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How To Tell When It Is Time To Paint The Exterior Of Your Home

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If you aren’t sure if you need to repaint the exterior of your home, then there are steps you can take to not only find out if now is the right time to be painting your property, but to also find out if the weather is ideal. Take a look below to find out more.

Paint that is Fading or Discolored

Faded or discolored paint isn’t just a sign that your paint is old. It can also indicate that you have some lingering issues beneath the surface. Sure, paint does fade over time if it is constantly exposed to bright sunlight, but if your paint is fading even on the shaded parts of your home, then this can indicate that you have an even bigger issue on your hands. It may mean that you have water intrusion for example. If this is the case, then you may see some water stains dripping down the side of your home. You need to call an expert to sort out this issue before you try and repaint it. If you notice that the farmhouse yellow paint that you used a few years ago is now looking more beige, then this could be because your paint has faded. Either way, if this is the case, you are certainly due a new paint job.

Cracked or Flaking Paint

If you know that you live in an area that is known for humid summers or even cold winters, then you may notice cracked or bubbling paint. If you look deeper, then you may see issues such as wet rot, or mold. Be sure to replace any damaged wood or material before you paint because paint is not able to stick to rotted wood, and painting before this is sorted will result in you having an even bigger issue on your hands. Either way, cracked and flaking paint is a major sign that you need to repaint your home. You will need to prepare the surface before applying new paint, if you want to stop the same issue occurring again

You Intend to Sell

Another reason why people tend to paint their home is because they intend to sell. If you are thinking about listing your home on the market, then this is something that you should really be thinking about. If you don’t, then you may end up making a bad impression on whoever comes to view your home. You may also find that you end up lowering the overall value of your home. By giving the exterior of your home a good paint job, you can avoid all of this, making your home much more appealing while also helping it to stand out from the other properties on the market. This is especially if you hire a professional, as they can advise you on the best colors to paint your home and they can also help you to get that nice, smooth finish that is synonymous with curb appeal.

Shrinking or Damaged Caulk

You may also see that a lot of the caulk around your windows or your doors is damaged. If this is showing signs of wear, then you may want to think about repainting. Many house painters tend to redo the caulk as part of the job. Either way, you have to remember that caulk is able to expand and contract over time, and when this happens it can lose its elasticity. If this is the case with your home, then this is a strong sign that you are probably due a new paint job as well.

Your Curb Appeal is Declining

If you notice that your home isn’t looking as good as it once did, then you may want to try and get a new coat of paint put down. This will make your home look fresher and much more inviting. You may also find that it increases your home value dramatically, and this is always a good thing.

Your Home is Brand-new

Now you may be thinking, if your home is new, why would you invest in new paint? The main reason for this is because a lot of contractors will spray one coat of paint over the primed wood. They depend a lot on the primer, as they treat it as if it is an undercoat. That being said, one coat probably isn’t enough to stop any damages over time. If your home is new, then you should try and repaint it in four to six years. If you can do this, then you can probably save yourself a lot of money when compared to painting it at a later date.

Your Paint Looks Fine

Remember, you do not have to wait until your paint is showing big signs of damage before you think about hiring a professional. Painting your home before you start to see big chips can easily prevent a lot of damage to the exterior of your home. You may even find that it helps to minimize the need for doing prep at a later date. This can include recaulking, replacing the wood and scraping. All of this will lower the cost of getting the job done and it can save you a lot of effort.

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You See Staining or Mold

Exterior paint is quite often damaged by things such as mold or even mildew. If you see things like this, then you may notice green, black or even red stains. Mold like this can flourish, whether you live in a hot climate or a cold one. If you have a lot of condensation on your walls, then you may find that this can also work against you. When painting your home, be sure to remove the mold there by using a bleach detergent. You can then proceed to paint it as you normally would.

What Time of Year should you Paint the Exterior of your Home?

So now you know some of the top signs that you should be looking out for when the time comes for you to paint your home. That being said, you need to make sure that you are painting it at the right time of year. If you don’t, then you may find that you end up not being able to get the best result. One good rule of thumb would be for you to avoid doing any exterior painting when the temperature drops below around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The main reason for this is because if the weather is too cold, then the paint may have a hard time adhering and this can cause it to roll off. Exterior paint can usually dry within an hour, but humidity can make things much more difficult. Ideal conditions would be for you to paint between 65- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit. If rain is on the forecast, try and avoid painting outside.

Why Hiring a Professional is Always a Good Idea

Hiring a professional to paint your home is always a good idea. A lot of people don’t know this but there are actually a lot of steps that you need to take before you go ahead and start painting your home. You will need to prepare the walls and you will also need to fill in any holes. On top of this, you will also need to prime and invest in the right equipment. One way for you to make things easier on yourself would be for you to leave it to the professionals while you focus on the more important aspects of your home.

You may think that by avoiding hiring a contractor, you can save a lot of money. Although this is true, you can usually spot the difference between a professional painter and a novice DIY painter from a mile away. A professional is far more likely to be able to choose products that suit the walls of your home, and they can also choose colors that are very much suited to the general appearance of your property.
Hiring a professional ultimately means that they are fully insured when it comes to doing their job. This can save you a lot of trouble because it means that you will be insured. If there is a lot of issues during the paint job then the painters will be able to fix it and if there is damage done, you can relax knowing that the expenses are not going to be paid by you.

All in all, painting your home is a fantastic way for you to rocket the potential of your investment and it can make a huge difference to your curb appeal. If you want to get the best result out of your paint job, then it is wise for you to try and hire a professional while also making sure that you are painting your home at the right time of the year. This can be any time, depending on where you live because as long as you aren’t painting during extreme heatwaves or cold spells, you shouldn’t have a problem.

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 real danger here. And don’t think that house-wrap will help prevent moisture damage: this layer gets nailed through, inviting water in. If you’re thinking of opting for siding installations, then you’ll be wanting it to be done professionally using companies like James Hardie Siding installation or another comparable service provider. This is to ensure the installation of every exterior component is done correctly for the best results and a long-lasting finish to your exterior.

One thing that surely seems 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 or consider painting the vinyl with a trusted product like VinylSafe from Sherwin Williams. 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. It’s clear to see: vinyl really shouldn’t be your first choice when it comes to your siding. You could consider something like a James Hardie siding replacement instead if your vinyl is showing signs of age or damage. This way you’ll have a more robust, long-lasting, fiber cement material protecting the exterior of your home as well as the luxury of having it in your choice of colors and styles.

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 that then end up making the property owner start looking at wood fences or other options to have longer-lasting aesthetically pleasing fences.

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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    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.

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      Colorful Paint Upgrades to Make this Spring

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      Adding color to your home doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or difficult. Give the interior of your house a colorful update or add some extra curb appeal this spring with these easy residential painting ideas from Arch Painting. Brightening up the exterior is usually a little more difficult though. Whilst some people might prefer to paint the outside of their home, others may opt for siding. Siding can enhance the exterior of the property, whilst also protecting it from the weather. To get some siding added to your home, it might be worth contacting a professional James Hardie installation company to see if they can suggest some of the best siding for your home. Whether you choose to paint your home or add some siding, it’s likely that it will increase the value of the home either way. Additionally, we’ve gathered seven small house painting projects that can give your home a major refresh with minimal hassle. Read More

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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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