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.

 

How to Paint Your Baby’s Nursery

How to Paint Your Baby’s Nursery

Nothing is more exciting than welcoming your baby into this world. All kinds of preparations are underway – from making a list of names to shopping and sprucing up your home’s exteriors and interiors – as parents leave no stone unturned to give the best to their new arrival. The major preparation is, of course, decorating the nursery – which starts with choosing the wall color. While choices have fortunately expanded beyond pink for girls and blue for boys, there’s much more to consider that can have a long-term effect on the health of your newborn.

 

Start with a healthy environment

To make your baby’s room healthier, Consumer Reports offers some tips that you need to keep in mind before undertaking the painting project:

Use paint that has low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – VOCs are solvents that are released into the air when paint containing these compounds dries. According to the American Lung Association, breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat; cause difficulty in breathing; nausea; and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs. Some VOCs can cause cancer. Not all VOCs have all these health effects, though many have several. Details on specific health effects of each specific VOC can be found in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Toxic Substances Portal.

Paint the nursery at least two months in advance – This is a good general rule, even when using paint containing low or zero VOCs – as all interior paints give off some fumes.

Check for the presence of lead-based paint – Homes built before 1978 often contain lead-based paint. If there is no chipping or peeling of the paint on the wall, windowsills or doors, it doesn’t mean the environment is safe. Intact paint can be dangerous – especially on windows and doors – because they generate lead-contaminated dust when they are opened or closed. If your home has lead-based paint, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Hire a licensed contractor for removal, and find other accommodations during the mitigation process until it is determined safe for you to return.

 

Getting down to work

If you’re considering taking the DIY approach to painting the nursery, the good people at Ecos Paints outline the process as follows.

Understand the effect of colors on space – Dark color schemes can make your room look more cramped, whereas light colors like white can make it appear more spacious. Different color schemes can also have a bearing on your baby’s mood. For instance, research claims that red color can increase the feeling of aggression, whereas yellow color can pep up the mood. Also, some soothing colors are known to help your baby sleep better. The best way to select a color for your baby’s room is to view how it would look on the wall. You can get sample colors, and then choose the best for your baby’s nursery.

Determine the amount of paint you need – The quality of paint and the area of the room you have to paint (square foot) are the two things that will determine the amount of paint you need to paint your baby’s room. For example, to paint an average sized room (two coats) you would need about five gallons of average quality paint, but the same can be painted in three gallons if the paint is of premier quality.

Take into account the durability of the paint – The paint finish you choose is what would affect the durability of the paint. For instance, if you want moisture resistant and washable paint, you can choose eggshell finish. For a high traffic area, you can either choose eggshell or some other pale to mid color because they are less prone to marks from rubbing. If you use matte paint, on the other hand, it can hide the imperfections in the wall.

Do the necessary prep work – Before you start the project, you should ensure that you have all the right supplies. You also need to prep up your tools. Also, clean the rollers and brushes so that it can paint properly. You also need to ensure that you remove all the furniture from the room and cover the floor with drop cloths. You also need to tape off the floorboards, corners, and other outlet covers and switches. Keep a rag handy in case of spills. You can first sand the walls and prime them before putting on the paint coats.

 

How color affects your baby

 While a newborn may be unaware of the color of his or her nursery, this will most likely be your child’s room for the next several years, transitioning from infancy to childhood. Project Nursery has an informative guide on the emotional effect that colors evoke. Of course, it isn’t a good idea to use wall-to-wall red, but it can work as an accent color. The article provides a thoughtful analysis of the major colors and their suitability for a nursery.

With so much to prepare for in anticipation of your new arrival, you may not have the time (or inclination) to do the job yourself. The Paint Manager has an experienced team of painters ready to create the perfect nursery.

Contact us to learn more!

Hire a Handyman This Year! Here Are The Advantages!

Hire a Handyman This Year! Here Are The Advantages!

 

Why You Should Hire a Handyman

Home maintenance is an ongoing obligation. No matter what the season, some area of your home’s interior or exterior will need attention during the year. Many of these tasks fall under the category of “odd jobs” – that is, not major enough to require a home repair or home renovation contractor, but still require a certain amount of time, expertise and physical ability to perform. Then, there’s the infamous “honey-do” list of small projects that seems to keep getting longer. Hiring a handyman can be the ideal solution for those lacking DIY skills and/or would rather not engage in manual labor on weekends.

Advantages of hiring a handyman

Enlisting the services of a handyman is practical for many reasons. As Get Local Home Pros points out, a handyman has a variety of skills, tools and equipment to complete different tasks. According to the article:

“Just because you have several home repairs it doesn’t mean they’re all related skill-wise. Most people don’t have a full set of tools ready to go to tackle every job that arises, let alone the skill to handle them.

