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Choosing the Right Home Paint Colors for Your Home’s Exterior

The exterior of your house is as important as the interior. This is your home’s most visible part. Your careful consideration will help you choose the right color scheme for the exterior of your house. You will spend money and time, and you definitely want to get it right. Along with increasing its visual appeal, choosing the right home paint colors might help boost the resale value of your home. Use these handy tips when choosing the right paint colors for your home.

 

Blend with the Neighborhood

Walk around your neighborhood to see how the houses are painted. This will help to guide you on the appropriate home paint colors for your home’s exterior. If most of the houses are painted in brown hues, you should not go for a shiny black. Your house will be the odd one out. The trick is to blend in. Go for a color palette that is consistent with the rest of the neighborhood.

 

 

Consider the Architecture

The colors you choose should reflect your home’s architectural design. An old, colonial mansion painted in bright orange and green might not bring out the desired architectural effect. Don’t be tempted by the season colors. If not sure, you can ask a professional on the color history that is consistent with your house design. The idea here is to have paint colors that bring out the best out of the design of your home.

 

 

The Climate

The climate of your locality should guide you on choosing the right paint color. The exterior of your house is exposed to the elements. The colors should look appealing, yet be durable and resistant to corrosion or mold. The color choice for a log cabin in the woods would be different from that of a beachfront house. Your choice should be guided by the surrounding environment, considering how the climate will affect the color and the quality of paint.

 

 

Create Contrast

Creating contrast with the home paint colors can be easy. Considering the dominant house color, choose a different hue for the windows, roof edging and the window casings. You can then paint the doors and shutters a different color to highlight them. While at it, consider the landscape colors, and the contrast that they bring to the overall picture.

 

 

 

Understand the Surface

What is the texture of the walls of your home’s exterior? The appearance of paint colors changes with the surface, and this will impact the overall visual effect that you desired. When you paint rough surfaces, the colors appear darker. Smooth surfaces will have a lighter visual effect.

 

 

Know the Size

You can use color creatively to alter the mood and perception of your house. You can paint bold colors to create an impression of a bigger house. A handy tip here is to remember that darker or lighter colors have an effect on the size perception of the exterior of your home.

 

When choosing home paint colors for your home’s exterior, ensure that you go for a palette that makes you comfortable, and gives your home the attractiveness it needs. Play with color, and never hesitate to ask for professional assistance, when need be.

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Stripping a Popcorn Ceiling

Finished popcorn ceilings came out of style many years back, yet numerous older homes and some new ones still have them. While bringing down a finished roof is not that hard, it is a messy task that requires diligent work and very special safety precautionary measures.

Equipment required

To do the job you will need:

  • Plastic sheeting (2-3 mil for dividers, 6 mil for floors)
  • Rosin paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rags
  • Putty cut
  • Pump up sprayer
  • Liquid dishwashing cleanser
  • Six(6) inches or more extensive floor scrubber
  • Mesh sanding cushion with handle
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Drywall joint tape
  • Dust cover or respirator
  • Coveralls

Preparation

Removing a finished roof is a messy task so great prep work is vital to keep from spoiling your dividers or floor and to make clean up less difficult.

  1. Remove all furniture from the room.
  2. Turn off the warming or cooling system and close any vents. Roof vents should be eliminated and secured with plastic.
  3. Cut off the power to the room and remove any roof lights or air fans.
  4. Cover the divider outlets and switches with plastic, fixing them with painter’s tape.
  5. Cover the floor with plastic, extending it a foot up the divider and joining it with painter’s tape.
  6. Run painter’s tape on the divider around the roof along the dividers and join the 2-3 mil plastic sheeting to it, covering the plastic along the base of the divider.To help with the clean up, cover the floor with rosin paper, covering the sheets and taping them together.
  7. Make sure to wear a mask or respirator and protective glasses, and keep the part of the roof you are dealing with sodden to minimize dirt.
  8. To help with the clean up, cover the floor with rosin paper, covering the sheets and taping them together.

Getting It Down

Make sure to wear a mask or respirator and protective glasses, and keep the part of the roof you are dealing with sodden to minimize dirt.

 

  1. If your roof wasn’t painted, fill a pump off sprayer with warm water and include two(2) tablespoons of dishwashing cleanser per litre of water.
  2. Saturate a 4-6 foot square area of the roof with the solution. Wet it enough to make it loose, yet less that it does not harm the drywall under the surface.
  3. Wait 15-20 minutes for the soapy water to be consumed by the surface material.
  4. Use a scrubber, or other wide bladed equipment, to tenderly rub away the popcorn surface. Be mindful so as not to gouge the drywall or tear the drywall joint tape.
  5. If the surface becomes hard to remove, splash it once more, hold up a couple of minutes, and attempt once more.
  6. Use a putty blade to remove any remaining material and to get into the corners.

