Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

Whether you’re a Florida native, semi-native or newbie, hurricane season (June 1 through Nov. 30) affects us all. But even though you may have ridden out your share of named storms, it always helps to review the basics of getting your home ready to prevent or minimize damage. Keep in mind that your area doesn’t need to take a direct hit to experience destructive winds and flooding rains. No one can afford to be complacent about taking preventive measures that will help you weather the storms this – and every – hurricane season!

For those who have recently become residents, we’ll provide some Hurricane 101 basics. First, a hurricane is a rotating low-pressure system with sustained winds of 74 mph. Unfortunately, that’s just the minimum wind speed. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. When you hear a hurricane described as a category 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 storm, this is what it means.

A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph. It may or may not develop into a hurricane, but can also cause property damage and flooding to low-lying areas.

Hurricane terms you need to know

Again, newcomers to the Sunshine State may not be familiar with hurricane terminology. Because each has a specific meaning – and an alert for the level of preparedness you need to be at – we’re including this State of Florida reference list.

Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area.

Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.

Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.

Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.

Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.

Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.

Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.

Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland.

Preparing your home for the worst

Although hurricane season starts on June 1, the most heavy hurricane activity is during the months of August and September. This means you have an opportunity to tackle the more intensive preparation projects. However, this also is the time of year for almost daily afternoon thunderstorms, so do any necessary shoring up now!

Our blog post – “Hurricane Season is Here! Are You Ready?” – covers such topics as a hurricane safety checklist, and common mistakes that Florida homeowners make. For example, don’t “X” your windows with tape. Contrary to popular belief, it won’t prevent the glass from shattering. Instead, it will create larger, potentially deadly pieces. Ditto for opening windows/doors during the storm to “equalize pressure.” Keep ALL openings into your house securely shut.

The “to-do” list:

  • Prune weak, rotting or dead tree branches and remove low-hanging ones near the house (or have a professional do the job).
  • Check tree roots for signs of rotting and remove any rotten or diseased trees or shrubs (ditto).
  • Clean rain gutters – leaves, branches and other debris can cause overflow, which can damage your siding and/or roof. Again, as with the two tasks above, hire a pro if necessary. NEVER attempt a property maintenance or improvement job that you don’t have the experience, ability or equipment to perform safely.
  • Check the caulking around doors and windows. Good caulking is the first line of defense against the water intrusion that can occur during the prolonged driving rains of a hurricane or lingering tropical storm. Water that seeps into past-its-prime caulking also can, over time, damage door and window frames. If you need to recaulk, silicone or urethane lasts the longest and holds up the best. Elastomeric latex caulk is another good choice, as it also is durable and can be painted.
  • Remove or secure loose/lightweight objects in your yard, as they can become projectiles and damage your property. Move potted plants, garbage cans, garden ornaments, tools and hanging baskets inside a garage or shed. Move containers too large to bring indoors to a protected area and cluster together, as well as large potted trees and plants; place trees/plants in the pot sideways.

Making your roof more resistant to wind damage

It was only after category 5 hurricane Andrew leveled much of South Florida in 1992 that the state adopted a revised statewide building code that – among other upgrades – required stronger hurricane straps and clips for residential structures. Older homes are less likely to have this level of protection. If you don’t know if your roof truss reinforcements are up to code, hire a professional to perform an inspection.

You may want to hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof for loose shingles, worn seams, etc., and make necessary repairs.

Trust the pros to choose the best paint for your home

Hurricanes are only part of the overall challenges of maintaining a Florida house. Our state’s climate extremes also include relentless summer sun, intense heat and high humidity levels. A good exterior paint job will help protect your home from the elements while enhancing its curb appeal.

As we covered in our blog post – “Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Home” – typical Florida houses fall into the following types: concrete block, wood siding, aluminum siding or stucco – which, in this state, tends to be stucco applied over concrete block.

For the best results for most exterior surfaces, industry professionals recommend 100% acrylic latex exterior paint. According to The Money Pit, “These paints have superior adhesion, so they’ll ‘grab’ tightly onto a properly prepared surface. They also are very flexible, which permits them to expand and contract with the surface below in extreme cold or heat. Down the road, these qualities help prevent many common exterior paint failures like peeling and flaking.”

Acrylic latex paints are easy to apply by brush, and contain special additives that can prevent mildew growth. Although acrylic latex paint has a higher cost, it combines paint and primer, and can last 10 years or longer.

Being prepared for hurricane season can help you feel more confident, knowing you’ve taken every step to make your home safe and secure. If you need help getting ready, The Paint Manager has served Central Florida since 2000 with quality professional residential and commercial painting services.

Visit our website to learn about many other services we provide – including pressure washing, roof cleaning and stump removal. Become a member of The Paint Manager to receive a 15% year-‘round member’s discount. Contact us to learn more about our services and membership discount offer.

When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Have My House Painted?

When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Have My House Painted?

Whether you’re a Florida native, semi-native or recent transplant, those who have the privilege of owning a home in the Sunshine State will one day need to paint it. However, the first two groups presumably have the wisdom of experience on their side, while relative newcomers may be asking, “What is the best time of year to paint my Florida house?” As you may well be suspecting, there is a right answer to this question! Because guessing wrong can have very expensive consequences, our experts at The Paint Manager are here to help!

First, Florida’s climate is semi-tropical. If you’re accustomed to experiencing four distinct seasons, they don’t exist here, which can be confusing. What we do have, Floridians usually classify as “hurricane season” and “dry season.”

Florida weather – rain and paint don’t mix

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, although August and September are typically the most active months. During hurricane season, we also have almost-daily afternoon thunderstorms – which are actually good, as they provide temporary relief from the triple-digit summer temperatures of mid-June, July and August.

Don’t try to paint between the afternoon storms. Paint won’t adhere well to damp surfaces, and the exterior walls may not be completely dry the following day – much less ready for the onslaught of that afternoon’s rain. As for temperature, the maximum should be 90 degrees. Hot weather and direct sun cause paint to dry too fast, which is another reason house painting should be avoided during summer.

