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Written by Colleen Kalil

Does Paint Quality Matter?

With the wide variety of paints available on the market, choosing the right brand can be a daunting task. One thing you don’t want to do is skimp on the quality of the paint you use on your home. In the long run, some cheaper paints may end up costing you much more in additional materials, not to mention time, energy, and frustration. As with most purchases, you get what you pay for, and paint is no exception.

Whether you’re planning on hiring an experienced painting contractor or are a do-it-yourself novice, choosing the right paint is the first step in ensuring a satisfactory result.

The name-brands such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Behr typically offer premium products. They are more expensive than lesser-known brands and provide a consistently reliable product. Of course, there are many smaller companies that also produce excellent paint. So how do you determine whether a paint is high quality and will give you the results you’re after? For the novice painter, it can be tricky. Here’s a quick primer on what makes a premium paint.

All paint is comprised of three elements:

1) Solvents that suspend the other ingredients in the paint, allowing it to be spread smoothly and evenly
2) Pigments to color the paint
3) Resins to bind the pigments together

High quality paints have a high concentration of fine pigment particles and premium resins. This results in a smoother application and a lasting finish. Lesser quality paints are diluted with a higher percentage of solvents and will require more coats with potentially inferior results. Selecting the right paint the first time around will not only be more cost-effective, but will also save you time and spare you energy and frustration.

University Painters uses only the highest quality paints for all their interior and exterior projects. If you have any questions about your choices, please give us a call or visit our website at www.universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Beware of Paint Contractor Scams

The contracting industry is all abuzz lately because scamming is wreaking havoc with manyr businesses. Here are just a few examples of what you as a consumer should be on guard against!

While technology has been a boon to the human race – opening up new and wonderful possibilities in all areas of life – it has also become an avenue for tricking people out of their hard earned money. Texting is the latest medium for scamming. For example, a bona fide painting contractor recently received a text asking for a quote on a job. But, several mistakes appeared in the request and the contractor politely explained that he only gives quotes once he has seen the structure and can do a walk-through to better estimate the amount of time and work that will be required. The scammer then stated he was out of town and he was giving the contractor permission to go ahead and make the quote. The contractor put the issue to bed by saying that he would contact the realtor who recently sold the home and see if he would be willing to open the house up. By the way, the home had been recently purchased but it had been done in a different name than the scammer gave. Once this offer was made the scammer ended all contact.

There are other fraudulent schemes that contractors and consumers should watch out for. One is a request for the payment to be made in full up front before any work has begun. Reputable and licensed contractors will provide a contract and the usual amount that states will allow to be paid upfront is 10% of the total cost.

In fact, if you have a painter that does not want to provide a contract who says you should just take their word for it – move on! There is are guarantees without a contract. Contracts are legally binding and should be signed by both parties. With all the exceptional painting companies in the business you should have no trouble finding the right one for your job.

As if the aforementioned hustles aren’t enough, still another bit of trickery is for the contractor to ask for more money because they ‘ran into unforeseen problems’. The responsibility to provide an accurate quote for all work to be done rests with the painting contractor. Any unforeseen problems will be their responsibility unless you have requested changes.

If you are in the market to have painting done at your house or place of business, contact the honest professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Lead Based Paints and what you should know

As with any interior paint, you want to know that the paint that is on your walls is the best paint for your walls. As far back as 1978 and even before that, the Federal Government realized the dangers of lead-based paint. In 1978 the Federal Government put a ban on the sale of lead-based paints to consumers. Unfortunately, even today there are still older homes with lead-based paint on their interior walls.

The Federal Government believed that there were many ways that humans could be exposed to lead-based paints. It was believed that the exposure could be airborne, or through food, drinking water, soil and of course dust from peeling paint. But what were some of the reasons behind the ban being ordered? Here are a few ways that humans were being affected that set the ban in motion:

Depending on the amounts of exposure, it ranged from learning disabilities, severe behavioral problems to brain and nervous system impairments. Whether it was from toddlers ingesting the paint to pregnant women being exposed to the lead-based paint, the threat was real for mental and physical disabilities. Pregnant women were believed to give birth to children with disabilities if exposed.

