Repaint,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Use Your Commercial Building to Market Your Brand!

If you are a business owner that operates from a brick and mortar site, you should be asking yourself if you are getting enough ‘bang for your buck’? In other words, have you given any thought to allowing your building to be an advertisement, like a billboard that catches the eye of potential customers and draws them in? In today’s highly competitive market this may be an excellent option for getting the word out about your company without having to enhance your marketing budget. Here’s how.

• Think about the colors of the building’s exterior. If you have a business card, website or other item you use to promote your brand, hold it up against the building and consider how to apply it through the proper paint and accessories, like lighting or signage.
• Investigate what researchers say a color invokes in potential customers. Blue building exteriors tend to make customers feel a sense of calm or peace. Is that what you want your business to say? If you sell mattresses and bedding, it’s perfect but if you sell power tools you might want to go in another direction. For the record – yellow says energy or vibrancy, red says drama, black says elegance or maybe secrecy, and green says health. Of course, there are variations to this and you may want to mix and match colors on a trial basis before settling on a final choice.
• Make sure your logo can be neatly and pleasantly worked into the exterior in a way that complements (and compliments) your brand. Look at this experience as an opportunity to bring your business card to life but be sure to try it on a small scale before transferring it to the building itself.
• Investigate the building codes and requirements before investing in creating your exterior work of art. Some areas do not allow for changes to a business exterior, others will invite it under certain circumstances and in other cases you have carte blanche to do what you please!
• Find a commercial paint company that has experience in creating exterior branding on commercial buildings. This takes part artist, part professional. Do your homework and interview several companies before making that final decision. Ask to see their work and be sure you have a rapport.

In the market to change your commercial exterior? Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

Repaint,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Your House Painter – The Professional Artist

As this month’s blogs are being prepared, it took some reflection to decide on the topics most appropriate for summertime. As usual, this writer took some time to read up on what the latest commentary about commercial and residential painting has to say. It is an interesting industry and really much more complex than the label of ‘painting’ would imply.

In fact, the residential and commercial painting company could be compared to a professional visual artist. A visual artist takes the time to identify a subject of their painting and they often stick with that for the entirety of their career – think of Georgia O’Keefe or Monet. Well, the residential painter has chosen their subject as well – your homes and businesses.

A visual artist is also very fussy about their work. They are often portrayed as ‘lost in thought’ – thinking over where to begin, what strokes to use, what the final product will say to the novice and critic. Nothing could be truer of the residential and commercial painter as well. We begin by stepping back and taking in the project as a whole – whether it be painting your home or business interior or exterior. We spend much time in advance visualizing the final product and deciding the approach long before materials are purchased, and the first stroke of the paintbrush hits the surface.

The visual artist will often pause while painting to reflect on the progress of the work long before finishing. This is a self-assessment to ensure that the work is on target. The professional industrial and residential painter can be seen doing the same thing. At regular intervals we take the time to step back and view the work from a holistic perspective – ensuring that it is headed in the direction the customer requested and we promised. It is easier to make changes along the way if a problem has been identified than wait until the process has been completed and then decide someone is not satisfied.

Finally, the visual artist will bask in the glow of a completed piece and – if you must know – the residential and commercial artist does the same! The painter of artworks that hang in museums or those that refresh the look of a home or business takes a certain pride and sense of satisfaction in their completed work. After all, we are professional artists! If you would like your home or business to shine like a masterpiece, contact the professional ‘artists’ at University Painters, Inc. We look forward to servicing you.

Repaint, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

The Clean Up

If you are in the market for a residential or commercial paint company, you will probably want to interview a few before making the final decision. The customer is usually very attentive to price and what the company provides as far as surface preparation and final presentation but they often overlook who is responsible for the final clean up and what that actually entails. That is often one of the most common complaints of customers who bemoan the fact by saying, “Hire a commercial paint company? Why should I when I have to clean up after them once the painting is done!” Let’s consider clean up after a paint job in this blog.

