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Why It’s Important to be a Certified Lead-Safe Firm

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Levels of lead in paint are a significant source of lead exposure for children at a global level. Despite the recorded and known dangers of lead, it is alarming to know that almost 60 countries still use and sell lead paints around the world. Thankfully, the United States is not part of this list anymore. According to a study by the IPEN-affiliated NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the International Pollutants Elimination Network), many of the harmful solvent-based painting materials analyzed contained extremely high levels of lead. Popular tourist destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, and Vietnam continue to use lead paints in residential and commercial painting projects. The bottom line: Your family could be exposed during a holiday. 

 

Does this mean that US homeowners and business owners are safe from lead exposure? Lead paint is not sold anymore in the U.S., and it’s been fully banned for use in residential properties in 1978 due to health concerns. But the good news stops here. While you can’t buy or use lead paint, it can still be present in your building. As a rule of thumb, houses built and decorated before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based painting materials. Unfortunately, the older a property is, the higher the likelihood of lead gets. Almost 9 out of 10 homes built before 1940 contain some traces of lead paint. In other words, lead-related risks remain a reality for homeowners and commercial owners in the U.S. This begs the question of how to manage painting and repair projects with respect to the safety of the workers and the inhabitants. Lead safety is our top priority at Arch Painting. Here is how we make a difference in the handling of lead environments. 

 

The true health consequences of lead poisoning

Lead is a toxic metal that has been part of building structures for a very long time. As effects of its toxicity began to surface, builders and engineers gradually retired lead-based materials. However, federal bans on the use of lead materials don’t eliminate previously completed applications. We can, unfortunately, say for sure that no level of lead exposure has been shown to be without harmful health consequences. So, while US lead paints may not contain as much lead material as toxic paints sold in other countries, it doesn’t make them safer. 

 

Cumulative lead exposure will cause lead poisoning, which occurs when lead enters the body. Young children are particularly affected as they are more vulnerable to toxic lead effects. Lead can affect multiple systems in the body, as it can be distributed via the bloodstream to the brain, kidney, and liver. Over time, lead gets stored inside the skeletal and dental tissues. Lead stored in the bones can be released into the blood, circulating through the body. Pregnant women can also affect the fetus through the bloodstream. 

 

High levels of exposure can lead to targeted attacks on the brain and central nervous systems, which can translate into a coma, convulsions, and even death. Lower levels can leave children with behavioral disorders, a reduced IQ, slow or interrupted development, and increased attention and socialization handicaps. Neurological and behavioral effects are considered to be irreversible. 

On a biological level, children and adults can also experience hypertension, immunotoxicity, anemia, renal impairment, and toxicity to the reproductive organs. 

 

What are the risks of lead exposure in the US?

Even though lead paint was banned in 1978, lead exposure remains an everyday risk for countless families. Researchers at the Public Health Institute’s California Environmental Health Tracking Program report that over 1.2 million children may have lead poisoning in the U.S. The figures compiled cases between 1999 and 2010. Over ten years later, we can assume that the number of lead poisoning cases has continued increasing. Unfortunately, 70% of children are not tested for lead poisoning and don’t receive treatment. 

 

Lead poisoning can have 3 different origins for children:

  • Passed through the blood by their mother during pregnancy
  • Through inhaled lead particles (often the case with old and cracking lead paint)
  • Through swallowing, which can occur with leaded water, lead pipes, or via touching lead paint

 

It is a known fact that the majority of lead poisoning cases in children are linked to lead paint in homes built before or at the start of 1978. Unfortunately, most children who have been affected do not look ill, so neither parents nor doctors suspect poisoning. Development and behavioral issues can take time to appear, at which point the damage is irremediable. 

 

It is worth noting that lead dust is invisible to the naked eye, making it hard for parents to preemptively protect their children in a suspected lead environment. 

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Safety regulations for handling lead

Homeowners and commercial owners are more likely to face lead issues when planning a repair or painting job. As a result, in an effort to enhance protection levels, contractors and specialist companies are required to be EPA lead certified. The Environmental Protection Agency has a training program dedicated to lead management in renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) projects. The lead-based paint RRP rules are specifically designed to provide contractors with the skills and knowledge to handle potentially leaded environments for the safety of both residents and workers. 

 

If you suspect you have lead paint, you will need to contact an EPA lead-safe company. At Arch Painting, our team is fully trained and licensed to provide renovation and painting work with respect to lead safety regulations. The EPA certification for RRP is valid for 5 years. Our contractors also renew their certifications regularly, learning the latest standard procedures and safety regulations. 

 

Beware that RRP projects and lead abatement (removal) are two different services. As part of the renovation, repair, and painting license, our contractors are qualified to handle design projects that might disturb potentially leaded paint. However, lead abatement projects are typically ordered by the local government as a response to an identified lead poisoning case. 

