There are many fantastic reasons to consider painting the interior or exterior of your home. However, not everyone wants to tackle a job that size on their own. Fortunately, those who don’t enjoy do-it-yourself projects can hire residential or commercial painting contractors to get the job done. But when there’s a market for something, you can be sure there will be people who’ll try and take advantage.

Continue reading to learn how to identify the most common painting scams and what you can do to protect yourself the next time you hire a professional painter.

Self Proclaimed Professionals

It’s a tale as old as time; people hire individuals claiming to be professionals only to find out the person has no idea what they’re doing. Unfortunately, by the time they realize it, the damage is done.

You can avoid becoming the target of an incompetent painter by knowing what types of things to look for and what questions to ask. Before signing anything, ask for proof of licensing and insurance. Additionally, it’s a good idea to ask for references from previous clients. This is especially true when working with independent contractors. Finally, look for clues that the person you’re talking to has a legitimate business. For example, do they have business cards, a company car, or clothing bearing their logo?

It’s always a good idea to research a contractor or painting company before working with them, and a reputable company will usually understand your hesitation and go out of its way to ease any fears you might have.

Just Passing By

The following scam is also quite common. You hear a knock at your door only to find a contractor standing there, ready to explain why your house needs a new coat of paint. Oh, and lucky you, they happen to have leftover materials from another job and could do your home at a discounted price. Does this sound familiar?

Although it might be a tempting offer, you should know that a reputable painting company will not use leftover materials from one job to the next. Additionally, the cost of materials is typically included in the agreed upon price, so those materials have already been bought and paid for by the previous client.

Contracting Scams

Contracts are binding legal documents that outline an agreement between two parties and protect both sides in the event of a disagreement. Unfortunately, most people underestimate the importance of a contract, and shady contractors can take advantage of this by purposefully including or excluding information or using vague language that could be misinterpreted.

Painting contracts should include (but are not limited to) the following information:

  • Contact information for both the client and the contractor
  • A description of the work they will be doing
  • Completion date and time frame/schedule for the anticipated work
  • A list of supplies that they plan to use and an estimated cost for the supplies
  • The exact brand and type of paint they plan to use and the number of coats needed
  • A list of services and their estimated costs
  • A list of fees and discounts
  • A section describing payment arrangements, methods, and how they will handle payments
  • Any terms and conditions relevant to the company
  • An estimated price for the entire job, as well as a breakdown of what’s contributing to this estimate

Knowing what to look for in a contract will help you avoid contracting scams such as unexpected charges, add-on fees, and refusal to complete work.

Payment Upfront

Be wary of contractors who ask for full payment upfront. You should not exchange money before work is done for several reasons. For starters, you don’t know the quality of their work. Additionally, most reputable companies have supplies on hand, have accounts with local supply chains, or have the available credit to invest in supplies. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, nothing is stopping the individual from taking your money and not doing any work.

You may create payment milestones allowing you to pay for work in segments rather than all at once at the end of the job or in a lump-sum payment upfront. However, all of this should be outlined in the contract to ensure that you and the contractor are held legally responsible for your side of the bargain.

Cost Cutting Scams

Looking for ways to reduce costs is not a scam in itself, so long as those savings are passed on to you. However, it becomes a problem when contractors charge clients for supplies they are not using or services they did not complete.

There are several ways that painters might try to cut costs while working on a job. For example, they might charge you for an expensive paint brand but use a cheap brand instead. Another way that painters might try to cheat clients is by charging them for several coats of paint but only applying one coat. This allows them to buy fewer supplies than outlined in the estimate and pocket the extra money. Finally, some painters will water down or mix in cheap paint with more expensive paint to save money and increase their profits.

You can protect yourself by ensuring the contract outlines exactly what type of supplies the painters will use on the job. Additionally, while getting in the way of the contractors is not recommended, it is a good idea to take a quick look at the supplies they’re using to ensure they are the ones outlined in the contract. Finally, document the work done daily to avoid getting charged for services you did not receive.

Unnecessary Repairs

You may need to make repairs before a company can move forward with a painting job. For example, the contractor might find areas of wood rot along your exterior walls, signs of water damage to interior walls, or mold and mildew problems. In most cases, the contractor can repair these things for an additional fee. Sketchy contractors will often take advantage of a client’s lack of construction-related knowledge by pressuring them to make unnecessary and expensive repairs.

Since it’s not uncommon for a legitimate painting company to suggest repairs, it can be challenging to know when a repair is needed or when you’re being scammed. A good rule of thumb is to watch for scare tactics. A professional company will explain the repair that must be made, show you the damage, explain why the repair is necessary, and give you a complete overview of the job. In comparison, a sketchy contractor will go out of their way to avoid showing you where or why the repair is needed and will often overemphasize the consequences of not repairing the problem.

If you question whether or not a service is necessary, ask for a second opinion. It might require you to bring in an additional contractor, but following your intuition could save you a lot of money in the long run.