Handyman Service, Orlando Home Repair Company, How to hire a handyman

 “The advantage to hiring a handyman is they are skilled in multiple tasks and can handle a variety of home repairs easily. They have all their own tools too. If you’ve got a list of repairs that cover a wide range, like touching up paint, caulking or replacing shingles, handymen are ideal.”

In addition, the article points out that a handyman can save you money by performing multiple home repair or maintenance jobs at his (or her) hourly rate, as opposed to having to hire a different tradesperson for each project. Depending upon the size and complexity of the jobs, a handyman may be able to knock out your entire honey-do list in one day – again, as opposed to having to schedule individual tradespeople at various times during the week.

If you’ve ever performed an exterior or interior home improvement/repair/etc. project, you also learned that after the main job is done, there’s the second job: cleanup. A handyman takes care of this, as well, picking up and disposing of all debris.

Giving yourself the gift of time

Even though you will probably need to be at home to supervise the handyman or provide direction if an unforeseen complication occurs, hiring a handyman frees you from spending the time and effort on the job itself. Binge-watch your favorite series, spend quality time with your kids or whatever you’d rather be doing than what you hired the handyman for. You won’t be climbing a ladder, lugging supplies around or making an emergency run to your home improvement center because you need more paint.

Freshen up your curb appeal

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 Whether you’re planning to sell your house, or just want to freshen its look, a handyman can do the jobs that will make it the neighborhood gem. Improving your home’s curb appeal can increase its resale value, allowing you to get top dollar. A new exterior paint job, shutter repair and other such fixes are all in a good handyman’s wheelhouse.

 

Make sure the job is done right, and safely

A professional handyman uses the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing for the job – such as safety goggles, work boots and heavy-duty gloves. The items that non-professionals tend to buy may not provide adequate protection for work conditions. A good handyman also knows how to handle and properly dispose of hazardous chemicals, as well as hold any required certifications for doing so.

When DIY becomes DDIY (don’t do-it-yourself)

Sure, you may think that anyone should be able to do some types of home repairs or simple maintenance.

But there are certain circumstances and stages of life when hiring a handyman is preferable.

Senior citizens – For those of mature years, the ‘round-the-house jobs you may have once done easily could now be too demanding – or downright risky – to take on. Be honest with yourself about your physical capabilities. Hiring a handyman for jobs that require climbing a ladder or lifting large, heavy objects may prevent serious injury, a medical emergency – or worse.

But YouTube made it look easy – The prevalence of DIY videos on YouTube can give false encouragement to inexperienced homeowners in their ability to tackle an odd job. Those guys and gals wielding power tools make it look easy, but they’ve had plenty of practice. If you haven’t – again, be honest with yourself. Even if you’re a young whippersnapper, it’s better to leave it to the pros. And young whippersnappers can still be shaky on a ladder. You don’t want to learn this fact for the first time while trying to fix a shingle on your roof.

Botching what you initially believed to be a simple project can cost extra money and time in hiring an expert to set things right – not to mention perhaps making the problem even worse or creating one that didn’t previously exist. If you are interested in acquiring DIY skills, home improvement centers offer free workshops that teach the basics in a wide variety of projects. Visit your local store’s website for class schedules.

 

What kind of jobs does a handyman do?

So what kind of jobs are best for hiring a handyman?

The full list we offer can be found here, including the following highlights:

The Paint Manager is a one-stop resource for hiring Central Florida’s most experienced and skilled professionals. Our satisfied customers can vouch for our reliability, efficiency and trustworthiness. Contact us to learn more and schedule a top-quality handyman for your next project.

When to Paint the Exterior of Your House

When to Paint the Exterior of Your House

Painting your home’s exterior is perhaps the maintenance project that homeowners dread the most. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, the task is expensive and nerve-wracking. If you’re like us here at The Paint Manager, you’re economy-minded, and consider any home improvement investment over $100 expensive. And although we pride ourselves on doing our jobs as quietly as possible, having people working on your property isn’t relaxing even under the best circumstances.

 

In Central Florida, the additional factors of intense heat punctuated by afternoon thunderstorms in the summer and hurricane season through November 1 compound the problem of finding a window of opportunity to accomplish this mission.

 

But first, let’s consider your motivation for painting your house. If you’re planning to sell, giving the exterior a fresh coat of paint is a sure way to boost curb appeal. This can also be the ideal time to update the colors to attract more interest among potential buyers. As with everything else, exterior colors go in and out of style – which means you want your house to look as up-to-date as possible. A newly painted house also creates the impression that the rest of the place has been regularly maintained and kept in good repair – and is therefore unlikely to present the new owners with nasty surprises.