In addition, Florida summers are characterized by high humidity – giving rise to that frequent comment, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” This not only makes outdoor work more uncomfortable when it isn’t storming, it slows the paint-drying process and increases the possibility of moisture becoming trapped, which eventually will cause bubbling. Even if you hire a professional painting contractor (which we highly recommend), keep in mind that although the crew may be “used” to working in various kinds of weather, they’re human – and are more likely to do a better job if the heat index isn’t 107 degrees and they aren’t drenched in sweat after two minutes under the blazing sun.

Should you not be deterred in taking the DIY route, use special caution in summer. Heatstroke is a real risk.

While the drawbacks of house painting during hurricane season should now be obvious, dry season has its own limited windows of opportunity – so it’s important to make the most of those times.

Can you paint a Florida house in winter?

Definitely, yes! In fact, October through late March are the best months of the year to paint a Florida house! The season is relatively dry, and temperatures never achieve the sustained frigid levels of Northern states. Sunny days are plentiful and pleasant. The earlier in March, the better, however. What we lack in snow, we make up for in pollen.

Pollen season – how bad can it be?

Just as rain and paint don’t mix, neither does pollen and paint. Each spring, every blooming plant in Central Florida simultaneously spews pollen into the air, coating all stationary outdoor objects with a thick yellow layer. As you probably already well know, this includes your car. While it may not be as obvious, this also includes your house. A good observation-based guideline is to not paint while plants are actively producing pollen. Wait until your car stays pollen-free for one week after it’s washed, and you and your co-workers, friends and family have stopped sneezing every 10 minutes.

All right – we admit that may have been facetious, but only somewhat. Even if you pressure wash your house before painting during this annual airborne event, pollen will quickly return in all its sticky, grainy glory, and adhere more tenaciously to your home’s damp exterior (and remain when it dries). Painting over pollen creates a rough, low-quality appearance and shortens the life of the paint job. Being patient will ultimately pay off.

Once the pollen has subsided, the window of opportunity again opens until hurricane season starts. Spring cleaning can include repainting your house, as well as the usual seasonal sprucing-up of landscaping.

Weather conditions may be favorable in mid-November, but as this is typically a busy, demanding time of year for many reasons, it may not be best for home improvement projects.

No matter which season you decide to paint your Florida house, the following steps are essential to achieving the best result:

  • Use high-quality caulk, primer and paint. If hiring a professional painting contractor, you may have already chosen the paint brand and colors. By the way, most pros can help you select colors, if you lack confidence in that area – as well as provide advice on the type of paint that’s best for your home’s building material.
  • Do all prep work carefully and properly – it will help the paint adhere better, and create a smoother surface. If hiring a contractor, discuss such work and make sure it’s included in the estimate.
  • If your house was built before 1978, check for lead-based paint. While there are DIY testing kits available, results aren’t always accurate. Be safe, and hire a lead abatement company to perform the test.
  • If doing it yourself, use the right tools and safety equipment; follow manufacturer’s directions.

Leave it to the pros!

The Paint Manager has served Central Florida since 2000 with quality professional residential and commercial painting services. Visit our website to learn about many other services we provide – including pressure washing, roof cleaning and stump removal. Become a member of The Paint Manager to receive a 15% year-‘round member’s discount. Contact us to learn more about our services and membership discount offer.

 

What to Look for When Hiring a Professional Roof Cleaner

What to Look for When Hiring a Professional Roof Cleaner

Welcome to Part Two of our blog series on the important topic of cleaning your roof. Last month, we covered how to do it yourself. This month, we look at how to hire a reputable professional roof cleaning contractor. For as much as we admire those hardy, resourceful do-it-yourselfers who populate TV cable remodeling shows, not everyone has the physical capacity to safely climb a ladder and walk along a roof with the sure footing of a mountain goat – while carrying equipment at the same time!

Let’s reverse the order, and first discuss how not to hire a roof cleaner. Never hire anyone who rings your doorbell (or leaves a flyer) offering to perform maintenance or home improvement services. While it may seem convenient, many of these people have criminal intent. They – or their partner – may try to gain entrance into your home to steal money, credit cards and other valuables. Typically, they quote a low fee, then demand considerably more upon completion – in a threatening manner. However, the work isn’t finished, or competently performed. Many victims of such scams even report property damage because of improper materials and shoddy workmanship.

Florida is a popular target because of its relatively mild winters, which attracts scam artists from Northern states, and its high population of retirees. This is the prime season in the Sunshine State for these illegal operations, so homeowners beware!

So how do you find a reputable professional? Follow these guidelines!

Do your homework – Google is your friend! Enter a simple search, such as “roof cleaners near me” or a similar search, and take it from there. Visit company websites and look for the following:

  • Length of time in business
  • Licensed and insured
  • Has the appropriate equipment and protective clothing for the job
  • Scope of work – make sure the company cleans your type of roof – for example, tile roofing
  • Physical location or permanent address
  • Reliable means of contact
  • Better Business Bureau membership – preferably with an Accredited Business A or A+ rating.

Read reviews – but read between the lines – A company website may include reviews and testimonials. Also read the company’s Google My Business reviews, as well as those on their Facebook business page, Yelp, Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor. Just keep in mind that all reviews are not necessarily genuine. Company owners can and have asked relatives, friends and employees to post reviews, so proceed with caution. Read all reviews to determine a pattern, such as a spate of highly positive reviews posted within a short amount of time after predominantly negative reviews. If possible, contact reviewers directly to confirm that they were satisfied with the contractor’s work.

Have your roof assessed and get quotes – After doing your due diligence and making a short list of prospective companies, call two or three to visit your house to assess your roof and provide a quote for the work. Contractors should look at the type of roof (asphalt shingle or tile being the most common in Florida), age of the roof and condition. A roof heavily covered in algae or moss will require more intensive cleaning than one lightly stained, and expect to pay more for a two-story home. 

The contractor should also easily answer your questions about the cleaning method to be used, and how nearby plants will be protected from detergent water run-off. 

Check the warranty – Work should be covered for a certain length of time. According to industry experts, algae and mold can take up to a year to reestablish growth on shingles.