Wrapping Up

It’s important to understand the various ways that sketchy contractors might take advantage of clients so that you can avoid becoming the target of a contracting scam. You can protect yourself from scams by researching the contractor/company before working with them, asking for credentials, having a comprehensive and detailed contract, not exchanging money upfront and keeping a detailed log of the work and supplies being done and used.

A well-maintained deck can increase your living space and add value to your home, but preserving a deck can be challenging. When not maintained correctly, decks can develop wood rot and become unsafe. One of the best ways to protect your patio’s wood is to paint or stain it, but which is the better option?

Continue reading to learn more about the pros and cons of each choice and whether paint or stain is the best choice for you.

What’s the Difference Between Paint and Stain?

In many ways, paint and stain serve the same essential function—both can be used to change the color and appearance of a surface. However, it’s helpful to understand the differences between the two if you hope to make a well-informed decision.

The most apparent difference between paint and stain is how each one interacts with a surface. Stain (as the name suggests) soaks into a surface and stains it, while paint is applied on top of a surface and doesn’t stain the wood beneath. However, this limits stain to absorbent materials.

Another big difference is coverage. When you use stain, the material beneath is still visible. For example, if you stain a wooden surface, you can still see the natural grain underneath. Alternatively, paint covers the material and shields it from view.

Now that you understand the difference between paint and stain let’s talk about which one you should use on your deck.

Is Stain the Better Choice?

There are times when staining your deck is the better choice. This is especially true if you want to preserve the natural beauty of the wood or plan to sell your home soon. Despite the limited color options, staining is a fantastic way to enhance your deck’s natural beauty. Stain is also easy to paint over, allowing future homeowners to change the color easily, which prevents buyers from getting hung up on paint colors.

Although residential painting companies handle both, staining is often the cheaper option. The price difference can be steep, especially if you have a large deck. Of course, this also depends on the type and brand of paint/stain you use and the painting company you employ to do the work.

Although there are times when staining is the better choice, it’s always a good idea to understand both the pros and cons of any decision.

Pros:

  • Stained surfaces are often more slip-resistant than painted surfaces.
  • In addition to highlighting the beauty of wood, staining gives decks a natural, rustic appearance.
  • In most cases, only one coat of stain is needed, but if you want a darker look, you can add more.
  • Primer is not necessary before staining a deck.
  • The easy-to-work-with properties of stain make it a good choice for people with little or no experience. It won’t pool, drip, streak, or smudge as easily as paint.
  • In contrast to paint, stains rarely chip, peel, or flake.
  • Certain types of stains can protect wood against moisture, weather, and sunlight.
  • Stain allows you to control how dark or light the color will appear.
  • Stains can be painted over with minimal effort if you decide to paint in the future.
  • Staining is often cheaper than paint, whether you do the project yourself or hire a residential painting company.
  • Stain tends to hold up better in high-traffic areas.

Cons

  • The life of a stain might not be as long as that of a high-quality paint job.
  • It may be necessary to refinish it every two to three years, depending on the type of stain you use.
  • Small pores or tight grains prevent wood from absorbing stains well. You may need to use more expensive stains on exotic wood species.
  • Alternatively, woods that are highly absorbent may require more stain to get the desired look.
  • Compared to paint, there aren’t as many color options available.
  • You cannot find glossy stains, and extra steps are needed to get a sheen finish.
  • Stains cannot be applied over painted surfaces.
  • In contrast to paint, stains don’t cover up imperfections or seal gaps and cracks.

Is Paint the Better Choice?

Like staining, there are times when painting your deck is the better choice. This is especially true if the surface you’re staining is flawed or if you want more variety with color options. Unlike stain, paint offers a more thorough coverage, making painting the better choice when working with worn or damaged wood. Additionally, because you can apply it over existing coats of paint, it’s the easier choice for previously painted decks.

Again, it’s good to be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages before deciding whether painting is the best option for you.

Pros:

  • While stains are often limited to wood, you can find paints for almost any surface.
  • You can apply paint to both stained and painted surfaces with ease.
  • Exterior paint is created to withstand the elements, and a quality paint job can last up to ten years before needing touch-ups.
  • Paint provides better coverage, making it the better choice for aged or damaged surfaces.
  • Unlike stain, paint comes in every color imaginable, and it’s possible to get custom colors mixed.
  • Most painted surfaces are easier to clean than stained ones.

Cons:

  • Because wood doesn’t absorb the paint, water can enter places where the paint chips or flakes away.
  • High-traffic areas can wear quickly and become faded or damaged.
  • Since you cannot apply stain over paint without first sanding the entire deck, the decision to paint is often a permanent one.
  • Painted surfaces are often more slippery than stained surfaces because of the glossy finish.
  • Light-colored paint might become stained.
  • Deck furniture can cause paint to chip or flake away, exposing the wood underneath to the elements.
  • Paint hides the natural appearance of wood because it’s not as transparent as stain.
  • Multiple coats of paint may be needed to get the desired look.
  • It can be difficult to paint a deck yourself because paint can pool, drip, streak, and smudge.
  • Painting is often the more expensive choice.
  • You’ll need to prepare and prime your deck before painting to preserve the wood.

