Painting The Exterior Trim Of Your Vermont House

July 30, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Painting exterior trim can be thought of costing less than completely painting all exterior surfaces, but a few things to consider from a painting contractor points of view.

Most of us look to save where we can, especially in this day and economic conditions. House painting is no different, when it comes to saving money. A Vermont home exterior weathers from harsh elements of heat, cold, sun, and snow, and exterior paint ages over time needing repainting. Vermont exterior trim painting, being that of solid wood is normally the first to show signs of painting maintenance. Many times a homeowner happens to call, asking for only painting the trim. Trim paint jobs sound good at first, but have some underlying thoughts may have not been considered. Below are things to consider when considering painting trim only.

1) Most homes exterior trim is painted on the front only, more commonly called front-facing the trim. Sides of trim is normally painted with main body color. Few homes have trim painted on all 3 visible surfaces, called in the painting industry as 3-D’ed painting.

2) Either edge of trim is painted with body color, and is where caulking is applied at most 90 degree angles. Painting trim only, cannot feasibly include caulking, as this fails and opens up over time. Most homes need new caulking when painting the exterior, and a close inspection can determine.

3) If new caulk is applied, main body portion needs to be touched up, and most of the time new paint will not match aged paint even using exactly the same paint out of the same paint can, as sheen difference will come into play.

4) Painting trim is normally done by roller and brush, not sprayed, so more manual labor is required painting trim, and most cases costing 60% of the total exterior painting job.

5) Since the trim is the first to go, the main body of the home will be shortly behind requiring painting. If the trim was recently painted, and a few years later the body is ready for paint, all the trim will need to be covered, commonly referred to as masking off. Masking off expends time, labor and material, which adds to the bottom line cost to the remaining 40%, typically costing an additional 25% for masking trim. Thus costing 25% more after both trim and body portions are painted in separate years.

6) When painting exterior completely, the first thing to be painted after all preparations have been accomplished is generally spraying the body 2 coats wet on dry. Allowing the first coat to dry, before applying the second coat. In doing this, trim is over-sprayed, giving initial coat as well, thereby getting a total of 3 paint coatings, instead of the actual 2 coats required for maximum protection. This over spray is not charged in the painting cost, but adding to the elements of exterior duration and warranties.

7) Set up costs are normally included with any home improvement job, painting separate times for complete exterior painting can essentially cost double, unless agreed before work begins in painting quote.

Main thing to consider when considering painting exterior of your home is; How long do I plan living in this house. If your answer is any longer than 1 year, you may reconsider from painting trim only to painting exterior completely. From a quick glance, fresh trim paint will work from an aesthetic point of view, but not even close from complete protection and value points. Therefore, being fugal painting, does not always mean painting just enough to get by, sometimes costing much more in the long run.

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Interior Painting Ideas For Nurseries

June 21, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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If you’re having a girl, of course, you want to paint the nursery pink; but if you’re expecting a boy, then you would go for a blue room. This makes Vermont  interior painting easy and simple to do; however, if you want to be a little creative and create a nursery that’s just right for your baby, then you should know of different- great painting ideas.

Painting methods and Ideas for your baby’s nursery

In case you have ant patches or gaps in the wall, be sure to apply a primer and sealer to it. This should be done since a primer and sealer helps increase the life of your wall’s paint and will provide a great base for interior wall painting colors. Once you’ve applied the base coats, you may then experiment with various painting methods, such as using a stencil or just free hand your own design. After you are finished painting the walls, use a semi-gloss in order to have the best results. Your walls will be protected by the said gloss and will be easy to maintain, since it can be cleaned as well as scrubbed.

Before you begin the process of choosing specific colors and interior painting ideas, the first thing you must do is pick a theme. Choose one that’s simple and stick to light as well as soft colors. Great theme ideas for a boy’s room are space, cartoons, and cars. For a girl’s room, you can pick themes such as flowers, butterflies and stars.

Here are some other ideas that you may want to consider:

  • Paint the lower half of the walls white and the upper half, color pink. Vertical stripes will look great with these colors. Make sure you use simple flower stencil and two to three bright colors, such as orange, yellow or purple before painting an arch on the wall. Place the crib under the arch and you will love the result.
  • Another great interior painting idea is to paint the walls a medium- dark lemon shade and use a butterfly stencil of various sizes. Create a perspective feeling by painting the bigger butterflies with darker shades at the base and the medium shaped butterflies with light colors or shades.
  • A nice interior painting idea for a boy’s room would be to paint all the walls blue and with a stencil or by hand, paint a couple of clouds in white. After, paint the ceiling a dark blue and use a fluorescent shade to paint spaceships, planets and stars on it. When the lights are off, you will see the ceiling and think of outer space indeed.

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Eco-Friendly Painting

February 8, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Making our dwellings gorgeous is nothing new. Humans have been decorating their homes for millennia. From the Australian Aborigines painting ochre onto cave walls over 40,000 years ago to the almost modern Egyptian pyramids of only 4,500 years ago we all have an innate desire to express ourselves and make our surroundings part of that expression. Read more

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Before You Paint Your Vermont House

February 8, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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If you’re a Vermont homeowner looking to sell, you’ve doubtless been a little discouraged by the recent downturn in the real estate market. These things happen, and it’s nothing much that can’t be undone when the market gets to it’s next boom. In the mean time, improving your home is one of the best ways to compete on the real estate market. But doing so incurs additional costs that you can only hope to get back on the sale. Read more

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The Basics of House Painting in Vermont

February 8, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Your Vermont house is your lifetime asset. And it’s a matter of time when you take a notice that your house needs renovation – not because it’s getting old, but because you feel the need of vibrant colors in your house.

Repainting your house is a tricky business. Some rely on painting companies to do the job for you. Hiring the Vermont house painting service may also cost you. But if you are planning to paint it yourself, you might want to consider the basics; and consider the time and effort you will put on painting your house. Read more

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