Professional Painter,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

To Stain or Not to Stain – That is the Question!

There are many differences between staining an item or painting it. First, the chemical makeup of paint and wood stains is distinctly different as are the circumstances of their use. The choice of either for interior and exterior use will depend on the type of wood it is intended to cover. Rough surfaces will look better with stain while smooth surfaces will look better with paint.

There are similarities in paint and wood stains. For instance, both can be either oil or water-based. Stains also come in gel form as well. Oil based stains are less environmentally friendly but if you are staining indoors it is important to ensure you have ample ventilation (which, of course, is important when painting indoors also).

Relatively new to the marketplace are gel stains. This type of stain is the consistency of a thick paste, so it does not penetrate into the wood like thinner stains or paint. The advantage of this stain type is that the natural wood grain tends to shine through more clearly and without blotches – which often occurs with oil and water-based stains. Finally, stains enhance a wood-look where paints can change the mood and color completely.

Paint is mostly oil-based or latex. Oil-based paints are most often used for interior paintings while latex is the preferred type of paint for a home’s exterior. The reason for this is that latex paint resists fading and is also weather-resistant in all types of climates.

There are other differences in paint and stain as well. Stain soaks into the wood while paint acts as a film that lays atop it. Too, paint is much more expensive than a stain. Surfaces that are going to be painted generally need to be primed in advance which is extra time and effort. Staining a surface requires little to no preparation. Stains also act to enhance the substrate (surface) and accent the fact that it is a wood surface. Paint provides an altogether different outcome.

Finally, stains are easier to maintain. That does not mean they last any longer because there is no evidence of that. Stained exteriors, fences, furniture or other materials will require regular maintenance the same as if an item has been painted. Latex is generally preferred for exterior painting because it weathers better than oil-based paint and is more resistant to fading and chalking.  Latex paint is preferred for all climates, but particularly for harsh climates found in all parts of the country. 

Keep these things in mind when you begin to plan upgrades to the interior or exterior of your home. Don’t hesitate to contact the experts at University Painters, Inc. for all your painting needs!

Interior Painting,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Sprucing Up Your Home With Accent Walls

During the dark and dreary days of winter, sometimes you crave just a little, well . . . color! Adding bright splashes of color to your home’s interior is a great way to cheer up your home and yourself, especially when it’s cold and drab outside. Whether you want to add a lot of color or just a few inspired touches to your home, University Painters can help. If you’re not ready to paint your entire interior, choosing a few walls to accent with complementary hues might be the perfect solution.

Unlike other decorative strategies like wallpaper, paint is much easier to change if you decide to modify your decorating scheme in the future. There’s also a virtually endless range of hues to choose from, whether you prefer adding vivid tones to contrast sharply with your current palette, or would rather have softer, muted colors that blend in with the rest of your decor.

Accent walls are appropriate for every room in the house. In the living room, kitchen, or dining area, one bright wall can add a pop of color that transforms the look of the entire space. In a bedroom, you might want to do two opposing walls in a complementary shade, and tie it all together with a coordinating fabric bedspread or duvet. Or, paint the wall at the head of the bed to create a natural focal point. For a small powder bathroom, you can go bold and paint the entire room in a color you wouldn’t dare use in the rest of your home. It will contrast with the gleaming white porcelain and provide guests with an unexpected pop of color.

Some large rooms can seem cavernous and unwelcoming, and an accent wall is an ideal way to break up the space. It draws the eye to a single area in the room so it becomes less of an overwhelmingly huge space. Whatever your vision or ideas for an accent wall, University Painters can help you achieve them. Please visit our website at www.universitypainters.com.

Painting,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

How We Choose Our Painters

At University Painters, we pride ourselves on hiring only highly skilled and qualified professional painters to work on your project. While paint may not seem like something that needs too much thought, a great (or terrible) paint job can either make or break the overall look of a home, building, or office space. Hiring an experienced contractor is vital to achieving a professional result.

As our client, you may wonder how we choose our painters, and what kind of training they must undergo before we assign them to a job site. When evaluating potential painters to hire, we thoroughly research their prior experience and talk extensively with their references. Getting the details right is important to our business, so we make it a point to bring only the most detail-oriented workers onto our team.