 

Repairs and Finishing Touches

You’ll likely need to do some drywall texturing to the roof after the surface has been removed, including:

 

  1. Hammer any noticeable nails or screws beneath the surface and cover them with joint compound.
  2. Replace any spoilt drywall tape and smooth out the joints with joint compound.
  3. Once the repair work has dried, sand the roof with a sanding cushion with a long handle. Sand only to expel the high spots, as excessive amount of sanding will spoil the ceiling.
  4. The last touch is to prime and paint the roof with latex ceiling paint.

Removing that dated popcorn roof will spare a trek to the exercise center by giving your arms and abdominal area an extraordinary workout. Notwithstanding you’re protruding biceps, the smooth roof will bring an incentive in your home and make all the hard work beneficial.

If this work seems more difficult that you can handle, contact a professional paint contractor to get it done right.

 

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Now is the Time to Paint the Inside of Your Home

interior-paintingYour house says a lot about you. And that’s why from the general architecture to the exterior and interior decor; everything needs to be neat and presentable. By doing this, you can be sure that your house will be warm and cordial for both your family and any visitor during the winter holidays. Colors form a critical component of your home’s decor. For a while now, Good Faith Painting Company has been delivering exceptional painting services to our esteemed clients residing in Raleigh, NC. That’s why hiring our professional painters to do your winter interior painting will be worth every penny.

Even though winters can be cold and damp, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your home’s interior painted. In fact, winter is the best time for interior painting. Taking into consideration that winter seasons come with a lot of holidays and celebrations, we always involve (and advise) you on choosing the best paints to ensure that your interior colors are intricate, appealing and welcoming.

Most people don’t know this, but interior painting is a critical home improvement project that should be done at least once a year; and what better time to get it done than during the long chilly winter days. It’s a great way to add beauty to your home. So, what makes winter the best time to get some interior painting done? Below, are three reasons why painting your house in the winter is a good thing;

  1. Affordable pricing and time-saving services: Our team of highly trained painters has years of experience, which means that they can deliver high-quality work in a very short time to ensure that they don’t interfere with your winter schedule. Also, seeing as winter is a holiday season, we offer our loyal customers discounts and special offers as a form of appreciation and also because your home’s beauty is of great importance to us.
  1. You get to prepare your home for the holidays: We know that winter is the time for holidays. Your home’s interior colors greatly impact the mood and feel of your home throughout the holidays. You can take advantage of the extra time you have during winter to refresh your home’s interior. Good Faith painters always offer you reputable painting services that add some sparkle and liveliness to your walls before the visitors start arriving.
  1. You get to cross off a major home improvement project off your to-do list: Since the other warmer seasons are usually ideal for most home renovation projects, getting your home’s interior painting done during winters helps you to reduce your home improvement workload. This means that you get ample time to work on your other projects during other months.

There you have it, three awesome reasons why painting your house in the winter is a good thing. So, take advantage of this coming winter season to spruce up your home’s interior by hiring our professional services. For more information, you can visit our website at goodfaithpaint.com or call us on (919)-368-8647. We will be more than happy to help you make your home’s interior colors envious. Happy Holidays!

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When Do You Get A New Paint Job For Your Home?

home-with-sidingA good paint job mainly serves two purposes. First, it gives your home the appearance that you’ve always dreamed of, and second it protects your home. There are two factors that play a decisive role on the durability of a paint job. The overhead sun is extremely important, as it drys out the paint and makes it stick well to the wall. Conversely, water always finds a way to sneak into the thin layer between the paint and the wall, resulting in cracking and peeling. Deciding to get a paint job done is quite a task and there are certain specific areas that one needs to inspect. These areas differ by nature with every element in your home. So how do you tell if your home needs a paint job or not? Here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

 

Siding

Not all surfaces need a new layer of paint. The siding accounts for almost 80% of the total work. Usually, there are three factors that determine the quality the paint on your siding:painted-home-siding

  • Do a close inspection of the color. Does it appear faded? You might want to get a new layer of paint done on it if that is the case.
  • Next, try rubbing your hand gently across the surface. If a chalky film gets stuck to your hands it’s certainly time for a new paint job.
  • In the event that you happen to have a masonite siding, take a peek at the bottom edge of each board. Test its waterproofing capabilities by pouring water on it and seeing if it beads up. If the results are nothing to write home about or if you notice minor swellings around the nail heads, you are better off opting for a new layer of paint.