In recent years, many precautions have been put in place to protect the consumers from exposure. Starting with sales of lead-based paint being discontinued to painting contractors having to take classes and become certified to work on older homes, the government is stepping up to assure consumer safety.

If you have any concerns about your home and would like some answers from a qualified professional, please feel free to contact us at University Painters.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Painting through History

Throughout the ages, humans have wanted the interior of their homes to be beautiful. Dating clear back to the cave man days over 40,000 years ago, history has shown, through artifact and drawings on the interior walls of caves, that men (and women) liked to decorate their dwellings. Of course, the paints would have used all-natural ingredients like berries, clay and plant materials. Most likely they would have bound it all together using fatty oils. The original paint brushes were believed to have been made from stone and animal hair bound together with straps. The walls were mainly decorated with pictures of animals that were hunted or part of their everyday life. There were at rare times, human representations of handprints and other items.

As you progress forward in history you can see influences of the styles of the regions, not only in what was painted but also the different color schemes in use. There were many regions where darker images were more often portrayed. As far back as 32,000 years ago paintings were drawn on interior cave walls in France and other countries that showed the history of earlier times, displaying horses, lions, buffalo, bison, and mankind.

As you travel through time, the type of artwork in homes changed from drawings on the interior walls to walls being painted one solid color and then paintings added to the walls, giving much more flexibility for enhancing the home’s beauty. There was also the additional choice of wall paper which could add depth as well as create unique looks. Most of the homes were painted or papered by professional painters, which is still a practice today.

If you would like to beautify your home, please contact us at University Painters for ideas or a free quote. We will gladly share our knowledge with you.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Paint colors and your moods

On a normal basis we have many reasons for feeling anxious or even angry, so why add paint to the equation? Painting the interior of your home is something that should bring you joy and comfort when you walk in, but be aware that certain colors are known for causing anxiety or depression. It does not mean that you can not use the colors that you like but just be reserved in your choices.

Let’s look at the different colors that make the list and what reactions they cause.

Yellow: One of the colors that seems least likely to be an issue is Yellow. However, tests have shown that yellow in large amounts make people feel angry, stressed or even aggressive.

Pink: Pink is a color that has proven to have a very calming effect; prison studies have confirmed this. When used in small amounts in a smaller bedroom, pink would be a good interior color.

Blue: Many shades of Blue seem to be calming and widely accepted by everyone. However, some darker blues may be overwhelming when used throughout an entire room and may make a person anxious, while some lighter blues can make a person feel a sense of cold when used in rooms with very little light.

Black: Black many times denotes negative feelings of depression or a lack of being in control.

Brown: Dark Browns in large amounts, especially on interior walls, make a person feel depressed. Lighter Browns add a more calming, earthy feel to a home.

Red: Red is a fascinating color in that it can make you excited, feel stimulated, or even energized. As much as this works great for interiors, it also must be used in moderation as it can also make a person feel in danger or even angry.

As you can see there are many different ways that interior paint colors can affect your mood. Knowing these concepts ahead of time can save you the time and the expense of having to repaint rooms afterwards. As everyone knows, knowledge is power, so go forward ready to make your home more appealing. Be sure to contact University Painters for our professional color recommendations.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

When to Repaint Your Home’s Interior

For many people, painting is a thankless chore. It is a lot of work and all too often the amateur painter does not realize the magnitude of the undertaking. People tend to think repainting your home’s exterior is a do-it-yourselfer weekend job. Unfortunately, that is how it usually looks in the end – just a bit unprofessional. Now this is not to take away from the intent of the painter and their earnest desire to be involved in their home’s upkeep. Most times however, it’s best to put your trust in the hands of professionals!

Having said all that, the interior of your home is subject to the wear and tear of daily life just as your home’s exterior is to the elements. Everything from sprays, smoke, kitchen odors and pet odors can cling to your walls and cause them to look faded and worn. If you live there everyday, you may even have a tendency not to notice the way a room begins to look faded and worn.

One hint would be to schedule a time each year (perhaps even every six months), when you walk the interior and exterior of your home looking for necessary repairs and upgrades. This should be a habit whether you intend to put your home on the market or continue to live there for years to come.

