Monthly Archives: February 2013

8 Ways to Know You’re Hiring the Right Contractor for Your Exterior Painting Job

Finding an exterior painting contractor is easy; finding the right contractor for your job can be a lot more difficult. Let’s assume you wouldn’t hire the first company you find in a Google search, which is a pretty obvious no-no. Going with the contractor who handled your coworker’s exterior house painting job on word-of-mouth alone is a less obvious mistake, but it’s still a mistake. Your house or building’s first line of defense against the elements is its exterior paint, and that protection depends on a first-rate quality paint job. Taking the time to investigate potential painting pros before signing any contracts – even when your coworker’s recommendation is glowing – just makes sense.

As for what you should look for in a painting contractor, here are eight signs you’re hiring a pro who will bring expertise, skill, and the right tools to your exterior painting project:

They’re licensed, bonded and insured. Aside from being important from a liability standpoint, credentials like these demonstrate a painting contractor’s commitment to doing things the right way. The Better Business Bureau reports that quite a few contractors who claim to be licensed, bonded, and insured actually aren’t – when in doubt, ask for documentation. If you can’t vouch for a contractor’s credibility, say no thanks and move on.

They understand your project. It’s up to you to communicate the size, scope, and specifics of your exterior painting project to your contractor. That’s the only way a company can prepare a bid that’s accurate, and also the best way to ensure that the painting contractor you do hire will be able to do the job you want. Don’t be afraid to get too detailed!

Their processes are clear. As the home or building owner, you should feel confident that your Massachusetts painting contractor will protect features like brick, windows, foundations, and landscaping from drips and damage. You should know who is supervising the job, how surfaces will be prepared, when painters will be working, how paint will be applied, and about how long the entire process will take. If you have questions, ask!

They’re knowledgeable about the products they use. You may not know why one brush or brand of exterior paint is better than the next right off the bat, but a great painting contractor will be able to explain why they have chosen the paint, brushes, and equipment they use.

They offer clear timelines and expectations. Start and finish dates for exterior painting projects may have to change due to weather and other unforeseeable factors, but your contractor should never hesitate to discuss your project’s timeline. Similarly, a discussion about deposits and balance payments should be straightforward, never awkward.

They really encourage you to contact their list of references. This is your chance to grill former clients about what they loved (and didn’t care for) about a specific painting contractor. Are they totally satisfied with their exterior paint job – especially if it has been a few years? Did they have any issues with the crew? Far too many people neglect this important step, and less scrupulous contractors usually want to keep it that way.

They give you an itemized list of work that will be done, costs, materials, and an estimated price of completion. You can award bonus points to any painting contractor who presents you with this without your having to ask for it.

They listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Always work with painting professionals who treat you with respect because if they don’t respect you, chances are they won’t respect your job.

At Jerry Enos Painting, you always receive a free, professional exterior paint job consultation during which you’ll be given an educated opinion on how best to proceed. A detailed proposal will be sent to you with a fixed cost to complete the work, and no payment is required until the work has been started.

The Benefits of Epoxy Flooring

Consider how much you count on the flooring beneath your feet every day, at home, and on the job. If you’re like most people, it’s not something you think about all that often – until you get a scratch, a gash, or a hole underfoot, or end up flat on your face with your floor an inch away from your eyes. So when it comes time to replace a worn-out restaurant kitchen floor, garage floor, or shop floor, it’s not that unusual to be a little confused when it comes to what your best options are.

One hard-wearing choice that’s gaining ground in household renovations is durable epoxy flooring – a floor system typically associated with commercial and industrial applications. Durability is only one reason epoxy flooring could be the best option for arenas, breweries, factories… and even your home’s garage.

What Is Epoxy Flooring Exactly?

Epoxy itself is a thermosetting polymer made from a combination of liquid resin and a hardening agent. When it is applied to existing flooring, it creates a thick, seamless coating that protects against wear from foot traffic, chemicals, moisture, heat, vehicle traffic, dirt, and dust. But epoxy isn’t just one kind of floor coating – there are water-based and 100% solid epoxies in addition to traditional solvent-based coatings, and these epoxy flooring types are designed for application on surfaces like concrete, metal, and previously coated floors.

A Surprising Degree of Versatility

One reason that epoxy flooring is used across so many industries and in homes is that it can be customized based on how it will be used. For instance, materials mixed into epoxy before installation can create positive non-skid surfaces for areas where liquid spills may be an issue whereas high-gloss finishes can improve workplace brightness. Epoxy flooring is also unexpectedly attractive – colored epoxies can be used to create decorative patterns like logos or borders in almost any hue.

Where You’ll Find Epoxy Floors

Anywhere a slip, heat, impact, and fire-resistant flooring solution is required, you may find yourself walking on epoxy. In food, beverage, and pharma preparation and packing plants, the ease with which an epoxy floor can be cleaned makes it an efficient flooring option. In manufacturing and industrial settings, epoxy’s natural resistance to chemicals and heat can produce a safer workplace. Epoxy flooring can also reduce wear and tear on warehouse vehicles. Hospitals, kennels, and schools like epoxy flooring because it’s installed to last. And showrooms and homeowners appreciate the numerous color options.

Installation Is Quick and Easy

Installing epoxy flooring is probably faster and simpler than you think. Unless special preparation is necessary, the existing floor will be patched, cleaned, and etched before a base coat is applied. Next comes one or more coats of epoxy, a colored coat if that is part of the installation, and a final top coat. Some systems can be applied in as little as 12 hours, depending on the space being treated, with a full chemical cure in 48-72 hours.

Epoxy Can Even Be a Green Option

Waterborne epoxies are an environmentally friendly floor coating solution for people and companies who are committed to using green building materials.  Low VOC and odorless formulas are a non-toxic alternative to other flooring systems that require longer absences during the curing process. Greener water-based epoxies also have the benefit of being ideal in settings where solvent odors and flammability are just not an option.

In short, epoxy flooring is a great choice in industrial, commercial, and residential settings where durability, ease of installation, customizability, and style are all important.

JEP Epoxy Floors specializes in the installation of commercial, industrial, and residential epoxy flooring systems in Massachusetts and throughout the New England states. We can give you exactly what you need in a custom-designed floor that will provide you the best value for your money.