 

Windows

When it comes to the windows, a much sharper and accurate inspection is called for. Often times, it might be really difficult to tell for an inexperienced individual, so be sure to look carefully. Here’s what you should be looking at:painted-window-frame

  • Sills are where your eyes should wander to first. Take a good look at the bottom right and bottom left areas – is the frame molding soft and crumbly? This could very well be a strong indication of water damage.
  • Most window frames are endowed with a metal frame at the top. Due to this fact, the drill caps are never susceptible to water damage. However, some window frames are made up of wood and may turn soft overtime.
  • A horizontal piece of wood rests at the bottom edge of the window sash. This area is well known to lose its paint at a faster rate compared to other surrounding areas. The paint becomes flaky before other parts…often after a year or two depending upon weather conditions. If you do plan to sell your house, be wary that this might deter potential buyers. Flaky paint is a clear indication of a house that hasn’t undergone maintenance for a good amount of time.

If you notice any of the above symptoms with regards to your windows, you can be sure that it’s time to get a new paint job right away! On the other hand, while getting new windows might be much more expensive than getting a new paint job, the move is definitely worth consideration as they have a major impact on the decor of your apartment.

 

Doors

The final place of inspection would be the doors. While they form vital entryways, an old and worn out door is probably the worst sight ever. We would recommend that you get your doors fixed and painted before you start to even consider the rest of the suggestions in the list. Here’s what you should be looking at:home-painted-front-door

  • Inspect the door frames and corners well. Pay special attention to the bottom edges. If you notice paint peeling off, your door is undoubtedly in need of service. You should also check for soft areas…much like the window frames. These could indicate potential water damage.
  • Move on to the gable ends of your apartment/home. Take a close look at the paint over them. Cracks and peeling are common in these areas as well. Water damage is no stranger, as well. Do the usual hand inspection that you have been done on other areas and note the observations.
  • Also, don’t forget to check the vents. Do they still have a proper coating over them? Keep these points in mind to decide on whether you want to get your doors replaced or repainted in the immediate future.

You may want to consider just getting these areas refurbished in order to make your home look all bright and shiny again. Just because your doors and windows need some work, doesn’t mean that you need to get your whole home repainted. If you are not sure, first get these aforementioned areas repainted and have a look at the final result before you make any more moves. Be that as it may, if more than 30% of your apartment is suffering from cracks or flaky paint, it might be in your best interest to go ahead and get a major paint job. An experienced painter can make these recommendations.

 

Conclusion

To get such issues addressed and properly evaluated, contact a well known professional painter near your locality. He will be able to assess your home for you and suggest what you ought to do next. In most cases, a good paint job should protect your home safely from the sun and the rain for years to come.

If you do feel that your home needs a paint job after reading this article, Good Faith Paint Company has you covered. We are experts in our field and we will be very glad to assess your current situation and suggest appropriate repairs! Give our office a call today!

 

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Why and When You Should Paint the Exterior of Your House

gage exterior-smHow the exterior of your house looks determines and portrays what kind of person you are. The right paint job will ensure that the exterior of your house has a fresh and attractive look. There are numerous reasons as to why you should paint the exterior of your house. The following is a list of important reasons which detail why and when you should paint the outside of your house.

  1. The first and most obvious reason is that, paint gives your house an appealing appearance. A well painted exterior will give a good first impression to visitors and prospective buyers.
  2. A coat of paint helps protect the exterior of house from environmental factors such as snow, frost, sleet, and rain which may penetrate and cause cracking, flaking and peeling on the walls . Humid surfaces provide breeding conditions for mildew, and rot on wood.
  3. To increase the value of your property, a well painted exterior would be a good start. Interested buyers will consider your house if it is well painted and hence increase the resale value.
  4. House maintenance is a process that will never end. The cost of maintaining may be high especially when replacing rotten wood, and cracked surfaces. The expensive repair costs can be avoided by applying paint before it is too late.
  5. We all change our minds or get bored of seeing the same color every day. Changing the look by painting the exterior will ensure that you get rid of the old fashioned look. It will also let you try out the latest types of paints which can be even more effective than the ones applied before.

When should you do exterior painting?

To achieve a perfect finish of paint, you should consider the best time and weather to paint the outside of your house. Before you start painting, the surface should be prepared by scrapping off peeled paint if any, and applying several coats before the painting the final coat.

Windy weather causes latex paint to dry quickly and prevent proper film formation. Wind can also carry dust which combines with wet paint and allows growth of mildew and ruins your paint job.