Should I Paint or Stain My Deck?

People frequently choose to stain their deck because it accentuates the natural appearance of the wood. Additionally, it provides exceptional protection against the elements, is easier to apply, and typically costs less than paint. Contrarily, those who choose to paint their deck often do so because they appreciate a more customized appearance. Plus, paint comes in various colors, lasts longer, and provides exceptional coverage for weather-beaten decks.

Selecting either paint or stain can be challenging because both options have unique advantages and drawbacks. Ultimately, your decision will depend on your personal preferences, the structure’s condition, and your reasons for finishing/refinishing your deck.

When people sell their homes, they want to get the best price possible. Maintaining the property is an excellent way to do this. But, home repairs can be expensive, and investing in a property can be risky. Painting is a perfect way to spruce up your house and give it a more modern feel, but should you paint your home before selling?

Painting both the interior and exterior of your home is a good idea if the cost outweighs the risk. Painting can increase the value of your home by adding curb appeal, brightening up dark rooms, and giving your home a clean, modern feel.

Pro: Painting Is a Relatively Inexpensive Upgrade

When it comes to home repairs, painting is one of the least expensive options. If you have an older house, painting can be a way to make the house appear more modern without having to spend a small fortune replacing fixtures, replacing kitchen cabinets, remodeling bathrooms, replacing flooring etc.

For example, replacing kitchen cabinets could cost anywhere from $100 to $1,200 a linear foot. Alternatively, painting the same cabinets might cost you $30 to $60 a linear foot or $75 to $150 per cupboard. The room gets the face-lift it needs, and you save a hefty sum of money.

You can use paint to liven up any room in the house, not just the kitchen, by painting things such as:

  • Shelving units
  • Radiators
  • Corner cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Shelves in pantries and closets
  • Old fireplace surrounds
  • Mantles
  • Vanity cabinets

Con: People Might Not like Overly Customized Spaces

While painting can be a great way to give your home a more modern feel, be careful not to over-customize the space. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, and what looks nice to you might be a point of contention for a potential buyer.

Avoid bright or bold colors, especially ones not often seen in a room, such as bright pink, orange, green, purple, or red. Instead, stick with neutral colors like white, beige, cream, or gray. If the interior design begs for color, use light shades that are easy to cover in the future should a new owner want to.

Pro: Painting Gives Buyers a Blank Canvas

As mentioned, overly customized rooms can sometimes make or break a sale. When potential buyers walk into a house, they want to see themselves living in that space. If that space has bright pink walls, and they don’t care for pink, it will be difficult for the buyer to see themselves living in that room.

By painting the walls a neutral color, you give potential buyers a blank canvas. It will be much easier for them to imagine themselves cooking in the kitchen or snuggling up with their significant other in the living room. Plus, neutral colors can often brighten up a room, making it look larger and compensating for the lack of natural sunlight.

Your choice of color will depend on your home and the surrounding environment. Residential painting companies can offer ideas for each room based on the room’s characteristics. Additionally, you can ask your real estate agent which colors tend to sell best in your area.

Pro: Painting Can Increase Your Homes Curb Appeal

Curb appeal might not seem like a big deal, but it’s vital when trying to sell a house. Your home’s exterior sets the tone for the rest of the place, and buyers often make judgments about a house before ever having stepped inside.

In addition to attracting interested buyers, curb appeal can increase the value of your property. In fact, according to a study by Michigan State University, putting significant effort into the exterior condition of your home and lawn can increase the value of your house by up to 5-11%.

Chipped, cracked, or peeling paint and areas where the wood has begun to rot might signal a lack of maintenance to buyers. These signs of neglect might cause them to wonder if other things will also need work.

Luckily, depending on the size of your home, you can increase the curb appeal of your property in a week or less. Additionally, many professional residential painters can replace areas where wood rot has occurred. It will cost a bit more but can prevent severe structural damage in the future.

If you don’t have the money to invest in re-painting your entire home, there are still some inexpensive ways to increase your home’s value with exterior paint. You can spruce up the exterior of your home by painting:

  • Exterior doors
  • Fences
  • Stairs and porches
  • Shutters or window boxes
  • Exterior trim
  • Mailbox posts
  • Light fixtures
  • Garage doors

Pro: Painting Gives Homes a New, Clean Feeling

Whether shopping for furniture, a car, or a new home, people tend to favor things that look new and clean. Painting is a cost-effective way to give your home that “like-new” vibe.

Even clean homes accumulate dirt and grime, which becomes more apparent when the house is empty. There may be outlines left behind where pictures once hung or scuff marks where furniture rubbed. High-traffic areas become more noticeable when a home is vacant as well.

