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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.

Written by Colleen Kalil

Making wall life easier with pets and kids

As pet owners and parents of small children we know the struggle of keeping the walls clean. Do you remember the last time you applied fresh paint to the walls and your dog came flying around the corner and scuffed up the whole wall with his collar? Or your kids decided to put dirty hand prints all over the wall you had just finished painting? It makes you ask whether there’s a paint that will stand up to the daily wear. Here are some suggestions to make that happen.

The first task is determining the paint color that you want. Using a painting professional will help with picking the right paint as well as the colors that are appropriate in your current market. Also, you may want to use an eco-safe paint for your home. Now that the dirt marks have gotten out of hand and the dog has severely scuffed up the paint on the walls, let’s look at some options that will help prevent this from happening in the future.

  1. Go with high quality paint!

If you’ve picked your favorite color but prefer it in a flat finish, then you’ll have to make sure you get a very high-quality paint. The higher the quality of paint the more washable the paint will be. Flat paints are commonly not washable but have recently improved. Most professionals will still not recommend a flat paint in high traffic areas. There are some paints though such as Flat/Matte, ceramic sheens, and eggshells that may give you the look you desire as well as still being washable. Ask your professional.

  • The use of a gloss paint or semi-gloss paint, which are better engineered for areas needing more cleaning, is a better option. There are many choices that will add charm and beauty to your home.
  • A recent trend with painting manufacturers is to add Teflon into the paint, making the finished surface easier to clean and less likely for foreign objects to stick to the paint.  It is more expensive but another option you can discuss with your professional when choosing the best recommendations for your home.

Painting with the correct kind of paint for your home and family and using the right painting company to do the job assures you a quick and efficient painting experience.  University Painters understands the dynamics behind getting the right color and textures for what you need. We are here to help you with all your interior and exterior painting needs. We give free home estimates and warranty all our work. Call us today for a free estimate!

Written by Colleen Kalil

Hiring a Professional Painter vs. DYI

As a consummate DYI individual I always try to do everything myself. As with all things in life experience quickly taught me that hiring a professional painter not only saved me time and money but the headaches of frequent trips to the store for things I didn’t know I needed or had forgotten. Whether your home is one that you have lived in for a long time or one you just purchased, you need a knowledgeable professional to guide you through the journey. Don’t get me wrong, I still do small projects but never a whole house.

To decide if it is cost effective to do the project yourself, sit down and determine the supplies you will need. Do a walk through and ask yourself these questions – will you need extra tall ladders, how many drop cloths will you need, how many gallons of paint, how many rolls of tape are required, will you be cleaning the walls first and will you need a primer. If you are painting over a dark paint with a lighter color, will you have bleed through? Once you have the answers, start mapping out the time you will need to move furniture, tape off everything and prepare and patch any walls that need work. As you do this, remember a professional company will come in with a team and have a room done in a few hours as well as cleaning up the area. Plus, they will guarantee their work.

Let’s face it, professional painters have done this before and know the tricks of the trade and the correct techniques to get quality results. It is how they make their living. They will help you choose the right type of paint for the surface area. Always ask for verifiable references and verify that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Determine if they have performed background checks on their workers. In the long run, hiring professionals will save you time and money.

Please feel free to contact us at University Painters for a free estimate.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

An End of the Year Review of the Most Valuable Exterior Home Painting Tips

The end of the year is a good time to look back and think about what you’ve done and what you’ve learned. Exterior home painters are no different. It is our business to sift through the good and the bad – what worked and what should be discarded as we get ready to take on a new year with the same high expectations that others have! So, this year we have decided that all of the following are great ‘exterior home painting tips’ that we can use well into the future.

  • Paint from the top down. That may seem like an obvious piece of advice but for the amateur house painter it is anything but! During the busiest exterior painting seasons of the year, you would be surprised how many DIY house painters make this mistake! Remember – top down painting – and any professional painting company whose services you retain should already know this!
  • Wear protective clothing and eyewear when painting. Most professional exterior painting companies have a uniform for employees. While many people believe it is meant to be a form of advertising – which, of course, it is to a certain extent – the ensemble is usually of materials that have been found to be the most easily washed to maintain a look of professionalism while also warding of common problems for the exterior painter such as the relentless sunshine. If you are a DIY home painter, slather on a good amount of hand lotion across all exposed skin areas; it will make it easier to wash off paint when you are done.
  • Wash out your brushes regularly throughout the day. Otherwise, the bristles become dry and heavy with hardened paint and each time you dip the brush into the paint it will only make the brushstrokes more evident and the spread of the paint across the surface less even. Professional painters know that soaking your brushes in vinegar overnight will help loosen the dried paint and freshen them up for the next day of painting.
  • If you are a DIY painter, use the sun’s movement across the home as your guide for painting. Wherever the shade is hitting the house is the best place to begin. Paint that is applied in the shade simply adheres better! It’s also more comfortable as a painter to be out of the relentless rays of the sun!

Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc. to ensure a quality exterior commercial or residential paint outcome!

Written by Colleen Kalil

Three Suggestions to Consider When Hiring a Commercial Painting Company

The way your company presents itself to the public sends a subliminal message to potential clients and patrons. A well-kept business exterior tells the world you have pride and self-respect. It says you care for and take care of your company and its employees and want others to be part of your experience no matter what line of business you are in.

It is important to ensure that the exterior painting company you retain is competent and knowledgeable about all aspects of the exterior painting business. What follows are three suggestions to follow when looking for the right commercial painting company to meet your needs.

  • Review the companies that specialize in commercial exterior painting in your area. Whittle it down to no more than half a dozen that sound the most promising. Then take the time to research their credentials. Look for other organizations that have used each company’s services and find out their level of satisfaction. All things need to be taken into consideration including price, quality and time. Get more than one review and don’t always trust reviews you read on line. Take the time to contact one or two reviewers and get their insight first-hand.
  • A truly seasoned and professional exterior painting company will be able to come in and size up the job you need and find areas where resources can be maximized to save you money in the end. You want a company that will value their own business assets of time, money and resources to the same extent you do. You must beware of companies that will offer a low-ball bid only to come back later and tack on the cost of ‘extras’ that should be part of the job! Or, perhaps you chose a commercial exterior painting company that offered a decent price but in the end will not meet deadlines. Quality and professionalism exists in every business – look for it in your commercial paint company.
  • Ask for a safety plan upfront that is tailored to your particular job site. This helps to ensure that the professional commercial paint company has put in the proper time and thought to research your job in advance of its start date.  You don’t want to find out in the middle of the job that the company is unfamiliar with OSHA standards and that you could be liable for an accident.

University Painters, Inc. are seasoned professionals in the commercial and residential paint market. Contact us for an estimate today.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Sprucing Up Your Home’s Exterior for the Holidays

One of the busiest times of the year for socializing are the final two months of the year. They tend to pass in a whirlwind of dinners and parties, and people coming and going from your home. Now, you may not be able to totally redo your home’s exterior but there are some tips that will make your home shine for those guests who come knocking at your door.

  • Start by doing an entire walk around the house. Consider areas that you want to be highlighted when people drive by or stop in to visit. The entry way is often the introduction to your home and as such it should be a reflection of how you want to greet people. It’s the proverbial ‘first impression’, where you never get a chance to make a second one? Even in those climates most inclined to inclement weather there is usually a window of time where you can add a fresh coat of paint that will dry before the next storm. A freshly painted door is a great way to say Welcome!
  • Be sure to include planters, window boxes and other trims in the quick exterior paint touch ups. They can be contrasting in color, carry a theme across the home or be accented in a way that is decorative, fun and unique. Think about what you want your home to say to others and invite the expertise of a professional exterior home painter in the process. Use greenery such as pine boughs or holly to emphasize the holiday theme in the north and be inventive if you live in a warmer, winter climate.
  • Clear your sidewalks, gutters and shrubbery. Give everything a fresh, clean look and then decide the extent and type of lighting you might use. There are many types of exterior lighting fixtures that require little or no electrical cords or other extensive supports to keep them illuminated.

The intent is to brighten up and show off your home’s exterior. Everyone loves to put their best foot forward at the holidays. Be a part of the festivity – plan ahead and invite the expertise and professionalism of the trusted exterior home painting company, University Painters, Inc. to be a part of the planning and execution!

Written by Colleen Kalil

The Cons of an Amateur Painting Your Business Exterior

Perhaps you have noticed that the outside of your business is looking a little run-down…nothing that a fresh coat of paint slapped on the walls won’t help. Or will it? All too often small business owners look to cut corners and save money by taking on the monumental task of painting their business’s exterior by themselves. This tends to be problematic in the end because painting is a more complex undertaking than most people realize. In this blog the goal will be to give you some valuable reasons NOT to take on painting your commercial property all by yourself but to rely on the professionalism of a commercial painting service instead.