 

How do I know if my paint contains lead?

We appreciate that there is no easy way to know whether your home contains lead paint. Lead paint looks at first sight like any other type of paint. However, some factors can help you assess the safety risks. 

 

First of all, if your property was built before the lead paint ban in 1978, it might contain toxic materials. Homeowners and tenants often refer to the year of construction for guidance. 

  • 87% of properties built before 1940 have some lead paint, 
  • 69% of properties built between 1940 and 1960 are likely to contain lead paint, 
  • 24% of properties built between 1960 and 1978 used lead paint.

 

The CDC believes that approximately 24 million homes are likely to contain lead paint. 

 

If you suspect that your home might contain lead paint, you can use a DIY lead paint test kit to confirm your suspicions. Bear in mind that a DIY test is unlikely to provide the same level of accuracy as a professional test done by a certified lab. However, it can be enough to evaluate the situation or decide to have your home professionally tested. 

 

The only visible indicator of lead paint is the reptilian scales that appear when the paint starts to wrinkle and crack. You might hear it described as an alligatoring effect. Alternatively, paint that leaves a chalky residue when rubbed off tends to contain lead. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to spot lead paint if it is under other layers of paint. 

 

What can a certified lead-safe firm do for you?

An EPA lead-safe certified firm is your renovating and painting partner at home. You do not need to test your home for lead paint to hire an RRP licensed company. Yet, for every property built before 1978, an RRP contractor will consider your safety and protection while improving your home. We appreciate that even small amounts of lead dust can be harmful to your family, which is why our expert team relies on training and best practice techniques to minimize lead contamination risks. 

 

Remember: If you wish to remove lead paint, you will need to reach abatement specialists. Lead removal doesn’t include decoration or repair activities. On the other hand, our renovation, repair, and painting services help you design a beautiful home and keep your family safe. 

 

Your safety is our priority

With years of experience handling potentially leaded environments, we know how to approach renovation and painting projects in older properties. Our crew at Arch Painting is committed to delivering high-quality services that exceed your expectations and meet all the lead protection standards. We are passionate about safety at every step of the RRP project. You can rest assured that our team knows how to manage lead hazards without affecting the completion of the renovation, painting, or repair job.

With almost 25 years of experience, we are renowned for our attention to small details and our competitive results. We take great pride in honoring our commitments and cultivating long-term relationships with our clients. As such, you can rely on our team to deliver the professional service you need for your home or commercial decor with extreme care for your safety. We never compromise between painting quality and lead protection. 

 

Concerned about a painting project in an old property? Get in touch with our team for a lead-safe service. 

 

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Three Tips For Choosing An Exterior Paint Color

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Finding an exterior color for your home isn’t the easiest to do, well not in comparison to indoor painting. There are lots of factors to think about and reasons as to why you’d want to paint the exterior of your home in the first place.

In this article, we’ll be looking at how and why you’d want to paint outside your home, the benefits and three tips for choosing your exterior paint color. So with that being said, let’s dive in!
Why use exterior paint?
Exterior painting can often be mainly to give your home a more visually appealing look, especially when it comes to introducing your home to guests and for passersby to see. It’s also important that you enjoy the space you’re in, both inside and outside the home. There are lots of reasons for using exterior paint that go beyond aesthetics, as some can benefit the overall health of the exterior walls and features.

 

Three tips for choosing exterior paint

So what are the best tips when it comes to choosing exterior paint?

1. Consider your neighbors

As much as you might want a bright neon color to make your home stand out, that might not always go down well with the other homeowners in your neighborhood. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, then there’s nothing stopping you, going with a more outrageous and perhaps slightly out of the box color.

The difficulty when it comes to picking colors is that it needs to blend in or at least look somewhat similar to that of other properties. If not, then not only does it cause an eyesore to your neighbors but it might not benefit your property when it comes to selling it, particularly if there are nearby properties on the market too.

If you’re considering a paint job, then seek advice from your neighbors and be honest with what you would like to do when it comes to the exterior of your home. Ultimately, the color you paint your home is down to you and you alone. However, if you want to keep on good speaking terms with your neighbors, then it might be good to factor in their concerns or feedback regarding the paint.

Simply giving them the heads up can make a difference, even if you’re intending to go for a bold color. At least it won’t come completely out of the blue when they wake up one morning to see you with your paint brush and covering the property in pink paint.

 

2. Highlight or bring back it’s history

There are a lot of properties out there that have been around for decades, if not hundreds of years. These types of properties can end up losing their history and aspects of their original features. Exterior paint can be a good way to bring these features back and in some cases, highlight them further.