If you are getting quotes for a residential or commercial paint job you should always include a request for how the property will be left at the end. In other words – what do the painters consider to be their responsibility when it comes to leaving the property in pristine condition and where do they draw the line? Maybe they clean up after the painting is done but only do so for a price. And what is clean up anyway?

• Start with the materials required to complete the job. Who purchased the drop cloths, brushes, paint and ladders or other materials? If you supplied the materials, ask in advance if it is their practice to close them, fold them or otherwise ready them for neat storage as part of the finishing process. Frankly, a painter who will leave materials lying around after a job requiring the customer to do a final clean sweep is probably not going to get a referral. Smart paint companies include this in their estimates or as part of their service.

• The best paint companies will be attentive to their tools all through the painting process. In other words, they clean their brushes and rollers on a daily basis as part of their end-of-the-day requirements. Paint cans do not have drips all around them because they have been kept up throughout the job. Drop cloths are always neatly folded and evidence that a painter is on site is generally not visible at day’s end.

If you are in the market for a residential or commercial paint company that includes clean up as part of their normal services, contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

How Paint Can Make a Room Seem Larger

Spring and summer tend to be the times when homeowners take to their residences with a fine-tooth comb – updating looks and refreshing interiors and exteriors. It just makes everything feel fresh and new and instills a sense of pride in your home ownership. Now, not everyone owns a large home as many people have smaller houses that are made up of a number of small rooms that connect. The idea is to try to make a house and its rooms appear larger without having to go to the expense of putting an addition onto the home. The most inexpensive but visually clever way to add expanse to your abode is through paint!

Paint can add to the viewer’s perception of depth and size. Small rooms feel suffocating enough already so the homeowner is probably going to want to make it feel larger and more inviting. The amateur designer can learn how to use color, furniture placement and lighting to give the room a sense of increased size.

Let’s start with color. If you want a room to look larger then it is recommended that you use brighter colors. This tends to ‘open up the space’. Make sure the color choice is also soft because it is more naturally appealing and relaxing while also emitting a sense of openness. Trim can also work to fool the eye and make an area seem larger.

Lighting is an especially important amenity when creating the perfect open space in a small room. Natural light is always the best first choice. It reflects off the paint on the walls and gives a feeling of comfort and ease. But, the right light fixtures can enhance this sense as well. There are many light fixtures designed specifically for this purpose. If you have windows use coverings that are natural and light not heavy like drapes or old-fashioned Venetian blinds. However, windows that look out on a less than pleasant scene can be dressed up with plants – again giving off a sense of nature.

Finally, do not over crowd the space. One or two pieces of furniture placed strategically will give the room a finished look and avoid clutter!

If you need help creating the perfect indoor home look contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

Exterior Painters,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Painting a Metal Building

If you are in the painting business, you must become familiar with a variety of structural materials. It’s surprising the variety of items that are not made of wood but still require the occasional paint job to look fresh and new.
One perfect example is metal buildings. Many buildings are constructed of steel and metal buildings are often made of steel but there is a difference. Steel is an alloy and metal is a chemical element. While this may seem technical – it is important to know if you are going to be asked to paint something.

Common types of metal buildings are sheds or stand-alone structures. There are also metal homes as well. There are several reasons you want to paint a metal structure regularly. First, it will improve the aesthetics. More importantly, keeping a metal structure painted will better ensure its longevity and durability. Metal is subject to rusting. This is true whether it’s painted regularly or not. Rain and other environmental contaminants are the ‘enemy’ of metal buildings!

Just as you would inspect your home’s exterior for signs of wear and tear, the same should be done with all structures on your residential or commercial properties. As you walk around the structure look for evidence of paint that is peeling, flaking or otherwise lifting off the metal building. Too, examine the exterior for signs of rust and corrosion. Finally, determine if the exterior looks worn or chalky. Any of these are obvious indications the metal structure should be painted.

The process for painting a metal structure starts with removing the rust and filling any holes. There are multiple approaches to removing the rust. You may decide to purchase a chemical remover. But citric acid and abrasive tools are another way to remove rust from metal.