 

If you’re planning to stay, this can still be a good opportunity to give your house an exterior makeover with an updated color scheme. However, your motive may be more than to create an impression – that is, you are regularly maintaining your home. Indicators that it’s time to repaint include:

 

  • Flaking, bubbling or cracking paint – These conditions often signal dry rot, wet rot or mold caused by failed weatherproofing. Strong sunlight, extreme humidity, storms, blowing sand and ocean breezes can contribute to the damage.

 

  • Hardened caulk – Caulking eventually loses its ability to expand and contract with your house. If the beads are hard and resistant when you press down, it’s time to recaulk – which typically means it’s also time to repaint.

 

  • Fading paint – Perhaps the most obvious sign. Sun bleaching is common, and dark hues tend to fade faster than paler shades. However, according to Nationwide, fading on shady sides of the house indicates problems with the vapor barrier or with water intrusion. Look for stains dripping downward on the paint. If water-soluble materials designed for home interiors end up outside the house, it’s a sign of water leaks. If you can’t pinpoint the source, call an expert.

 

  • Morphing paint color – Did your home’s color morph from sedate beige to pink? Blame ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can sometimes transform paint to an unexpected or undesired shade. To prevent this, make sure the paint is an exterior grade that can withstand UV effects.

 

  • Patching stucco – Stucco exteriors were popular in Florida in the 1990s, but fell out of fashion due to problems with the material adhering to the concrete block it was applied over. To minimize costs without re-stuccoing the entire house, patch stucco cracks and repaint the whole house. Otherwise, homeowners will be left with streaks or a patchwork from paint that doesn’t quite match.

 

The quality of the paint and painting materials you choose makes a significant difference in the durability of your exterior paint. Selecting high-quality paints and painting materials will ensure that your paint job lasts longer. Equally important is performing detailed prep work, should you decide to go the DIY route. Clean and sand the surface so paint adheres to it properly. Apply two coats for greater durability and longer useful life.

 

Now comes the question: How often should your paint your house? Assuming you don’t wait for it to acquire a weather-beaten appearance, the answer is: It depends on some variables – your region, climate and weather conditions, your home’s construction materials and the quality of those materials.

 

For example, houses with wood siding may require a repaint every three to seven years; every four years if it is stained. Other time frames are:

 

  • Stucco – 5 to 6 years
  • Brick – 15 to 20 years if painted; occasional pressure washing if not
  • Cement fiberboard siding – 10 to 15 years

 

If you are planning to have your home exteriors (and interiors) painted, and you need a professional home painting contractor, get in touch with The Paint Manager. Select the perfect color from our color picker page, or contact us for innovative house painting ideas!

Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Trim Your Shrubs

Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Trim Your Shrubs

Your front yard is vital in creating the first impression people get about how well you keep up your home. However, yard maintenance is not an easy task. Case in point: trimming shrubs. Depending upon the size of your property, your schedule and your physical capability, hiring a professional yard or lawn service can be the best approach to keeping shrubs and hedges well-groomed, healthy assets to your home’s curb appeal.

In addition to creating an attractive appearance, there are practical reasons to make sure shrubbery is in good shape, so to speak. Trimming is important to the plant’s health, ensuring it gets enough sun and encouraging growth. Trimming is different from pruning, which is done to eliminate dead, broken and infected parts of the plant. Pruning shrubs regularly helps promote healthier shrubs that produce more blooms.

If your landscaping is new, it’s much better to start pruning shrubs when they are young, then do minor annual pruning. If you allow them to become overgrown, they’ll end up needing major renewal pruning, which – assuming you hire a service – will be even more expensive. Black + Decker’s website provides an informative guide to shrub trimming. (For the adventurous, there’s even info on “How to Make a Topiary.”) Despite being written for the do-it-yourself, the article includes helpful basics that everyone should know. For those who may be entertaining the thought of going the DIY route, learning about the specialized equipment involved may tip you toward hiring a service.

Hiring a Yard Service Versus DIY

There is great deal of difference between a professional approach and the DIY way of doing things – unless, of course, you are qualified enough for the job and own the right equipment. In making a list of the advantages of hiring a yard or lawn service, equipment is a good place to start.

Equipment

Yard and lawn care services have all of the proper tools and equipment to do an expert job in trimming and shaping shrubs. In the hands of an experienced landscaper, these specialized pruning tools, saws and power trimmers create a uniform, beautiful effect for the perfect manicured yard. A professional service regularly maintains its tools, keeping them in good working condition, and stores them appropriately.

