wash exterior walls and desks, and we apply stain as well. To get your free, no-obligation estimate, just call 1-844-ARCH-PAINTING (844-272-4724) or fill out a contact form today. We’d love to help you bring your vision to life!

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Who Should I Hire to Paint My House?

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Joe Giacalone, Founder & CEO of Arch Painting recently sat down with Nance from “The Don’t Do it Yourself Podcast”. In the podcast Nance and Joe discuss the history of his painting company, the services offered for both residential and commercial properties, as well as the processes provided by each professional project manager.

Podcast Summary:

  • The company has been in business for 22+ years
  • Arch Painting does both commercial and residential work
  • Arch painting has about 250 employees at the height of the season
  • Arch will send out a project manager to review the scope of the project
  • The project manager will be able to give an estimate at the time of the visit
  • Joe gives some detail about the commercial work they do
  • Why should I use Arch Painting instead of a smaller company?
  • Arch offers 0% financing for 12 months
  • What if I have lead paint to deal with? Joe explains.
  • Arch Painting can handle minor carpentry and has contractors they work with for larger issues
  • On residential work, Arch Painting does not collect any payment until the job is done

Contact Arch Painting today to receive your free estimate from one of our project managers in your area. We proudly serve all of New England;  Cape Cod, Boston, Rhode Island, Southern NH, Southern Maine, and Western MA.

Disclosure: The 10% discount for this podcast special lasts only until 12/31/2019. You must mention you heard about Arch Painting from the podcast to claim your 10% discount on residential projects only.

Back in Boston’s Dewey Square for a Fourth Time

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It’s that time of year again! There’s a new mural in Boston’s Dewey Square, and for the fourth time Arch Painting has prepped the wall in preparation for it. Unlike in years past, however, in 2019 we went one step past a simple prime and actually applied base colors off of which the artist could work.
 
This year features Dutch artist Stefan Thelen whose mural titled “Resonance” depicts a barn swallow crashing out of a bell jar.

A Different Kind of Client: Arch and a Veterinary School

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Nestled in central Massachusetts is one of the premier establishments for animal care in New England. The large animal facility alone boats 40,000 square feet that includes an intensive care unit, surgical suites, and diagnostic imaging equipment.

While it was about time for a refresh anyway, with accreditation coming up the school wanted to look its best. Known as efficient, reliable, and accommodating with an exemplary focus on customer satisfaction, Arch Painting was the clear choice for the job. Read More

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How to Match your Neutral Kitchen with the Perfect Kitchen Countertops

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Kitchens with neutral colored walls and cabinets are extremely popular, but can be deceptively difficult to compliment with countertops. Countertops such as those made from wood, marble, laminate, or metal can look out of place in neutral colored kitchens, or worse, can make them look washed out. However, there are countertop options that are subtle and versatile enough to be suitable for every neutral colored kitchen. Read More