Very hot or cold days are not suitable for painting. Direct sunlight prevents film formation while cold days causes the paint to take long to dry.

Spring is therefore the most suitable season when painting the outside of your home. Employing professionals and buying the right paint will ensure quality paint job.

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Tips On Whether To Paint Or Stain Your Deck

House Painter Wearing Facial Protection Spray Painting A Deck of A Home.

House Painter Wearing Facial Protection Spray Painting A Deck of A Home.

The traditional wooden deck is a favorite of many people; they love the evenly placed planks dotted with rows of nails or screws. While some love the feel of solid-wood deck boards under their feet, some may even love the look of a weathered wooden deck. But these real wooden decks require a little bit of care from time to time. One of the most important maintenance choices you must make for your deck is whether you should go in for deck painting or deck staining. Except for some hard tropical hardwoods, all decks need some sort of finish to last outside. If you skip the finishing coat, it will usually lead to cracking, splitting, warping and even rotting of the wood.

 

Deck Painting

Painting your deck is a great choice and it has quite a few benefits over deck staining. But it is not for you if you love a natural looking wood deck.

Here are the pros and cons of deck painting:

 

Pros

  • Painting gives the longest lasting protection against the elements. The high solid contents in paints help form a thick, opaque film on the surface that hide imperfections, resists moisture, and blocks UV rays.
  • Painting gives you a wide range of options, because it allows you to use any color you want. Moreover, as the paint is solid, you can completely cover an old color or the wood itself.
  • As the paint is thicker, it helps fill the gaps and cracks in the wood. Some paints are made to be used for repairing wood that has been damaged by the elements.
  • Painted decks are easier to clean. If the paint used is of good quality and has been allowed to cure properly before put into use, it creates a hard shell that prevents dirt from staining. However, this depends on the color; white color painted decks are not easy to clean.  
  • Deck painting is a more protective option to the wood, because it resists rot, mold and sun damage.

Cons

  • Painting is a messy job, as you have to prepare, preserve and prime the wood first.
  • Paint is forever. Once you decide to paint your wood deck, you do not have any option to change it in future. You can change the color, but you cannot go back to deck staining.
  • Painted decks can be slippery when wet. Depending on the sheen of the paint used (gloss, semi-gloss, etc.); painted decks can be as slick as ice when wet.
  • Painting hides the natural beauty of wood. The color, grain pattern and texture of the wood are hidden by painting.  
  • A wood deck is exposed to sun, rain and snow, and the constant shrinkage and expansion of the wood causes paint to peel over time.  

 

Backyard Deck and Chairs

Deck Staining

Deck staining if for people who decide that painting is not for them. They will then probably end up with the transparent or semi-transparent stains. There are several types of stains; but there are still pros and cons while you choose to stain your deck.

Pros

  • Staining helps retain the natural beauty of wood and it lets the wood grain, texture and color show through.
  • Generally, stain is less slippery. Although there are some stains that can be slippery, most of the stains are more of a flat surface that protects the wood without creating a slippery surface.
  • It is easier to apply stain. Even if you miss a spot here and there, it will not be obvious.  
  • Stains are available in a variety of colors. As the wood itself will have a big effect on the finished color of the stain, it is better to test an area of the deck with the stain before buying it.

Cons

  • Stains have a shorter life span when compared with paints. The life span of stains depends on the quality, number of coats applied and the weather condition.
  • Stains do not fill cracks. Generally, they are much thinner; so, they cannot be used as a repair material to fill cracks, splinters and voids.

Deck painting and deck staining both can give you a deck that lasts longer than an untreated deck. Paints and stains make the wood less water absorbent and keep it dry on the inside. They have compounds that protect the wood from harmful UV rays, which means less of sun damage.  

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Transforming a Coffered Ceiling Dining Design

Alan and Cathy had a dining room ceiling that was a plain coffered ceiling, but with lots of potential. So, after talking with them about what they wanted to do, we added small crown molding in all of the coffers. Then we added trim around the entire room just below the coffer beams. we painted everything from this trim up semi gloss white. we then painted the ceiling inside each coffered area a lighter shade to match the new wall color they were having us paint. It ended up looking fantastic, and they were very happy.

We are experienced painting professionals in residential and commercial painting, providing interior, exterior painting, tray ceiling painting, Beams, Coffered Ceilings, Suspended Ceilings, Custom Ceiling, transforming Coffered Ceiling Dining Design at best prices. Call our office at (919)-368-8647 for a FREE In-Home Estimate Online.

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