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Written by Colleen Kalil

Mistakes to Avoid when Painting your Home’s Exterior

Summer and fall are two of the most popular times to repaint a home’s exterior. The weather tends to move the job along – sunshine, clear skies and fresh air. But that doesn’t mean that you or the company you hire to paint the outside of your house may not make mistakes. Novice painters can find they overlook important steps that will cause the paint job to fade and crack much sooner than it should. The following suggestions should help you keep your home’s exterior looking fresh and new much longer.

  • Don’t forget to prime the wood! There are several reasons for priming the wood before adding paint. First, if the wood is new and has never been painted, then adding a primer is an essential first step. Also if the wood has weathered or been stripped in advance of this new paint job – prime it! Otherwise you may add several coats and find that it is soaking into the wood the same way that water soaks into a sponge.
  • Don’t paint in the middle of the day! Or when it is going to rain! Or it has just rained! Listen to the weather report for what is expected over the few days that the painting is expected to occur. Try to squeeze in your painting during a time where the skies are clear, and it is neither too hot or too cold (it could cause dew to collect on the home’s exterior). Also, it is better to paint in the early hours of the day. Excessive heat can compromise the paint’s long-term viability.
  • Don’t scrimp on the paint. Sure, painting your home’s exterior can be expensive and most people are looking for opportunities to cut costs. But, one place that should not be open to a budget cut is the purchase of the paint. If the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is ever more relevant – it’s when a homeowner invests in paint. If you are looking to cut the cost of paint, ask the company if they have online discounts or other cost savings – but buy the paint that will weather the best.

Are you in the market to have your home’s exterior painted? Contact the experts at University Painters, Inc. We don’t make mistakes!

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Commercial Business Painting Advice

Research shows that three-fourths of businesses in this country are small proprietorships or partnership-owned. These are companies that have become successful through the sweat, hard-work and dedication of the owners who often started out with only an idea. Indeed, small and medium-sized businesses have a lot to be proud of and part of this pride should show through in their building’s presentation. You want the outside of your company to be inviting and offer a professional appearance.

As a result, you may include building and grounds maintenance and upkeep as part of your annual budget. This may encompass regular painting to ensure the business always gives a fresh and inviting presentation. If so, there are certain steps that should be taken to keep that exterior pristine. While you may have heard some of this advice before it is valuable to revisit certain issues to ensure you are addressing them in a timely manner.

One way to avoid having to redo the paint job on the exterior of your building is to address maintenance on a regular basis. Begin by keeping the building’s exterior clean. Have your business pressure washed on a regular basis. This will remove grime, dirt and the dozens of other types of pollutants from the surface that tend to cause paint to crack and fade over time.

Regularly walk the grounds of your building all the way around. Look closely for maintenance issues that can cause problems with your paint job. For example, there may be small areas in which the paint is stripping or fading. Sooner rather than later is the best time to address these issues. Call in a professional painter to refresh these small places.
Keep the surfaces caulked and sealed. If you allow caulk and sealant to crack, it opens the door for a variety of problems with the paint job. First, it looks unsightly to see cracked caulking and sealant. Second, unaddressed issues can allow water to leak in and air conditioning or heat to leak out of the building and increase the cost of your utilities and maintenance down the road.

Your business’s exterior look is a reflection on you! Keep it maintained and you could be saving yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the end. Contact the experts in building exterior maintenance at University Painters, Inc. It is our pleasure to partner with companies in their quest to look good.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Maintaining Your Commercial Exterior Paint Job

Are you the proud owner of a small or medium-sized business? Do you have a building where you go about the business of your business – providing a service or product? Well, then you must certainly know that your company is judged by the way it presents to the public. In other words, a building that looks fresh and inviting from the outside is the first step towards landing that customer or contract. Therefore, it is important to invest in maintaining the exterior – which includes the paint job and more. What follows are some suggestions that will help you stay on top of outdoor building maintenance.

