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Planning a House Paint Job Like a Pro

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Admin

If you are thinking about repainting your home, you need at least more than a month to start making plans. Planning a house painting job early is wise because by doing so, you have more time to choose colors, learn various painting techniques, buy equipment that you need, and accomplish a well-done prep work. Here are some tips on how to do carefully plan a house paint job:

Understanding Colors

Choosing paint colors is where homeowners get indecisive most of the time. To avoid this dilemma on having to spend so much time picking the colors you want for your house, start studying the color wheel. The color wheel features primary and secondary colors. Primary colors are blue, red, and yellow. Blends of these three colors are called secondary colors namely, orange, violet, and green. Meanwhile, analogous colors are those that are positioned side-by-side in the color wheel. Contemporary colors sit opposite each other which, when combined, produces a striking effect. When you already understand these basics, you can start playing with various combinations of colors and create your own color schemes.

Considering Your Preferences

Colors are great instruments of expressions and you cannot successfully create color schemes without considering what you want. Do you want warm colors for your room? Do you think neutral colors will look good in your living room? Are you cool with black? Answering such questions will help you come up with your final plan on how you want your rooms to look like. Stylists say that in most cases, homeowners painting their home their way achieves an impressive result without having to study much about color selection. You can also read about the psychology of colors to understand what each color says about you and your home.

Documenting Light

Light greatly affects how a paint color would look like in your rooms. Documenting light directions in your room can help you decide what color should you paint a room with. Buy small sample paint cans of the paint colors you like and paint them on a wall in a room. You can take photographs of how the paint color looks like in the absence of light and when it is hit by sunlight.

Working the Prep Work

Do the prep work at least 2 days before the actual painting job. This will allow you to do everything that needs to be done without being in a hurry and missing out on some details. If you are having a Tennessee roofing contractor come over to do the job for you, finish the prep work before they come. And just a piece of advice: Make sure to hire only a legitimate Tennessee roofing contractor.


Ugly House Paint…Help!

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by Admin

House paint get ugly due to several reasons and you can’t just repaint your walls and sidings without understanding the causes of a house paint problem. Here are common house paint problems and some tips on how you can fix them.

Paint Peeling Away

Paint can crack and peel away if there is too much moisture penetrating behind or in front of the paint film. This problem cannot be solved unless you do something about the source of moisture. Make sure that you already have adequate ventilation before you repaint.

Other reasons why paint can peel away are poor adhesion of low quality paint used, poor preparation done on the wall before it was painted, and roof and air leaks. This paint problem is common in bathrooms, kitchen, and other parts of the house where there is high humidity.

Scrape off the peeling paint and sand the surface before applying a new paint. Make sure that you use high quality paint this time. To avoid this problem from recurring, seal off or caulk all openings where water and moisture can seep.

Mildew

Mildews appear on walls and sidings as dark spots. They grow on the protected and shaded parts of your house where there is too much moisture and lack of sunlight exposure. Mildews can also appear where there is poor ventilation and when priming was not applied on wood before it was painted.

Remove mildews by scrubbing the surfaces with TSP or trisodium phosphate solution. Rinse the surface with water and wait for the wood to completely dry before repainting it.

Chalking

Chalking is when the paint on your walls and sidings get powdery. This is normal on old paint; however, excessive chalking may be a problem. It usually happens in places with dry climate where where it seldom rains. It can also result from the use of a wrong paint or cheap, low quality paint with high levels of extenders.

Use a pressure washer to wash down the chalking paint before repainting it. You can also clean the surface with TSP solution. This time, make sure that you use high quality and the right kind of paint.

If house paint problems are severe and may need complicated repairs or remedies, or you simply don’t have the time to deal with them, contact a Tennessee roofing contractor and they’ll do the job for you. You can find a list of professional and legitimate Tennessee roofing contractors in BBB’s online database.


Preparing for a Well-Done House Painting Job

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by Admin

Many homeowners think that house painting is an easy job and that they could do it themselves. What they don’t realize is there a lot of things they would need to learn first before they can take on the job. Having an expert painter or a Tennessee roofing specialist do the job sounds like a better idea. However, if you are thinking about your budget and you want to save more money, you can opt to do the job your own—but make sure you are well-prepared.