    1. Commercial painting companies are knowledgeable and trained in the health and safety practices required by OSHA to receive and maintain licensure in your state. This covers a variety of important procedures that include (but are not limited to) handling paint in its various forms (aerosol, canned, etc.), utilizing associated painting tools such as compressed air & sand and water blasting appliances, and even such seemingly elementary items as paint mixers and ladders. OSHA certification can be a cost-saver in the end because accidents that occur due to a lack of this knowledge can put the business at risk of liability.
    2. Hiring a commercial paint company will save time in the end. You should be spending your best working hours chasing new business or meeting client expectations instead of taking off time to tediously spruce up the place. It is unlikely you will be able to devote the same high quality time and attention to the task that you give during your peak hours and the thought of single-handedly updating the exterior is a more momentous task than most realize until they are in the middle of it! In the end, ‘many hands make light work’ is the motto that commercial paint companies live by!
    3. Commercial painters are able to assess and identify building issues that may be important to attend to prior to the beginning of any exterior painting. Part of an assessment by the professional painting company would include an itemization of issues such as mold on the building or similar problems.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as DIY’ers. But in many cases, it is better to leave the real work to the professionals. If you are in need of commercial exterior painting, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Give the Gift of Exterior Painting

House Painter Interior painting JobsIt’s that time again when you rack your brain to come up with a unique and worthwhile gift for someone close to you. It may be a family member or an especially dear colleague. Perhaps you are committed to giving back to someone in your community but do not want to bestow a gift that will remain unused and unremembered in a short amount of time.

This year make a true difference in someone else’s life. Be it your parents or the elderly couple down the street, make arrangements to have the exterior of their home painted and refreshed as part of the holiday preparation. Now, if you live in a part of the country that is experiencing the proverbial white winter, it won’t be possible for their home to be refreshed at this time of year. However, you can still make a gift of exterior painting in the form of a gift card that will ensure them a fresh new look when winter turns to spring and the desire to refresh is at its peak (like a bear coming out of hibernation for the winter!).

However, there are many parts of the country for which it is the perfect time for exterior painting. The weather conditions are more conducive to freshening up your exterior in a way that will guarantee the paint will adhere for optimum results.

Too, as this is considered the off season for many exterior paint companies, they may offer some type of holiday discount or incentive to lure your business. That is in keeping with what is common in all industries and commerce for this time of the year.

If you do choose to give the gift of exterior painting, you will want to meet with the potential companies and obtain estimates and discuss the additional requirements in advance so when the time comes for the job to get started next spring, some of the groundwork has been laid. At the holiday time many exterior painting companies have more time to spend with you on planning for future projects because they may not be as busy.

Finally, some exterior painting companies also provide interior painting services or other additional services that support preparations for home holiday updates and refreshing.

The professionals at University Painters, Inc. are happy to speak to you about all of your residential and commercial exterior painting needs.

Interior Painting,House Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

A Finished Home Includes a Painted Garage Floor

Interior Painting,House PaintersPeople love to pull up in the driveway of a home that is freshly painted. It exudes a ‘completed’ presentation that is inviting if not totally enchanting. It draws you in…making you want to enter the building to see what awaits you indoors. However, all too often homeowners forget that the garage is a part of the package and even if it is neatly organized a dirty, unfinished garage floor can take away from the overall look of the home. As a homeowner, you should be interested in ensuring that even the most remote and forgotten part of your home gets the proper treatment. In this case we are talking about the garage floor.

Yes, we know the garage is the ‘catch-all’ for all those items that can’t seem to find another place to be stored. It is the place where you keep your car and where fluids are allowed to drip onto the floor with little regard for any damage it may cause. You probably also keep your lawn and outdoor equipment stored there, further allowing for grease and oil spots to build up.

When you think about it, you might actually decide that you need a space in the house where you don’t have to keep everything pristine. Well, we’d like to offer some arguments against this very notion and encourage you to have your garage floor painted. Read on!

First and perhaps most importantly, a finished garage floor will help ward off pollutants. The proper floor covering will prevent oil and other chemicals from sticking to the floor and causing a build-up that can be dangerous over time, both from fumes and potential flammability.

A garage floor painted with an epoxy will be easier to clean and keep clean. This finish is less likely to gather dust and dirt and when it’s time to clean, often a simple water/soap solution or water blaster will do the job quickly and efficiently. This can’t be said of unfinished garage floors.

Interestingly, and often overlooked, is the fact that a finished garage floor is more energy efficient. When working in a garage with an unfinished floor, the light is absorbed by the dark concrete. The opposite is true of a brightly that reflects the light back into the work area.

So, homeowners, don’t overlook the garage floor when painting your home. If you are in need of a professional paint service to complete the job for you, contact University Painters, Inc. Your home is our business.

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