• Incorporate regular exterior cleaning into your schedule. Most businesses keep an interior cleaning schedule which may include hiring a company to come in on a regular basis to wash floors and windows, empty trash and dust. Business owners should also maintain an exterior maintenance schedule. There are many paint companies that offer this type of service. It could include:
*Walking the building’s grounds regularly to identify issues where elements such as water or even air pollution have damaged the paint or actual surface (wood, brick or other material). Areas that show fading or other seemingly small issues should not be dismissed. The aim is to keep the entire exterior looking fresh and ensuring it is not damaged.
*Identify and tend to problem areas that may be overlooked on a cursory walk around. Many buildings have one or more tricky places that might not be immediately seen – until a problem becomes noticeably large and then more expensive to repair.
*Ensuring that the caulking and sealant around the building’s exterior is fresh – no cracks or missing pieces. Caulking and sealant are subject to weathering and may need to be replaced regularly.
*Check around equipment that abuts the building such as air conditioners, transformers or similar items. These need to be free from rust and weathering so they do not bleed onto the building’s exterior and leave ugly marks and stains.

Of course, reputable paint companies will also provide superior paint services that are timely and unobtrusive. If you are in the market for just such a paint company contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Keep that Paint Job Looking New

If you have just invested in an exterior residential painting job, you want to enjoy it for as long as possible before it needs repair. But that can be tricky because your home’s exterior is subject to the natural elements as well as other pesky problems that can quickly cause the pristine look to disappear. Here are some great ideas for keeping that paint job looking new for as long as possible!

• Keep the home’s exterior ‘clean’. That means washing it down regularly. Some options for washing can cause the paint job to deteriorate more quickly. For example, although power washing is effective it is also harsher and may harm the fresh paint. Remember, that jet is designed to be powerful and is strong enough to even damage bricks. Choose a garden hose for cleaning and avoid harsh chemicals. Plain old soap and water should do the trick.
• If you have sprinklers in your lawn be sure their nozzles are turned away from the home’s exterior. The constant assault of sprinkler water can leave water patterns on your home and clogged sprinkler heads can have the same concentrated effect as a power washer. In fact, keep your sprinklers and their heads in good working condition for the sake of your plants, yard and home.
• Set some ground rules for children. For instance, they should not bounce balls or other items on the sides of the house. Set up a play area far enough away from the home to prevent marks from play items that could inadvertently hit the house. And, of course, no coloring or marking on the walls either.
• Although everyone loves the look of lush greenery and flowers adorning their homes, they can also damage the paint. The best advice is to keep an eye on your trees, bushes and flowers and cut them back if they begin to touch the home’s exterior. Many plants and bushes can leave marks on a paint job that are more difficult to remove than other dirt. As much as you may enjoy the look of ivy and vines crawling up the side of a home, be prepared to redo the entire exterior of the wall where the vines grew and perhaps the entire house to ensure it presents in one color.

Are you in the market for professional residential and commercial exterior painters? Contact University Painters, Inc. for a paint job you can be proud of!

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Touch Ups to an Exterior Paint Job

If you have recently painted your home or business exterior or had a professional paint company perform the job, it should not be surprising that the occasional touch up may be required. Unfortunately, exterior surfaces of any structure are under constant assault by the weather and even the best paint jobs will need the occasional touch-up to keep them looking great. Let’s talk about touch-ups in this blog.

First, let’s agree that ‘touch up’ means to perform a quick restorative job or improvement to the appearance of something. In this case we are talking specifically about the outside of a structure. The first thing to determine is when the original paint job was completed. If your home or business was painted several years ago, then a touch up might be obvious because the color of the exterior may have faded from the weather. As a result even the tiniest addition of new paint can be obvious, creating a sheen that reflects the light differently than the paint around it.

One way to minimize this is to do a thorough annual inspection of your home or business exterior in search of areas that show signs of wear that would benefit from a touch up. Of course, this is best done in the spring or early summer in most climates but fall and winter are optimum for homes in the extreme southern climates.

Take into consideration whether the paint job or home itself is still under warranty and determine how this information can be useful in the touching up process. If the paint itself has a warranty you may contact the company for proper remuneration and satisfaction. If the company that did the painting offers a warranty, then they would be the next choice for contacting and addressing your concerns.

If you decide to undertake the touch up process yourself keep a few things in mind. First, lightly scrape any areas that you intend to touch up and make sure the surfaces are free from any debris. You may want to wash down the areas you are repairing and let them dry. Also do not overcoat the areas with the fresh paint – this will make the touch up more obvious. Finally, make sure your colors match as closely as possible.