Physical Labor

There’s no getting around the fact that yard work is hard work. Even lightweight hedge trimmers are heavy and unwieldy, requiring a great deal of physical effort to use. Florida’s triple-digit summer temperatures make the job especially hazardous, necessitating performing it in the early morning or early evening for those insisting on the DIY route. Overexertion leading to illness, heat exhaustion or heat stroke are possible health hazards. Also, the more birthdays we celebrate, the more mindful we need to be about not overestimating our stamina and assuming we can still do what we once did easily in previous years.

Safety

Professional landscapers are trained to do their job safely. For those who don’t do so on a regular basis, climbing a ladder to reach the top of a hedge, wielding a power trimmer or using a small curved saw can be hazardous. Hiring a yard or lawn service could save you a trip to the ER.

Clean-up

A professional yard or lawn service may include clean-up of plant debris in the price of trimming. Be sure to discuss waste removal before hiring a service. Also ask if the service will remove the bags of debris, or if they will be left curbside for yard waste collection day. Some municipalities charge extra for bags of lawn waste that exceed the permitted limit, so check your local regulations first.

Peace of mind

When you hire a professional yard or lawn service, you can spend quality time with your family and friends instead of spending time on landscape maintenance!

The Paint Manager is well-experienced in such yard maintenance jobs as shrub trimming, and has been serving Central Florida homeowners since 2000. Contact us today to learn how we can make your yard an inviting place of beauty for your family and friends.

4 Reasons Why You Need Professionals For Drywall Repair

4 Reasons Why You Need Professionals For Drywall Repair

DIY Drywall, Good Idea or Not?

 

We all want to live in a beautiful, clean and green home. But, it requires quite an effort on the part of the homeowner to maintain a house that is striking, beautiful, clean, and which is full of greenery. A feat difficult to achieve, homeowners constantly have to strive hard to create and maintain a perfect home.

As a homeowner, you don’t only have to ensure that your home exteriors look beautiful, but you also have to make sure that the interiors, landscape, driveway, pool, and everything else in your house remains in perfect order. A lot goes into creating a home that is beautiful to look at, and a delight to stay in. From a well painted exterior, a nicely maintained landscape, and a perfect pool setting to stylish furniture, attractive paint on the walls, and more, you have to plan everything to perfection.

Integral parts of your home, walls and ceilings, play an important role in making your house look beautiful. And, when the interiors of your home have drywall ceilings and walls, it looks even better.  But, like everything else, even drywall doesn’t last forever. It requires regular upkeep, and at times replacement, when damaged beyond repair.

Though, more often than not, repairing is all it takes to give your drywall a perfect finish. Needless to say, without proper paint and finish on your walls and ceilings, your home interiors can’t look elegant. And, when the wall itself is not in perfect shape, then no amount of paint, good or bad, can produce the looks that are flawless. With drywall, you get a perfect finish, and then the paint on these walls look great.

Leave Your Drywall Repairs to the Professionals 

There are some home jobs that you as a homeowner can do on your own, but you just can’t repair everything in your house. But, there are some homeowners who think they can fix anything and everything that needs repair in their home. It is true that internet helps you learn a lot of things, be it fixing, or repairing a door knob, or changing your sink faucet, but there are some home jobs that are best left to professionals. And, repairing drywall is one such work, which should only be left for professionals to do.

Drywalls are building materials used as a substitute for wooden or concrete walls, which are not just inexpensive, but it also gives a wonderful finish. The only flip side to this is that drywall is softer in comparison to concrete or wooden walls, and therefore they are more prone to damages if proper care is not taken. Of course, when you have damaged walls at home, you need to get it repaired, or else it can spoil the beauty of your house.

When you watch videos online of people teaching you how to repair your drywall, you are bound to think that it’s an easy job and a perfect DIY project, but we tend to forget that the precision it requires (in repairing) calls for professional help.

Moreover, trying to fix a drywall yourself you might end up making the repair work even costlier, as the damaged area can increase further, which would then escalate your total cost. Hence, whenever you need your drywall to be repaired, it is advisable to call in experts.

4 specific reasons why you should call in professionals for drywall repairThe number one reason why you should call in experts if you have a damaged drywall is to maintain the peace of your house. Yes, any DIY project creates some amount of stress in the house. But, on a more serious note, here are 4 specific reasons why you should call in professionals for drywall repair.