Parting thoughts 

Despite today’s culture of conducting business online, the pros you trust to maintain and repair your home should be people you’ve spoken with and met in person. When you talk with a company owner, you can get a good idea of that person’s commitment to doing quality work, their integrity and their commitment to the community they live in. If everything adds up, you’ve found a contractor you can count on today and in the future.

As always, The Paint Manager is ready to help! Our team has years of experience in cleaning every type of roofing material for both residential and commercial properties to provide the best possible results. You can also contact us for innovative ideas on painting and repainting your home’s interiors and exteriors – as well as providing a wide range of other services. We offer free estimates on all projects, and will be happy to help you take your home improvement plans to reality!

Pressure Washing: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

Pressure Washing: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

In Central Florida, spring and fall are the best seasons for exterior home maintenance. With the extreme heat behind us and hurricane season to end soon, this is the ideal time to pay attention to outdoor projects. Pressure washing your home’s exterior, patio, deck, fence, driveway or walkways may be on your list. If so, the big question is probably whether you should you hire a professional service for the job, or do it yourself.

As covered in our November 2018 blog post – “Why You (or a Pro) Should Pressure Wash Your House” – pressure washing (also known as power washing) is the only way to effectively clean siding, concrete and wood surfaces. Ignoring built-up grime, mildew, road dust (if you live on an unpaved street) and bird droppings not only creates a dingy appearance, but can actually damage your home and pose a health hazard.

What is pressure washing?

Pressure washing is the use of high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles and concrete surfaces.

Pressure washer pumps have two connection points for low and high pressure. The low-pressure connection is threaded to accept a standard garden hose. The high-pressure connection accepts a pressure washer hose that connects to a hand-held pressure washer wand.

Cleaning power is measured by psi (pounds per square inch) and gpm (gallons per minute) ratings. The psi rating helps you determine how powerful the water stream will be. The gpm measures the volume of water delivered through the pressure washer. This number will help you determine how fast the pressure washer will clean, and how effectively it will rinse away debris. Gas-powered models typically put out 2,000 to 2,800 psi of pressure, compared with 1,300 to 1,700 psi for electric models. 

Preparing to do it yourself?

As we noted in our earlier blog post, pressure washing is one of those jobs that inexperienced, yet physically sturdy people often think they can take on themselves and save money. Yet just because you may be able to handle the equipment, it can be hazardous if you aren’t familiar with how to operate a pressure washer. Dangers include using too much pressure or the wrong nozzle – which can damage surfaces (such as siding, mortar and wood), break windows and even cause injury.

Improper use can also blast paint off. Unless this is your intention, you’ll be repainting long before you planned. When it comes to safe, successful pressure washing, brain is as important as brawn.

If you decide to buy, Popular Mechanics offers a helpful guide on selecting the right pressure washer for the type of job(s) you want to use it for, as well as choosing between a gas or electric model. Gas is recommended for heavy-duty jobs, while electric models suffice for chores like cleaning patio furniture, small deck areas and vehicle tires.

If you decide to rent, talk to the rental associate at the home improvement center, describe your house and get a recommendation on the type of pressure washer and accessories you’ll need. Being upfront about your experience level will result in the detailed, helpful advice and instructions that will allow you to do the best job in the safest way.

The good people at ImproveNet offer the following quick instructions to pressure wash your siding:

  • Pre-treat mildewed areas. Mix a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water and spray in a pump-up sprayer. Avoid contact with skin and eyes; follow warnings on product label. Allow to remain on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse using a garden hose. Or buy a brand-name mildewcide product, available at home improvement centers. Again, follow use instructions and warnings on the label.
  • Cover nearby plants with a plastic drop cloth.
  • To add detergent to the flow, hook the siphon tube to the pump with the filter end in the detergent container.
  • Apply the detergent at low pressure. Work from the bottom up and allow the solution to stand for several minutes.
  • Do not spray upward, under the flashing and siding laps. Also, make sure that you don’t get too close to the gutters.
  • Do not spray directly at doors, windows and vents.

Safety first

Improper use of a pressure washer puts you at risk for serious personal injury. Water at such a high pressure is powerful enough to tear off skin and even cause blindness. Never goof around with the equipment to spray a friend or use it to “rinse” your hands or feet.

Bob Vila offers the following precautions.

Wear proper protection – Wear safety glasses. High water pressure can fling dirt and debris in every direction, including your face. To prevent the washer from slipping out of your hands, you should also wear gloves that provide a solid grip. Wear protective shoes (never flip-flops). Almost all gas-powered pressure washers are loud enough to require ear protection.

Take note of your surroundings Any electricity sources are a serious risk. Before you start pressure washing, close or cover outdoor outlets. Similarly, cover vents. Take stock of any overhead power lines. If you are using an extension wand, you should be very careful to avoid them.

Never use a ladder This common mistake can lead to injuries and fatalities. If you find it necessary to access a high area (as in the case of a two-story home), use scaffolding. Recoil from the washer is strong enough to pull you off a ladder, or pull a ladder over, even with someone holding the base. If you can’t rent scaffolding, hire a professional pressure washing service.

Clean up the space Any tripping hazards should be cleared prior to cleaning. This includes toys, lawn furniture and/or vehicles.

Check for lead and asbestos Both of these materials can be found in homes built prior to the 1970s. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used in paint. It can cause a range of health problems, such as damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood. Exposure to asbestos can cause lung disease and lung cancer. Pressure washing can dislodge lead and asbestos, allowing them to be inhaled. If you are concerned that either may have been used in your home, contact a professional before power washing. Removing either substance is NOT a DIY job. The Paint Manager is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead paint removal.

When you should hire a pro?

As you’ve gathered, pressure washing properly and safely requires the right equipment, knowledge and physical capability. Be aware of your limitations. You may be at the point in life when physical tasks you could once perform easily are now more difficult. Don’t risk injury – or worse – by attempting to prove something to yourself or others.

Also, consider the time factor. Preparing the area to be cleaned, setting up the equipment, doing the work, taking the equipment apart, cleaning it and storing it can take the better part of a day, at least. Add additional time if you’re renting the equipment.