Preparing the Room

Before you paint a room, make sure that all furniture and wall and ceiling fixtures are protected from paint spills and drops, unless you want to paint them as well. You can do this by putting all the furniture in the middle of the room, basically away from the walls, and cover them with plastic or drop cloth. Do the same to protect your floor from paint splatters.

You should also clean the walls before you apply paint on it. Scrape off the old paint. If you are painting on the walls of your kitchen, for example, use a degreaser to remove oil stains and other residue.

Buying Paint

In order to find out how many gallons or cans of paint you need for the project, measure the size of the ceiling and the walls by using a tape measure. Measure the length of the longest wall and square it to find out how much paint you will need to cover the ceiling. For the walls, multiply the length of the longest wall by its height and then multiply the product by 4. If you are doing double coating, double the numbers. You can also use an online calculator to help you with the computation. Keep this rule of the thumb in mind: 1 gallon of paint is usually enough to cover at least 400 square feet of wall.

Remember this tip also: Do not buy paint that is too cheap for they do not last long. However, this does not mean that you have to buy a very expensive paint. Consider cost-efficiency and quality.

Getting Equipped

There are two basic equipment that you will be needing for the house painting project: the paint brush and the foam roller. The bristles of the paint brush must be tapered so you have more control as you press the brush onto the wall or ceiling surface. Do not buy cheap brushes as they are less effective. Cheap brushes often come with stiff and coarse bristles while quality brushes have soft and feathery bristles. Meanwhile, the usual size of foam rollers for general painting purposes is 9 inches. For a wider and quicker coverage, use a 14-inch or 18-inch foam roller.

Do-it-yourself house painting indeed needs a lot of preparation. If you don’t have the time, you can always opt to hire a Tennessee roofing specialist.


Learning About Windows: Types and Materials

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Admin

Do you know that aside from your roof, your windows could also get damaged by hail and storm? Do you also know that your roofing Tennessee contractor can fix the damages, either by repair or replacement, on your windows? If your windows need to be replaced already, it is important that you know something about them so you can make smart choices. Here are some basics.

Types

There are several types of windows. Among the common ones are awning, bay and bow, casement, double-hung, fixed, sliding, picture, and roof windows.

Awnings are rectangular windows that open outward. They provide good ventilation even when it is raining. Awnings are often installed above doors and other windows.

Bay and bow windows are slightly projected outward for wider viewing. This type of window also adds architectural style to homes. Bay and bow windows are often installed in bedrooms and living rooms.

Casement is another type of window that opens outward. It is a vertical window which may have locks on both the lower and upper parts.

Double-hung windows are opened by raising the lower half of the window upward. This is one of the most common types of windows you may see in traditional American homes.

Fixed windows, as the name suggests, cannot be opened and closed, thus providing no ventilation. They are usually used for decorative purposes. They come in various shapes and sizes.

Sliding windows feature modernity and elegance. They can be opened by sliding the other half of the window to other half.

Picture windows are like fixed windows. They are simply framed windows that do not also provide ventilation. It allows a wider and clearer viewing.

Lastly, roof windows, also called skylights, are window structures installed on roof surfaces. They add to the roof’s ventilation system and lighting.

Materials

Windows can be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, and clad wood.

A wooden window serves as natural insulator. It is also resistant to extreme temperatures. However, windows made of wood would need to be maintained regularly to avoid rotting.

Vinyl windows are energy-efficient. They are the most affordable window material that is also very durable. They are resistant to impact and corrosion.

Aluminum windows, on the other hand, are poor insulators because they are not resistant to heat and cold. However, they are also durable like vinyl windows and need less maintenance.

Fiberglass is the newest, most expensive, and most energy-efficient material for windows. It is also very durable and resistant to corrosion.

When having your windows replaced, ask your roofing Tennessee contractor about the appropriate window style and material that should be used for your home. They can best guide you to make the right choice.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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