  1. They (read professionals) know their job wellAn expert drywall repairing company, apart from knowing their job well, also realizes the unique needs of each of its customer, and therefore presents to you a customized solution. Drywall repair professionals have been through it all and seen every kind of damage your drywall would ever experience. They know what exactly needs to be done to fix the problem on your drywall. From estimates to the exact course of action, you have everything in black and white in front of you, which makes it easy for you to take a call whether to repair or replace the drywall.
  1. They have loads of experience and expertise – There is no substitute to experience, and with it comes the exposure and expertise of repairing the drywall, no matter how bad the damage is. DIY enthusiasts, or individuals and companies who don’t have sufficient experience and expertise of repairing the drywall could spoil your project and increase its total cost, whereas professionals do their job to perfection.
  1. It saves your precious time – Time, they say, is money, and you of course don’t have enough of it to waste. A project which professionals would be able to finish in a couple of hours, people with less, or no experience will do the same work in a couple of days. In today’s fast paced world, you don’t have that much of time to waste, do you? It therefore makes no sense to waste your precious time, instead it is better to save it and utilize the same in other productive work. Hence hiring professionals to repair your dry wall will save you time.
  1. They have the right equipment – Being in a different profession, it is highly unlikely that you would have all the tools that are required for drywall repair. When you hire professionals, one thing that you can be assured of is the latest equipment for the repair job of your drywall. Needless to say, you can spoil your wall further if you don’t have the requisite equipment. Moreover, just by having the right equipment does not guarantee that the job you do on your own will have great results because you should also have proper practice of operating these tools. And, when you hire professionals, not do they have the right equipment, they also know how to use it, which produces better results.

 

Apart from the reasons mentioned above, you also run the risk of injury and harm to your health, when you plan to repair the drywall on your own. Whereas, when you hire professionals, they not only know how to avoid injuries, but they also take necessary precautions that are required during the process of drywall repair.

Over and above this there is a huge difference in the quality of repair work done when you do it on your own, and the drywall repair that is undertaken by professionals.

If you are in and around Greater Central Florida and drywall repair is what you are looking at, don’t take chances of doing it yourself. Just get in touch with The Paint Manager, paint and drywall experts, and leave your worries to the professionals.

We have been in this industry for long to know the nuances of the trade, and know exactly what it takes to repair any kind of drywall.

We also have all the right tools and trained manpower who know how to use them efficiently, which ultimately gives your drywall a perfect finish.

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Why DIY is not always the best move.

 

Painting the exterior of your home can provide a whole new perspective on its appearance. A fresh coat of paint can renew a home’s value, both literally and figuratively. After all, who wants to live in a home with a less-than-ideal paint job? If the exterior of your home has you feeling less than excited to come home every night, then maybe it is time to find professional exterior painters for hire.

Whether your intent is to sell your home, host a series of parties, or you want to fall in love with your home again, a fresh exterior paint job can work wonders on the perception of your home. Both for you and your guests.

Unlike painting a bedroom accent wall, painting the exterior of your home is no easy task. This is not a weekend DIY project. Sure, keeping paint off of the furniture and keeping borders even can be a challenge. But in most cases, for interior and exterior paint, you can tell the difference between a first-time job and that of a professional painter.

exterior paintersExterior painting is a time-consuming and labor-intensive project that requires professional experience. Spending a few hours over the course of a few weekends to get the job done will likely lead to a finished product that is choppy at best. Hiring a team will ensure the complete and efficient completion of your house painting services.

Here are a few of the benefits you receive by hiring a professional painter to upgrade the exterior of your home:

 

Imagine this: Your car breaks down on the side of the highway. Smoke is billowing out of the engine. You think it overheated but are not sure. Do you take your car to a reliable service center or do you start taking apart the car on the shoulder of the busy highway? The analogy is hardly different when it comes to painting the exterior of your home.

Exterior Painting is Hard Work

Painting the exterior of your home takes a lot more than just picking up a brush and swiping away. Knowing what paint to use, what tools you need, and what the required prep and cleanup work would be are all part of a professional exterior painter’s technical expertise.

Not to mention, a professional will be faster than a first-timer. They are accustomed to the strain that comes along with painting an entire house. Plus, they probably won’t break anything, home or body, while working on your home. You may have to pay more than you would if you were doing it yourself. But once you see the end result? The difference is invaluable.

There is no shortcut to experience

Experience cannot be bought. Only learned.  Experience teaches you how to perfect your work. Professional painters who have decades of experience know how to go about painting the exteriors of your home, and they do it beautifully, efficiently, and quickly.

Sometimes while painting the home, problems arise that you are not prepared for. You may notice a gutter in need of serious repair. Maybe a tree has grown too close to one of your walls, and needs serious trimming in order to complete the job…and that’s just a glimpse of it! Professional painting contractors have seen these issues time and time again and have the know-how to handle these issues as they come. If you do it on your own, even the simplest delays or issues will likely get under your skin.