Regardless of your ability level or schedule, Angie’s List recommends leaving most pressure washing jobs to the pros.

“They have the right equipment for hard-to-reach areas and the experience to do so without falling. They also know how to clean specific areas, such as the roof, without causing damage.”

If you’ve already decided to call a pressure washing professional, The Paint Manager is ready! Our team has years of experience in power washing homes of all sizes, construction materials and ages – as well as concrete surfaces, wood decks and fences. We use professional-grade equipment and follow OSHA guidelines. Contact us for a free estimate!

Are You Stumped By Tree Stumps?

Are You Stumped By Tree Stumps?

If you’ve had a tree cut down, you removed it because it caused some kind of problem. The tree was dead or diseased, you were afraid it would crash through your roof during the next hurricane, or it had just become unsightly or didn’t fit in with your new landscaping design. As much as we all love trees and recognize their value in replenishing oxygen, not every tree is worth keeping. But removing a tree causes another problem – the stump that’s left behind.

 

Why you shouldn’t leave a stump in your yard

Beside the fact that it detracts from the appearance of your property, there are practical reasons for removing a tree stump.

It’s a safety hazard – Children who run and play are typically caught up in the moment and don’t notice obstacles in their path. Adults with mobility issues may also be susceptible to tripping over a stump. Keep in mind the neighbors’ children who may be on your property, either with or without your knowledge or permission. If someone is injured while on your property from falling over a tree stump, you could be held liable. Even if your homeowners insurance policy covers such incidents, it’s an unpleasant situation best avoided. Not to mention the risks of operating machinery around it – such as a mishap with a riding mower.

It’s a breeding ground for destructive insects – Termites are especially destructive to homes in Florida, and decaying wood provides an ideal place for them to live, breed and eventually make their way to your house. They’re also popular with ants, which can infiltrate your home – and are extremely difficult to eliminate once they do so. Wood-boring insects can take up residence and spread out, attacking healthy ornamental shrubs and trees.

It could spread disease – If the tree was removed because of a fungal disease, leaving the stump could allow the disease to spread and infect other trees and plants. Fungus also is dangerous to children and pets.

Its roots could infiltrate your home’s water pipes or impact your home’s foundation – The stump’s roots could continue to grow. Depending upon its location on your property, roots may grow in an already-damaged water pipe – causing it to burst – or weaken the foundation of your home.

Stumps can cause new tree growth – An unrooted stump can promote new growth sprouts, known as “suckers.” As Hunker describes the process, “A tree’s roots stop growing when the tree is chopped down. Without leaves, the plant cannot produce food, and food is what fuels root growth. The roots, however, might have enough fuel from food left in them to produce sprouts from themselves or from the remains of the trunk, the stump. If a sprout develops enough leaves, then it can grow into a new tree.”

 

Stump removal methods

The three main methods of removing a tree stump are mechanical (using a stump grinder), manual (digging it out – only feasible for stumps less than four inches in diameter) and chemical (requires drilling holes in the stump – works slowly, and exposure to the chemicals is dangerous).

The Dangers of DIY Stump Removal

No matter how many YouTube videos you watch, stump removal is best left to the professionals – who have the experience and specialized equipment to do the job right and safely. Here are the DIY risks of each removal method mentioned in the previous paragraph.

 

Using a stump grinder – This is not a job for a first-timer! Risks include the following:

  • Injury from flying rocks and debris.
  • Injury from not wearing protective clothing, steel-toe safety boots, hard hat, earplugs and safety goggles/face shield. Most homeowners don’t own professional-quality protective gear that meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
  • Injury to bystanders and/or pets. A professional will make sure the work area is clear, and will have more authority to order kids and neighbors away.
  • Damage to water pipes and utility lines (or, in the case of a natural gas line, potentially deadly explosion) from removing roots. 
  • Overestimating your ability to handle the equipment.

 

Manual removal – Again, you need the right equipment. Risks and drawbacks include the following:

  • Injury from overexerting yourself. Don’t try to impress your family or friends that you’re a contender for the Strongman competition! A back injury can last a lifetime, and cause ongoing pain and limited mobility.
  • Damage to equipment, or your vehicle. Wrapping a chain around the stump and attaching the other end to your truck’s hitch can cause serious damage to your vehicle – and also tear up your lawn.
  • Failure to remove the entire root system – which is more a risk to water pipes and the foundation – and can also set up regrowth.

 

Chemical removal – While this initially seems easy, chemical removal requires drilling holes in the stump, and applying the right amount of chemical to successfully do the job. Risks and drawbacks include:

  • Exposure of chemicals to children and pets. The stump must remain securely covered during the process.
  • Not an eco-friendly solution, for those concerned about the environmental impact.
  • Lengthy process.
  • Final step may involve dousing the stump in kerosene and setting on fire. Enough said!

 

Hiring a professional for tree stump removal

While some of our readers who live in rural areas may truly be rugged DIY tree stump removers, we strongly advise everyone else to leave this job to the pros. The Paint Manager is proud to offer professional stump removal services at competitive pricing. If you become a member of The Paint Manager, you can receive a discount of up to 25%.

Our team has the heavy-duty equipment that large stumps require – as well as the experience and skill to remove them safely. You don’t have to try to figure out how deep the root system goes, rent (and haul) equipment or put yourself (and/or others) at risk. One call truly does it all!

Please note that we cannot remove stumps located on a hill or slope.

 

Before you call to schedule our tree stump removal service:

  • Know the locations of your water pipes and utilities near the stump. Call 811 at least one week beforehand. This free national service will take information about your project and notify appropriate utility companies to mark buried lines so they can be avoided while digging.
  • Measure the height and width of the stump.
  • Remove surrounding grass if you want it to be replaced afterward.
  • If we need to access your property through a gate, be sure it provides a minimum three-foot (36-inch) opening.

 

Visit our stump removal services page on our website, and contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you improve your property!