If you’ve got an older property that has a variety of aged features, then consider using exterior paint to solely focus on making these areas stand out. This will be more effective than simply painting the entire exterior itself. It’ll help highlight original window sills to plaques that were typical in their placement back in the 1800s.

It might not necessarily be to everyone’s tastes, but if you’re keen to bring back some of the history to your property, then exterior paint can help with that. A word of advice though is to be cautious about painting on areas that might not take well to the paint you’re using. Always try a small patch test before moving onto a bigger section or area.

If there are any reservations that you have when it comes to painting on old materials or features, then try to get in touch with the relevant organizations and individuals that might be able to help you paint successfully. You want to try and cause as minimal damage or mistakes as possible when it comes to your home. Colorsnap is a great company to use if you’re looking for the right paints and for any expert advice when painting your home.

 

3. Remember the inside of your home

When painting or decorating your home in general, chances are, you want everything to flow pretty seamlessly throughout each space. The themes may be slightly different but certain colors and designs are going to have a similar appearance. The same goes for the outside of your home. If your home interiors are all monochrome, then it might be a little disjointed to have an exterior paint that’s green or red.

Try to partner up the inside of your home to the exterior so that it matches the expectations of those when coming inside of the property. However, that’s not something you have to stick by and you could do something completely different on the outside if you really wanted to. However, it’s always good to have a bit of consistency in order to provide both value and satisfaction.

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The benefits of using exterior paint

Exterior paint certainly has many benefits and if you’ve been considering exterior paint for your own home, then perhaps you need a bit more convincing before taking the plunge and getting out the brush. Here are some benefits of using exterior paint on your home, now that you have a few tips for choosing the exterior paint color.

1. The value of your home increases
One of the biggest benefits and why many choose to paint the exterior is that it adds a bit of value to your home. It can end up being more aesthetically pleasing and unique, which is what some buyers will be after when it comes to selling your home.

Even if you have no intentions of selling your home yet, it’s always a good idea to focus on adding value and investing into your property’s worth.

2. Helps protect it from weather conditions
Weather conditions will always play a part when it comes to both the appearance and stability of your home. If your property doesn’t have a good structure, then chances are, it could end up being subjected to damage of some kind. With exterior paint, one of the benefits to painting your home is that it will help protect it from the elements.

Weather like rain, sleet and snow can all impact the quality of the brick work or whatever materials your home is made out of. This is due to moisture but also other minerals that can be found in the more harsh weather conditions.

By protecting it with paint, you’re avoiding the more costly structural work that will likely be needed after a while.

3. Corrects any damage
Damage is one of the main reasons why paint is used to tackle the exterior. There’s not always much you can do when it comes to damage that’s perhaps on the surface or only is minimal in it’s depth. Painting the exterior of your home might do well in covering it up and making it look like new.

It’s all dependent on the color you go for and how close you’ll need to get before the damage becomes obvious. There are some great exterior paint types out there though that are worth trying.

4. Gives your home an update
Sometimes a much-needed update is needed for some homes. Whilst other homes might be vintage in their appearance and beautiful to look at, some properties can age badly, particularly if the job of building the property wasn’t done as high standard as we see in today’s building trade for the most part.

Having a bit of an update is often needed and can really give your home a fresh face and appearance overall.

5. Makes your home stand out
Unless you’re wanting to make a bold statement and paint it a unique color, then that might be taking ‘stand out’ to a new level. However, any paint job on the outside of your home, whatever the color, is likely going to be a great addition to your home’s appearance and more importantly, it’s going to stand out. Colorsnap has a great variety of paints that are all worthy of helping a property stand out from the rest of the properties on the street.

Why not be the best looking property in your area? It’s not only good for your home’s value but it will likely make you feel good too!

6. Improves air quality indoors
With exterior paint, it can help to provide a lot more in the way of sealant for the home and that way, you can benefit from a better indoor air quality. This is important, especially with older buildings that might not be so healthy.

When choosing exterior paint colors, think about what you want and what will suit best for your property in particular. Everyone’s choice will be different and regardless of what your neighbors think, it’s you who owns the property and therefore, you should do what makes you happy. It’s only paint at the end of the day and it can always be changed.

Painting Tommy’s Place in Falmouth

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Arch Painting is always happy to help the community so when Tim O’Connell called for help with Tommy’s Place in Falmouth, we sent the crew right over. Tommy’s Place is a vacation home for kids fighting cancer located in Falmouth, MA.

For more information and ways to help support Tommy’s Place, please visit their website and help this wonderful cause: https://tommysplace.org/

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Exterior Painting and the Health of Your Home

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When it comes to improving the look of your house, you will undoubtedly spend much of your time working on the interior. For example, you might renovate each room and choose a decor or style that best meets your needs and tastes.