Interior paint can cover these marks and give a blotchy wall a more uniform look—giving the room a fresh, clean feeling.

In addition to giving your home an overall clean feeling, painting can help mask unpleasant smells. Since buyers may be sensitive to the smell of pets or smoke, pet owners and smokers should consider painting the interior of their homes to help mask any residual or lingering odors.

Con: Painting Cannot Fix Other Property Downfalls

Although painting is a great way to increase the value of your home without spending a ton of money, it might not offset other significant problems with the property.

When significant problems exist (such as a property located in a bad neighborhood or sandwiched between two busy highways), investing money becomes risky because you may not get it back. If you believe your property might be challenging to sell, speak with your real estate agent before investing in home repairs.

Should I Paint My Home Before Selling?

There are many fantastic reasons to consider painting your home’s interior and exterior before listing it on the market. Painting can increase the curb appeal of your property, brighten up dingy or dark rooms, modernize outdated design trends, and give your home a cleaner feel.

However, there may be times when investing money into a property isn’t a good idea. Before infusing cash into your home, speak with your real estate agent. They can assist you in determining if you will get a return on your investment or if repairs will help increase the value of your home.

References

Behe, B., Hardy, J., Barton, S., Brooker, J., Fernandez, T., Hall, C., … & Schutzki, R. (2005). Landscape plant material, size, and design sophistication increase perceived home value. Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 23(3), 127-133.

Interior Paint Colors for Your Office Space

Colors are known to impact our mood, and can instantly make us feel happy or sad, lively or tired, inspired or unmotivated, the list goes on and on. Because of this, it is very important to choose your interior paint colors strategically and according to the mood you are trying to create, especially in spaces where you will be working and needing to focus. By picking a great color choice for your office space or commercial painting project, you are able to increase productivity, find emotional stability, and create a stress-free ambiance. 

The culture of the workplace has become a huge factor of happiness with people’s jobs, and with their overall life. Creating a workspace where employees feel happy, comfortable, and inspired helps to build a substantial foundation within the company. Color has a large impact on these factors, and can create an inviting and motivating place for everyone to collaborate and work. Here are some of the best interior paint colors to use in your office, to gain positive effects on you and your employees.

Off-White

Bright white walls can be overwhelming and unpleasant, which can create a stressful work environment. If you still want your interior paint color to be light and neutral, off-white shades are a great option for your office space. Eggshell and cream are neutral colors, that are warm enough to form an inviting and calming environment for your employees. White walls also reflect light naturally, which makes the room itself look brighter and more airy. With off-white shades, you can also utilize any office decor colors you’d like to add vibrance and character, because the walls are not overpowering. 

Light Gray 

If you want to steer away from white walls completely, but are still looking for a neutral look, light grays are a great option. The color gray relates to the feeling of strength and power, which creates a positive and motivating work environment for your employees. It is important to choose a soft gray instead of a dark grey for an office space though, to maintain a workspace that is soothing while also motivating. 

Pastel Yellow 

Looking for a vibrant interior paint color to illuminate your office space? Yellow is the right choice. The color yellow has a sunny and fun feel to it, which can lead to a more positive and uplifting work area. It can help stimulate the brain, allowing more productivity to take place with your employees. The hues within the yellow can bring a boost of creativity and energy to the people in the room. If used in moderation and in a proper tone to match the size of the room, yellow can be a great interior paint option. 

Coral 

If you want your walls to pop, coral is the right color for you. Beautiful, bright colors such as soft coral and peach help to boost creativity and focus in the workplace. These colors are fun and playful, which brings inspiration and livelihood to the atmosphere of the room. It can also stimulate happiness. 

Green 

If you are looking for a wall color that will bring your employees back to nature, then green is calling your name. Soft greens provide a feeling of peace, tranquility, and composure to the people in the room. Deep greens administer a very earthy feel, and bring warmth. The color green in general is also known to be more gentle on your eyes than other color options, which is beneficial in a work space where long hours are more common than not. 

Dark Blue 

A comparably safe and undramatic color option for your office is a warm blue. If you are used to neutral colors and don’t want to get too crazy, blue is a wonderful option. Deep shades of blue can also be cozy and inviting, creating a less stressful environment that still looks professional. The soothing color can also stimulate creativity and inspiration within your employees, and it will help to keep them focused throughout each day.

Brown

Interior paint colors such as brown, tan, and beige provide a natural and earthy feel to your work space, while still maintaining professionalism and respectability. Especially if it is paired with rich office furniture, brown walls can make your space feel powerful and determined to get their work done well. Brown shades are also known to increase productivity levels and to create a sense of emotional stability within your employees.

How to Properly Paint a Ceiling

While many people choose to hire commercial painters like us to effectively tackle the job of painting their ceiling, others choose to handle it themselves. If you are one of those people who like to do it on your own, or if you are a commercial painter yourself looking for helpful advice, you’ve come to the right place to gain insightful tips and tricks for painting your ceiling quickly and accurately. 