Painters must be familiar will all the required tools, including a range of brushes, rollers, scrapers, and sanders. They must also be skilled in the use of various texturing tools and know which ones to use to achieve the desired effects. Different tools are required depending on whether the work is done on the interior or exterior of a building while other tools are used for special techniques, styles, or textures.

Knowing which kind of paint to use on a particular project is important for a successful outcome. Paints vary not only by their color, but also by their thickness, texture, sheen, drying time, and a host of other considerations. Painters who choose the wrong products for the job could end up with peeling, cracking paint, or simply a paint job that just doesn’t look as good as it should have.

While it’s not the first thing that comes to mind, a painter needs a great deal of manual dexterity in order to achieve a smooth, crisp finish. They must also have the strength and physical ability to move equipment efficiently and safely, as well as a good sense of balance to avoid falling off ladders and roofs.

Our teams at University Painters possess all these skills and abilities, and put them to work for you. For more information on our complete range of services, please visit our website at https://universitypainters.com.

exterior painting,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Getting More ‘Bang’ for Your Painting ‘Buck’

It’s the time of year when people want to spruce up their home before family and guests knock on the door. Perhaps you don’t have the time or money to redo the entire outdoor façade or indoor rooms. So, we would like to suggest that you consider making some choices that will target certain areas of your home that when highlighted, give it an overall updated and fresh look. What follows are several ideas for a quick paint splash that will have you feeling smart about your painting decisions.

• Walk the perimeter of your home and take a few pictures of certain areas you believe would benefit from a slight upgrade. Then wait a day before looking at the photos so you can view them with a ‘fresh eye’. You might even ask for input from friends and family. It’s hard to be critical of yourself and your belongings and that includes your property!

You may find that perhaps the front facing outdoor wall has a dingy, worn look. It might do with just a little power washing (on a good day when the sun is out to dry it off). Or upon closer inspection it seems that your shutters, windows or front door could use some refurbishing. Why, sometimes even repainting the trim will result in a fresh glowing façade!

• Don’t forget the indoors, too! Again, do a complete walk-through of your home from top to bottom and be critical of areas where family and friends may gather during the holiday dinner or party. Try to look at each room through the eyes of your soon-to-be-visitors. What do you see? Are there scuff marks or paint chips? Perhaps a particular room has a lackluster presentation. Suggestions for upgrades may include everything from painting an accent wall to redoing the trim around doors and windows.

Who doesn’t love the holiday and entertaining? We all want to put our ‘best foot forward’ but that doesn’t mean you have to invest a small fortune to give your home a fresh look indoors and out. From our perspective a little paint can go a long way in making your house look fresh indoors and out!
If you are in need of painting expertise, contact University Painters! Your home is our business!

Written by Colleen Kalil

Environmentally Sensitive Painting and Staining

Today’s consumers are more aware than ever of the impact their decisions have on the environment. For decades, Americans have been painting the interiors and exteriors of their homes with ‘abandon’ and frankly little thought about how that excess paint will affect everything from landfills to the water table. In this blog we will offer some brief insight into the subject and hopefully leave the discerning homeowner better prepared to make ecologically sound decisions!

It should come as no surprise that the ingredients in most interior and exterior paints are toxic. Paints and stains may contain lead, petroleum and a variety of other unhealthy materials that can have long-lasting and unexpected outcomes. Science has labeled these paint ingredients as VOCs or volatile organic compounds. This means the chemicals evaporate fairly quickly at room temperature. While this is advantageous in the short term, anyone who has been around a freshly painted indoor or outdoor area can attest to the fact that the ‘fresh paint’ smell lasts for a few weeks. It can have negative short and long-term health impacts. Water-based paints will have a significantly less negative impact, but they are not entirely environmentally safe.

All types of paint are classified as ‘chemical waste’ and must be disposed of accordingly. It is important to take the time to understand the various types of paint and their chemical makeup in advance of its purchase. The best advice is to buy paints with the lowest VOC possible – there are even paint companies that claim to make 100% eco-friendly indoor and outdoor paints.