You may even spend some time improving the look of your backyard or front lawn. But have you thought much about painting your home’s exterior? It might have occurred to you that painting the outside of your house will raise its curb appeal.

 

The thing is, exterior painting offers a whole host of health benefits to your abode. Whether you paint your home’s exterior yourself or pay someone else to do it for you, here’s why it’s a good move other than for aesthetic reasons:

Protects Your House From the Weather

Arguably the most significant advantage of painting your home’s exterior is that you protect it from the elements. Rain, sunshine, wind, and snow can wreak havoc on a house’s exterior after a while, and you could end up paying hefty repair bills as a result.

If you want to make your house’s exterior more weather-proof, it makes sense to paint it. Exterior paints contain chemicals that, when dry, create a protective layer or coating against the weather. 

Exterior paints often last for several years, so you won’t need to add top-up coats each year.

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Blocks Mold From Forming Inside the House

Another reason you should put serious consideration into painting your home’s exterior is because you want to stop mold from forming inside of it. As you might know, mold can cause a whole host of health problems for people living in moldy homes.

The following statistics prove that painting your home’s exterior to keep your house healthy will also ensure good health for its inhabitants:

  • Mold causes 93% of people to suffer from chronic sinus infections;
  • 4.6 million cases of asthma are directly attributable to mold exposure in the home;
  • 40% of asthma attacks get caused by exposure to triggers such as mold;
  • Water damage from exposed exterior bricks or walls can accelerate mold growth.

Keeps Your Home’s Interior Cool

Another way to make the health of everyone living in your house a priority is by regulating the ambient temperature. Some homeowners opt for air conditioning systems, and they are good for interior climate control and filtering allergens in the air.

Unfortunately, running air conditioning systems can be expensive – especially during the summer months. One way to keep your home’s interior cool is by painting the exterior white or a similarly light color.

That’s because light colors like white reflect heat from the sun, helping to keep interior rooms cooler naturally (and cheaply).

Increases Siding Lifespan

Some houses have sidings affixed to the exterior walls. While it’s easy to assume that sidings are merely for decorative purposes, they also have a practical use. Sidings help protect the exterior walls from weathering.

Sidings can last for several decades, depending on the materials used. However, you still need to protect the sidings so they can efficiently protect the exterior of your home. Painting your sidings is, by far, the most effective way to achieve that goal.

Helps Prevent Wood From Rotting

If the exterior of your house partially or wholly contains wood, protecting that wood should be high on your list of maintenance priorities. There’s no denying that wood is a useful and durable building material and one used by builders for hundreds of years.

Yet, one major disadvantage of wood is that it can rot easily when exposed to the elements. Even if exterior wood gets treated before installation, the rotting process can still occur; it’ll just happen over a longer period.

Painting all exterior wood creates an instant protective layer on all exposed surfaces.

Helps Prevent Termite Damage

Lastly, if your house does have some exterior wood, rotting from the elements isn’t the only damage that it could have. Insects and bugs such as termites can inflict a lot of damage to exposed wood, irrespective of whether the wood is indoors or outdoors.

Naturally, the risk of damage to exterior wood from termites is significantly higher than wood inside your house. If you paint all exposed exterior wood with a protective coating, especially down to ground level, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of termite damage.

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3 Reasons The Spring is Perfect for Painting Your House

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Painting the home’s exterior is one of the most beneficial upgrades you could ever make. Whether you’re preparing to sell the property, wanting to become the envy of your neighbors, or hoping to boost your love of the home, Arch Painting’s team of dedicated experts can deliver stunning results. However, timing is everything, and Spring is the perfect moment to finally get around to completing this much-needed project.

 

Here are just three key reasons why now is the time to paint your property with help from a professional residential painting contractor.

 

#1. It Will Be Ready For The Summer

 

A newly painted house will enhance the appearance and atmosphere throughout the year. Nonetheless, the benefits are most noticeable in the Summer season when you will spend long afternoons on the deck or enjoying backyard BBQs. A professional exterior paint job completed in the Spring will ensure that the new color and fresh vibes can be enjoyed from the first day of Summer to the last.

 

After spending the colder months locked inside, you deserve to enjoy the warmer months in style. Consequently, then, you do not want to waste the first days of glorious sunshine waiting for the work to be completed. Similarly, the demand for professional house painters will skyrocket in the warmer months. As such, you may be forced to wait until the Fall, which means you won’t see the full benefits of a newly painted house until next year!

 

By calling a professional contractor ASAP, you can arrange for your house to be painted within the next few weeks. Frankly, there is no greater sight than having your pristine-looking home sparkle in the Summer sun. it will put you in a happier mood each time you return from a hard day at work while simultaneously bringing any other backyard upgrades, whether it’s a newly installed deck or blooming flowers, to life. 