Painting your ceiling can be a very awkward, messy, and difficult process because of the angle your ceiling is at. Painting over your head can strain your body and can be very uncomfortable to handle. There is also the common issue of paint dripping off of the ceiling and on to your floor, objects in your room, or even you. Here are a few ways that will aid you in your ceiling painting process, and to help it go as smoothly as possible. 

Prep Your Room for Inevitable Dripping

Even though some paint will always drip from your ceiling while you are painting it, there are precautions you can take that can lessen the amount significantly. It is best to move as much furniture out of the room as possible, and if a piece is not able to be taken out of the room, be sure to cover it completely with a tarp. Put tarps or drop cloths on your floor as well to protect it from unruly drips.

Protect your trims, ceiling fixtures for fans and lights, and walls of different colors from getting the paint from the ceiling smeared on them by lining their edges with painter’s tape. This is a crucial step, to ensure that you do not have to repaint the edges of these particular structures once your ceiling is complete. 

Fix Ceiling Flaws Before Painting

Many different situations can leave stains on your ceilings, such as pipe leaks, large spills on the floor above, and overflowing bathtubs and sinks. It is best to use a stain-blocking primer to cover those stains up before you paint your ceiling. You can buy spray cans or normal paint buckets of the stain-blocking primer, based off of your preference. 

Other flaws that you may encounter on your ceilings, such as chunks of paint or bumps within the paint, should be sanded down before painting. It is most beneficial to use drywall sanding paper to increase the bonding of the paint, and to smooth it out well. Make sure to pat your ceiling down with a damp cloth or sponge after sanding to remove all residue and dust. 

Use a Quality Paint Roller

Paint rollers are the most beneficial tool to use when painting a ceiling, as they are the most accurate and get the job done quickly. Utilizing paint rollers will also lead to less splatter or dripping than using a paint sprayer or paint brush. Be sure that you have a lightweight roller cage, so that it is easier to hold and you are not putting as much strain on your back and arms. 

Divide the Ceiling Into Small Grids

Not physically, but mentally. Painting your ceiling by large areas at a time makes your life a lot more difficult, because you can easily lose track of where you painted. This results in some areas that have too much paint, and others that don’t have enough. Visualize small sections of your ceiling, such as 3 feet by 3 feet squares, and paint from one section to the next. 

To avoid having roller marks on your ceiling, it is best to overlap fresh paint on the edges of the new section with the old section. This allows both sections to blend in seamlessly together, and ensures the paint on the ceiling is evenly spread. 

Use the Roller the Right Way

When you are rolling the paint on your ceiling, be sure to roll it slowly toward you, and apply the same amount of pressure with each movement that you make. This is crucial to ensure that your paint is applied evenly and smoothly. Roll in both directions as well, to spread the paint out equally. As stated before, also make sure that you are overlapping the edges of the newly painted section with the section you last painted, so that you do not have roller marks once the paint dries. 

Benefits of Using Primer Before Painting 

One of the most well-known pieces of advice you may hear before completing your interior or exterior painting job is that you should use a paint primer before anything. But what really is primer anyway? Primer is an undercoat that is usually white or lightly colored, that you paint onto a surface before the normal, pigmented paint that you desire for your walls. 

Initially, it may seem like using a primer may be an unnecessary step to your interior painting or exterior painting process. It is an additional cost, and takes up more time to get the job done with those extra layers. Even though painting your surface multiple times even before your color choice might seem useless, there are actually many advantages to the primer that make it an essential part of your painting process. 

Stronger Paint Adhesion

The adhesion of a surface varies based on what the surface is made of, and how old it is. That adhesion plays a large part into how well your wall paint will stick on to the surface, and how long the fresh paint will stay on the wall. Using primer before your paint color creates a stronger and more tenacious surface for your paint to cling to. This is especially important when your walls are made of material that does not react well to the average house paint. There are different types of paint primer for various types of surfaces and paints, so it is beneficial to conduct research to pick the primer that is best for you.

Better Paint Color and Texture

Sometimes when you paint a new color over the old one, the old one can begin to show through, especially if the new color is lighter. Even multiple layers of the new paint might not be enough to completely cover up the old shades. Since primer’s are usually white, using a couple layers of it in between your old and new color gives you the ability to mask that initial color, no matter how dark it was. You will also need a primer if you are switching the texture of your interior wall paint, such as from flat to glossy. Your new color will also look more vibrant and dynamic, and the texture of your wall will be consistent. 

It Hides Imperfections on Your Walls

Many different factors can create stains on your walls, such as water damage, discoloration from age, and splattered substances. Using a primer on your walls can disguise all of the stains, allowing the added layers of paint to fully cover them up even before your paint color is on. Primer is also beneficial when it comes to hiding dents and holes in your wall, especially when you patch them up with drywall or another material. Spot prime these touched-up areas to smooth them over, then proceed to cover your entire walls with the primer. 