 

 

 

What You Need to Know Before Hiring a House Painter

What You Need to Know Before Hiring a House Painter

In Central Florida, fall and spring are the optimum seasons for painting your home’s exterior. With summer thunderstorms and the threat of hurricanes significantly decreasing after September, autumn is a great time to take stock of your home’s condition and paint if necessary. Because going the DIY route isn’t practical (or possible) for most homeowners, half of the effort necessary to achieve a beautiful result involves knowing how to hire a professional paint contractor.

In the interest of making sure you have the information you need to start planning this major project, The Paint Manager offers our guide. By the way, the same advice applies to hiring a painter for interior jobs!

Why does your house need to be painted?

In addition to making your home more attractive, a fresh paint job helps protect the exterior from environmental wear-and-tear. Addressing other maintenance issues during the project – such as replacing caulking and doing the general prep work necessary to achieve a smooth, long-lasting finish – helps reinforce your home’s structural integrity and increases its value.

Our October 2018 blog post – “When to Paint the Exterior of Your House” – covered such reasons as fading and/or chipping paint, boosting the home’s curb appeal before putting it up for sale and updating its look with a new color scheme.

What to look for in a professional house painter

As previously mentioned, hiring an experienced, ethical professional painting contractor is the critical first step in ensuring a high-quality result. Consumer Reports provides the following tips on hiring a painter.

Meet the pros – Call in at least three different contractors for your job, and be home for the initial meeting with them. That way, you’ll know how much time each contractor took to assess the condition of your home. The longer the contractor takes, the more realistic the estimate you’ll get. Even an experienced painter will need more than a quick walk around your house. Also ask each contractor about the size of his crew and the members’ experience level.

State your expectations – The number of coats a painter applies isn’t the only factor in determining the quality – and price – of the project. Preparation is also key. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractors – and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.

Get estimates – Seek a written estimate from each contractor. It should include a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done.

Check references and past work – Get a list of references from each contractor and call them to find out about their experience with the pro. A history of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up. Use recent projects to check the skill of their current crews.

Look at credentials ­– Before you hire someone, consider the contractor’s credentials. Membership in a trade or local business group isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but it shows a level of commitment and reliability. Also verify whether the pro has the appropriate license(s). (You’ll find the licensing information in your state at the Contractor’s License Reference Site. Also check with the Better Business Bureau, the attorney general’s office in your state, or a local consumer-affairs agency to learn whether the contractor has a history of unresolved complaints.

Obtain a complete contract – The contract should include all the contractor’s key information: name, address, office and cell numbers, and license number, plus whatever details were in the estimate. Make sure the contract clearly states what is and is not included in the job.

Validate their insurance – Get a copy of the painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. If the contractor doesn’t have coverage, you could be on the hook if, for example, the crew drops a ladder on your neighbor’s car or a crew member gets hurt on the job.

Ask for a guarantee – The painter should promise to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost. If the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which is a far more costly proposition than material.

Choose the paint yourself – Your painter may prefer using a particular brand. If so, ask why. If you’re not satisfied with the answer (it may be the cheapest, not the best), insist on a brand of your own choosing. However, a reputable painting contractor will be more familiar with the brand and type of paint best suited for your home’s building material, area’s climate, etc.

Hold out ­– Don’t make a large down payment, and withhold the final payment – typically 10 to 15 percent – until you are fully satisfied with the job.

Angie’s List adds these important questions to ask. Does the contractor have employees? If so, are they direct employees, meaning they receive a paycheck from the contractor, or are they considered subcontractors? If they are direct employees, the contractor’s workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies should cover them. If they are subcontractors, they should have their own insurance policies. Either way, the contractor should give you a copy of proof of insurance both for their business and any subcontractors, if necessary.

A word of caution about lead-based paint

Lead was commonly used in home exterior and interior paint until 1978, when it was banned by the federal government. Our October 2018 blog post – “How to Stay Safe When Painting Homes With Lead-Based Paint” – provides a comprehensive look at how to tell if your home has lead paint (which can be covered by subsequent layers of paint, yet remain a potential hazard), professional remediation (removal) and the necessity of having every aspect of the job handled by a professional painting contractor with the appropriate experience and equipment.

Other areas to consider

Our industry colleagues at Chesapeake Painting Services, Annapolis, MD, offer a detailed guide to the process of hiring and working with a professional house painting contractor. For example, expect to be responsible for certain steps to prepare for an interior paint project – such as moving furniture; removing outlet covers and switch plates; and allocating at least one space as a “staging area” for the paint crew to store their ladders, plastic sheets, paint, etc.

The Paint Manager is here to help

As you can see, hiring a pro to paint your house involves a good deal of planning and due diligence. The Paint Manager has served Central Florida since 2000 with quality professional residential and commercial painting services. Visit our website to learn about many other services we provide – including pressure washing, roof cleaning and stump removal. Become a member of The Paint Manager to receive a 15% year-‘round member’s discount. Contact us to learn more about our services and membership discount offer.

 

 

Transform Your Workspace and Increase Productivity

Transform Your Workspace and Increase Productivity

We spend most of our day at work, so it stands to reason that our office environment has a big impact on our feeling of well-being – and, as a result, our productivity. So whether you’re a business owner who wants happier, more productive employees – or an entrepreneur working from your home office – our pros at The Paint Manager offer the following budget-friendly tips to brighten up and spruce up your workspace!

Is this really worth the investment?

Yes! According to Lifehack, a pleasant office environment can increase productivity by up to 20%, and can even improve employee retention. If you work at home, transforming your office from a spare room with a desk and laptop to a functional dedicated space produces a more professional mindset that can ultimately win you more business.

Best paint colors for productivity

Because we are, after all, The Paint Manager, we know color has an important role to play. For example, you may be surprised to learn that the interior wall colors that create a peaceful haven for your home aren’t necessarily optimum choices for the workplace. Office colors need to set a calming mood, yet be stimulating enough to encourage alertness – like the perfect balance when you’ve had just enough coffee, but not too much.

For example, it is well-known that bright colors are associated with energy. But this might not be the ideal choice for your office. A study by the University of Rochester found that reactions become both faster and more forceful when people see the color red, yet the boost is short-lived. Though the color is ideal for some environments, it isn’t suited to inspire and sustain productivity in an office. However, if you have a home office (or a gray cubicle) and like red, use it in accessories to provide an energizing pop of color.

