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Before Hiring a Painting Contractor, Look for These Five Things.

11 / 05 / 2019 / 0 comments

Whether it’s your home’s exterior, interior, deck or kitchen cabinets, painting is an extremely transformative, efficient and inexpensive way of upgrading your home. If you’re planning to sell your home, painting not only adds value but also helps you sell your home faster.

Well, that might be true, but the value of any paint job depends largely on the quality of the job and materials used. A poorly painted set of kitchen cabinets or home exterior in the wrong color can, in fact, reduce the overall value of the painted item. So it would appear that apart from choosing quality painting materials, you need to hire a trained, skilled, reliable and experienced painting contractor.

As you would imagine, not all professional painting contractors are created the same. We’ve all run into unpleasant experiences with a contractor at some point. And there is nothing more frustrating than hiring a dishonest, unreliable and sneaky contractor. Which is why we’re dedicating this article to help you avoid just that. Here are the top five things to look for when hiring a painting contractor.

Online Reviews
If the painting contractor has been around for a while, they must have some online footprints. Other than asking for recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors, chances are you will go searching local painters online. Before you favor any of them, look for reviews about their services on platforms like Google My Business, Yelp, Social Media and local home improvement blogs. If the company has a high number of negative reviews and feedback, run!

Licensing and Insurance
However small your painting project might seem, you want to keep things legal and safe from the very beginning. Only consider working with painting contractors that are insured and duly licensed to work within your state. Some licenses are for only residential or only commercial properties, while others are for small jobs, so make sure the painter is appropriately insured and licensed for your type of job.

Additionally, they need to have a sufficient business liability insurance cover, as well as cover for the crew on the ground. This way, if something goes wrong while they’re painting, you’re protected from liability.

Check for References
If you’re hiring the painter for the first time, you want to verify their skills through some references. Most companies will have a gallery of previous jobs on their website for you to sample, but it doesn’t hurt to get in touch with one of their previous clients. If it’s a local painting contractor in Clinton Township, for instance, request them to refer you to some of the local works they have worked on.

Experience
Having painted residential houses for decades doesn’t automatically mean that the company will offer the best quality. However, if they’ve been around for a while and generally have a positive standing and reviews in the community, it means they’re doing something right. The longer the company has existed, the more likely they have perfected their trade. Having at least five years of experience is a good beginning.

A Detailed Estimate
Once you’ve narrowed down to 2-3 painters, you would want to invite them over, separately and request for a painting estimate from each of them. The estimate should be well detailed, capturing important items such as project scope, labor, materials to be used (including brands), timelines, number of coats, surface prep process and so on. If the painter hands you a sketchy estimate on a paper napkin, move on to the next contractor.

Bottom Line
Finding a reliable and experienced contractor shouldn’t be that much of a hassle. However, if the above process still seems somewhat tedious, we welcome you to try out our high quality, reliable and flawless painting services at Eason Painting.

We currently serve the areas of Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI. Give us a call if you have any more questions.

Five Pro Tips for Staining Your Deck

3 / 05 / 2019 / 0 comments

Your deck’s finish takes quite a beating from different elements, whether it’s pounding rain, piles of snow or foot traffic. Over time, the protective qualities of your deck stain tend to reduce, and this often manifests itself through discolorations, wood splinters, and inability to repel water. Poor quality stains will often start failing after a year, but the best brands can last up to five years before requiring refinishing.

There’re many different types of stains in the market, from oil-based and alcohol-based to solid and transparent stains. If you have an aging deck that is showing sign of splintered wood, a solid stain might help hold the splinters in place and fill in the cracks. After assessing your deck, here are the five steps you need to properly apply stain to your wooden deck.