Looking for a paint company to touch up the exterior or interior of your home or business? The professionals at University Painters, Inc. are at your service!

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Summer Painting Tips

Summer is one of the best times to refresh the exterior of your home by adding a new coat of paint. It’s dry for longer periods of time, the sun helps to dry the paint more quickly and you have extended time frames where inclement weather won’t prevent you from working. Even so, there are some tips that will make summer painting more worthwhile and help to get more bang for your painting buck.

• The paint you are using will be exposed to the sun and heat throughout the painting process. When paint is open for any length of time the liquid within will begin to evaporate and the paint will feel thicker and be less likely to apply smoothly. As a result, you will probably need to ‘reconstitute’ the paint to keep it fluid. This means adding water to the paint itself. The formula is about 10% of the paint volume to keep it viable. When reconstituting it is also better to do this in ‘batches’ or smaller amounts of paint than putting the water directly into the gallon paint cans. The latter may cause your paint to become too watered down over time. Fortunately, there are products on the market that take the guesswork out of reconstituting.
• We cannot remind you often enough that the outcome will only be as good as the surface the paint is applied to. In other words, prep your surfaces in advance. Take the time to scrape off peeling paint, repair holes in the siding or wood, and wash down the exterior – giving it plenty of time to dry before applying that first coat of paint.
• Layer ice in your paint trays to help prevent evaporation when you are painting. Put a layer of ice in the bottom of the tray and then cover it with a disposable liner before pouring in the paint!
• Paint in the earlier hours of the day – after the dew is gone but before the sun is beating down!

If you need more advice or are looking for a paint company to complete your job, contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Restoring Surfaces that have been Damaged from the Sun

Your home’s exterior is going to be subject to the ravages of weather no matter where you live. If you reside in the Northern, Eastern or Midwest states you are likely going to have evidence of snow, sleet and hail damage to the house as winter comes to an end. But, if you think that people who live in the sunny southern states don’t have their fair share of weather problems wreaking havoc on their homes, then you are mistaken. The unrelenting sunshine can cause just as much damage to a home as any of the elements.

The heat and sunlight that beats down on homes in Arizona, New Mexico and adjoining states can quickly degrade the variety of materials that makeup the exterior of the home. For example, plastics that comprise parts of the windows can crack, and the paint itself will wither and peel. Of course, there are many other issues that come with owning and maintaining a home in places where the sun always shines.

Southern states may receive as many as 300 days of sunshine out of 365 days in the year. At least five of those months also average temperatures well into the hundreds so that it is nearly as hot in the middle of the night as it is in the middle of the day! In these circumstances it doesn’t take long for the sun and heat to cause weather damage. The important thing to note about this is weathering does not just affect the home’s appearance – it compromises the home’s structural integrity as well. Even the most advanced plastics will become brittle and wood will succumb to warping. And no matter how high-quality the paint you apply, it will also degrade, particularly if it is a south or west-facing wall that gets the most exposure.

One way to combat these problems is to purchase paint that has UV-resistant qualities. Be proactive in walking the house and checking for areas that may need to be refurbished with new paint, caulking or other materials. Also it’s a good idea to speak to an architect and/or landscaper to find places where the roofline can be extended, awnings added, and trees planted that will all help to prolong the pristine exterior of your home.

Need some updating to your home’s exterior? Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Keeping Home and Business Renovations Eco-Friendly

Summer is a great time to refurbish and refresh your properties both business and home. Sometimes this only involves cleaning and painting the exterior to give it ‘curb-friendly’ appeal. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to sell it. The point is you are creating a point of pride for yourself and your family with your residential and commercial neighbors appreciating the efforts.

If you are throwing in some remodeling prior to painting what follows are some suggestions that should help you pay homage to the importance of being eco-friendly in today’s sensitive environment.

• Go all out. Begin by having your home inspected by experts in the field of environmentally friendly homes and businesses. Energy efficiency is one of the most important considerations and there are many professionals who can come in and advise you of upgrades and changes that will save you money in the end. The same is true of keeping your indoor environment as free of pollutants as possible. You want your home (and business) to be a safe haven for your loved ones and customers. Attending to the environmental safety by getting advice and collaborating with professionals who are knowledgeable in this field is an essential start to your summer projects.