So, what are the colors that can work best for your office? Our colleagues at Scott Brown Painting examine the effects of color on mood and productivity, and offer their recommendations. The article also makes an important distinction between choosing colors for a company workplace and a home office.

Colors and their accompanying effect are as follows.

Blue: Mind

The color blue stimulates the mind, leading to more productivity. The hues of the blue color palette are ideal for staying focused in repetitive industries. Accounting offices often use blue paint colors to increase productivity and keep their employees focused.

Red: Body

As mentioned, red evokes a sense of urgency, so for physical jobs like construction, red will stimulate their energy levels.

Yellow: Emotion

Yellow stimulates emotion, which makes it an ideal color for creative industries. It also evokes feelings of happiness and can brighten spirits.

Green: Balance

We may think of green as the color of money, and in a way it is. Green is all about balance, calmness, and reassurance. So if you work in the financial industry, green works well as your office color.

Top 10 colors to improve office productivity

Keeping all of the above in mind, here are the leading, proven colors to make office workers happier and more productive.

Off-white – This tone provides a clean, uplifting feeling without the stark, clinical feel that a true white can evoke, making it an excellent choice both for company and home offices.

Teal/light blue – As teal is a combination of blue and green, it can turn any workspace into a productivity machine. It’s important to be careful as not to have too much of one over the color. The brightness and intensity are also important for the desired effect.

Gray – A classic corporate office color, gray is offered with a caveat. Too dark a shade can produce the opposite effect, turning the mood drab and depressing. A touch of silver provides a touch of class with a more elegant, uplifting feeling.

Light blue – If you want to establish a calming, reassuring effect, you can’t go wrong with light blue. It’s a great choice for medical offices and other establishments in which the nature of the work is stressful.

Blue-gray – In the corporate world, blue-grays can feel clean and give a boost to a backdrop without being too moody.

Brown – This warm color works very well in a space that needs to feel powerful and strong. Use lighter or complementary colors for trim and accents to keep the mood from becoming too heavy.

Pastel Yellow – A good choice for a company in a creative industry, this uplifting color can be accented with white or brown shades. However, it can be off-putting to some, so if you’re looking for a little sunshine in the office, use it for an accent wall instead of the primary wall color.

Purple – Again, one of those colors it’s easy to go overboard with unless the paint is blended by a color specialist. Certainly not for every business, but lighter shades (like violet) are good for a hair salon or clothing boutique. It also can be effective for an accent wall.

Green – A wide range of shades can set the right mood for productivity in a wide range of workplaces. Rich greens lend an affluent tone to financial industry offices, while lime green is popular for advertising and other creative agencies.

Orange – Painting all four walls orange may be a little too much, but using it for an accent wall could be the perfect remedy for low-energy afternoons. Consider trim and surrounding colors, however, or the effect could be garish instead of invigorating.

Colors for the home office

Because your home office is, after all, part of your home, the advice for paint color is a little different. As Scott Brown Painting observes:

“If you can’t stand the color yellow there are not enough promises of a happy, creative workspace that will get you to change your mind. In some cases, people who work from a home office feel like keeping the wall colors neutral is best. They opt to add an accent wall or paint the trim a different color. Others prefer a revamped workspace without any correlation to the rest of the colors in the house. This helps them to focus on work and not get tempted by personal comfort.”

Finishing touches to consider

Many other factors combine to increase productivity in the company or home office.

Lighting – When we talk about productivity, it is important to focus on lighting in your office. Inadequate or bad lighting can strain your eyes, cause fatigue, headaches and irritability. Spaces that are dark can lead to depression. Whether you work from your home or work in an office, make sure that the lighting is good.

Room scents – Just as color affects your mood, so do scents. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. A wide variety of fragrances are available in such formats as diffusers, diffuser sticks and plug-in diffusers. Of course, choosing your preference is easier for your personal home office. Depending upon your company office space, you may be able to have a fragrance source that stays confined to your own work area. If you’re in charge of a company office, choose a non-specific fresh, clean scent.

Noise level – Some people have a challenge tuning out background sounds, such as nearby conversations – which can be unavoidable in a company setting. Noise canceling headphones are ideal for this situation. They also can help home office workers when neighbors are mowing the lawn, or negate loud household activities.

Ergonomics – Defined as the science of fitting a workplace to the user’s needs, ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort. An understanding of ergonomics can prevent most workplace injuries by adjusting tools to the user, putting an emphasis on proper posture to reduce the impact of repetitive movements. Desks, chairs, monitors, keyboards and lighting all need to be assessed when creating a workspace, whether it is at a company office or home office. 

A lady working at the computer demonstrating proper posture

Ergonomic Fundamentals include:

  • The top of the monitor should be below or at eye level. Eyes should be 24-36 inches from the computer screen.
  • Feet should be on a footrest or resting on the floor.
  • A slightly reclined chair posture is best to reduce pressure on your spine and minimize lower back pain.

Finding the right painting contractor

Whether you’ve been charged with finding a painting contractor for your commercial office, or you’d just rather leave painting your home-sweet-home office to the pros, The Paint Manager has the experience, equipment and expertise for any size project. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you create an office environment that will allow you to achieve your best!

 

 

 

 

Advantages of Epoxy Floor Finishes

Advantages of Epoxy Floor Finishes

Tough and versatile, epoxy floor finishes are an increasingly popular choice for a wide range of applications – from industrial facilities to home garages. Typically applied over concrete, an epoxy floor coating provides a high-performance, smooth, durable surface that can last for many years. Whether you own a sprawling warehouse or a cozy single-family house, an epoxy finish may be the right choice for your Central Florida property’s flooring. We at The Paint Manager offer this guide to help you decide. Should you decide in the affirmative, we can also provide advice for the second question: professional installation, or DIY?

What is epoxy, exactly?

Most people are familiar with epoxy glue, known for the solid bond it forms. According to Your Dictionary, the definition of epoxy is “Any of various usually thermosetting resins capable of forming tight cross-linked polymer structures characterized by toughness, strong adhesion, and low shrinkage, used especially in surface coatings and adhesives.” Even if you never took a chemistry course, the gist of it is clear.