 

Given that we now spend more time at home than ever before, it could be the key to a happy Summer.

 

#2. It’s Cheaper

 

A newly painted home exterior won’t only add value to your daily life. It will add value to the property too. When you seek the very best financial solution, however, it’s equally important to consider the costs involved. In truth, the contrasts are minimal when taking on a DIY job or inferior contractor. Conversely, a reliable painting professional with years of experience under their belt will save you money in Spring.

 

The paints and painting equipment will remain the same regardless of when your house gets painted. However, there are a number of variables that will bump up the price. Trees and plants have not yet bloomed, meaning greater accessibility to all parts of the property. Likewise, there are fewer challenges relating to leaves, low lighting, or temperature fluctuations. All of these factors can reduce delays to boost productivity.

 

Similarly, any preparations like replacing wood can be completed without a struggle. The pleasant and steady temperatures of Spring are ideal while still providing quick drying times for each coat of paint. Meanwhile, laborers don’t need to protect themselves from the beating sun as they would later in the year. Spring finds the sweet spot that promotes a quick turnaround, which ultimately translates to financial savings.

 

On a side note, quality painters like Arch Painting will be fully booked for the year by the time June arrives. So, if you want a professional job at a competitive price. You must act now.

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#3. You Are Guaranteed A Perfect Finish

When completing the home painting project, it is essential that you receive the very best results. Otherwise, an inferior finish will leave you needing to repeat the process again in just a few short months. Choosing a reputable professional to conduct the work will ensure that the right paints and equipment are used. Sadly, even the best workers will face problems when trying to complete the work in the colder months. Spring is perfect.

 

The home won’t be impacted by ice, leaves, or other adverse issues that can surface at different times of the year. Likewise, you won’t experience streaks or faded coats when completing the new paint works. The Spring project will leave you with a pristine finish, potentially with a coat fewer. Thanks to the increased access to all parts of the property, all brickwork and woodwork will be left looking beautiful.

 

Exposure to the elements is an issue that needs respecting, which is why now is the right time of the year for the work to be completed. Aside from the ease of completing the work itself, the walls will be protected from the marks that could be left by falling debris in the Fall. Similarly, there will be no expanding or contracting caused by extreme temperatures. So, the looks will be built to last.

 

A quality finish won’t just leave you smiling today. It will provide years of happiness. Quite frankly, that’s the least you deserve.

 

The Final Word

 

If your property could benefit from a new coat of paint, completing the work in Spring will deliver the best results for your home and bank balance. To learn more about the benefits or arrange a free quote, get in touch with Arch Painting today!

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Paint Brands – Are The Big Names Worth It?

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You’ve probably found yourself asking if big names were a “big deal” in many areas of life. Whether it’s buying a brand name cereal over the store version, a “knockoff” electronic, or something else, people are always comparing big names to lesser-known ones. 

That’s true when it comes to paint brands, too. 

Typically, lesser-known brands cost quite a bit less than their big name counterparts. But are the big names actually worth it? Are you getting what you pay for when you choose a big brand, or do the “little guys” actually hold up just as well? 

What Makes Big Names Better?

When you compare a big name paint brand to something that isn’t as widely-known, you’ll undoubtedly notice a price difference. But, what does that difference actually mean? 

In order to find out if the higher price is worth it, you have to look at the paint solids. Typically, higher-end brands will release paint with a higher solids content. For you, that means when the solvent of the paint dissipates after applying it, you’re left with higher amounts of pigment and binder. 

As a result, your paint will look more vibrant on the walls, and the color will look as it was intended. The binder will also help it to adhere to the walls much better, so it will last longer. 

Lower-end paints have fewer solids. As a result, they contain more solvent, and when that dissipates, you won’t have as much pigment or binder. So, the paint may not look as good and it may not last as long. 

If that is the case, you’ll find that you might need to apply another coat, or that it won’t last as long as a paint with a higher solids content. In the end, you could be spending the same amount (if not more) for a “cheaper” paint because you need to use more of it or replace it. 

Simply put, bargain paint brands are typically diluted. They cost less to make, and those savings are passed on to you. But, they won’t give you the look and quality you might be expecting. 

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Another common practice that lesser-known brands tend to do is offer paint and primer in one. 

You might think you’re saving money this way, but you’re not. Primer is specifically designed to be used before painting a surface. It prepares that surface for the paint and can increase the pigmentation of the paint, as well as how strongly it adheres. 

There is really no such thing as paint and primer “in one”, because they are two very different things. Cheaper paint brands advertise this because they put additives in their paint that can make it easier to use just one coat, instead of having to go back and do it over. But, don’t be fooled – that doesn’t mean there is primer in the paint itself. So, again, while you might think you’re saving money by combining two important aspects of painting, it likely won’t last as long as a name brand. 