If you want to be environmentally aware then another suggestion is to buy only the amount of paint you need. Often people overbuy and then are left with the decision of what to do with the excess paint. Unfortunately, the decisions they make are generally not supportive of the environment.

Other ways to minimize your impact on the environment when painting or staining your home is to properly store the paint then reuse or recycle it in the future. By placing plastic wrap securely over the top of the paint can before tightly securing the lid, you are creating a seal that will keep the paint fresh and usable.

Finally, if you are unsure of what to do with excess paint or stain, contact your industrial waste specialists in the area. They will be happy to help.

Want a fresh and environmentally sound look to your home? Contact University Painters, Inc.

MD,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Maintaining Your Commercial Business Floors

Most business owners are particular about the exterior of their buildings because they know customers are drawn to companies that make a good outside ‘first impression’. However, many small and medium sized business owners postpone the care and maintenance of their business interior flooring. Unfortunately, this is not always the best business decision because floors that fall into disrepair can be more costly to fix in the end than if the owner had kept them up all along. Here are some suggestions for improving the look of your business floors.

First, know what you are looking for. Cracks and uneven floors may seem minor, but they can lead to injuries and damage to products. Too, it is important to note areas that tend to become slippery for any number of reasons. Perhaps there is a small leak that puddles or oil from a machine sprays onto the floor. These are lawsuits just waiting to happen while causing a breakdown of the floor’s integrity.

Start by giving your entire building’s interior a complete walk-through when no one is on site. When you are in the middle of a busy day and your employees are working you may easily overlook problem areas such as cracks in the corner or under a machine that is being used.

Take pictures of anything that looks amiss on your commercial floors. Then get quotes from commercial flooring experts on the steps they would take to repair your floor. Be sure to properly screen any potential companies in advance before making your decision.

Perhaps this is a job that can be done in house. If you have employees with the training required to repair and/or maintain a commercial floor, then get their opinions as well. After all, they are there every day and have good insight into all aspects of the issue.

A well-maintained commercial floor is a reflection on you as a business owner. It says you care about your employees’ health and morale. If you need more information on floor maintenance, contact University Painters, Inc.

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Which Color Palette is Right for Your Bedroom?

When it comes to giving your home’s interior a new paint job, you’ll no doubt want to consider what color is right for each room. Important things to consider are what each room’s purpose is, what decor scheme you’re going for, and the desired emotional effect. We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so what wall color you choose is important. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

A bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation, so you might consider a soothing color palette. Soft shades such as pale blue, soft gray, and lavender create a peaceful mood. Blue is a popular choice for bedrooms, and for good reason. Deeper shades provide a sophisticated backdrop for traditional furnishings, and lighter shades transform your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.

If you’re a fan of bold colors, you can still incorporate these into your bedroom decor, but you must use caution. Vivid hues of red and yellow can be very emotionally stimulating. Try a muted tint, or add a splash of color on one wall. Intense colors can be a great accent behind your headboard, or on a wall with large windows.

Dark colors, even black, can work in a bedroom. It’s all in the accessories. For example, pair deeper shades with white furnishings and dashes of color here and there. Add a yellow bedspread, or turquoise pillows. Try incorporating white curtains and colorful wall art. Get creative with brighter accents to create balance.

Of course, neutrals are always a safe choice. Not only do shades of beige and ivory create a calm backdrop for the room, but they also allow for a lot of versatility. You can change out your bedroom’s accessories according to your mood, or even the season. Now that fall is here, a warm tan or amber brown will look fantastic with your autumn decor.

The most important part of your decision is choosing a professional painting service. At University Painters, we’re dedicated to getting the job done right. Let us help you make your house a home. Contact us at universitypainters.com, or at 1-800-390-4848.

Interior Painters,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Winter Is A Great Time To Paint Your Home’s Interior

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. If you didn’t get around to those home improvement projects you were planning, don’t despair—all is not lost. The professionals at University Painters believe winter is an ideal time to tackle interior painting. The colder months bring snow days and time off from work during the holidays, offering the perfect opportunity to embark on an indoor painting project.