Saves You Money and Time

Buying just a container or two of primer before conducting your interior or exterior paint job can save you extra money and time down the road. If you choose to skip the primer step, your original wall color might be noticeable through your new color, or blemishes on your wall may be seen after your painting is complete. This will lead to another trip to the store to pick up material to patch up the holes or dents, and extra paint gallons to add supplementary coats on to your walls. A gallon of primer is less expensive than a gallon of paint, so making the decision to prime your walls first is a no-brainer. 

Creates A Longer Life Span for Your Paint Job

Using a primer helps to sustain your paint job, and will make it last an exceptionally longer amount of time than if you did not use it. The top layer of paint will be less likely to crack, peel, or bubble if there are protective layers of primer in between the new and old layers that will have to be worn down first. Your new paint color will be that beautiful and lively color for a longer period of time as well with the use of a primer, and will not fade as quickly because of the added layers. .  

How To Know When You Need an Exterior Paint Redo

The exterior of your house is the first thing that people see when they are visiting you, or if people are casually passing by within your neighborhood. Your exterior paint color is the initial entity that is noticed about your home, and is truly the first impression. 

Even after conducting your dream paint job, time will pass, and you will eventually need to go through the grueling process of exterior painting all over again. Hiring commercial painters like us can bring you ease, while getting the job done properly and efficiently. But how do you know when exactly it is time for a paint redo? Take a look at our simple tips that will help you identify when the time is right.

Age of Your Home

The age of your home plays a big role in deciding on when it is time to repaint your house, and the age specifically correlates with the type of material your house was made with. For example, if your house was constructed with wood, you should repaint your home every 3-7 years, because the wood material is most susceptible to aging from the sun and damage from natural causes. Aluminum is pretty stable yet prone to chipping, so it is best to paint this about every 5-7 years. Brick is known to be the most stable and durable, so you will only need to paint your home every 15-20 years. 

Fading Paint Color

There comes a point where your exterior paint begins to look more dull than the initial paint job, or even completely discolored. This means that aging is taking place, and the paint may crack or chip very soon. Discoloration occurs more frequently and more abruptly when the house is exposed to constant amounts of harsh sunlight throughout the year, where the sun’s UV rays break the chemical bonds within your exterior paint. Constant rain is also a large factor in fading paint, because it results in water intrusion and possible water damage. 

Cracking Paint 

If you are not sure when your house was painted, there’s nothing to worry about. Keep your eye out for cracked or chipped paint, as this is a great indicator that your home needs to be repainted. Cracked or chipped paint can occur from age, a poor paint job initially, or if large amounts of moisture is getting trapped under your exterior paint. When paint cracks off of your house, the areas where the paint is missing will not be as protective, and it will be more vulnerable to bugs, water, and moisture. 

Chalking Paint

Even before your paint experiences cracking or chipping, it will begin chalking, causing a fine powder that comes off of your exterior walls very easily. Chalking eventually leads to fading of your paint’s color, and even damage to your walls because the paint will lose its protective functions. Chalking can occur from the use of poor quality paint, interior paint on exterior walls, or a too-thin top layer of paint on the initial job. Repainting your house when you notice chalking is beneficial to the overall look of your house, especially before the cracking and chipping of the paint begin to take effect. 

Debris on Paint

Debris on your exterior paint, such as dirt, mildew, or algae, can be an important sign that your house needs to be repainted. Dirt can stick on your paint consistently, mainly from wind blowing the dirt on to it. Pressure washing is worth a shot, but over time it will not be able to clean off enough of it. Mildew and algae on your exterior paint can occur from extreme amounts of moisture and humidity, and will stick if there is bad circulation within that area. They can also spread if not treated quickly, so if you notice a large amount of this it is best to redo that paint job. 

Outdated Paint Colors

Your home may be in pristine condition, including your exterior, but the color of the paint itself may be not attractive or in style anymore. When you begin to notice that your paint is an outdated color, it is time to repaint as well. The outdated color may not be extremely important to you or your family personally, but if you are looking to sell your house, you will need to ensure that your exterior color is up-to-date and within recent trends. This makes sure that your house is competitive in the market, and it boosts the value of your home as well.

How To Match Your Wall Paint Colors To Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a great addition to your home, and can create a very open and elegant space for you and your loved ones to enjoy. There are many different hardwood floor options to choose from, and there is also a large variety of interior paint colors to decide between. Once you conclude if you would rather have a natural shade or stained look to your hardwood floors, it is time to find the perfect wall paint color to compliment them. Follow this guide to know which hardwood floor colors and wall paint colors are the best combination for your rooms, and hire commercial painters like us to do the dirty work. 