The Case for Big Names

Big names aren’t always worth it in other areas of life. After all, maybe the store brand cereal is just as good as the name brand option. 

But, when it comes to paint, most big names have risen to the top not because of their price tags, but because of their quality. Think about some of the most popular paint brands. The first ones that come to mind might be Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, or Behr. But, when you see those brands on the shelves, you might avoid them because of the cost. 

Those brands didn’t become household names because they are expensive. In fact, their businesses wouldn’t have been able to last this long if people realized they were low quality. No one would want to spend that kind of money for a paint that didn’t deliver. 

So, if the price has deterred you from choosing big name paints, you might want to give them a second thought. Don’t be afraid to do your research on what different paint brands actually use to create their products. You might be surprised to see that in the case of most paints, you do get what you pay for. 

Making an investment in name brands can actually end up saving you money, in the long run. Plus, the paint itself often looks better and more vibrant, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

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Paint On a Vinyl House? The Dos and Don’ts

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Vinyl siding is an incredibly popular option for home exteriors. There’s no real question why. It tends to retain color for long periods of time, it’s durable and can withstand a variety of conditions, and it’s low maintenance. 

But, that doesn’t mean you want to keep the same color of your siding forever. 

Maybe you just moved into a home and you love the siding but not the color. Or, maybe you’ve been living somewhere for years and know it’s time for a change. 

Whatever the case, you might be asking yourself if it’s okay to paint on a vinyl house? What should you expect? 

The simple answer is yes, you can paint on a vinyl house. But, there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you get started. Taking care to do the right things and avoid the wrong ones will make for a much easier project and better end result. 

Do: Choose the Right Weather

No one wants to paint when it’s raining or extremely cold. But, it’s a good idea to check the forecast beyond those extremes when you’re considering painting. 

Even days when it’s hot, humid, or windy should be avoided when it comes to painting vinyl. Not only will it be miserable for you, but it will make it harder for the paint to adequately adhere to the surface. 

It’s also smart to check the forecast a few days before you plan to paint as heavy rain on paint that has not fully cured (dried) can impact the finished appearance.

Commercial Painter | Residential Painter - Arch PaintingDon’t: Use Harsh Chemicals or Abrasive Tools

It’s important to make sure your siding is clean before you start painting. The last thing you want is to paint over layers of dirt and dust. 

But, using tools that are designed to “scrape” away paint will damage your siding. Cleaning products that use harsh chemicals can also damage the texture, which may cause the paint to have a negative reaction, or not adhere to the siding properly. That can impact your final result. 

Soap and water and a little elbow grease are the best ways to clean vinyl siding. If there is a lot of dirt built up, you may consider a pressure washer. 

Do: Choose the Right Paint

It’s incredibly important to pick out the right paint (and be picky about it!) when you’re painting vinyl siding. Remember, vinyl is a different material from wood or drywall. You shouldn’t be using the same paint you used to redo your bedroom on your home’s exterior. 

Instead, you should be looking for paint that is specifically meant for exteriors & vinyl. Look for options that advertise vinyl, and long-lasting color. In fact, you should inform the paint store that you are painting vinyl and you require a vinyl safe formula.

If you don’t choose the right paint, the end results could be patchy and you might have areas that don’t dry properly. 

The color itself is also important. Try to avoid extremely dark colors as they can absorb more heat from the sun, which could damage the vinyl underneath. 

Don’t: Use the Wrong Tools

Painting the vinyl exterior of your home is going to require more than a standard roller and paint brush. In fact, these traditional tools might not get into all the grooves and gaps in the siding. One option is to use a paint sprayer to ensure an even application everywhere. 

Do: Take Good Care of Your Siding

Some people might tell you to avoid painting on your vinyl siding. But, if you do it the right way, there is no reason it can’t look great and last a long time. With proper care, a vinyl siding paint job can last up to ten years. Keep it as clean as possible, and maintain certain areas as necessary. 

So, should you paint your vinyl house? If you keep these tips in mind and avoid making careless mistakes, painting on vinyl can look great, and depending on the color you choose you might even be able to convince people you got completely new siding. 

But, painting on a vinyl house can be tricky. If you want to change the look of your home but you’re worried you won’t be able to get the job done by yourself, it’s always best to contact a professional. When you do, you’ll know everything from the right tools to the right types of paint are being used, and you can have peace of mind in knowing your house will look new in no time. 

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Choosing the Right Paint Sheen

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You’re standing in your local hardware store or paint shop. You’re looking at row after row of paint options for your home. Even if you’ve already decided on the perfect color, you’re faced with another decision to make: Which sheen is the right one for your project? 

Of course, you can always ask the person working at the store. But, even they might have limited knowledge about which sheen would look best or what each one is made for. 

