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Quality Painting Since 1977   

Interior and Exterior Residential Homes          
How Do I Pick Exterior Colors?

Choose colors that coordinate with the buildings around you. Some colors are already established. What color is your roof? Is there mortar or other siding that will not be painted? Will doors and railings remain their existing colors? New paint does not need to match existing colors, but it should harmonize.

How Do I Choose Interior Colors?

When creating a warm or cool color scheme, choose one color as the predominant color and then other colors as accent colors. The color of your furnishings will guide you in the selection of your interior paint colors, and your interior paint colors will influence the colors you use outside. Once again, your goal is to harmonize.

What are Accents?

Depending on the size and complexity of your home, you may be choosing two, three or more colors. In addition to the color you select for siding, you'll want to select accent colors for trim and details such as shutters, moldings and columns. This can be difficult, because too many colors will overwhelm your house and too few will make it seem two dimensional.

How To Use Dark and Light Colors?   

Light colors will make your house seem larger. Dark siding or dark bands of trim will make your house seem smaller, but will draw more attention to details. Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details which project from the wall surface. 

How Do I Get Harmony and Contrast?

Contrasting colors will draw attention to architectural details. But, extreme contrasts will clash and actually detract from details. To be safe, consider staying within a single color family. For some accents, try using a darker or lighter shade instead of a different color.

How Do You Achieve Balance?

A burst of a single color on just one part of your home may give it a lopsided appearance. Strive to balance colors over the entire building.

How Do You Get Durability?

The more intense a color, the more likely it is to fade. After a few years, vivid blues and deep reds will seem more subdued. Dark colors also pose more maintenance problems. Dark colors absorb heat and suffer more moisture problems than lighter shades. And because dark paint fades, it's difficult to touch up.

How Do I Determine The Appropriate Sheen? 

You also need to decide on the sheen of your paint -- glossy, semi-gloss or flat. The glossier the surface, the more likely it is to show imperfections, brush strokes and touch up marks. On the other hand, glossy surfaces are easier to clean. Many homeowners opt to use flat paint for walls and semi-gloss or glossy paint for columns, railings and window sashes.

What Are Color Deceptions?

Color swatches look very different when they are brought out of the store and viewed in natural sunlight. Also, colors appear lighter on large surfaces
than they do on small samples. It's best to test your selected color in one area before buying gallons of paint.

Oil Based Paints or Latex?

Oil base paints are durable in high traffic areas. Oil based paints are more susceptible to mildew. They require clean up with mineral spirits or turpentine. Oil based paints and their necessary thinning / cleaning products are highly flammable. Oil based paint is considered a hazardous material and cannot be disposed of as easily as latex based paints.

Latex paints are made from a water-soluble base. Consequently, latex paints are easy to apply and clean up. Latex paint spills can easily be cleaned up with just warm soapy water. Latex paints also dry quickly (1-2 hours), are non-toxic, and have significantly less odor. Latex paint can be used in both interior and exterior applications. Latex paints are more resistant to fading, chalking, blistering and pealing as the paint has the ability to breath, unlike oil based paints. Latex paints are also non-flammable. As a result, of these advantages, latex paints are ideal for exterior painting. Latex based paints will also not yellow over time. Latex paint is considered a non-hazardous material and can be disposed of similar to other household waste. Latex based paints are ideal for non-high traffic areas, e.g. dining rooms, living rooms, or home exteriors.   

How do I Choose a Painter?

Ask the painters for references. Were the customers happy with the job? Did the painter complete the project in a timely and professional manner? Select a painter based on price, track record and your impressions. Execute a contract specifying the work to be done, total cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated completion date. Make sure the contract includes the paint brands and colors to be used in each location, as well as the number of coats.  The company should provide you with a copy of their general liability insurance. General liability covers any accidents, breakage or damage while the painter is working in your home. Before you hire anyone to work in your home, make sure that they have at least $500,000.00 worth of insurance coverage. Repairing damage caused by an accident or negligence is expensive. You can bet that the painter working with no liability insurance will disappear, leaving you to deal with the repairs.  Also, make sure they have Workers Compensation Insurance to protect you from liability from any accidents occurring on your property.
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