Exterior Painting Requires Specific Equipment

exterior paintersPut down the paint brush and roller. To complete an exterior home painting job with finesse, you would need specialized tools like a power sprayer, ladders, power brushes, power washers, and maybe even a power sander. These tools are not always as affordable or accessible as interior painting equipment. The funds used to purchase all these tools can just as easily go toward hiring a professional painter, instead! Not to mention, using these tools often requires a bit of practice and experience to use them correctly.

Exterior Painting Can be a Safety Risk

Painting home exteriors can be a health and safety hazard for the inexperienced. It is not recommended to place ladders on top of the roof, to reach slightly more elevated areas of the home.  Since the professional painters have sufficient experience, they know how to approach situations like this for cleaning, prep work, and painting. The pros have all the necessary tools and the necessary training to complete your exterior home painting work without risking their body and lives. Without simple training and proper experience, it is not worth the risk. Especially when it is just to save a few dollars.

Make sure that the painting company that you hire has proper licensing and insurance.

Take Advantage of the Fresh Set of Eyes

exterior painterA professional painting company can suggest new ideas and perform them as described. They tend to have a good idea of what color combinations would suit your home, and if you’re trying to sell, what is appealing to homebuyers. A new idea can lead to a total refresh of your home’s exterior.

Don’t Worry About the Cleanup Work!

Painting the exterior of your house yourself would mean a massive clean-up effort after you complete the job. That means more work for you! When you hire a painting company, it is their responsibility to safely dispose of all debris, and leave your property in great condition.

The Process is Less Stressful

Hiring professionals for your exterior painting project will save you a lot of time and stress. When you take on the project yourself, and something goes wrong, you are bound to get frustrated. That frustration is likely to spill out onto your entire family. Pass on the stress, and get an experienced team to handle it for you.

Whether you are planning an exterior painting project, are ready for a new color in the kitchen, or need to hire roof cleaning services, The Paint Manager is here to help. Serving homes in Orlando, Sanford, and other Central Florida cities, our residential exterior painters Orlando are here to make your next home project fast, efficient, and affordable.

Roof Cleaning Contractors: Hiring the Best Company for the Job

Roof Cleaning Contractors: Hiring the Best Company for the Job

A little bit of research goes a long way when it comes to saving time and money on your roof cleaning.

Most homeowners want the exterior of their house to look great. But how? You can hire painting contractors to paint the exterior of your home. For a quick fix, you can get it pressure washed. Maybe it is time to spruce up the yard? One place you may not think to look to is your roof.

Look up, and for the first time, you may notice the algae buildup and dark streaks that have accumulated over time. It is time to start looking for roof cleaning contractors.

A clean roof not only adds value to your home; it increases its overall lifespan. Your roof faces a lot of abuse, from natural weather conditions to man-made irritants. Rain, sun, dust, wind and carbon pollution can all contribute to roof damage, over time.

The “dirty” appearance of your roof comes in the form of dark patches, usually caused by algae growing on the surface. Sometimes, homeowners confuse the color change for a bigger problem and assume that it is time to replace the roof. You can avoid having to take on such a project with proper roof maintenance.

At this point, your best bet is to call a roof cleaning professional to assess the current state of your home’s roof. When a professional leads the effort on restoring your roof, you can expect the removal of dirt, algae and other unsightly stains. Afterward, your neighbors will swear you had a new one built.

However, choosing a roof cleaning service can be a challenge. There is no shortage of qualified individuals out there, most of which can do the job without any issues. Yet, there are some companies that deal in shady or illegal practices, which can put you or your home at risk. With a few extra precautions, you can have a clean roof without any extra stress, undue cost, or inconvenience.

Why Hire a Professional?

You may be hesitant to pull out your wallet for what sounds like a pretty simple job. However, professional roof cleaning services know exactly what it takes to complete such a large scale job. You, on the other hand, may not.

1.  Roof cleaning is long, hard work.

If you think cleaning your roof only consists of climbing up with a bucket of water, scrubber, and some soap, you are surely mistaken. After spending hours on the roof, you would realize that you’ve only managed to remove a bit of dirt. The algae, mildew and mold still remain.

Leave roof cleaning to the pros, while you tend to the rest of your to-do list. Besides, climbing and working on a rooftop is dangerous. It is better to leave it to trained professionals who know how to avoid accidents.

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2.  It is not as expensive as you think.