Professional painters are typically less busy during the winter than during the warmer months. As a result, it may be easier for contractors to work the project around your schedule. Painting your home’s interior during the winter could potentially save you money, as costs are often lower than in the summer. This means that you’ll likely reap the benefits of hiring professional painters with less expense than if you hired them for the same project during the summer.

Surprisingly, paint actually dries faster in the wintertime than the rest of the year. While the weather is warmer in the summer, this warmth also comes with a higher average humidity, which slows down the drying process. Although colder, winter’s weather is also much less humid, allowing the paint to dry more quickly. Of course, you’ll still need to ventilate the room by opening a window to take advantage of that crisp air.

Lighting quality may also be more favorable during the winter months. As the sun rises earlier, painters will be able to get an earlier start and finish earlier in the day. Any snow on the ground will reflect the sun, enabling painters to work in an ideal natural light speeding up the process. The better light also helps painters notice and remedy any missed spots or uneven areas.

There are plenty of home improvement projects that should be saved for warmer weather, but indoor painting isn’t one of them. If you’re considering an indoor painting project this winter, please contact University Painters at (800) 390-4848 or visit our website at https://universitypainters.com.


Repaint,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

University Painters Keeps You In The Loop

At University Painters, we pride ourselves on not only our extensive experience and quality workmanship but also on maintaining clear lines of communication with our clients. Clients who entrust their homes to us deserve the highest level of service and should never be left in the dark about any aspect of their project.

We understand the importance of keeping you in the loop and are always available to answer your questions. If you have any of the following common client concerns, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

How much will this project cost? University Painters provides a free written estimate before starting any project. Each bid describes in detail all of the tasks to be performed, including both the prep work and the painting itself.

How often will I be updated on the progress of my project and expected completion date? Your project is our priority. Unlike some contractors who try to squeeze you in between larger jobs or show up only when it’s convenient for them, University Painters provides you with a precise timeframe or specific date the work will be completed. We’ll tell you exactly which days we’ll be there and also give you specific daily start and end times so you’ll know when to expect us.

Do you clean up after yourselves at the end of each day? Regardless of how long your project lasts, you don’t want to end up living with a mess that sloppy painters leave behind. Our crews respect the home and possessions of our clients. When they’re done for the day, they’ll clean everything up and sweep or vacuum any dirt or dust that may be left behind.

At University Painters, our clients always know what to expect so there are no surprises. For more information on our services, or to schedule a consultation, please visit our website at https://universitypainters.com.

Annapolis,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

How To Paint A Room… Perfectly!

Achieving painting perfection is often more about the preparation than the actual brush and roller work. When painting a room, the quality of the prep work can either make or break an entire paint job. Following these tips from University Painters will help ensure the best possible results on your painting project.

Before you begin, remove everything from the room. This includes anything on the floor or anything that’s attached to the wall, like outlet covers, switch plates, towel bars, and toilet paper holders. You can leave flush-mount sconces or light fixtures, but everything else needs to go.

Once the room has been stripped bare, cover up any exposed flooring with tarps, sheets, towels, newspaper, or plastic sheeting. Painters’ drop cloths are ideal, but they’re pretty pricey, and these alternatives work just as well. Put a folded towel in the doorway to wipe your feet so you don’t spread any drips— and there will be drips, no matter how careful you are.

Next, assess the condition of the walls. Are there any uneven spots or dimpling? Are there any nails protruding from the drywall? Are there holes from long-ago anchors? Hills and bumps need to be sanded down, and holes must be filled with spackle or joint compound. Once the spackle is dry, sand it until it is smooth. Lastly, remove any remaining dust with a damp sponge and a bucket of fresh water.

The final step is to grab a roll of that blue masking tape and start taping! Begin with any light fixtures and then move on to the baseboards and trim around windows and doors. A neat and even tape job will result in crisp, clean lines and a professional-looking finish.

After completing your quality prep work, you’re ready to paint! For more painting tips and ideas, please be sure to visit our website at https:// universitypainters.com. Or call us at 1-800-390-4848.

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