  1. When to Stain
    Just like paint, the stain won’t adhere well to damp surfaces. It will often show signs of cracking and peeling a few months after application. Consider staining at a time when it hasn’t rained for several days. The forecast should preferably be indicating at least two days of dry weather ahead. While at it, avoid staining in direct sunlight as the stain will dry too fast before it gets a chance to be absorbed.
  2. Prep the Surface
    Before you even open that stain can, make sure that the surface to be stained is free of dirt, grime and stains in order for the stain to be absorbed properly. Start by sanding the splintered spots, sweeping the debris and cleaning in between the boards using a putty knife. You can clean the wood by applying a deck cleaner or using a pressure washer. If you choose to pressure wash, give the deck up to two days to completely dry before painting.
  3. Choose your Brushes Wisely
    When it comes to staining, most pros prefer using synthetic brushes, especially when dealing with water-based stains. Natural bristles tend to be hollow and as they absorb more water from the stain, they become less rigid. If you choose to use a roller, favor the one with a ¼ inch nap or shorter as it will allow you to apply thinner layers of the stain and minimize pooling.
  4. Choose the Right Stain
    As earlier mentioned, there’re many types of stains to choose from, and each has its own pros and cons. If you have previously applied a solid stain, a transparent or semi-transparent stain won’t be one of your best options. Solid stains plug up the wood pores and prevent a clear or semi-transparent stain from soaking into the wood. You can, however, use a solid stain on any type of previously stained deck surface.
  5. Apply Thin Coats
    The one thing with stain application is that more is not always better. But before you even start applying the stain, mix all the gallons of the stain together to achieve some color consistency. Then when applying, use long, smooth strokes to stain an area of 1.5 to 2 feet at once.
    For solid stains, apply in thin coats and even thinner coats for clear or semitransparent stains. Applying thick layers of stain or too much of it will lead to the formation of poodles which later leads to stain flaking once the stain is dry. So instead of one thick coat, you should preferably apply two thin coats for better uniformity and durability.

Bottom Line
Deck staining is not as difficult as you might imagine if you follow the above simple steps. However, if you don’t have any prior training and experience in wooden deck refinishing, you might end up making costly mistakes. In such a case, consider hiring a professional painting and deck refinishing company such as Eason Painting for quality and durable results.

How to Minimize Color Fading On Your Home’s Exterior

25 / 04 / 2019 / 0 comments

Exterior painting is an efficient and inexpensive way to refresh the curb appeal and beauty of your home. In fact, painting has been known as the most transformative and cost-effective form of home renovation and restoration. When well maintained, a home exterior paint job can last up to five years before requiring a repaint.

But, ultimately, your exterior paint will break down over the years and start showing signs of color fading. However, there’re a few things you can do to make sure that your exterior paint job lasts longer. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today, shall we?

1. Choose Fade-resistant Paint

It all starts with the type of paint you choose. While it might sound obvious, chances are you’ve never thought about it –using fade-resistant paint can actually minimize the fading on your home’s exterior. The best fade-resistant paints contain high-quality pigments and a sufficient amount of binders. This firmly binds the paint pigments to the other ingredients to form a long-lasting paint film.

Additionally, the binders ensure that there is good adhesion of the paint to the wall surface. So if your exterior is constantly exposed to the sunlight and prone to fading, request your painting contractor to specifically use fade-resistant paints.

2. Choose your Colors Wisely

Sunlight has never been kind to painted walls, and this is often the number one cause of exterior paint fading. Extended exposure to sunlight often causes something known as ‘photodegradation’ – this is where bonds in the paint chemicals break down as a result of ultraviolet rays.

That being said, not all paint colors react in a similar manner. Generally, darker paint colors absorb and retain more heat than light colors. This means lighter colors last longer and fades less than dark colors. So if paint fading is a major problem, you can play around with light colors on areas that are more exposed to the sun and dark colors where the sun doesn’t shine. Alternatively, you can choose lighter, but still trendy exterior colors such as Wheat for your entire exterior to minimize overall fading.

3. Always use High-quality Paints.

All things constant, high-quality paint holds its color even when exposed to harsh elements. It has better adherence to the surface and also resists chalking better than the low-quality options. Generally, high-quality paint has more color pigments and binders that help retain the color while keeping everything together.

Other than fading, you will also notice that high-quality paint dries faster and doesn’t crack, peel or bubble just a few years or even months after painting. With good quality paint, once you’re done with painting, you can forget about your exterior for a while as you focus on other areas of home improvement.

4. Which Surface are You Painting on?

When choosing your paint, you need to consider the type of material you’re painting on. Some paints are only suitable for certain materials. Different exterior paints are also suitable for different parts of the house based on their qualities.