If you think roof cleaning services are too expensive, do some research, speak to your neighbors, or ask your co-workers who have recently had their roofs cleaned. There weren’t always so many roof cleaning contractors in business. Due to the increase in competition, there are more options, making rates much more affordable.

Do keep in mind that rock bottom rates should not be your sole deciding factor, as the type and quality of services makes a world of difference when it comes to your roof cleaning experience.

3. The work lasts for quite some time.

When you clean the roof on your own, then there is no guarantee that it will stay clean for months. But, when you hire professionals, proactive measures are taken. They don’t just clean the roof, they undertake preventive measures so that it remains in good condition for the foreseeable future.

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4.  Roof cleaners will not damage your roof.

Cleaning your roof yourself or hiring inexperienced cleaners can damage your rooftop. It is not just about cleaning your roof with a pressure washer or using a scrubber and elbow grease. If during the process of cleaning you damage any of the shingles or some of them get loose, then it might create more problems for you. Broken and unattached shingles attract more mildew, dirt and algae, which in turn would increase overall damage to your roof. When you hire a professional roof cleaning company, they do their best to make sure such damages or mishaps do not happen.

What to Watch Out For

Do a bit of legwork, and research prospective companies. Keep these things in mind before hiring a roof cleaning service:

1.  Experience and expertise are the #1 priority.

Make sure the contractors are who they say they are. Verify experience in the industry, special expertise, and past jobs. Take a look into their previous customer service. Start with a company’s website, and look for client testimonials.

You can also speak to your family, friends, and colleagues and take their referrals. After all, word of mouth is free publicity. If somebody close to you is a satisfied customer and recommends a roof cleaning company, you can probably count on their recommendation for a great experience.

2.  Check for Licensing and Insurance.

Unfortunately, not all businesses in this world are trustworthy and honest. Some companies, including roof cleaning companies, operate without proper licensing or insurance.

It is always better to avoid such companies, as it can cause more harm than good.
Roof cleaning is a risky job, and accidents can happen anywhere. You may find yourself responsible for the safety of the individuals working on your property. If a worker gets injured on your property, and there is not proper insurance coverage, you may be accountable for their medical expenses. It is not worth it to cut costs by hiring an unlicensed, uninsured company to work on your roof. It could end up costing you more than you ever wanted to spend.

3.  Start with an assessment, then a quote.

Different types of roofs require alternative cleaning methods. It is always better to ask the roof cleaning company to assess the roof and provide you with their recommendations for further service.

Get assessments and quotes from at least three different roof cleaning companies before making your final decision. This way, you can make the best choice regarding pricing and service.

4.  Check out the Reviews.

With just a little bit of research, you can check out a company’s customer satisfaction. A quick Google search should yield results on sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google itself. Alternatively, you can ask the roof cleaning company for client testimonials. Be wary of reviews that are suspiciously good, or extremely bad. They may not be a legitimate review from an actual customer!

5.  Ask about a warranty.

It is advisable to discuss the warranty before you sign an agreement with a roof service company. With a warranty comes peace of mind.

If your Orlando, Lake Mary, Sanford, or Central Florida home is in need of roof cleaning contractors, call The Paint Manager, a licensed and insured roof cleaning service and professional painter. We can help make your roof look brand new, once more.

Hygge Decor [hue-gah]: The Danish Design for 2017

Hygge Decor [hue-gah]: The Danish Design for 2017

Alright, your alarm clock rings at 4:50am even though you didn’t fall into a real sleep until 3:30am. You cringe at your alarm while looking for the hair tie you lost somewhere in your pillows. Your dog, whose 80 pound body is splayed across your bed, is unfazed by the alarm and your agitated muttering. He has an entire day of sleeping ahead of him and cannot be interrupted by your responsibilities; spin class at 5:15am, his walk and breakfast upon your return, your shower, and your workday preparations…did you remember to put that PDF on your thumb drive?

Around 4:52am you muster the courage to turn on the light. Then a sigh of relief as you sit at the edge of your bed. Why? Because this morning routine inspired your new interior design; Hygge. And you couldn’t be happier.
This Danish design is meant for your wellbeing; literally. Hygge decor is meant to serenade you with its cozy calmness. Think of the serenity of a spa but the comfort of a rustic fire place juxtaposed to a window with snow on the other side.

Feeling swaddled yet? Comprised of a mostly mute, white backdrop with gentle earth tone like light greys, exposed rustic wood, and exposed strung lights for a complimentary soft glow (warm lighting also attests for better selfies).

The Danish design for 2017 is meant not only for you but for your guests. Yes, it is a gentle encouragement towards hospitality; opening your doors to your neighbors, sharing a bottle of wine with your friends, and yes, even snuggling up to your dog on the couch.