• Are you a fan of some of the most upscale retailers who use recycled materials to create their furniture and home good products? Then you should be willing to take that upscale taste to a new level by considering the use of recycled materials when you are refurbishing and upgrading your home and business. Not only is this an environmentally-friendly approach to renewing your property but it is cost effective as well. Recycled products can cost a quarter of what the price of new materials go for. Speak with your contractor in advance and make the use of recycled materials a priority.

• Choose paints that are environmentally friendly when you begin to address the updating of your interior and exterior surfaces. Low VOC refers to volatile organic compounds that are not harmful to the environment and humans. Many painters now use this type of paint exclusively in their work and recommend it to their customers. It can also be described as ‘organic’ paint and should be your first choice when painting your home.
Finally, recycle the materials you remove and/or use in your upgrading process. The less materials going to the dump or being discarded the better for the environment. Need advice on your summer painting project?

Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc. It will be our pleasure to serve you!

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Written by Colleen Kalil

What to Know Before Painting Your Offices?

Most people devote forty hours or more a week to their workplace. Your office is your home away from home and when it starts to look dingy it can affect worker productivity. Painting the inside and outside of a business on a regular basis is a good business strategy. What follows are some ideas for what to take into consideration before beginning the process.

• Think about your clientele or the people you serve. If you are a business that caters to teens, then a bold color scheme inside and out will be appealing. If you work with families, then a toned-down color would probably be more suitable. Indoor walls will keep their pristine presentation longer if washable paint is used. It is also advisable to buy the more expensive paint. Research has shown that it wears better over time.
• Choose a color that will be easy to replace when it comes time to touch up the interior or exterior surfaces. In other words, just because orange-pineapple-green is the hot color today doesn’t mean that you will be able to find it in a year or two when you need to paint over or brush up areas that have shown wear and tear.
• Keep your interior and exterior walls clean. This will make your business more inviting from the inside and outside. Keep a small area of your walls covered and remove the covering occasionally. This will allow you to tell how dingy your paint job has become and will indicate that it’s time to spruce things up.
• Touching up your paint job inside and out can be a rather tricky business. Because the color has been exposed to the elements inside and out, it may be difficult to perform a touch up or patch job that won’t be noticeable. When it comes to touching up a paint job it is easier to do with a flat paint than a glossy one. Knowing this in advance may help you decide the type of finish you want to put on your walls from the outset.

Need some advice on painting your residence or business? Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Suggestions for the Commercial Property Owner

Now, you know your business! You probably live, eat and breath every tiny aspect of keeping it up and running because research shows that small and medium-sized business owners make their livelihood from this endeavor. So, this blog is not intended to give the impression we do not respect your broad and deep intellect when it comes to your company. However, we have been in the business of commercial and residential painting for years and have found that a well-placed reminder on occasion ensures you are proactive in maintaining an exceptional presentation!

• When you are budgeting, whether you do it quarterly, semi-annually or annually, include the cost of updating your building’s façade and interior on a regular basis. In fact, several times a year you should walk the interior and exterior of your property with an eye towards assessing how it looks to the public.
• Check your parking lot. Be sure that it looks fresh and clean and the parking space lines and other markings are visible and easily identifiable. This is especially true of the handicapped features. If these are mismarked or not clearly visible, it could result in a fine or lawsuit.
• Do not allow graffiti to take away from your building’s presentation. If you find graffiti anywhere on the building contact a graffiti removal company or commercial painting business to rid your exterior of it immediately. Also contact the police and take pictures of the graffiti for documentation purposes. You are able to press charges if the culprit (s) are found and ask for restitution.
• If you are not able to repaint the entire exterior or interior of your business, consider updating the look of the trim and perhaps the door. Freshly painted parts of the building can complement the current paint job and make it look newly updated altogether.
• Don’t forget to budget for painting fencing if you have that on your property. No matter what kind of material your fence is made of it will need to be updated occasionally.

You are the steward of your business – embrace the responsibility knowing that a nice presentation invites business. If you need more input on painting your commercial property, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc.

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