As you do your room by room inspection, look at the interior as if you are seeing it for the first time – like through the eyes of a stranger. Do the colors seem faded? Are there areas within rooms that appear to have a fresher presentation than others? For example, in the bathroom the paint may appear faded or peeling nearer the steamy shower or tub than in other areas.

Also, consider how often the room is used. Do you entertain frequently in the kitchen or family room but hardly use the guest bathroom? Prioritize areas that get the most traffic, but remember, your bedrooms are sanctuaries and a fresh coat of paint can make them more warm and welcoming as well.

Finally, get an estimate for the cost of painting your home’s interior room by room and in its entirety. Sometimes, it’s best to redo the interior all at once, giving your entire house an updated feel to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Whatever your painting needs, contact the professionals at University Painters. We treat your home like it’s our own.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

A Consumer’s Guide to Trendy Paints

interior/exterior painting, painters,America is a country of choice. We like choice in everything we do – from our breakfast drinks to our appliances, our jobs and to our modes of transportation. In fact, we insist on it. Choice drives the economy! One can sometimes wonder if perhaps we don’t have too many choices on occasion. Take, for instance, paint. Those paint companies seem to never run out of subtle differences in shades that make it possible to offer a hundred variances on the simple color ‘white’ if we are so inclined to opt for them. But then try comparing them side by side. It can be overwhelming.

Indeed, the savvy consumer can quickly become bogged down with the intricacies of something as simple as picking out a paint color. There are dozens of brand names that all compete for the title of highest quality and most exclusive. Some paint companies prefer to market to the public as having the ‘greatest value’, ‘wear-ability’ or ‘durability’. So, you can see, that choosing paint is not nearly as simple as it might have been even twenty years ago. Is there anything out there that can help make the decision process easier?

Actually, there is. Consumer Reports, a magazine long respected for its thorough examination of many market niches, takes the time on occasion to test a wide variety of paints for multiple factors including, but not limited to, the very ones we spoke of in this blog. While we would not tout one paint over another for any reason in our blog – even if it has the Consumer Reports seal of approval – we would point you in their direction and advise you to take the time to read their research before making any final decisions. An educated consumer makes better choices.

However, we will second one of their most astute observations. As noted in a Consumer Reports study regarding paint options, it is a good idea to stay away from the cheapest brands. They will likely not provide the ‘wear-ability’, ‘durability’, or thorough covering you can expect from the more popular, and usually more expensive, brands.

It’s usually true what they say – you get what you pay for.

Need more hints about painting? Contact the experts at Universal Painters, Inc. Our goal is to provide the best service for your home.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Boost Your Home’s Value with These Update Tips

exterior painting,house paintersWhether you are in the market to sell your home or not there comes a time when you pull up in the driveway and the house – your pride and joy and probably largest investment – is looking rather worn. Well, in this blog we will give you some tips on how to freshen and modernize the presentation without ‘breaking the bank’. Even better – these ideas won’t take more than a weekend afternoon to complete.

Install a new mailbox! Who knew that the receptacle for bills and correspondence could add to or detract from the overlook of your home. If this is a project you choose to undertake put some fun into it. Go ‘mailbox’ shopping on line or at some of the fancy hardware stores. Consider your mailbox to be a fashion statement, a finishing touch that will make the house stand out. It’s true – sometime little changes can make the biggest differences.

Do you have railing or fencing along the front or sides of your house? Think about installing something new and different. Today’s fences run the gamut of wood to concrete in a wide variety of colors and styles. Again, something as simple as updated railings can give the house a whole new look.

While you’re at it – don’t forget the trim. Perhaps the idea of painting the whole exterior of your house seems all too daunting. Instead, consider freshening up the trim. Perhaps choose an alternate color that complements the home. Or, if you do not have trim you may want to add it as accent. Trim also comes in a number of colors and styles and it’s a great way to say ‘welcome home’.

Did you ever think about changing the style and look of the numbers you use on your house? They come in such a variety of sizes, fonts and colors you may have trouble narrowing down your final choice!

