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Is Painting Your House in Winter a Good Idea?

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When you’re thinking of a time to start your painting project, winter certainly isn’t the first season to come to mind, and with good reason. Winter’s cold, dark days make for bad conditions for outdoor projects, so exterior paint jobs or other outdoor renovations should probably wait for warmer weather. Interior painting, however, can be done year-round. There can even be some benefits to interior painting in the winter, as long as you take the proper precautions.

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Wood Siding vs. Vinyl Siding — Which is Better?

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Is Wood Paneling or Vinyl Siding Better for Your Home?

When deciding what material to use for the exterior of your house or business, vinyl siding can be tempting. It looks clean, and many believe that it requires less upkeep than wood. Wood siding, however, is a long-term investment that will pay off immediately in how beautiful your home will look. With wood siding, there are virtually limitless options in terms of appearance. Depending on the look you want for your building, you can choose board and batten, bevel, rabbeted bevel, shiplap, tongue and groove, drop channel siding, channel rustic, clapboard, cedar shingle siding, redwood shingle siding, and channel siding, just to name a few.

Then of course, there is an infinite array of paint color combinations and finishes to choose from. It is easy to update the color scheme of your building as the times change or whenever the mood strikes. You can simply call Arch Painting to throw on a new coat. With vinyl siding, the only option is to pay to have it ripped down and then re-sided. This is not only very costly, but is also time consuming. Wood siding provides greater sound and thermal insulation, and is much more environmentally friendly than vinyl. These benefits translate into money saved on heat and air-conditioning for your home or business.

Proponents of vinyl siding claim that it will outlast wood, but the truth is that with proper upkeep and fresh painting, wood can last a lifetime. Vinyl, on the other hand, frequently cracks and chips. These damages can sometimes be difficult to repair, and the seams from the repairs may still be noticeable. Vinyl also inevitably fades from sun exposure, and rather than throwing on a coat of paint, the only solution is to re-side the entire building. That’s not to mention the frequent pressure washes needed to stave off mold, mildew, and grime. In the long run, wood siding can add to your property value and give your house greater resale potential.

Ultimately, wood siding with a pristine paint job provides a level of class and beauty that plastic cannot match. Although vinyl siding can be convincing from afar, the look, feel, and even smell of real wood is unparalleled. It gives your home a sense of permanence and timelessness that makes everyone feel grounded. Arch Painting can help keep your siding in prime condition so that it will last for years to come. Give us a call today at 1-844-ARCH-PAINTING (844-272-4724) or Click Here for a free estimate, and let us help you bring your vision to life.

Selling your house? How does a 145% return on investment sound?

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MA_North-Reading_Equestrain-Drive_2Imagine if you went to buy a car and the sales rep wheeled out a car that was rusted, the paint work was shabby and chipped! You’d probably laugh and walk away. No one wants damaged goods and sellers always want the best price for whatever they are selling.

The same can be said for houses. When you are in the market to buy a home, you want the best home for your bucks. The industry knows that homes with good, fresh decor sell far faster and at higher rates than those that need updating. In fact studies show us that even a small investment in a professional painting and decorating service can increase the value of your home by not just hundreds but thousands of dollars. If you spend $10,000 on a professional paint job, you can expect a return of around $14,500 on average. That’s a whopping 145% return.

Choosing a professional residential painting contractor will ensure your home has a ‘like new’ feel to it. Potential buyers will feel like the home is ready to move into and a hassle free option. A professional painter and decorator will also be able to install any custom mouldings and trims that can give your house an added feeling of luxurious style.

There are a few points to remember when choosing to redecorate your home to sell;

  • Choose neutral wall paint colors that will appeal to the wider public
  • Ensure you check out the credentials of any professionals before hiring (speak to their past customers if possible)
  • Look around for inspiration. Use magazines and show homes to get an idea of interior paint color ideas
  • Make sure that the estimate they give you is the price you will pay on completion

If you are looking for professional painting services for the interior or exterior of your home and you are in the Eastern Massachusetts area, then Arch Painting is the company for you. We have been in the business since 1997 and employ only professional painters who take great pride in the quality of the work they do.  Simply visit our website www.ArchPainting.com for your hassle free estimate today.

Paint Problems: Peeling

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Peeling:

Loss of paint due to poor adhesion. Where there is a primer and a top coat, or multiple coats of paint, peeling may involve some or all coats.

Possible Cause:

  • Seepage of moisture through un-caulked joints, worn caulk or leaks in roof or walls.
  • Excess moisture escaping through the exterior walls (more likely if paint is oil-based).
  • Inadequate surface preparation.
  • Use of lower quality paint.
  • Applying an oil-based paint over a wet surface.
  • Earlier blistering of paint (see blistering).

Solution:

Try to identify and eliminate cause of moisture. Prepare surface by removing all loose painting with scraper or wire brush, sand rough surfaces, prime bare wood. Repaint with a top quality acrylic latex exterior paint for best adhesion and water resistance.

Low VOC Paint

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What are Low VOC Paints?

Low VOC Paints are paints that have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), are categorized as environmentally friendly because the emission of VOC’s into the air is a type of air pollution. Generally, non-flat paints with no more than 150 grams of VOC’s per litre (g/L) of product are considered low VOC, regardless of any lack of certification, such as one from the United States Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org), which rates and certifies projects. The USGBC follows the requirements for paint in GS-11, a regulation of Green Seal, Inc. (www.greenseal.org), a non-profit that provides science-based environmental certification standards.

What is one of the benefits to using Low VOC Paints?

Environmentally responsible products can save you significantly more than the extra cost they may require. In even the smallest commercial job, product cost is a fraction of labor cost – especially if you need the work to be performed after hours or within a tight deadline. Many property owners and managers elect to have work done after hours to avoid affecting the air quality and odor in a confined space. The schedule constraints are often multiplied when late night/early morning or weekend work is limited to a short duration such as a holiday weekend or school vacation.