Hygge decor is a movement towards gracious welcoming’s and intimate stays. Is your home your sanctuary yet?

If not, here are the Hygge decor basics:

● Texture.

Think chunky woven blankets in neutral colors from brands like Behr. A faux wool rug for when your feet get cold. Mismatched pillows of the same color scheme. Utilize objects in a refreshing way; use stacked books for a tabletop, use your kitchen’s windowsill as your mug “cabinet”, use a an old candle holder as vase. Despite maintaining a muted color scheme, using different textures enhances the room’s deliverance of relaxation.

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● Wall Art.

Hygge still encourages personality through wall art. Consider using differently shaped and sized frames hung in no particular order. Family photo? Wreath? Canvas? Mirror? Or even a refurbished window frame? Adding texture through your personality and memories can create a museum of warmth and familiarity. Surrounding yourself with images of the things you love releases a comfort in the atmosphere similar to that of your childhood bedroom.

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● You.

You are the central focus of Hygge. If you’re not there to feel Hygge, what’s the point of Hygge-ing your home? If you do not feel welcome or at ease in your own home, neither will your guests. The purpose of Hygge is to complement your mind’s ease, not contradict it. It’s about enhancing the safest state of mind for you, to offer you solace after it took you an hour and fifteen minutes get home from rush hour traffic.

hygge decor
Hygge decor offers interior design an experience more so than just its aesthetic. It modestly and oh so effortlessly boasts itself as a feeling instead of a design blueprint. In the New Year, what more could you ask for? Perhaps a few less conference calls and a few more candles for 2017?
If you’re unfamiliar with color swatches or already have accent colors of your own that need a Hygge companion, have The Paint Manager help you decide which tones will look the best, feel the best, and put you at ease.
So go ahead, heat some cocoa, decompress. Your alarm will sound again at 4:50am tomorrow but tonight you and your dog are being wrapped in a Hygge hug.

6 ways We Can Help Your Home Appeal to Buyers

6 ways We Can Help Your Home Appeal to Buyers

6 WAYS WE CAN HELP YOUR HOME APPEAL TO BUYERS

 

 

 

Right now, the housing market is very competitive, and buyer’s have a lot of options to choose from. When a buyer walks through a home, they don’t want to see all of the work that the home needs. Instead, they want to envision their kids running through the hallways, or the family gathering in the dining room for the holidays. Make sure your home is memorable in a positive way. Below are six ways The Paint Manager can help you make sure your home stays competitive and shows well to prospective buyers.
1) Enhance Your Curb Appeal
You only have one chance to make a first impression when it comes to selling your house. Simple cosmetic changes such as repainting or replacing the mailbox or the fence can go a long way. Other ways to enhance your curb appeal include trimming the shrubs, or even repainting your curb.
2) Feel the Pressure
Pressure washing is a great way to freshen up the exterior of your home. From the drive way to the front walk way, from the sides of your home to the pool deck, pressure washing can get rid of all the natural buildup such as pollen, dirt, and mildew, to give your home a like-new look.
3) Repaint the Front Door
Colorful front doors are super chic and can add character to an already charming home. Even if you opt for something more neutral, repainting and sealing a front door can really set off a house-showing or an open house on the right foot. Think of all the times you’ve kicked the door, jammed it, or slammed it. It’s not something you may pay much attention to daily, but a potential buyer will see all the signs of use and wear that you’ve become used to. Freshen it up!
4) Leave Popcorn to the Movie Theaters
One thing that should be left in the 20th century is a popcorn ceiling. Popcorn ceilings are outdated and not desirable to most buyers. Removing popcorn ceiling texture adds a sense of modernity and refinement to any room. Age is often best kept a secret, so let buyers be surprised when they find out the age of your home!
5) Get Rid of the Wallpaper
Maybe your kid really liked the lighthouse wall border in their bedroom, but chances are most buyer’s won’t. Removing wall paper is no easy task for anyone, so it can be a major turnoff to people that are looking for a move-in ready home. Leave it to a professional to quickly remove any wall paper or wall border.
6) Stick to Neutral Color Paints
In a competitive market, buyer’s will have their fair share of move-in ready homes to choose from. Neutral colored paints provide prospective buyers with a blank canvas to envision their own furniture and decor in the home. You might be partial to that burnt orange color in your living room, but to buyer’s, that might be the only thing they remember about your home.
As the saying goes, it takes money to make money, and if you are thinking about putting your house on the market anytime soon, you should consider investing in your home in order to see a larger gain and a faster sale.
Let The Paint Manager take care of any of these tasks, and make your home appear move-in ready and hassle free to buyers!

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