The best thing you can do is to inform yourself about the different sheens for painting projects. So, whether you’re hiring a professional or tackling a paint job yourself, you’ll know you’ve chosen the right sheen to fit your needs. 

With that in mind, let’s look at a few common finishes and which one(s) you should be going after. 

What Are the Types of Sheens?

Before you know which sheen will work best for you, it’s important to know the different kinds and where they tend to work. The most common are: 

  • Flat: A flat base has almost no sheen to it at all. It won’t leave a reflective finish, and tends to be better for covering up existing imperfections. 
  • Matte: Matte has a subtle sheen, but it is low-luster and easy to clean. Because of that, it’s great for places like bedrooms or hallways. If you’re just looking for a bit of reflection in your walls, matte is the way to go. 
  • Eggshell: Eggshell, also referred to as eggshell enamel, works great in common areas like living rooms. It has a soft look and feel to it and can be incredibly comforting. 
  • Satin: Satin sheens are best used in areas that tend to receive a lot of moisture, like the kitchen or bath. While it isn’t super shiny, it gives off a sort of “pearl” like quality that can be comfortable and elegant all at once. 
  • Semi-gloss: Most people have at least heard of semi-gloss enamel, but you may not know what it really is. Semi-gloss looks sleek and sharp, especially when you’re able to apply multiple thin coats. As the name suggests, it is a bit glossy and reflective. Typically, a semi-gloss is applied to woodwork. 
  • Hi-Gloss: If shiny and reflective is what you’re looking for, a hi-gloss base is absolutely for you. Hi-gloss can make almost any surface look just like glass, and it is often used in areas that see a lot of use. 

Many times, the sheen you choose will be a matter of preference. But, knowing where each one “belongs” and what you can expect from them can make it easier to feel confident in your decision. 

How to Know the Right Paint for Your Project

So, now that you know a bit more about the different types of sheens, which one best fits your needs? It depends on which room in the house you’re thinking of painting, and how that room is going to be used. 

For example, if you have texture problems on the walls or ceilings that you want to hide, a matte or flat sheen might work better. If you have kids or rooms in your home that get a lot of traffic, a semi-gloss or hi-gloss might be better, as they are much easier to clean up. Unfortunately, hi-gloss paints also show cracks and imperfections in the walls and ceiling more clearly, too. 

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There is no clear “winner” when it comes to choosing a paint sheen. Again, it depends on where you’re painting. Eggshell and satin tend to be the two most popular bases for home interiors. If you’re painting your home’s exterior, you might want to consider things like weather, the material of your home, and how certain types will handle wear and tear. For example, shinier sheens are easier to clean but can show any damage your house might have. 

Keep this knowledge about different sheens in your arsenal the next time you’re considering a painting project. Different sheens will work best for different rooms and purposes. When you know exactly which room(s) you’re painting, you can choose your sheen based on that. Having knowledge when you’re buying paint is extremely important for a successful project!

If you’re still not sure about which paint sheen to get, or you’re confused by the differences, feel free to contact us for more information, and consider hiring a professional for your paint job to make sure it looks fantastic when all is said and done. Download our free app now to receive a quote within two days!

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Painting Your Home – Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional

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Home design trends are constantly changing. In fact, nowadays they seem to change faster than ever thanks to the influence of home television shows, websites like Pinterest, and influencers on social media showing off their own home interiors and exteriors. 

One of the best ways to change the overall look of your living space is to pain. Whether you only want to paint one room in your house or you want to change the color of the entire exterior, painting can make any home look completely different with just a few coats!

We certainly live in a DIY culture, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. There are many projects throughout your home that you can absolutely tackle on your own. 

But, when it comes to painting, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Even if you’re only focusing on one room, the benefits of hiring a professional painter will always outweigh the “pros” of doing it yourself. 

Still not convinced?
Let’s look at why you should always hire a pro when it comes to painting your home. 

The Quality is Guaranteed

Most people choose to paint their own homes because they think it’s easy. Most of the time, it only seems easy because it’s being done incorrectly. 

If you don’t have painting experience, you could be left with patchy spots, drips down the walls, or paint ‘bleeding’ onto areas it shouldn’t. 

When you hire a professional, you can expect top-quality results. You undoubtedly have an idea in your head of how you want your home to look after it’s painted. A professional will give you those results without you having to stress about doing it yourself. 

You’ll Save Time

Speaking of stressing over painting, you’ll save hours (or even days) of your time by hiring a pro. If you only want one or two rooms painted, a professional will likely be able to get it done in a day. If you want your entire home exterior painted, they will get the job done much faster than you would be able to, including the prep work and cleanup. 

