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    How to Estimate the Amount of Paint You Will Need for Room

    Painting interior of your home can transform its looks and feel, and even add value to your property if you’re planning to sell it. However, residential painting is a major project that requires proper planning. Good planning can help you minimize wastage especially when it comes to painting. To avoid paint wastage, you need to estimate the amount of paint you will need before heading to the paint store. And today we share how to do just that.

    1. Calculate the Surface Area of the Walls
      Start by recording the width and height of each wall and calculate the surface area of the walls (L x H). So if the length of the room is 15m and the height is 10m, the area of the wall would be 150 square meters. If the other long wall is 20m long, then the surface area of that wall would be 200 square meters. The opposite sides of each wall will always be the same for most houses. Add the total area of the four walls together, so that would be (150+200+200+150) =700.
    2. Account for Door and Window Areas.
      Calculate and subtract the surface areas of the windows and doors, as well as the frames. Using the same principle above, measure the length and height of doors and windows and calculate their total area. Next, subtract the total area of the windows and doors from the total area of the walls to get the net wall surface area that needs to be painted. So if you had a total area of 34 square meters for the windows and doors, your net area to be painted would be 700-34=666 square meters.
    3. Account for Special Cases
      If you’re painting the trim and window sills that same paint color as your walls, you can either calculate these small areas bit by bit or simply include 10% more to the surface area to account for this.
    4. Doors, Windows, Baseboards, and Frames
      While you can paint these areas the same color, choosing a different, slightly contrasting or coordinating color can highlight them. In this example, use the total area of the windows and doors calculated above. Use the same principle of calculating the area above (L x H) to calculate the area of the baseboard and add it to that as well. Once you get the total area of doors, windows, and baseboards, you can add 20% to account for frames and touch-ups.
    5. Measure the Surface Area of the Ceiling.
      To get the area of the ceiling, measure the width and length of the floor and multiply the two. If you have any fixtures or vents on your ceiling, you will have to minus this. Textured ceilings may require slightly more paint due to the slightly increased surface area.
    6. Calculate the Volume of Paint You Will Need.
      So, how much paint will you need to paint your room? You probably already have a clue on how to go about this at this point. If you’re painting the walls and doors/windows using the same color, you can add up the total area of the three. You will most definitely want to paint your ceiling a different color from your walls. So the paint needed for the ceiling will have to be computed separately.

      Estimates range between 350 to 400 square feet per gallon of paint on smooth, interior plaster walls. So, estimate the amount of paint based on the total surface area you want to paint. If you’re painting using spray paint, you might want to add about 10% more. If all this sounds a little more intimidating, you probably need to hire a professional painting contractor to help you with the whole process.

    At Eason Painting Company, we offer reliable and durable interior painting services, currently serving the areas of Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Harrison Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI. Give us a call today for a free quote and more details.

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    How to Minimize Color Fading On Your Home’s Exterior

    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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