Wall Colors for Light Hardwood Floors

Light hardwood floors brighten up a room, and create a very lively and inviting feel. They are a very popular option among homeowners and business owners with the pleasant ambiance that they form. Light hardwood floors are best paired with light and neutral wall colors that allow your hardwood floors to pop, without taking away too much attention from them. 

Painting walls a Bright white is a great option for a clean and polished look, while off-white shades are a bit calmer and softer, yet still chic. Any type of white interior wall color will also create the illusion of more space in your room. If you are not a fan of traditional white walls, gray and cream are also wonderful options. The neutral gray and cream colors will compliment your hardwood floors’ undertones nicely, and will blend in finely with your room. With light hardwood floors, it is recommended that you paint your walls and trim the same color. 

Wall Colors for Cherry Hardwood Floors

Cherry hardwood floors or floors that have red undertones add a beautiful and compelling look to your room, and look best with rich wall colors to go along with it. If you are going for a cleaner and simpler look, white is still a great option with cherry hardwood floors. If you are going for a more drastic contrast, you can choose between shades of blue, green, and red.

You can’t go wrong with white walls, especially if you are wanting to make your space feel bigger and brighter, while also giving it a minimalistic and chic look. For a dramatic pop of color, it is best to choose some shade of blue, green, or red. Blue shades, especially cool blue, add a calm and easygoing feel to a room, and has become a popular interior paint option in contemporary-styled homes. Shades of green contrast very well with cherry hardwood, especially soft green tones which help draw the attention of the room to the flooring. Red walls will compliment the hardwood floors red tones, and will bring warmth to the space. 

Wall Colors for Dark Hardwood Floors

Dark hardwood floors are great for rooms that take in a lot of natural light, or where there is a substantial amount of artificial light that can flow throughout it. The dark tones add elegance and sophistication to the look of the room, while also creating a cozy appeal. Prior to choosing your wall paint color, it is important to take note of the undertones within your dark hardwood floors. 

If your floors have more of a darker undertone, it is best to paint your walls a neutral color. Bright white, off-white, and light cream are great options, because they give a chic look to the space, but are not too striking, drawing attention to the beautiful dark hardwood floors. Gray is another solid option, because it includes various undertones that can be chosen to your preference based off of the undertones of your floors. If the undertones on your dark hardwood floors are lighter, it is best to do brighter colors, such as a light blue, soft gray, or subtle green. These delicate shades offer a wonderful balance between the dark floors and the lightly colored walls. 

Wall Colors for Red Oak Hardwood Floors 

Red oak hardwood floors can make your room feel warm and cozy, with its rich shade and various undertones. When your floors are initially installed, your floors may have a light tan, dark brown, or pink tone, but overtime with sunlight and humidity, it may begin to have orange and amber tones. You will need to consider the overall shade of whichever color you choose to pair with your red oak hardwood floors, so that the walls will compliment the floors presently and in the future.

Soft colors such as subtle green, light blue, or yellow match up well with red oak hardwood floors, because they compliment the red undertones within the wood, that could possibly alter overtime. These color options also help create the warm effect that is produced in your room from the red undertones in the hardwood floors.


Common Reasons Why Paint Cracks, Peels, or Bubbles

The color of your walls brings life to the rooms in your house, and can even alter the entire look or feel of the rooms when it is changed. The colors you select give your rooms character, and creates an inviting feel to your space. Unfortunately, there comes a time when that beautiful paint job starts to deteriorate, leaving cracked, peeled, or chipped paint hanging off of your walls. 

What causes these damages to happen? Here are a few reasons why your wall paint cracks, peels, or chips, so that you can hopefully avoid these impairments from occuring in the future. 

Why Does Paint Crack?

Cracks in paint usually start out as a hairline crack and will continue to get larger if they are not fixed early enough. Cracked paint can make your walls appear older and run-down, and there are a large variety of reasons why the paint cracked initially. First of all, the wall itself might not have been prepared properly before the wall was painted. It may not have been cleaned, primed, sanded down, or removed of all blemishes. It may seem like a tedious task to do before painting, but preparing your walls properly will ensure that your paint job lasts longer. Preparing accurately will save you time and money in the long run by avoiding any unnecessary repairs in the future. 

Another reason your wall paint has cracked is because there was either too little or too much paint used in the first place. It is important to spread moderately thin and even layers of paint on your walls. If the paint is too thick it can clump up and leave ridges, which will eventually lead to cracking. If the paint is too thin there will not be enough substance to keep the paint job alive, causing cracks to form early on. Painting contractors are well-aware of the precise amount of paint to use, making it beneficial to hire them for your painting needs. 

Why Does Paint Peel?

Paint starts to peel when it is unable to hold on to the underlying layer below it, such as a slick or shiny surface. To be able to stick, paint needs to be on top of a surface that contains ridges and raised parts, so it is able to bond with it. It is helpful to use sandpaper on a wall before you paint it so that you can toughen it up, allowing the new coat of paint to grasp on.