In a commercial application, epoxy flooring is used for its resistance to heavy traffic, sanitary qualities and ease of cleanup, and where slip resistance is required. In a residential setting, epoxy is used to beautify and protect a garage floor, patio, utility room or carport.

Advantages of an epoxy floor coating

Applied over concrete flooring, an epoxy product provides a non-porous surface impervious to stains – such as oil – and more resistant to damage and pitting than exposed concrete. Other advantages include the following.

  • Low maintenance; easy to clean. Unlike bare concrete floors – which can require a pressure washer to clean – a good-quality mop and simple cleaning solution does the job.
  • Withstands heavy, continuous traffic from forklifts and other types of industrial vehicles/equipment.
  • Protects concrete from the gradual corrosive, destructive effects of oil and liquid chemical products.
  • Temperature resistant. Just as epoxy is tough enough to resist damage from corrosive chemicals, it can also stand up to more heat and cold than most paints.
  • Environmentally friendly. Epoxy will not erode or dissolve into its environment, such as by fumes in the air or trace amounts in water. It also needs recoating less often, and requires less cleaning agent, thereby reducing the amount of chemicals used overall.
  • Creates a shiny surface that increases the brightness of interior areas.
  • Can be made slip-resistant for optimum safety.
  • Can be customized with colors and patterns to mark walkways.
  • Can be customized with specialty colors or decorative chip blends to mask concrete flooring cracks or just for aesthetic effect.
  • Extends the life of your concrete floor. Applying an epoxy coating protects concrete from damage, delaying the expense of repair or replacement.
  • Can increase the resale value of your home. Used in a residential garage, an epoxy floor finish provides a high-end look – especially with the addition of stylish decorative elements. You can select from a variety of understated solid colors and hues, custom colors and blends of color flakes that match your style or even your favorite sports team.

Do you need a professional to install an epoxy floor coating?

There are two ways of getting the job done – one is to hire a commercial services company, and the other is to do it yourself. We offer the caveat oft-repeated in our humble blog. This is a project for those with experience in similar home improvement efforts, not absolute beginners. As the Family Handyman points out, not all concrete floors will hold epoxy floor coatings, and preparing concrete for epoxy floor coatings can be labor intensive and tedious. For those who feel confident in their abilities, both Family Handyman and DIY Network offer helpful step-by-step instructions.

Again, if you’re considering taking the DIY route, be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided by the sources listed above. Most of the success of installing an epoxy floor coating lies with proper cleaning and preparation of the concrete. Missing a step or trying to hurry through the process will achieve poor results. Also make certain to buy – and use – all protective clothing and equipment required.

The take-home message

For those lacking the time and expertise to do a residential-scale epoxy flooring project – or for those who own an industrial or commercial facility – The Paint Manager is ready to provide conscientious, experienced service. No job is too large or too small. You can also contact us for other commercial services, such as exterior painting, texturing and much more. We look forward to working with you.

Should You Replace Your Home’s Popcorn Ceilings With a Smooth Surface?

Should You Replace Your Home’s Popcorn Ceilings With a Smooth Surface?

 

Travel far and wide throughout the United States, and hardly anyone will have a kind word for popcorn ceilings. Also known as acoustic ceilings, they were popular in residential construction during the 1930s into the late-‘70s. Occasionally, a builder would add sparkles so the ceiling would twinkle at night in the incandescent lighting. Today, popcorn ceilings aren’t just out of style – they’re proven deal-breakers when homeowners who haven’t seen fit to resurface them list their house for sale.

 

Which leads to our big question: Should you remove your ceiling’s popcorn surface and replace it with a smooth surface?

If you plan to sell your house soon, and it’s in a desirable neighborhood, yes. If you’ve been happily ensconced in your home for decades, you may not realize how truly reviled popcorn ceilings are among contemporary homebuyers. Just watch the numerous home buying shows on cable TV and take note of the reaction when prospective buyers look up and catch sight of a popcorn ceiling. It isn’t pleasant.

 

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Popcorn ceilings – a brief history

Characterized by their textured look by being sprayed on with a hopper gun using a special mix, popcorn ceilings were much more economical than hand-troweled plaster ceilings because the surface was quick to apply and hid imperfections – whereas plaster required painstaking application to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. When drywall took preference over plastering, the popcorn surface easily concealed the seams. The textured surface also provided sound-dampening benefits.

Despite the wide time range of popcorn ceilings (the surface was reportedly still being used at the turn of the 21st century), their heyday was the ‘60s through ‘70s, during the boom of the suburbs.

The bumpy textured ceilings always had issues, however. They trapped dirt and grime, and were difficult to clean without inadvertently dislodging some amount of the “popcorn.” Making ceiling repairs inconspicuous was likewise challenging.

The downfall for popcorn ceilings came when the danger of asbestos became well known.

 

As described by general contractor Glenda Taylor, writing for BobVilla.com:

“Asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, was the material of choice for popcorn ceilings until the substance was banned as a health hazard in 1978. Manufacturers switched to paper fiber that year, but suppliers continued to sell existing stores of asbestos-laced material. That means that popcorn ceilings installed as late as the mid-’80s could contain asbestos, and, when disturbed, disperse microscopic fibrils known to cause lung-scarring illnesses and even lung cancer if inhaled.”

 

 

How to tell if a popcorn ceiling is safe

A popcorn ceiling that contains asbestos doesn’t pose a hazard as long as the ceiling isn’t disturbed. However, many people don’t want such a dangerous substance in their home, and aren’t willing to take the risk. Also, in Central Florida, homes are more susceptible to structural damage during hurricane season. A tree crashing through the roof of a home with a popcorn ceiling containing asbestos will release it into the air, after which it will settle on interior items and the floor.

To determine if your popcorn ceiling has asbestos, forgo the approach of taking a sample yourself, and call an EPA-certified remediation company to do the job. Should the report come back positive, do not attempt to remove it yourself. This is not a DIY project. Risking your life – and the lives of your family members – isn’t worth saving the expense of professional remediation.