Next, prepare the surface by washing it thoroughly with soap and water. If you intend to use a power washer do so with caution. The surface of a metal building does not require the same amount of water pressure as a regular building. Be sure to rinse all of the soap off the metal, then let it air dry. Next apply the paint.

Or, you could contact the experts at University Painters, Inc. We provide exceptional service and guarantee your satisfaction.

Painters,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Tools for the House Painter

I daresay that everyone thinks they can paint their own home. It seems like an easy enough thing to do. What do you need but a couple cans of paint, a few brushes, a sunny afternoon with music playing in the background with a cold one in one hand and a roller in the other?

This is the type of thinking that keeps house painting companies busy. House painting is a profession and the tools you need and approach you take is what separates the professionals from the amateurs. Let’s look at the items you need that will set you apart and allow you to call yourself a professional.

First, a professional painter has the accounting and receipt tools that prepare them to make quotes on a project. They have a set rate per foot and charges for other itemized needs such as power washing or repairing cracks. The professional painter is able to put together a quote that covers all parts of the job from beginning to end that can generate a contract that is fair to both parties.

Second, a professional painter has a way to advertise their business while they are on the job. That might come in the form of signs that say something like ‘this house is being painted by…” or labeling on the service vehicle that includes the name of the business and phone number. The true professional always has business cards at the ready to hand to a potential customer or inquisitive neighbor who may have questions.

Third, a professional painter has a variety of ladders in different sizes, painting overalls with the company name, and tarps, brushes, rollers, tape, extension poles, paint sprayers, paint edgers, exterior color swatches and exterior prep tips. A power washer is essential, if that is to be a contracted part of the job, and will add to the breadth of services you can provide.

Finally, a professional painter has a professional attitude. You should be attentive, reflective and capable of answering questions about a customer’s needs.

Now, if you have questions about exterior home painting, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc.

interior painting, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

The Art of Cutting In

So it’s about that time. The interior of your house hasn’t had a new coat of paint since 1976, and it has been put off long enough. You’ve gone through the color wheel, the paint has been picked out, you have your brushes, rollers and all the necessary tools. It’s time to start painting. It sounds easy enough. You just put the paint on the roller and get it on the wall. But first. . .. the tricky part. This is when it comes to the edges. What should you do here? You could pull out the masking tape, or you could cut in by hand. These are the tough decisions you have to make in order to get that paint job perfect, and these are the types of decisions and techniques that the skilled professionals at the Angie’s List Award Winning University Painters specialize in.

Cutting in is a technique that requires skill and patience. It involves using a brush to put a layer of paint around the corners and edges of the area being painted. It truly is an art. When cutting in, it is difficult to get the paint to dry the exact same shade as the paint that is being rolled on. One thing I have learned is that it is important to pick the right brush. A high quality brush doesn’t have to be expensive; you just have to know what you’re looking for. A firm, angled brush, 2-3 inches in width is perfect. But once you have the brush, then what?

If you look online you will find a laundry list of articles about the proper way to cut in when painting. Some say put on one thick coat, some say two coats with the first being a light coat, some say to let it dry, others say leave it wet. You can spend more time looking at videos and reading up on the process than it would take you to do the actual painting. This is such an unnecessary headache. The trained craftsman at University Painters have perfected this technique, and are ready to provide the perfect paint job for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit universitypainters.com.