Many people think that they’re saving money by doing paint jobs on their own. But, it’s important to ask yourself what your time is worth. If you spend hours painting a room, think about the things you could have been doing – even working to make more money! 

They Have the Right Equipment

In order to paint your house, it takes more than just a paintbrush and a roller. One of the reasons why DIY paint jobs tend to sometimes look sloppy is because homeowners aren’t using the right tools for the job. 

Professional painters have all of the right equipment to make any paint job look flawless. They know that certain brushes and rollers look best with specific paints. They know the right tapes to use to avoid bleeding. They even know how to properly day drop cloths to keep your home clean. If you’re tackling a big painting project, like painting your home’s exterior, professionals will also have the equipment needed to safely reach every area of your home. If you tried to do it yourself, it could be dangerous. 

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Guaranteed Efficiency

In addition to taking less time to paint, professionals are efficient. They dedicate their entire day to whatever project they are working on, so they will get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible. You won’t find a professional painter that starts a room on Monday and doesn’t come back to finish it until Friday. So, if you want a project done right away, hiring a professional is always the way to go. 

Should You Ever Paint On Your Own?

There are no hard and fast rules against doing a paint job in your own home. You can always tackle a small room and see how you like the experience or the final result. But, you can be sure that when using a professional, instead, it will take less time and look great without you having to worry over it. 

Does using a professional painter cost more money? Yes, you’ll be spending a bit more than you would if you painted yourself. But, it might not cost as much as you think. Plus, again, think about what your time and stress levels are worth! When you can count on a job being done quickly and being done the right way, that ends up being worth a lot more than sticking to a strict budget. 

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What Interior Painting Can Do For You

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Your home is a significant investment, and where you spend a lot of your time with your family or entertaining guests. Therefore, you want to keep it looking nice and attractive. You may not have a lot of time or money to invest in a complete renovation or remodel job.

Instead, one way to enhance the beauty and appeal of your home is to paint the interior. The following benefits of interior painting will help you to see that tackling this project is certainly worth your time and money. As the holidays and winter approach, learn more about ways a fresh paint job can boost morale and keep your home happy and healthy.

It’s Aesthetically Pleasing

One benefit of interior painting and what it can do for you is that it’s aesthetically pleasing. Paint has the power to alter your mood and make you feel happier. You may come home after a long day of work and see how beautiful your new paint job is and it’ll put you at ease immediately. Light paint colors can create space, while dark colors make rooms feel cozier and smaller. Some paint colors, such as blue, even help boost productivity, such as in a home office. A color change can alter the entire mood and ambiance of a room. Be mindful of the colors you choose to use on your walls.

Can Update & Modernize Your Space

Interior painting can also quickly update and modernize your space. Old and mismatched walls and rooms date your home and will make it look older than it truly is. Giving your home a fresh new look will have you falling back in love with it almost immediately. Light gray is a popular neutral color that will ensure your home looks more contemporary. You can also choose to paint your wood trim white for a modern appearance. It’s especially important to update your home with fresh and neutral paint if you’re looking to put it on the market in the near future.

Personalize Your Home

When you purchase a home, someone else has chosen how it should look and what paint colors to use. Now that you’re the owner, you have control over your interior painting. It’s an excellent way to personalize your home and make it unique to you and your family. You can choose colors that better suit your style and mix well with your décor. You can choose to use neutral colors in your family room and entrance while you may want to go bold in your dining room or kitchen. The decision is yours.

Easy Home Makeover

Are you sick and tired of looking at old wallpaper or dingy paint colors? If so, then interior painting can help boost your morale by providing you with an easy home makeover solution. You may dream of renovating your home but don’t have the time, money, or patience to do so. It’s a relatively quick and cost-effective way to enhance the beauty of your home. Getting your home professionally painted inside is an easy and affordable way to completely transform your space and make it look new without having to actually endure the cost and difficulty of a full home renovation. It adds an extra layer of protection and is a wise idea if you live in an old home that hasn’t been painting in a while.

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Increases the Value of Your Home

Interior painting can also help you sell your home faster and recoup the costs of the project. A new and fresh interior paint job can increase the value of your home. You may be thinking about reselling it sometime soon. In this case, one of the best ways to improve the value of your home while saving money is to repaint your walls. It’ll be more attractive to potential buyers, and you can enjoy the benefits of it in the meantime. It’s an excellent way to get a big return on your investment without having to commit to revamping your entire space.

Conclusion

There’s a lot that interior painting can do for you and your home. Now is the time to act so you can enjoy your space more and get it decorated and prepared for the holidays and winter season. You’re going to be much happier when it’s complete, and you can sit back and admire the beautiful enhancements. Hiring a professional painter can help ensure the job is a success, and your home looks fabulous. Contact us today to get a quote for your interior painting project.

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