 

If a popcorn ceiling is safe, but still unsightly

Even an asbestos-free popcorn ceiling can be undesirable simply because it’s outdated. Thanks to changing consumer taste, their advantages are overlooked – much the same as homebuyers expect stainless steel kitchen appliances and turn up their nose at perfectly good white or black appliances.

One advocate for popcorn ceilings is “Steve,” an agent with Crossland Team Real Estate, Austin, Texas. His blog post on the topic is a practical take on their unappreciated positive qualities and the motivation of so many to scrape and resurface them into smooth oblivion.

Steve writes:

“People hate popcorn ceilings. But as I look at my own vintage 1978 popcorn ceilings, and how perfect they are, I wonder what all the fuss is about … Please, somebody agree with me and let’s admit that this obsessive neurosis about the texture and appearance of a popcorn ceiling is nothing more than ‘“texture snobbery.”’

Removing an asbestos-free popcorn ceiling is typically recommended for the experts on the basis of labor and time. Such ceilings are throughout the entire house, save for kitchens and baths. Tackling the job yourself may be practical if you’re highly experienced in home renovation projects and bought a “fixer” to rehab, and you don’t intend to move in immediately. For the DIY enthusiasts, YouTube offers numerous step-by-step videos on the removal process.

 

 

Otherwise, hiring a home renovation contractor to do the removal and resurfacing is the more practical – and ultimately economical – approach.

The Paint Manager offers experienced popcorn texture removal and replacement with an even, smooth surface that reflects quality craftsmanship. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment. While we usually leave our call-to-action message for the end of our blog post, here’s some helpful advice for those who choose to carry on.

 

Loving your popcorn ceiling

For the “Steves” out there who love their popcorn ceilings – or don’t have the budget to replace them – DIY repair is possible, as long as you’re sure they don’t contain asbestos. Popcorn ceiling repair products are available at any home improvement center.

First, scrap the damaged area about one inch larger than the repair needed. Sand, wipe with a damp cloth, apply a stain blocker and let it dry thoroughly. Then apply the ceiling patch product according to manufacturer’s instructions. Apply only one coat at a time. Let the area dry completely before applying another coat. Keep in mind that no matter how carefully you do the repair work, it is difficult to match the original ceiling texture.

No matter which choice you make about your popcorn ceiling, The Paint Manager is always available to take on the home renovation projects you need, with conscientious, experienced service. If you don’t feel confident in making a DIY repair, we can help there, as well! No job is too small for our home repair experts.

Sandblasting 101: How to Prep Your Home & Get it Done Safely

Sandblasting 101: How to Prep Your Home & Get it Done Safely

 

Preparing your house or other structure for repainting is essential to achieving a smooth, clean surface to which the paint will adhere properly for an even appearance and long service life. For homes that have several layers of exterior paint that’s cracking, peeling and gatoring, slapping on another coat of paint is counterproductive. And removing the old paint manually through scrapping just isn’t practical. In such a situation, sandblasting – also known as abrasive blasting – is the only solution.

Sandblasting is the process of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to clean, smoothen, or roughen up a surface. The common name is actually a misnomer, as many types of materials can be used. While some homeowners try to go the DIY route, this is really one job that should be left to the pros, as it poses serious health hazards for amateurs – who aren’t likely to own the proper protective gear or know proper technique.

However, we’re aware of professional or aspiring house flippers who have good hands-on skills out of necessity. The properties on which you can get a good deal typically aren’t in great condition. Here’s a basic guide to economical sandblasting that keeps safety front and center.

 

The cost of sandblasting a house

Cost varies, depending on the size of the project, construction material of the structure and abrasive material used. The cost of the sandblasting project increases with the increase in the size of the area and the increase in the difficulty to remove the material.

 

Safety considerations

While many other abrasive materials are now used, silica sand remains popular. Silica is a mineral compound called silicon dioxide which is in crystalline or amorphous form. Crystalline silica is hazardous to health. It is usually found in quartz, but also found in substances like tridymite, cristobalite and tripoli. Inhaling crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis and various other diseases.

In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a directive to control exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule comprises of two standards – one for Construction Code of Federal Regulations and the other for General Industry and Maritime.

For respiratory protection, wear a respirator approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This should cover the head, neck and shoulders.

 

Other protective gear should include the following:

  • Protective helmet
  • Protective clothing, including gloves
  • Safety shoes or boots
  • Ear protection

 

How to prep your home for sandblasting

Many Central Florida homes are concrete block construction – known in the trade as concrete masonry units (CMUs). Concrete block homes may be painted or stuccoed over. Test-blast a small area before proceeding. The type of paint (ordinary latex or elastomeric paint) and the number of coats will determine how difficult it is to remove. The closer and longer you blast the block, the more cement and aggregate you are likely to take off from the surface.

You need to be careful when it comes to the mortar between the block, particularly the vertical joints which are also called head joints. The mortar can blow out, which creates openings called bee holes. These openings act as entry points for insects and water. Patch these holes with fresh mortar, which is known as tuck pointing. Professionals are recommended to do this job, as staining and an imperfect appearance can result when improperly done.

To protect windows, cover them properly. Masking tape and red and grey tape are not usually the right option. Experts recommend using clear six mil plastic sheeting to cover windows. Use one sheet per window, double tape it continuously all around. Cover all doors that are not to be sandblasted to protect them from debris.

Also, make sure that you don’t blast stucco or CMU dry. Also ensure that you don’t sandblast a surface if there is a chance that there is asbestos or lead in it. If there’s a question about this, have the paint tested. If so, it definitely will necessitate removal by a professional.

You should also use a high-pressure sprayer, not just the hose, after sandblasting to remove sand and masonry grit. You also most likely will have to clean up the wet abrasive material around the area where sandblasting is done.

 

As we said at the beginning, if you’re not an ambitious house flipper or DIY-seasoned homeowner, sandblasting is best left to those with the experience, skills and equipment.

Our pros at The Paint Manager can carry out sandblasting efficiently and safely. Contact us to learn more.

 

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