Pressure Washing Vs. Power Washing

Though pressure washing and power washing have come to be used interchangeably, there are a few significant differences between the two:

HEAT. While both methods require pressurized streams of water for cleaning, only power washing uses hot temperatures to aid with removal.

PRESSURE. Ironically, power washing uses a stronger force than that of pressure washing. Because of this, pressure washing is appropriate for a wider array of cleaning projects, while power washing should be saved for tougher jobs with tougher materials.

APPLICATION. Since a pressure washer provides a greater range of pressure settings without heat, it should be used to clean surfaces like vinyl siding and wood siding, stucco, roofs, decks, and gutters. Sturdier surfaces like brick and concrete are better suited for power washing.

And we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to pressurized cleaning services. Temperature variances and chemical agents are also vital to getting the job done right. Sound like a headache? Give us a call and we’ll handle it for you.

5 Reasons You Need Exterior House Painting This Spring

Spring is here, and it’s time again to kick off exterior house painting season! April may seem early to some, but the timeframe is only so wide before colder and more unpredictable weather returns. That also means there’s a limited number of projects that can be completed between now and the end of autumn. And those spaces are quickly being filled. But, most of all, exterior house painting, especially in the springtime, is a wise long-term investment. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1.  Your paint might be near the end of its life expectancy, which can cause an expensive domino effect (See 2 & 3). Waiting another year might not be a gamble you want to make.
  2. Repeated exposure to winter weather causes warping, mold, and mildew. Maintaining quality exterior paint jobs not only keeps your house looking nice—it’s also a preventative measure.
  3. If your house’s exterior paint isn’t properly maintained, your siding may begin to rot. That means you’ll end up paying replacement costs on top of a new paint job.
  4. Since spring is also landscaping season, it’s best to get your painting done first, otherwise all that meticulously-spread mulch or stone, not to mention those ornamental bushes, might get trampled by the painters.
  5. Painting in moderate weather, with less extreme temperature fluctuations, you’re likely to get a much longer-lasting paint job.

How many coats of paint will I need!

More is not always better and less might not be either. See some examples below but ask a professional to determine what’s best!

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Wallpaper: To peel or not to peel?

This is a question we hear a lot.  We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like.  The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied.  This is only true in some instances.

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Common problems and how to fix them!

Blistering

This happens when paint detaches from the surface.

Prevent: Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. Cover stains with a good primer. Don’t paint in weather that’s particularly hot and humid. Don’t let moisture come in contact with the surface until paint is thoroughly dry.

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Problems from a home paint job

A variety of things can affect the quality of a home paint job.

The primary reasons paint jobs don’t turn out the way the painter intended usually fall into the following categories:

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Handy Winter Painting Check List

  • To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
  • Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 40 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls

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Press tape with a putty knife

Nothing is more discouraging when you’ve finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. Continue reading

Use Tinted Primer

Before the we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called “flashing”). Continue reading

Is your surface Oil or Latex?

When painting over existing paint, it is important to know whether the old paint is latex or oil.
To find out, do this simple test. Rub a rag or cotton ball soaked in denatured alcohol over the painted surface. If your rag or cotton ball has paint on it, the surface is latex. If not, the surface is oil based paint. If it is oil based paint, you will need coat of oil based primer before starting.