Peeling paint can also stem from using inexpensive and low-quality paint. Cheaper paints usually have a shorter life-span, and might not stick to your walls as strongly as higher-quality paints. It is important to do research on the different types of paints and different paint brands that are available, and to read reviews from people who have used them to see which paint is right for you.  

Why Does Paint Bubble?

Bubbles form when paint film loses its adhesion from its foundational surface, and lifts upward. These bubbles can eventually lead to peeling, so it is best to avoid them from occurring altogether. The most common reason that bubbles form is from painting on a wet, warm, or cold surface, or in a humid environment. If the temperature is above 90 degrees it is too hot, and if it is below 50 degrees it is too cold. These conditions can cause the paint to harden away from the surface instead of on the surface. 

Painting oil-based paint over latex paint is also a huge cause of bubbling. If you currently have latex paint on your walls and want oil-based paint on it next, you have to apply latex primer before the oil-based paint. If you do not know what type of paint is currently on your walls, you can test it out by scrubbing a small area of the wall with laundry detergent, rinsing that area with water and towel-drying it, and then rubbing a cotton ball that was soaked in alcohol on to the area. If the paint comes off of the wall that means it was a latex paint, and if it doesn’t come off of the wall it was an oil-based paint. 

How To Fix Damaged Paint

If your paint has begun to crack, peel, or chip, or if you just want to bring life into your room with freshly painted walls, it is best to hire commercial painters like us to prepare and paint your space efficiently and correctly. Whether you need interior painting or exterior painting done, we’ve got you covered.


Interior painting can often be a difficult process, and might take much procrastination before there is any progress with completing the task. You may be simply freshening up your walls, or adding a whole new pop of color to your room, either way bringing your space back to life. Some people paint their rooms and walls on their own, while others hire residential and commercial painters to get the job done correctly and efficiently. 

Whether or not you tackle interior painting yourself or hire painting experts, the most crucial part of the painting process is the preparation. Proper preparation can even be as important as the actual act of painting. Here are some essential steps to get your room ready for that perfect paint job. 

Plan It Out

Planning out what you will be painting and how you will be painting it is truly the first step in a successful painting process. Once you decide on your wall colors, decide if you are also going to be painting your ceiling, doors, or trim. If you are going to paint any of these three in addition to your walls, it is important to paint those before your walls to receive better results.

After these decisions are made and the correct paint colors and amounts are purchased, make a list of other materials and tools you may need to complete the job if you are doing the painting yourself. Rollers, brushes, painter’s tape for borders, and plastic tarp for floors are helpful and common items for interior painting. You will also need to decide if your walls need a primer, or if they are ready to paint as is. 

Clean The Walls

After all of the planning is completed, it is time to prep your walls for painting. It is crucial that your walls are clean and free of dirt, grease, and dust, so the new paint job looks as smooth and sleek as possible. Gently wipe your walls with a damp sponge or towel with a little amount of soap, and “rinse” them afterward with just a small amount of water on the sponge and no soap. Make sure that there is no soap left on the walls after cleaning, and that the walls are completely dry before painting.

If you notice mold on any of your walls, it is important to take action promptly, and before your new paint job. Apply an anti-mold solution to any section of your walls that contain mold. It is also a good idea to purchase a special sealer to put on your walls, such as anti-damp paint, which will help lessen the amount of mold that will grow in the future. 

Protect Non-Painted Areas

There are many surfaces that you won’t want paint on, so it is important to cover them up to avoid this from happening. Cover your floors and furniture that can not be removed from the room with a plastic tarp or mat. Remove outlet covers, light switches, curtain rods, door knobs, and light fixtures. If you are not comfortable or experienced with cutting in, you can tape up your baseboards and door moldings, preferably with blue painter’s tape so that there is a clear distinction between the paint colors of your walls and your baseboards or door moldings. 

Repair Damaged Areas On Walls

It is important to ensure that your walls are as smooth and blemish-free as possible before you start painting. Remove all nails, thumb tacks, screws, and peeling paint. You can use sandpaper or a paint scraper to take off any additional imperfections on your walls, and to fully smooth them out. Fill tiny holes or dents with quick-drying spackle paste, and patch up any larger holes or dents with a drywall compound or self-adhesive patching material. Use sandpaper or a paint scraper on chipping, peeling, or cracked paint, and be sure to also sandpaper any areas that you filled or patched up once they are completely dry as well. 

After all imperfections are repaired, paint over your current wall color with a paint primer if necessary. The primer can help to seal up the areas where you used spackle paste or drywall to patch up holes or dents. This generates a surface that the new paint can stick to, creating an even and leveled façade. If you do not want to cover your entire walls with primer, at least ensure that you are putting paint primer over the areas that you spackled or patched up. Not doing so can result in shiny spots over those areas once the paint color dries. 

By following these simple steps, your interior walls will be fully prepared for that perfect paint job you’ve been dreaming of!