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Out With the Old Paint, In With a Fresh Coat

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Admin

If you have just moved in, for instance, and the house has been in the neighborhood since the 70’s, you might want to take a look at its exterior paint. It might still look good at first glance but most of the time, it is already deteriorated and repainting is needed. In such cases, stripping the cladding bare is necessary before a fresh coat of paint is applied.

There are more than a couple of ways to remove the old paint from a house’s exterior: grinding, burning, and using chemicals. Grinding is the process of removing the old paint using a power sander disk or a clapboard sander. With the help of such tools, stripping the old paint is easy and fast. However, this method often works best in clapboard sidings and may occasionally scar wood surfaces if not used carefully.

The other method, burning, involves using heat to remove the old paint. Like grinding, it is also a fast and inexpensive way of stripping old paint. However, there is risk of fire especially when an ember is left under a clapboard. Thus, be very cautious when employing this method. However, a tool called infrared heat allows for a safer method of removing old paint. It works faster than other burning methods but it is not that widely available.

Lastly, using chemicals to strip the old paint is more expensive than the previous methods already described. Most TN roofing contractors would also agree that there is too much hassle employing this method, considering that some do not work. Methylene chloride is the most powerful chemical and peels off old paint quickly. However, you need to put on some protective wear for safety.

The New Color

Picking the new color for your house can be tricky. Most homeowners get indecisive at this point. To get some ideas on how you want your new home to look like, check out home improvement or lifestyle magazines and websites. Experiment also on various colors and shades to come up with the perfect color scheme that you want.

If you already have colors in your shortlist, buy small sample cans and paint the colors on different parts of your house. As you consider the lighting, see how they look on your house. You can do this test with your TN roofing or paint contractor so that he can also give some suggestions on what type of paint you should buy, how many gallons, and the right colors to pick.

Before you start applying a fresh coat of paint on your house’s exterior, make sure that the siding surfaces are clean, patched up or repaired, smooth, and dry. Otherwise, your paint job will not be successful or the paint will not last for long. Make sure also that the weather is perfect for a house painting job.


Siding Materials Pros and Cons

Posted on: July 12th, 2012 by Admin

If you are remodeling your home or replacing old or damaged sidings, it is important that you choose the most appropriate siding type and material for your house. To begin with, read about the pros and cons of some siding materials enumerated below.

Wood

If you want to use environmentally friendly materials for your home, wood is the perfect material for your sidings. Wood sidings give your house a natural feel and allow you to achieve the look that you want by painting them with any color of your choice. However, you may need to do this more frequently as maintenance. Wood sidings are also susceptible to rot, fire, and insect damage. Also, they would eventually succumb to natural decay.

Vinyl

Vinyl sidings are popular among typical American homes. They are durable and not susceptible to rot and insect damage, but they are not that resistant to impact. They are available in several colors and textures thus, no need to paint or stain them. The color of the vinyl may fade in time especially when exposed to too much sunlight. Vinyl sidings are generally affordable but they could be expensive depending on the grade of the material. Do not choose cheap ones, though. They are often sub-standard and may not look appealing on your house.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement sidings are also durable and manufacturers often sell them with long warranties—usually up to 50 years. They are resistant to impact, moisture, rot, fire, and insect damage. Fiber cement sidings also have style of their own: They resemble the texture of wood sidings. However, they are more expensive than other siding materials, especially the pre-painted ones. They are also heavy, which would make the labor cost for a TN roofing specialist to be a little expensive.

Metal

Metal sidings are also durable and do not require a lot of maintenance. In contrast with wood sidings, they do not need to be painted. They are also fireproof. However, metal sidings are susceptible to rust and can easily have dents due to impact.

Stucco

Traditional types of stucco sidings are very durable and long-lasting. They also require low maintenance because there is no need for painting and staining. Like metal and fiber cement sidings, stucco is fire-resistant. It is not also susceptible to insect damage. If your house has complex shapes, stucco may be the best material for your sidings. It has also its own unique style and texture which gives your house an elegant and sophisticated look. Stucco sidings may crack in time and may cause moisture problems when improperly installed. In installing them, you need an experienced and professional TN roofing specialist to do it for you as DIY installation could be really difficult.


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.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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