interior painting, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

The Prep is Half the Fun

When you decide to take on the job of painting the walls of any room in your house, it is important to make sure that you have covered all the bases. You need to select the color, pick the paint, and get your tools ready, but do not forget about the prep work. Making sure that you have properly prepared the area that you are going to paint is 80% of the job, and if you do not get that part right, the paint job itself will never turn out the way you envisioned. The highly skilled and well trained professionals at University Painters know the importance of the prep work that comes with any task, and will properly prepare your area before applying the most spectacular paint job that you have ever seen.
Naturally, you want to make sure that you have moved the furniture and protected the floor and anything you do not want to paint. You have to remove all wall hangings, and electrical outlet plates from the wall. Now the walls are ready to be cleaned. That’s right; you have to clean the walls before you paint them. Grease and stains can show right through the paint, so it is important to make sure that you take soap and water and give those walls a good scrubbing. Do not forget to rinse and give them plenty of time to dry.
It is also wise to sand the walls before you start painting. There could be bubbles in the old paint job or bumps in the dry wall, and if you want your new paint job to really freshen up the room, you want to start with a smooth surface. Drips and accidents happen, so make sure to tape up all the baseboards and molding. It is also important to put a coat of primer on the wall before applying the paint.
There is a lot more to painting a wall than just painting the wall; the award-winning and talented staff at University Painters knows this all too well. If you want a truly jaw-dropping fresh look for any room in your house, it is important to have the job done correctly, and if it is done by University Painters, you can rest assured that not only the paint job will be perfect, but any necessary preparation work will be done properly. For more information or to set up an appointment or request a quote, go to universitypainters.com.

interior painting, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Molding Ideas for Your Home

Adding moldings to any home not only adds character to the room but also adds elegance. When choosing molding around your windows, ceiling and doors, use a painting company such as University Painters who is capable of carpentry work, as well as painting. There are different styles of moldings and trim to help enhance your home. Trim can be added if you want a clean, simple look around windows and doors, but you will want it to flow well with the moldings that you are adding. Here are a few of the different molding types.

Crown Moldings: Crown moldings cover a large family of moldings that are available in many styles and designs that are used to create visual eye appeal for ceilings. They can be simple or elaborate, depending on the desired look. Some of the types available are Cove, Colonial, Classic Dentil, or solid, covering the transition between the ceiling and the wall. This type of molding will help add a decorative appearance as well as enhance the room’s appearance.

Chair Rail Moldings: Chair rail molding is a trim that is used on a wall to display a decorative look by drawing your eye away from the continuous pattern. It is attached horizontally and is typically between 2” to 3” wide and placed on average 32” to 36” from the floor, depending on the ceiling height. In earlier days it was believed to be designed with hooks to hold chairs, hence the name chair rail.

Casing: This type of molding is used to cover the space between windows or doors and the walls to help keep the area insulated. This molding type is generally known as trim. It is normally less wide than a base trim/molding and not as thick.

A lot of thought should be put into the types of molding used in your home, whether you are planning to do it yourself or plan to use a professional company like University Painters. Do your home work and be knowledgeable of what the result is you are trying to achieve.

Feel free to contact us at University Painters for advice or a free quote.




interior painting, university painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Minimalize with an accent wall

Many individuals and families are now leaning towards a more minimalist lifestyle. Whether it be de-cluttering their homes or moving to smaller spaces, the use of an accent wall in your home as a focal point can make your home interior pop. If you do not want to have a cluttered feeling with knick-knacks throughout your home, consider doing an accent wall just a few pictures on the adjacent walls.

Choosing which type of texture and material to use for this project is ultimately up to you, but the use of a professional painter/paper company will be a great asset in making the right choice. Many professional painting companies will hang paper or do light carpentry when painting your home.

There is a vast color palette to choose from as well as wallpapers or even the use of molding to create a textured look to a wall. Tying in throw pillows to the accent wall also adds a bit of flair to the room. When deciding the materials to use, keep in mind how it will work with the room. You want it to stand out but you also want to feel that there is a coherent flow to the room.

Using Paint

With a little research or the use of a professional painting company you can find out what paints are trending for the region you live in. Once you have chosen the color and the painting is complete you may find that you want to touch up the adjoining walls also.

Using wallpaper

Whenever you are using wallpaper in a space be sure the area is not in a high traffic area where it’s subject to being damaged by pets or kids. Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add not only depth but bold patterns to a room, creating a nice and inexpensive visual appearance.

Using Molding

One option for creating depth is by utilizing moldings attached to the wall to design different shapes and sizes. This can be done on a wall that is the same color as the rest of the walls in the room, but this will create the visual affect of an accent wall.

As you see there are many options available when adding an accent wall to your home. Please feel free to contact us at University Painters for ideas and a free estimate.

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