Don’t forget the door! A new door (with the addition of a screen door or not as a separate decision) can make a style statement about your home all by itself. Doors come in a variety of materials and may be with or without windows. If your house is very neutral in color a door can be all the more impressive.

So, there you have it. Although our business is exterior residential and commercial painting we here at University Painters, Inc. want you to know we are knowledgeable about all aspects of home and business presentation. Have a question? We’re here and waiting for your call.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

What Professional Painters Wish Their Clients Knew

preparation , paint job, paintersWhenever you spend money to improve or maintain your home, you’re making an investment in its value. When you hire professional service experts, you want their best work and it’s especially true with painters. Color is the first thing you notice when you step into a room followed by how well the paint was applied. Just as you want the best work from your painter, they’d like you to put forth your best efforts as well. Here are a few things the professionals wish their clients knew.

1. Back Seat Painters

You’ve hired an experienced professional so don’t look over their shoulder continuously. In addition to technical skills, a professional understands the product they’re using and its performance and properties. Asking endless questions and pointing out how you would do things differently isn’t just annoying, it’s rather insulting.

2. It Takes Time

If you want to end up with a spectacular paint job, you should expect about 30% of the time to be devoted to preparation work. There’s a distinct difference between a fast, slipshod job and a careful, painstaking process.

3. Do Your Part of the Prep

Your painter will expect to do the majority of the prep work as part of the project, but you can save around 10% on your project if you do your part preparing for the painter. Remove all pictures from the walls, put away knick-knacks or other valuable objects, and make sure the room is clutter-free. For example, if you’re painting your family room, make sure toys, clothes, and other items are put away and there’s ample room to work in. The painter is there to paint, not clean house.

4. Pets and Little People

Keep pets and children out of the rooms to be painted. It’s easy to imagine paint being knocked over, brushes on surfaces other than walls, and paint tracked all over the house. Besides the obvious, it’s a distraction to answer questions, pet the dog or cat, and it slows down the pace of the work. Remember, the painter should be able to focus on painting.

University Painters are experienced professionals and are not only good at our jobs, we’re good with our customers. Contact us today to meet with one of our experts and begin your project.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Color Trends for 2018-2019

interior painting, painters, paint colorsHave you ever walked into someone’s house and thought, “That color is so 1970s?” It’s easy to tell the last time a home was painted based on the color palette. While some colors are timeless, there are definite trends in color families, hue, and tone. Read on for the hottest colors for 2018 and 2019.

In House Beautiful’s May 2018 issue, the top five color trends for interiors were Sage, Gold, Ultra Violet, Crimson, and Teal. Bold colors are in, and it’s your chance to experiment. If you’ve never had anything except white walls, try something new. Select one, two, or more colors you’d like to try and paint a 2′ x 2′ area on the wall. Paint color often dries darker than it appears in the can. You’ll also want to see it at different times of the day.

Trends for 2019 are a bit more subtle, but they’re still not typical. Hazelnut, Lilac, Gray, Dark Green, and pastels are at the top of the list for color choices. The choices you make will depend on the style of your home, the room’s purpose, and your personal taste. Color psychology is a great way to guide your choice.

Colors in the red-orange family are warm and stimulate Purple your senses. While reds are associated with danger or caution, they convey power and energy. Orange is also energetic but in a lighter way than red. Yellow has a feeling of joy, brightness, and happiness. Children whose favorite color is yellow tend to be happier and more positive.

Blue and green represent nature, freshness, and growth, but also stability and safety. Most shades of green are calming colors, good choices for bedrooms or the living room. The lighter the colors in this palette, the more soothing the effect.

The color of royalty, purple has gained in popularity over the last few years. Purple represents wealth, luxury, and creativity.

White is a timeless classic and ranges from bright white to eggshell. White symbolizes purity, goodness, and cleanliness. It’s an excellent neutral if your furnishings have busy patterns or bold colors. Be careful when choosing bright whites. Depending on the light source and lighting in your home, it can appear harsh.

No matter what your color preferences are, the experts at University Painters can help you select the right color for you and apply it to perfection. Call us or go online for an appointment.