Choosing the wrong paint for your surface will lead to accelerated fading. For instance, you should not use alkali-sensitive paints on highly alkaline surfaces such as masonry. Latex and acrylic paints dry fast, are highly durable and work well on exterior surfaces. But you should probably consult your painter for specific brands.

Bottom Line
Putting all the above considerations in mind should help you minimize exterior paint fading. In addition, always make sure that the surface is well prepared before painting to minimize fading, chalking and other forms of paint failure.

We also highly recommend that you hire a professional painting company like Eason Painting for high quality, reliable and durable results. We currently offer exterior and interior painting in the areas of Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Armada, Troy, Chesterfield, Clinton and Township, Michigan. Contact us today for a free quote and more information.

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6 Painting Shortcuts that Will Cost You in the Long Run.

11 / 04 / 2019 / 0 comments

Giving your home a new coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to upgrade it. New paint will easily give your living spaces a premium feel depending on several factors. These include the products, techniques, and professionals hired for the painting project. For homeowners aiming at putting their home up for sale, this may be the key to getting more value from the sale.

Although painting projects require specialized attention and care, many homeowners will take unwarranted shortcuts. These shortcuts are taken in the name of cutting costs but will end up doing more harm than good. In this article, we highlight six painting shortcuts that will actually cost you more in the long run.
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Skipping Surface Preparation.
Surface preparation is the key to a high-quality paint finish. It involves a lot of work that you may be tempted to skip. This includes pressure washing on exterior surfaces, sanding the walls and masking the windows, moldings, and baseboards. Skipping these steps will lead to the application of paint on dirty surfaces leading to a substandard finish. This will heavily cost you. All the paint and hours put in the projects will eventually go to waste.

Applying a Single Coat of Paint.
This is a common shortcut when a huge project is involved. Trying to cover it all in one coat will lead to a tragic finish. A single coat will most often than not result in a transparent finish. The main goal of painting is to give a surface a flatteringly even finish, this can never be achieved with a single coat of paint. Applying several coats will, therefore, give you that smooth desirable finish. This will take longer, but it will be worth your while.

Using Inferior Products.
Purchasing cheap paints might seem like a money-saving idea. However, cheap paints are low in quality and will hardly meet your standards. In most cases, quality paint will remain in good conditions for several years. Inferior products will, however, break apart within a short time after application. Paint cracking, fading and peeling off will be noted in no time, and you might be forced to repeat the entire painting process.

Inadequate Paint Preparation.
Paint is meant to be prepared before application. Opening the can and dipping in your brush or roller right away may save you some minutes but will lead to an undesirable finish. Paint should be thoroughly mixed to ensure consistency before application. If it feels too thick, thinning is recommended. Taking time to read instructions on the can will also guarantee positive results. Avoiding this procedure will see lumps and inconsistency throughout your work.

Hiring Cheap or Inexperienced Painters.
Painting is an affordable project, but not necessarily cheap. Cheap painting quotations should, therefore, raise a red flag. You might think you’re saving some money by hunting for the cheapest quote in town. However, the best value for your money won’t come from the cheapest painter on your list. The fact that they’re the cheapest might mean that they have cut some corners to get to that temptingly low figure.

Painting a New Coat Over Partially Dry Paint.
Painting projects take time to complete. Some DIY enthusiasts are tempted to apply subsequent coats on partially dry paint. Not only will this increase the time paint takes to dry, but it will also lead to messy and uneven surfaces. Partially dry paint will easily get scraped as you apply the new coat. Brush marks will also be left on the walls leading to a wavy finish. This will cost you more as you will be forced to apply more coats or settle with the messy finish. So, take those coffee breaks and allow each coat of paint or primer to dry before moving on.

Bottom Line
Taking above shortcuts will compromise the quality of your paint job and eventually cost you more in the long run. The shortcuts described above should, therefore, be completely avoided in any painting project. This will ensure that you meet high-quality standards leaving you satisfied with the outcomes of the painting.

If you’re looking for a professional painting company to beat the above shortcuts, our team at Eason Painting can offer help. Our team has extensive experience offering painting services in the areas of Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI.